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NASA says Voyager 2 may be nearing interstellar space


So until Voyager 2 passes through the heliopause, there's no way to be sure precisely where it is with regard to the heliopause. In 2007 the probe reached and started to travel through the outermost parts of the heliosphere-the "bubble of protection" that comes from the magnetic fields of the Sun and the planets in the Solar System . Read More »

MI meteorite used as doorstop for 30 years 'worth $100,000'


But this chunk was from a much older asteroid: When the man from Grand Rapids, Michigan , bought his farm in the Edmore, Michigan, area in 1988, the previous owner told him that the doorstop was a meteorite from the 1930s. What's 88.5 percent iron, 11.5 percent nickel and worth $100,000? "I wonder what mine is worth", Mazurek said in the release. "It was in the barn, one of the outside sheds, just laying on a shelf", David Mazurek said. Read More »

SpaceX to launch and land Falcon 9 rocket from Southern California

Shortly afterward SpaceX showed a shot of Falcon 9, successfully landed on landing zone 4. Residents in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties also may hear sonic booms. The sound of the boom will depend on weather conditions and other factors. "What you're looking at is the first launch and landing of the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the West Coast". Read More »

Massive LNG project in northern BC reportedly given the go-ahead


He says this shows Canada's commitment to combatting the problem of climate change by driving down emissions world wide. Wetselaar said global demand for LNG has grown 9 per cent in the previous year alone and the LNG the project will produce is half as emission-intensive as coal, a power source which Asian countries are trying to replace with LNG. Read More »

Gaia Satellite Sees Stars Flying Between Galaxies


Of the extragalactic stars the paper proposes, it's the delightfully named Gaia DR2 1396963577886583296, with a velocity of over 700 kilometres per second, that has the highest probability of visiting from another galaxy. On the other hand, scientists do not exclude that these stars were once able to be part of a binary system and be disposed of after a supernova explosion. Read More »

Astronomers may have discovered the first moon outside Earth's Solar System


NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft , with an assist from the more powerful Hubble Space Telescope , has found what appears to be a huge moon orbiting a gas giant planet 8,000 light years away. "The first eczema is an extraordinary statement that requires extraordinary proof", said the astronomer, Columbia University David KPMG. As per the study researchers, this is the best candidate so far and they have already nicknamed it as candidate satellite a "Nept-moon", because of its ... Read More »

Astronomers have confirmed the existence of "planet X"


Astronomers first spotted the object using the Japanese Subaru telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea . Its current location is about 2½ times farther from the sun than from Pluto . Representation of the elliptical orbit of TG387. Image credit: Roberto Molar Candanosa & Scott Sheppard, Carnegie Institution for Science. "The more of them we can find, the better we can understand the outer solar system and the possible planet that we think is shaping their orbits - a discovery that would redefine our ... Read More »

What Cassini's Final Descent Into Saturn Taught Us About Its Rings


The team identified the composition of dust particles that fall from Saturn's rings toward the planet. Linda Spilker is the NASA Cassini spacecraft project scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Another finding is that Saturn's magnetic field has poles that perfectly match up with its rotational axis and that is really unusual because as on Earth, Jupiter and even Neptune, scientists believed that by requirement, a planet's magnetic field normally matches up to its spin axis. Read More »

Jewish Nobel Prize victor who coined term 'God particle' dies aged 96


Leon Lederman himself said that his publisher preferred this title instead of the one he wanted the writer ("the cursed particle"), because he escaped the discovery for many years after the theoretical conception of his existence by British natural Peter Higgs, but also because, as he said, "there is a connection of some sort with another book, much older ...", meaning the Bible. Read More »

Florence death toll in North Carolina rises by 2, to 39


Two people died in North Carolina while repairing damage from the hurricane in late September, bringing the number of storm-related deaths in that state to 39, Governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday. Cooper urged North Carolina residents to apply for assistance from the federal government as they look to rebuild. Scott Harrelson, the health director of Craven County, which is among those affected, was quoted as thanking Cooper for helping provide "a critical public health service" in the wake ... Read More »

Chance of tropical depression or tropical storm developing in Gulf has increased


But as this area drifts slowly north through the weekend into early next week shear will begin to lessen, and it's possible a tropical depression or weak tropical storm will form. "Odds favor that a storm emerging from the northwestern Caribbean will track toward the northeastern Gulf of Mexico rather than the Texas coastline this time of year", he said. Read More »

First ever ‘exomoon’ discovered orbiting planet outside our solar system


With a lot of help from the Hubble Space Telescope , astronomers now feel confident enough to publish their evidence for the first moon detected in orbit around a planet beyond our solar system. There are two ways to potentially identify an exomoon . Is it really a moon? There's no indication of another planet in the system that could be tugging on Kepler-1625b, and the secondary dimming is consistent with a moon trailing the gas giant during its transit. Read More »

Hurricane Leslie heads north in Atlantic Ocean


Hurricane Leslie is roughly 510 miles ESE of Bermuda with winds of 70kts. Leslie grew in intensity Wednesday morning with wind speeds of 120 km per hour and occasional faster gusts, the report said. Tropical Storm Leslie completed the transition to a fully-formed tropical system on Saturday. The tropics have been generally quiet after a whirlwind early September. Read More »

Jewish researcher, 96, shares Nobel Prize in physics


But, as the list of winners of the different Nobels for Physics and Chemistry show, it might be better for the Nobel Prize Committee to actually consider giving prizes for the sciences in general, instead of segregating them into Physics and Chemistry prizes and not having a biology prize. Read More »

Farmer's "Doorstop" Valued At $100K After Incredible Discovery

This January, southern MI experienced a meteor flash that showered fragments of space rock all over Livingston County. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., corroborated Sirbescu's analysis that the 22-pound "rock" is, indeed, a meteorite , and is apparently the sixth-largest of its type to be discovered in MI. Read More »

Rock used as doorstop revealed to be meteorite worth $100K

The new owner came into possession of the meteorite after the farm was sold in 1988. As the farmer was showing him around the property, they went out to a shed. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite for display. If it can not purchase it, the slice will stay in the collection. It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located. Read More »

Chemistry Nobel 2018 Winners Include Fifth Female Laureate Ever


There is no Nobel Prize for Biology. "This work has led to the creation of proteins with new enzymatic activities, able to catalyze useful chemical reactions". The $1 million prize will be shared by James Allison, Ph.D., chair of Immunology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center , and Tasuku Honjo, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at Kyoto University. Read More »

Cosmonauts from ISS return to Earth


Thank you for signing up for the Brightside Blend Newsletter. They are slated for launch overseas a Russian Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft on October 11 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA said. The next launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is scheduled for next Thursday. "I think it's absolutely a shame and somewhat embarrassing that anybody is wasting any time talking about something that the crew was involved in", he added. Read More »

Rosa soaks US southwest coast, Mexico


Southwest. The National Weather Service in Phoenix said that city had its eighth-wettest day ever with 2.36 inches of rain. "All that means is conditions are favorable for flash flooding if it rains", Rogers said. Flash flood watches are in effect for parts of Arizona, far southern California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and far southern Idaho, with the storm's remnants moving inland, the National Weather Service said. Read More »

Astronomers reach breakthrough in mysterious 'Planet X' theory


Science Magazine says that the discovery of the tiny dwarf planet was "a lucky one", as its elliptical orbit takes some 40,000 years to travel around the sun. But the planet may be most memorable for another discovery it portends. These orbits keep them from ever approaching the proposed planet too closely, similar to how Pluto never gets too close to Neptune even though their orbits cross. Read More »

Astronomers spot distant object that supports Planet Nine theory

The new extremely distant object far beyond Pluto has an orbit that supports the presence of a larger Planet X . The object was discovered as part of the team's ongoing hunt for unknown dwarf planets and Planet X. With Halloween less than a month away, the world of astronomy has certainly found itself dabbling in spooky topics, most notably the skull-shaped asteroid due to whizz past Earth not long after the holiday. Read More »

Arnold, Smith, Winter win 2018 Nobel Chemistry Prize


Smith developed a method using a virus that infects bacteria to produce new proteins while Winter used the same phage display technique for the directed evolution of antibodies, with the aim of producing more effective medicines. 'This work has led to new chemical tools that can be used for everything from environmentally friendly detergents to the creation of new biofuels and pharmaceuticals'. Read More »

Massachusetts-sized object beyond Pluto hints at hidden Planet X


But because of the theorised 10-20,000-year orbit cycle such a planet would have, pinpointing it has proven fairly bloody tricky, as you'd imagine. Those hoping for theoretical Earth-sized planets proposed by astrologers or science fiction writers - which are "hiding behind the sun" and linked with Doomsday scenarios - may have to keep searching. Read More »

Nobel Prize in Physics jointly awarded to trio of laser physics inventors


Arthur Ashkin , from the USA, was awarded half the £770,000 (9 million Swedish kronor) prize, with the other half shared by Gerard Mourou of France and Canadian Donna Strickland . 2015 - Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald were awarded the prize the discovery that neutrinos switch between different "flavours". In doing so, he invented the optical tweezers that are today used to grab particles, atoms , viruses and living cells with their laser-based pincers. Read More »

'It would be huge:' Kitimat mayor reacts to LNG Canada approval


Since then, Weaver has said he won't move a vote of non-confidence against the government on the matter but says the Greens would not support, "required LNG legislation". PetroChina via subsidiary PetroChina Canada Ltd and Mitsubishi via subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Ltd own 15% each in the project. Canada has committed C$275 million to infrastructure and environmental performance measures related to LNG Canada, which will have the lowest carbon intensity of any large LNG facility in the ... Read More »

Flies to the Earth a giant asteroid threat


In 2015, the asteroid missed Earth by just 300,000 miles and was visible to those with good telescopes. Until researchers find the origin of the asteroid, let's just wait for November 11 when it flybys close to the Earth at a distance of 25 million miles without causing any harm to our planet. Read More »