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Saturn is losing its rings

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This revelation, along with information from Cassini spacecraft research , led scientists to estimate that the rings will cease to exist in fewer than 100 million years - a short time relative to Saturn's 4-billion-year existence, O'Donoghue says. Read More »

Nations agree rule book for Paris climate treaty

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Michal Kurtyka, a Polish official chairing the talks in Katowice, sealed the deal on Saturday after diplomats and ministers from nearly 200 countries approved. "If necessary, we will rebel against the negotiations", Nasheed told reporters. A senior negotiator said that Brazil had concerns about some of the rules for governing global carbon credit schemes. Read More »

Farout! Astronomers find farthest known solar system object

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A frosty world is lurking across a distant part of our solar system, and astronomers believe that there is a yet-unseen Planet X out there that shepherds dwarf planets thousands of billions of kilometres away from Earth. Farout is so far out that light from the Sun takes 16 hours and 40 minutes to travel the 11-billion-mile (18-billion-kilometer) distance. It's reasonable to wonder how this object managed to stray so far from the Solar System's planetary pack; astronomers won't know the ... Read More »

'An Indescribable Feeling': Virgin Galactic Makes Historic Trip To Edge Of Space

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The test flight is scheduled to depart from Mojave, California at 1000 Eastern Time (1600 CET) on Thursday. Some define space as 100 kilometers - or 62 miles - above Earth, but others, use 50 miles as the boundary. Sturckow fired up the spaceliner's onboard rocket motor. Branson greeted the two pilots after the test, declaring "Space is Virgin territory!" Virgin Galactic was founded by British billionaire Richard Branson in 2004 in the hope of becoming the first company to send paying ... Read More »

Comet 46P Wirtanen: How to view Christmas comet

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The gases are formed because the comets heat up while nearing the sun . The comet can already be spotted through a telescope or binoculars, but tonight is tipped to be the brightest fly-by of the comet. However, it will also help if you know roughly where to look in the night sky. Comet 46P/Wirtanen was discovered in January 1948 by American astronomer Carl Wirtanen, and it's one of just a handful of comets that's (sometimes) visible to the naked eye - it gets about as bright as a ... Read More »

Comet to brighten night sky Sunday

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But the comet is an interesting object of study and helps astronomers better understand comets in general, especially those that are a part of the Jupiter family. She said the comet won't have the trademark tail since it's in the wrong position and finding it won't be obvious unless a person knows where to look and is really searching for it. Read More »

How to Watch the Shooting Stars Online

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If you can stand the cold and the sky is clear, shooting stars from the Geminids meteor shower should be observable through until a few hours before dawn . Phaethon's nature is debated. The closely tracked near-Earth asteroid has been likened to comets , so it's been called a "rock comet". Cpl. Chris Cramer of the Howard County Sheriff's Department in Kokomo unexpectedly filmed the meteor shower "entering our atmosphere on his dash camera near 600 E. Read More »

Russian Federation is treating the mysterious ISS hole like a forensic investigation

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After 6th hour of spacewalk, the duo took samples to solve the mystery of a hole in their capsule docked at International Space Station (ISS). "There's nothing, that's the problem", Kononenko said ahead of the outing. That material will be brought back to Earth when the spacecraft returns home and investigators will apparently use it in their search for the truth. The discovery of the hole was followed in October by the failure of a manned Soyuz launch, although the Russian and USA ... Read More »

'Part of the solution:' Alberta seeks proposals to build new refinery

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Gulf Coast refiners. "So we are acting". The long term plan is to keep up the fight for more pipelines, and to upgrade and refine more of the province's energy resources. The Alberta government is seeking expressions of interest over the next two months from energy companies, and Alberta may be willing to help invest in the project, Premier Rachel Notley said Tuesday. Read More »

Dracula Ant Crowned Fastest Animal on Earth

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The ant powers up the appendage by pressing the two mandible tips together, spring-loading them for release when one mandible slides across the other - think of snapping your finger, with a whole heck of a lot more force. Fredrick J. Larabee, a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History , also led the study . In future the team plan to make more detailed observations of the ants in action in their natural environment. Read More »

NASA’s Voyager 2 probe just entered interstellar space

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Interstellar space lies just beyond the heliosphere , across a boundary called the heliopause . That crossing, around November 5, was detected by Voyager 2 in the form of a sharp drop in solar wind particles and corresponding increase in galactic cosmic rays detected by the spacecraft's instruments. Read More »

NASA's InSight Sends Back First Selfie On Mars

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In typical millennial fashion, the first thing NASA's new Mars Lander has done after arriving on Mars is to stop off for a selfie. "The image includes the lander's solar panel and its entire deck, including its science instruments, weather sensor booms and UHF antenna", NASA said in a statement on Wednesday. Read More »

QLD set for soaking as Cyclone Owen intensifies

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It is expected to reach category three by Thursday morning. "A coastal crossing along the southeast Gulf of Carpentaria coast during Friday is most likely", BoM said. Sky News Weather channel meteorologist Rob Sharpe said eastern Australia was facing its biggest weather event since March. A change in winds in the upper atmosphere is predicted to make Owen do a u-turn, sweeping it back towards Queensland. Read More »

NASA releases info on tiny asteroid Bennu

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Launched in September 2016, OSIRIS-REx is NASA's first mission to collect sample from an asteroid. Data obtained with the two spectrometers of the spacecraft , infrared (OVIRS) and thermal emission (OTES), showed the presence of hydroxyl molecules with bound oxygen atoms and hydrogen. Read More »

SAY CHEESE: NASA’s InSight lander beams SELFIE back from Mars

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Visible on either side of the lander are two "butterfly wings", which NASA says are solar panels. Identifying the location of the lander should provide important context for on-the-ground readings that InSight will be collecting over the course of one Martian year, which translates to roughly two Earth years. Read More »

Geminid Meteor Shower, Comet to Put on Shows

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To see when they will peak in your part of the world, check here. FORECAST: It looks like the skies will be clear over Colorado - but check here as we get closer . Stargazers and others willing to courageous the cold Thursday and Friday nights are in for a cosmic treat: the Geminid meteor shower is coming. Phaethon is a odd blue asteroid that scientists named after its namesake- the Greek God Apollo's son. Read More »

NASA Rejected Russia's Proposal to Jointly Probe Hole in Soyuz

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The extravehicular activity (EVA) was the 213th spacewalk in support of assembly and maintenance in the 20-year history of the space station . During their mission, Kononenko and Prokopyev cut open the thermal insulation and the meteorite shield, inspected them and made a photo of the hole in the habitation module. Read More »

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo tourism rocket reaches space for the first time

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As for VSS Unity itself, Virgin Galactic confirmed at 16:14 UTC that the spacecraft had landed safely at Mojave Airport, a little over 10 minutes after touching space. Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo takes off for a suborbital test flight on December 13, 2018, in Mojave, Calif. While critics point to Branson's unfulfilled space promises over the past decade, the maverick businessman told a TV interviewer in October that Virgin's first commercial space trip with him onboard would happen "in ... Read More »

Surviving coral in Great Barrier Reef develops resilience

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The reason why there was less bleaching previous year was that the more susceptible species of corals died off in 2016. "If there are big bleaching events and big cyclone events, while the shallow reefs may be quite decimated in places, deeper reef areas seem to escape with much less damage", he said. Read More »

Astronauts Complete Nearly 8-hour Spacewalk to Investigate Space Station Mystery Hole

Kononenko will use a knife to rip open the insulation and protective covering of the spacecraft to look at the hole and scrape off samples. The then-Expedition 56 crew, including Prokopyev, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA , were able to trace the leak back to a 0.1-inch (2 millimeters) hole in the orbital compartment of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, which was docked to the Rassvet module on the Russian segment of the space station . Read More »

China launches Chang'e-4 rover to land on Moon's dark side

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After much debate, scientists decided that the Von Kármán Crater, which is located in the Aitken Basin, will be Chang'e-4's landing site. Unlike the near side of the moon that is " tidally locked " and always faces the earth, and offers many flat areas to touch down on, the far side is mountainous and rugged. Read More »

The Geminid meteor shower peaks December 13/14

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The phenomenon, also called the Geminids , is one of the year's most prominent showers and peaks between December 13 and 14. Meteors - grains of debris that burn up in our atmosphere - can be spotted on any given night, but nearly once a month, Earth plows through a collection of dust and particles left over from a passing comet or asteroid , causing what's known as a meteor shower. Read More »

REx finds water on Bennu asteroid within days of arrival

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has found water on the asteroid Bennu, after finishing its two-year trip to the formation. OSIRIS-REx, which flew last week within a scant 12 miles (19 km) of the asteroid Bennu some 1.4 million miles (2.25 million km) from Earth, found traces of hydrogen and oxygen molecules - part of the recipe for water and thus the potential for life - embedded in the asteroid's rocky surface. Read More »

Nasa's Voyager 2 probe reaches interstellar space

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At more than 11 billion miles from home, it takes about 16.5 hours for information to travel through our solar system. Eleven billion miles from Earth, NASA's long-lived Voyager 2 probe, still beaming back data 41 years after its launch in 1977, has finally moved into interstellar space, scientists revealed Monday, joining its sister ship Voyager 1 in the vast, uncharted realm between the stars. Read More »

Recording shows what it sounds like Mars

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The wind is estimated to be blowing at between 10 and 15mph. "But one of the things [the InSight mission] is dedicated to is measuring motion on Mars , and naturally that includes motion caused by sound waves". "By early next week, we'll be imaging it in finer detail and creating a full mosaic", the principal investigator for the mission, Bruce Banerdt, said. Read More »

China set to launch the first ever rover to Moons far side

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China's robotic Chang'e 4 spacecraft streaked away from Earth today (Dec. 7), launching atop a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at about 1:23 p.m. The far side looks rather different to the more familiar near side. China landed its Yutu rover on the moon five years ago and plans to send its Chang'e 5 probe there next year. Read More »

Ford threatens to boycott meeting over Trudeau agenda

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The premiers discussed a wide range of issues from the federal government's carbon tax, concessions Canada made in its new free trade accord with the United States and Mexico, to pipelines and Alberta's oil price crisis, and interprovincial trade barriers. Read More »

Trump Targets Pair of Obama-era Green Rules to Boost Oil, Coal

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Trump "talks tough to the coal miners to get their support, but he doesn't deliver for them, and I don't think that he can, because the markets are bigger than him", said Joe Pizarchik, who directed the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in the Obama administration. Read More »