Sci-tech

by | August 16, 2018 | 02:18

Roughly the size of a small auto, the spacecraft lifted off at 3:31 a.m., EDT, on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The probe rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida early yesterday morning, following an aborted attempt the day before. Back in 1958, when the 31-year-old Parker suggested that the charged particles streamed continuously from the Sun and fill up the space, the scientific community refused ...

by | August 14, 2018 | 16:46

NASA has launched a mission to get closer than its ever gotten before to the sun, its corona and solar wind . Scientists aim to learn more about the mechanisms that power the solar wind of charged particles the sun sends into the solar system, creating aurorae on Earth and sometimes screwing with our tech.

by | August 14, 2018 | 08:36

It hurls powerful plasma and energetic particles that can unleash geomagnetic space storms and disrupt Earth's power grid. But on the back side of that heat shield, where Parker's four instruments, its flight computer and other critical systems are located, temperatures will be maintained at a relatively cool 85 degrees.

by | August 13, 2018 | 11:13

This partial solar eclipse will be directly visible to parts of the Northern Hemisphere , though this does not include India. A partial solar eclipse is visible over a statue. The Partial eclipse on August 11 will be the third time when the moon could be seen taking a bite of the Sun, this year. All around the world, different cultures have different kinds of reasoning.

by | August 13, 2018 | 08:27

EST on August 12 (today) until 4 a.m. EST on August 13 (Monday). The Perseids are always popular with skywatchers, and this year's show could be especially dazzling - in part, experts say, because the crescent moon will have set and there will be no moonlight to wash out the fainter meteors.

by | August 13, 2018 | 04:07

The car-sized observatory is created to endure temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit as it flies within 4 million miles of the sun's surface. "It's a whole new phase, and it's going to be fascinating throughout". The Parker Solar Probe lifted off on the Delta IV Heavy rocket a day late, after a dramatic delay on Saturday saw lift-off halted with two minutes to go.

by | August 12, 2018 | 02:59

They plan to launch the Parker Solar Probe , atop the Delta IV-Heavy with Upper Stage rocket, this Saturday August 11th. The first mission to "touch" the Sun, which will be launched tomorrow, Saturday, August 11, will travel in a region never before explored by humanity, says the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA ).

by | August 12, 2018 | 01:32

Because the moon reaches its new phase on August 11 - it will be just an early waxing crescent - and the shower's peak is in the early hours of August 13, the moonlight "shouldn't cause us any problems at all", said Chris Vessey, co-founder of Sidewalk Astronomers of Charlottetown .

by | August 11, 2018 | 13:23

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show. There's no need to worry about meteors raining down on you, though, as Sky and Telescope says the bright streaks of the Perseids burning up are actually about 80 miles (128,748 meters) above your head and created by pieces of space debris about the size of a small pebble.

by | August 11, 2018 | 00:47

As of 8 a.m., the center of Hurricane Hector was approximately 495 miles ESE of Hilo at latitude 16.3 N and longitude 148.5 W, moving west at approximately 16 miles per hour. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center of the storm and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km).

by | August 07, 2018 | 11:39

This brownish celestial body is travelling through the galaxy completely alone around 20 light years from Earth and has an unusual aurora emanating from its pole. They are originally formed inside a star system but somehow escaped. Despite its weight, the newly discovered planet has a radius only 1.2 times that of Jupiter , the study said.

by | August 06, 2018 | 14:33

The test flight astronauts on the Crew Dragon , both of whom joined NASA in 2000, will be Col. "For the first time since 2011, we are on the brink of launching American astronauts from American rockets on American soil", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a televised briefing on Friday.

by | August 06, 2018 | 10:13

But experts say it is the lowest radio emission received from beyond our Milky Way - and its source is therefore likely to be extremely powerful. One thing is true: whatever this signal is - be it the result of a star exploding, black holes merging or just a hell of a party from the aliens, scientists will not be able to find its origin with today's technology.

by | August 04, 2018 | 11:28

The Obama-era standard mandated that automobiles sold by vehicle companies have to reach 50 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2025. In a 978-page document (pdf ) released on August 2, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are also proposing to retract a waiver issued to California in 2013, which enabled the state to set its own stricter emissions standards.

by | August 04, 2018 | 10:16

The supermarket's leading rival Woolworths has confirmed it will stick to guns on the plastic bag ban. Environmental groups are furious with the decision. With threats of a shopping boycott by environmentally minded shoppers, Coles announced on Thursday that customers would start paying for bags on August 29.

by | August 04, 2018 | 05:00

Additional crew members will be assigned by NASA's worldwide partners in the space station at a later date, the agency said. Similarly, the first Starliner is being now being outfitted for launch at Kennedy Space Center , and the test flight's Atlas V Centaur upper stage-never flown in the dual-engine configuration-ships to Florida in August.

by | August 03, 2018 | 08:56

Among the options being considered by NASA is to use the crewed flight test as a crew rotation flight by adding a third astronaut to the mission and extending its stay from two weeks to as long as six months. "While we know there's quite a bit of interest and focus on who will fly first, NASA is more interested in both of them flying successfully", Stephanie Schierholz, a spokeswoman for the U.S.

by | August 03, 2018 | 06:56

The administration also wants to limit states' rights to make their own standards, to which California and several other states have already said , We'll see you in court. "More realistic standards will promote a healthy economy by bringing newer, safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles to USA roads and we look forward to receiving input from the public".

by | August 01, 2018 | 19:48

Naturally, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was dispatched to cable news to undermine Cohen's testimony. Cohen wasn't at the Trump Tower meeting and Cohen has not offered evidence to support the claim that Trump knew about the meeting.

by | August 01, 2018 | 14:09

At their nearest, the two planets will be just 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometres) apart. Here is when and how users can get the best view of Mars , and why this opposition is different from its previous versions. But it must be noted that Mars closest to the Earth does not mean it will be at its brightest too. The small blue dot is the NASA rover Opportunity.

by | July 30, 2018 | 20:19

More from Tel Aviv; the lunar eclipse totality was one hour and 43 minutes, just shy of the longest possible totality: one hour and 47 minutes, according to Time . In ancient times , this phenomenon was thought to be a bad omen, but now it is understood that it is simply due to the scattering of light by the air in our atmosphere.

by | July 30, 2018 | 03:39

Norwegian authorities said a polar bear on Saturday attacked and injured a polar bear guard who was leading tourists off a cruise ship on an Arctic archipelago. Etminan said the victim did not appear to suffer life-threatening injuries. On Saturday morning, however, the injured guard did not see the polar bear, he said.

by | July 29, 2018 | 22:59

The period of complete eclipse-known as "totality", when the moon appears darkest-lasted from 1930 to 2113 GMT. A large number of skygazer clubs in the city had made arrangements for public viewing of the longest total lunar eclipse of the century, by placing telescopes on rooftops or balconies, but it proved fruitless.

by | July 29, 2018 | 14:33

The total lunar eclipse happens Friday afternoon (our time), and will last around one hour and 45 minutes. Scientists say there are three types of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbral. The full moon will begin to darken as it enters the Earth's shadow at 7.15pm, with the total eclipse beginning at 9.30pm. The moon passed in front of the sun, casting a 70-mile-wide shadow .

by | July 28, 2018 | 16:17

Before the closest approach, Mars will be in opposition on Friday, which means Mars and the Sun will appear in opposite positions as viewed from Earth. But tomorrow's predicted thunderstorms allowing, we should be able to see it in the UK. How often are lunar Eclipse? The total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27 2018.

by | July 27, 2018 | 15:42

Lunar eclipses often throw up interesting data for astronomers. Unlike a solar eclipse which is only visible from a particular spot at the right time, a lunar eclipse can be seen from everywhere in Australia and without special instruments - weather permitting.

by | July 27, 2018 | 15:28

All of that water is either locked up in solid form, however, or locked away in the distant past. "This subsurface anomaly on Mars has radar properties matching water or water-rich sediments", said Roberto Orosei, lead author of the paper and principal investigator of the MARSIS experiment .

by | July 27, 2018 | 10:58

As such, Mars should be easily seen by the naked eye, even in light-polluted metropolitan areas like Taipei. "Every couple of years or so, the Earth overtakes Mars on the inside as it orbits the Sun, so Mars is closest to us". This phenomenon could be explained by the elliptical or oval-shaped orbits that Earth and Mars followed around the Sun. Unlike solar eclipses , which require protective eyewear, a lunar eclipse can be viewed without specialised eye protection.

by | July 26, 2018 | 11:44

Often referred to as a blood moon , a total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves directly between the sun and the moon. NASA said that will be a "super moon" with the totality visible from North America. ... The BM Birla Science Centre said the eclipse itself would start a little before midnight at about 11.15pm IST. A lunar eclipse can occur only when the moon is full.

by | July 26, 2018 | 11:02

Liquid water may be largely absent on the surface, but a stunning new analysis from the European Space Agency ( ESA ) says there's plenty of it in a vast underground lake near the planet's south pole . The lake likely stays liquid due to salts from Martian rocks dissolving into the water, coupled with the pressure of the ice above. The team also suspects that while they have only found evidence for water at one location, it probably isn't the only subglacial lake on Mars.

by | July 25, 2018 | 14:46

The extra power available because of Block 9 full thrust version of the rocket was hugely useful in lifting Telstar-19 with its 7076 kgs of launch weight. The satellite was built by SSL , a Maxar Technologies company, and has a 15 year design life. The satellite has a mix of traditional Ku-band wide beams and Ku- and Ka-band spot beams for connectivity services including internet for consumers, stores, offices and mobile platforms like boats and airplanes.

by | July 23, 2018 | 11:28

All these coveted items will soon be up for sale in a series of auctions that starts this November and will carry on next year as well when the sales are scheduled for May and November. Dubbed the Armstrong Family Collection, the collection contains more than 2,000 items and will be under the hammer in a series of three auctions. Armstrong's son, Mark Armstrong, said: "There will be flown items, autographed items and items of historical significance".

by | July 21, 2018 | 04:27

Another two orbs were spotted among the inner group of moons, which orbit in the prograde (same direction), and take slightly less than a year to travel around Jupiter. More specifically, this moon presents a prograde orbit around Jupiter at a distance where other four moons have retrograde orbits. This moon, now called Valetudo , moves in a prograde motion, though it is slightly inclined compared to the orbits of the other moons.

by | July 19, 2018 | 02:54

After launch, the capsule separated from the rocket just like it should, and then its emergency motor ignited - just as it's supposed to during an emergency situation. In a brief statement announcing Wednesday's flight, Blue Origin offered no further details on the objectives or the technical parameters for the planned high-altitude escape motor test.

by | July 18, 2018 | 01:42

The team first glimpsed the moons in March last year from the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, but needed more than a year to confirm that the bodies were locked in orbit around the gas giant. Beyond these is a group known as the "prograde" moons - more tiny, irregular satellites , all of which travel around Jupiter in the same direction that the planet rotates (counter-clockwise, in the view shown below).