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Super blood wolf moon: rare total lunar eclipse to grace northern hemisphere skies

Last blood moon for two years will combine with a supermoon to create unusual celestial phenomenon An unusual set of circumstances will combine in the early hours of Monday morning in the skies above the northern hemisphere, resulting in a phenomenon called a super blood wolf moon.A total lunar eclipse will give an apparent reddish colour to the lunar surface – known as a blood moon. At the same time, the moon will be slighty closer to Earth than normal and appear slightly bigger and brighter th...
Tags: Space, Science, UK News, Earth, The moon


How long is a day on Saturn? Scientists finally have an answer

The length of Saturn's day has always been a challenge to calculate because of the planet's non-solid surface and magnetic field. But now scientists have tracked vibrations in the rings to pin down a final answer. The post How long is a day on Saturn? Scientists finally have an answer appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Space, News, Trends, Day, Saturn, Cassini, Emerging Tech, Voyager


Lambda Draconis

Lambda Draconis, the star at the end of the tail of Draco, the dragon, is puffing up. It is about 70 times wider than the Sun and almost 900 times brighter. The star is low in the north at nightfall, with the rest of the dragon stretching to its left.
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Seeds on the moon started to sprout for the first time but quickly died

China has taken a major step toward long-term space exploration. Earlier this month, the Chinese moon probe Chang’e 4 carried a container with cotton, mustard and potato seeds, yeast and fruit fly eggs to the moon’s far side (facing away from Earth), and early this week, the China National Space Administration said that those seeds started to sprout. Unfortunately, temperatures dropped and killed the plants. According to the BBC, the project was designed by 28 Chinese universities, and the expe...
Tags: Space, Science, Design, News, China, Earth, Bbc, Moon, Agriculture, Plants, Watson, Mars, Seeds, FAO, Chang, China National Space Administration


Space toilets: How astronauts boldly go where few have gone before

When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at ...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Biology, Nasa, Innovation, Sanitation, Human body, Rocket Science, Ask an astronomer


Supermoon

A supermoon is coming on Sunday night. The Moon will be full only half a day before it reaches its closest point to Earth, so it will look a bit bigger and brighter than average. It coincides with a total lunar eclipse, as the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow.
Tags: Space, Earth, Moon


Lunar Eclipse

We give full Moons all kinds of names. The full Moon of January, for example, traditionally is known as the Old Moon, Wolf Moon, or Moon After Yule. A second full Moon in a month is known as a Blue Moon. And a full Moon that occurs when the Moon is especially close to Earth is a supermoon. And there’s a supermoon coming on Sunday night. The Moon will be full only half a day before it reaches its closest point to Earth for its current orbit — and its third-closest point for the year. And it coinc...
Tags: Space, Earth, Moon, North America, Damond Benningfield Keywords, Old Moon Wolf Moon, Earth Perigee


That first plant grown on the moon? Already dead.

On Monday, we reported that for the first time, a plant seed had germinated on the moon, an early experiment to test whether food could someday be grown on the moon to feed residents of a lunar base. The cotton sprout was inside a canister on China's Chang’e 4 lander that touched down on the far side of the moon earlier this month. Now, word that the first lunar plant has died. The little seedling froze to death during the lunar night. From GBTimes: Liu Hanlong, head of the experiment at Ch...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Biology, China, Agriculture, Chongqing, Chang, Liu, Chongqing University, Liu Hanlong, Xie Genxin


Total lunar eclipse Sunday January 20 will be 'Super Blood Wolf Moon'

Starting Sunday evening, Jan. 20, 2019, North and South America will have a chance at seeing 2019's only total lunar eclipse, from start to finish. Our Earth, Moon and Sun line up on Sunday night for the only total lunar eclipse of of the year. Catch it if you can. And especially because it's a “supermoon.” That's when the moon is closer to Earth, and therefore looks larger and more bright than it normally does. Weather in much of the United States during the eclipse is expected to make fo...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Post, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Africa, Ap, Earth, United States, Moon, South America, North, Eclipse, Rice University


Asteroids Are Slamming Into Earth Twice as Much as Before, Scientists Say

But no need to worry — asteroids still only smack Earth every million or few million years
Tags: Space, News, Uncategorized, Earth, Overnight, Onetime


Here’s how SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will look motoring in from sea

If you’re coming back from space at high speeds, it’s generally safer to descend over water than land, for a number of reasons. Certainly SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will do so, and this is how it’ll look when it comes back to land aboard the GO Searcher retrieval ship. Expect a bit more of a hero’s welcome, though. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the GO Searcher; it got a bit of publicity late last year when it underwent some helicopter landing tests at sea. See, the GO Searcher isn’t ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Florida, Tech, Atlantic, Port Canaveral


‘Star Wars’ returns: Trump calls for space-based missile defense

The President has announced that the Defense Department will pursue a space-based missile defense system reminiscent of the one proposed by Reagan in 1983. As with Reagan’s ultimately abortive effort, the technology doesn’t actually exist yet and may not for years to come — but it certainly holds more promise now than 30 years ago. In a speech at the Pentagon reported by the Associated Press, Trump explained that a new missile defense system would “detect and destroy any missile launched against...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Science, Government, China, Russia, Tech, Department Of Defense, Reagan, Military, United States, Pentagon, Defense Department, Trump, Associated Press Trump


Dreaming of Mars, the startup Relativity Space gets its first launch site on Earth

3D-printing the first rocket on Mars. That’s the goal Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone set for themselves when they founded Los Angeles-based Relativity Space in 2015. At the time they were working from a WeWork in Seattle, during the darkest winter in Seattle history, where Ellis was wrapping up a stint at Blue Origin . The two had met in college at USC in their jet propulsion lab. Noone had gone on to take a job at SpaceX and Ellis at Blue Origin, but the two remained in touch and had an idea f...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Mississippi, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, United States, 3d Printing, Transport, Sun


TESS telescope has found eight new planets, six supernovae

The Kepler program closed down in August, 2018, after nine and a half years of observing the universe.Picking up where it left off, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has already found eight planets, three of which scientists are very excited about, and six supernovae.In many ways, TESS is already outperforming Kepler, and researchers expect it to find more than 20,000 exoplanets over its lifespan. None In 2009, we only knew of the existence of 350 exoplanets, or planets outside of...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Nasa, Innovation, Planets, Jupiter, Kepler, Telescopes, Tess, Cosmos, George Ricker, SpaceX NASA


Glowing space billboards could show ads in the night sky

Look up at the night sky in 2020 and you might see an ad for McDonald's floating among the stars. A Russian startup is working on a project that uses a constellation of small satellites in low-Earth orbit to create glowing ads. The post Glowing space billboards could show ads in the night sky appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Space, News, Trends, Emerging Tech, McDonald, Cubesats, Space Ads, Startrocket


Hidden Crater

Glaciers keep secrets. They hide rivers, hills, and other surface features. They conceal the bodies of animals that roamed the landscape tens of thousands of years ago, and enfold the debris of crashed airplanes. And a glacier in Greenland has hidden evidence of a cosmic impact — a 20-mile-wide crater blasted out by an asteroid. Scientists used several lines of evidence to discover the crater, which is below the Hiawatha glacier on Greenland’s northwestern coast. They used radar scans made by ai...
Tags: Space, Greenland, Damond Benningfield, Hiawatha


More Moon and Aldebaran

Aldebaran, the star that represents the eye of Taurus, the bull, stands close to the upper right of the Moon this evening. Aldebaran is nearing the end of its life, so it has puffed up to several dozen times the diameter of the Sun.
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US plans new space sensors for missile defence against 'rogue states'

Trump likely to present Pentagon findings about changing threat as justification for his planned ‘space force’Donald Trump will unveil a plan on Thursday for a major expansion in US missile defence that will rely on a new generation of space-based sensors.The administration’s long-delayed missile defence review, which the president will present at the Pentagon, will call for the expansion of the US network of sensors and interceptors designed to identify and shoot down incoming projectiles from ...
Tags: Space, North Korea, US, World news, US news, Iran, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, US military, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Administration


SpaceX opts for Texas over LA to build Starship prototypes

Update: CEO Elon Musk says on Twitter that Starship and Raptor (rocket engine) development is staying in Hawthorne, while prototypes are being built in Texas. Musk also said that the story “stems from a miscommunication by SpaceX .” Original story follows (the headline has also been updated). The source info is incorrect. Starship & Raptor development is being done out of our HQ in Hawthorne, CA. We are building the Starship prototypes locally at our launch site in Texas, as their size make...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, California, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Port Of Los Angeles, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Hawthorne, South Texas, Starship, Hawthorne Calif


'Wet Sidewalk Effect' Solves Mystery of Rain on Saturn's Moon Titan

Scientists have found evidence of seasons on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, thanks to observations akin to sunlight reflecting off of wet pavement.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Saturn, Titan, Cassini, Space Weather


First green leaf on moon dies as temperatures plummet

Cotton plant shoots and leaves lunar far side after sprouting onboard China’s Chang’e 4 landerThe appearance of a single green leaf hinted at a future in which astronauts would grow their own food in space, potentially setting up residence at outposts on the moon or other planets. Now, barely after it had sprouted, the cotton plant onboard China’s lunar rover has died.The plant relied on sunlight at the moon’s surface, but as night arrived at the lunar far side and temperatures plunged as low as...
Tags: Space, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Moon, The moon, Chang


The future of space travel is steam

An energy source first exploited in the seventeenth century could propel the next generation of asteroid-hoppers. Lauren Fuge reports.
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India’s space agency is aiming to create world’s first rocket with two reusable stages

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has gained accolades for its multiple successful launches of reusable rockets. Now, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), wants to take this idea a step further and create the first rocket that has two reusable stages. According to a report from Times of India, ISRO is going to conduct advanced tests of this technology in June and July.  For the recovery of the first stage, ISRO is going to follow SpaceX‘s method and land it on a pad situated in the sea. To recover the se...
Tags: Startups, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, India, ISRO, Insider, Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO, Times of India ISRO


Hidden Moon

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter compiled this image of the far side of the Moon, which is perpetually hidden from Earth. The far side features more impact craters than the familiar nearside but fewer dark volcanic plains. That may be because the crust on the far side is much thicker than the near side crust, which prevented large asteroids from puncturing the crust and releasing molten rock. The largest farside feature is the South Pole-Aitken Basin, which is a dark gray circular patch at the botto...
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Moon and Aldebaran

In the first pictures of the far side of the Moon, one feature stood out: a dark circular patch. Since those photos were snapped by a Soviet spacecraft, the feature was named the Sea of Moscow. Most lunar “seas” are on the near side — the hemisphere that always faces Earth. In fact, seas cover about a third of the near side, but only about one percent of the far side. The seas are plains of dark volcanic rock. They formed when asteroids punched holes in the Moon’s crust. Molten rock bubbled to t...
Tags: Space, Earth, Moon, Moscow, Aldebaran, Damond Benningfield


In a first for humankind, China successfully sprouts a seed on the Moon

China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements. None A plant has sprouted on the moon in a Chinese probe, marking the first time a plant has grown on the lunar surface, according to an image and statements released the Ch...
Tags: Space, China, Nasa, Moon, Innovation, Mars, Chang, Gioia Massa, South China Morning Post, Kennedy Space Center, China National Space Administration CNSA, Liu Hanlong, Hanlong


This is the first plant grown on the moon

A cotton seed has germinated on the moon. The sprout is inside a canister on China's Chang’e 4 lander that touched down on the far side of the moon earlier this month. From The Guardian: Plants have been grown previously on the International Space Station, but this is the first time a seed has sprouted on the moon. The ability to grow plants in space is seen as crucial for long-term space missions and establishing human outposts elsewhere in the solar system, such as Mars. Harvesting food...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Biology, China, Earth, International Space Station, Moon, Plants, Chang, Chongqing University


China Grows the First Seed on the Moon

The moon is an inhospitable place. In the sunlight, temperatures hit highs of 260 degrees Fahrenheit, in the dark, it can reach a miserable minus 280. Radiation is high and water is scarce. But according to the China National Space Administration, there is now life growing 240,000 miles from the Earth; cotton seeds carried on…
Tags: Space, News, China, Uncategorized, Earth, China National Space Administration, Onetime


US government shutdown threatens lasting space science impact

95% of NASA employees are unable to work, many fearing long-term consequences. Richard A Lovett reports.
Tags: Space, US, Nasa, Richard A Lovett


The artist who ‘saw’ Ultima Thule 40 years ago

Astronomer and painter imagined ‘snowman’ asteroids long before NASA proved their existence.
Tags: Space, Nasa, Ultima Thule