Saturn is losing its rings

The planet's magnetic field is causing the rings to be pulled inward by gravity, creating a dusty rain of ice particles. Saturn's rings are being dragged into its main body by gravitational pull from the planet. "If rings are temporary", O'Donogh... More..

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Most-distant solar system object ever discovered
by | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Most-distant solar system object ever discovered

The object is more than 3.5 times the current distance between Pluto and the sun (34 AU), and it outpaces the previous farthest-known solar system object, the dwarf planet Eris , which is now about 96 AU fro...More..

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’
by | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

Berry's family members, including his father, two brothers and another accomplice, lost some of their hunting privileges, the AP reported. Berry was convicted of illegally taking wildlife in southwest Missou...More..

‘Christmas comet’ - the year’s brightest - to pass by Earth this weekend
by | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

‘Christmas comet’ - the year’s brightest - to pass by Earth this weekend

It is a member of the Jupiter family of comets - their farthest point from the sun being near the orbit of Jupiter. This article by Rao gives you more details about where to look , depending on when you are ...More..

Virgin Galactic's supersonic plane reaches space
by | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Virgin Galactic's supersonic plane reaches space

Aboard were test pilots Mark "Forger" Stucky and C.J Sturckow. The plane reentered the atmosphere at 2.5 times the speed of sound and landed a few minutes later. "But let's not forget that space is also hard an...More..

VSS Unity reaches edge of space in landmark test flight
by | Monday, December 17, 2018

VSS Unity reaches edge of space in landmark test flight

For its fourth test flight on Thursday, the SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship reached a height of 82.7km - which the company considers to be the boundary of space, based on recent research, even though the l...More..

Look up: Geminid meteor shower peaks Thursday night
by | Monday, December 17, 2018

Look up: Geminid meteor shower peaks Thursday night

With hundreds of meteors streaking across the night sky, the Geminids are often the best meteor shower of the year. Each year, the Earth passes through a trail of debris left by the asteroid as it orbits ar...More..

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: Where and when to watch it peak tonight
by | Friday, December 14, 2018

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: Where and when to watch it peak tonight

The meteor shower was set to be streamed through Slooh, a network of telescopes, on Thursday night as well. So the sky is darker, and the shooting stars will be higher in the sky, and thus brighter. Under ide...More..

Russian Cosmonauts Investigate Mysterious Hole In ISS During Six-Hour Space Walk
by | Friday, December 14, 2018

Russian Cosmonauts Investigate Mysterious Hole In ISS During Six-Hour Space Walk

The 2mm cavity on the Soyuz spaceship docked at the ISS caused an air leak detected in August, two months after the craft's last voyage. The hole appeared as a black mark or spot on the exposed metal skin of ...More..

Virgin Galactic aims to reach space with tourism rocket
by | Thursday, December 13, 2018

Virgin Galactic aims to reach space with tourism rocket

Built by The Spaceship Co., Virgin's SpaceShipTwo rocketplane, also known as VSS Unity, was carried aloft from the Mojave Air and Space Port by a twin-fuselage carrier jet known as WhiteKnightTwo and released a...More..

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week
by | Thursday, December 13, 2018

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

Most meteor showers are a result of our planet passing through the comet debris which burn upon contact with Earth's atmosphere. This particular meteor show is called the Geminids because it seems to ra...More..

Beyond the Weather: Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend
by | Thursday, December 13, 2018

Beyond the Weather: Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend

But Saturday, about 3 a.m. ET, will have less moonlight obstructing the view of the meteors in the United States. Fox News reported that the Leonid meteor shower will peak around 1 a.m. At peak time spect...More..

A 'Christmas Comet' will be visible in Irish skies this festive season
by | Thursday, December 13, 2018

A 'Christmas Comet' will be visible in Irish skies this festive season

A map from Sky & Telescope demonstrating Comet 64P/Wirtanen's path through the sky. What is the Christmas Comet? Compare that to Halley's Comet, which only appears in the solar system every 88 years. "We wa...More..

by | Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Space station crew to inspect mysterious hole on spacewalk

After more than five hours of a rare broadcast - showing the cosmonauts in space trying to cut through an insulate of the spacecraft with a knife - they uncovered the external part of the hole, originally disco...More..

Chang’e-4 Lunar probe is on its way to the moon
by | Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Chang’e-4 Lunar probe is on its way to the moon

If successful, the historic undertaking could substantially deepen the world's understanding of the moon and the solar system. China has launched a new space probe that will journey to the far side of the...More..

NASA's Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space
by | Tuesday, December 11, 2018

NASA's Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space

Following on the heels of its sibling, NASA's Voyager 2 has entered interstellar space , The Verge reports . In 2012, Voyager 1 also detected a steep decline in solar wind particle counts, signifying that...More..

NASA InSight Lander Sends Back Audio Of Martian Winds
by | Monday, December 10, 2018

NASA InSight Lander Sends Back Audio Of Martian Winds

The air pressure sensor detected the air vibrations directly while the seismometer recorded vibrations caused by the Martian wind blowing across InSight's solar panels. InSight landed on Mars on Novem...More..

China launched a mission to the dark side of the moon
by | Monday, December 10, 2018

China launched a mission to the dark side of the moon

Named the " lunar mini biosphere ", the experiment, which was conceived and designed by a total of 28 Chinese universities, is a plant cultivation concept involving a 3kg container with arabidopsis and potato...More..

Trump administration to lift barriers to build new coal plants
by | Sunday, December 09, 2018

Trump administration to lift barriers to build new coal plants

According to one source, the move is not expected to lead to the immediate construction of new coal plants, which are not financially viable because of a combination of cheap natural gas and other environmental...More..

GLOBAL WARMING ALERT: Greenland ice sheet melting at ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ rate - ‘TRUMP EFFECT’
by | Sunday, December 09, 2018

GLOBAL WARMING ALERT: Greenland ice sheet melting at ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ rate - ‘TRUMP EFFECT’

The genuine final message is its just two last decades we have observed the unparalleled rise in runoff said Sarah Das, a glaciologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and co-author on the study. Low-l...More..

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands in ocean after successful cargo launch
by | Saturday, December 08, 2018

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands in ocean after successful cargo launch

The first stage rocket had separated normally several minutes after the lift-off, but as it approached the landing site, it started spinning rapidly. "Engines stabilised rocket spin just in time, enabling an ...More..

These Newly-Released Selfies From NASA's Mars InSight Lander Are Extremely Cool
by | Saturday, December 08, 2018

These Newly-Released Selfies From NASA's Mars InSight Lander Are Extremely Cool

The sounds released include data from InSight's seismometer of vibrations caused by wind moving over the lander's solar panels and from the lander's air presser sensor. " Capturing this audio was an unplann...More..

SpaceX breaks 4 records with Falcon 9 launch from California
by | Saturday, December 08, 2018

SpaceX breaks 4 records with Falcon 9 launch from California

Dragon will now soon arrive at the Space Station Saturday carrying more than 5,600 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware. It marked the first time the same booster flew three separate missions. Th...More..

Astronauts on new mission dismiss safety concerns after Soyuz accident
by | Friday, December 07, 2018

Astronauts on new mission dismiss safety concerns after Soyuz accident

The event was the first failed manned launch for the Russian space program since 1983 when a Soyuz rocket exploded on the launch pad. On Monday, a Soyuz rocket carrying three astronauts from Russia, the US an...More..

Hawaiian monk seal has eel removed from its nose
by | Friday, December 07, 2018

Hawaiian monk seal has eel removed from its nose

It's the question on everyone's lips at the moment - just why do seals keep getting eels stuck up their noses? Baffled researchers have no idea how the seal (or the eel ) found itself in this 'slippery situa...More..

Soyuz heads to ISS on first manned mission since failure
by | Friday, December 07, 2018

Soyuz heads to ISS on first manned mission since failure

The hatch to the Russian ship ferrying the crewmembers opened at 2:37 pm. NASA astronaut Anne McClain , David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos...More..

Nations pressed on 'urgent threat' of climate change
by | Thursday, December 06, 2018

Nations pressed on 'urgent threat' of climate change

The 92-year-old TV presenter blamed humans for the "disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years". "Carbon pollution has been rising since this government came to office and is projecte...More..

India 4th Highest Carbon Dioxide Emitter, Emissions May Grow by 6.3 %
by | Thursday, December 06, 2018

India 4th Highest Carbon Dioxide Emitter, Emissions May Grow by 6.3 %

After three years of nearly no growth, carbon emissions from fossil fuels and industry are expected to increase by 2.7 percent in 2018, according to an annual report by the Global Carbon Project , an worldwi...More..

Tsunami alert after New Caledonia quake
by | Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Tsunami alert after New Caledonia quake

New Zealand, which falls within the radius, is not under threat, the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management declared via Twitter. Authorities said the quake, followed by at least 20 strong aftersh...More..