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Where/When to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this Weekend

Where/When to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this Weekend According to Sky and Telescope , comet peepers can expect to see around 60 meteors an hour during the peak, with no bright moon mucking up the view. The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. What exactly is a meteor shower? Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. [Full Article...]

Where can you see the Perseid meteor shower?

They say the further you are from artificial lights, the better the view will be. The Perseids arrive each year in the night skies when the Earth passes through the cosmic trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Even if you're a casual observer, you should be able to look up and see 60-70 meteors per hour during the peak. Just lie on a blanket and look straight up. [Full Article...]

Endangered orca that sparked global rescue plan spotted in BC waters

Endangered orca that sparked global rescue plan spotted in BC waters The population of Southern Resident killer whales is down to 75 individuals. The young female orca has sparked an global rescue effort by Canadian and American scientists who have developed a novel plan to feed her salmon medicated with antibiotics. [Full Article...]

NASA is preparing a spacecraft for a trip to the Sun

The spacecraft will travel directly into the Sun's atmosphere, about 4 million miles from its surface. To perform these unprecedented investigations, the spacecraft and instruments will be protected from the Sun's heat by a 4.5-inch-thick (11.43 cm) carbon-composite shield, which will need to withstand temperatures outside the spacecraft that reach almost 2,500 F (1,377 C). [Full Article...]

August 11 Partial Solar Eclipse: Best Times, Places to See

August 11 Partial Solar Eclipse: Best Times, Places to See A solar eclipse happens when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on the planet. In the Indian culture, a solar or lunar eclipse is regarded as a very bad omen, especially for the pregnant women. -Sleeping, urination, defecation, sexual intercourse and makeup are also prohibited during the eclipse. You can see the viewing times for a few locations in Newfoundland ... [Full Article...]

Kangaroos killing permitted after Australian state switches to survival mode

Kangaroos killing permitted after Australian state switches to survival mode New South Wales officials released figures on Wednesday showing that every part of the state is affected, with nearly one-quarter classified as being in "intense drought". Conditions are similarly dire in Queensland to the north, where the state government says almost 60 per cent of land is suffering drought conditions, which are also affecting the southern states of Victoria and South Australia... [Full Article...]

NASA just built the fastest man-made object ever

NASA just built the fastest man-made object ever The Parker Solar Probe, named after American solar astrophysicist Eugene Parker, will, as the USA space agency describes it, " touch the sun " as it flies within 3.9 million miles of the star's surface. In order to combat the intense temperatures, the probe has been covered with a carbon composite coated ceramic capable of withstanding temperatures up to 1,650C (3,002F). [Full Article...]

How to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower in the Northwest this weekend

In certain years ( such as 2016 ), the Perseid shooting star count can rise up to about 200 meteors every hour. You can tell if a meteor is a Perseid by following its direction backwards and, if it's coming from the direction of Perseus, it's a Perseid. [Full Article...]

Hurricane Hector on track to clip south coast of Hawaii's Big Island

Hurricane Hector on track to clip south coast of Hawaii's Big Island PDT update. Hector was on a trajectory that could brush the southern coast of the Big Island late on Wednesday morning, the NHC said. The National Weather Service says Hurricane Hector is expected to pass south of the Big Island Tuesday night and Wednesday as it moves westward. [Full Article...]

Get ready for a ideal Perseid meteor show

The Perseids, which are the most famous summer meteors, will reach peak on Sunday 12th August up to early hours of Monday 13th August. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the lunar calendar. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Lifts Off In Florida, Places Indonesian Satellite In Orbit

SpaceX Falcon 9 Lifts Off In Florida, Places Indonesian Satellite In Orbit Falcon 9 B1046.2 successfully landed aboard OCISLY after its second launch, paving the way for its third mission and beyond. The Merlin upper stage engine reignited for a almost minute-long firing at 1:44 a.m. The space exploration company successfully flew a used booster for the first time back in March 2017. If SpaceX has its way, this won't be the last mission for this Block 5, either. [Full Article...]

Subtropical Storm Debby forms in north Atlantic

Subtropical Storm Debby forms in north Atlantic National Hurricane Center said, "At 1100 AM AST [1500 UTC], the center of Subtropical Storm Debby was located near latitude 38.9 North, longitude 48.5 West". The swells are likely to cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", it added. 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 m... [Full Article...]

Adam Burniston's Forecast | Active storm pattern coming to the Commonwealth

Adam Burniston's Forecast | Active storm pattern coming to the Commonwealth Scattered PM storms returns Saturday but not as many for Sunday with highs staying in the 80's and lows in the upper 60's to near 70. Be aware that we could see some fog later on tonight . We will continue to see a mix of sun and clouds with afternoon showers/storms possible. The combination of temperature and humidity offers the most unpleasant afternoon conditions. [Full Article...]

Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams set to create a new milestone

Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams set to create a new milestone Crewed test flights will likely occur next spring, with Chris Ferguson , a Boeing vice president who was the commander of the last shuttle mission, Eric Boe , a former shuttle pilot, and Nicole Aunapu Mann , a former Navy pilot who will be making her first space flight, onboard the Boeing CST-100 Starliner . [Full Article...]

Mysterious big rogue planet spotted lurking outside our solar system

Mysterious big rogue planet spotted lurking outside our solar system A new planet with a large aurora has been discovered drifting alone through space. A light year is equal to about 6 trillion miles. Dr Melodie Kao , an astronomer at Arizona State University said as per a report by Independent , "This object is right at the boundary between a planet and a brown dwarf, or "failed star" , and is giving us some surprises that can potentially help us unders... [Full Article...]

Red tide, dead fish plague tourists

Red tide, dead fish plague tourists The Florida red tide organism, known as Karenia Brevis, produces brevetoxins that can affect the central nervous system of fish and other vertebrates, causing these animals to die. Currents may push the blooms to shore and chemical conditions on the shoreline can help the algae sustain itself. The red tide is going strong - and has been joined by toxic blue-green algae invading Lake Okeechobee, an... [Full Article...]

These Astronauts Will Fly SpaceX, Boeing Spacecraft to the ISS

These Astronauts Will Fly SpaceX, Boeing Spacecraft to the ISS NASA retired its space shuttle fleet that year, and started sending astronauts to the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, at a cost of $81 million (U.S.) per seat. "We take it seriously". They we will crew the first test flights, and then missions involving both Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon . [Full Article...]

New Radio Telescope Picks up Strange Signal From Space

New Radio Telescope Picks up Strange Signal From Space The pulse's fast, low frequency suggests that the blast was extremely bright and originated from an insanely powerful source somewhere in the cosmos. FRB signals were first observed in the year of 2001 with help of pulsar survey of the Magellanic Clouds but scientists and researchers didn't mention them until 2007 in their studies and discoveries. [Full Article...]

Dems Rip Page From GOP Playbook to Fight Trump's Pollution Rollback

Dems Rip Page From GOP Playbook to Fight Trump's Pollution Rollback Thirteen states, plus Washington , DC, have adopted California's standards. The Natural Resources Council of ME said the changes will result in more harmful pollutants drifting into ME - which already has among the nation's highest asthma rates - and "adds insult to injury by also eliminating states' rights to set our own clean auto standards". [Full Article...]

NASA names astronauts for first manned US space launches since 2011

Crewed test flights will likely occur next spring, with Chris Ferguson , a Boeing vice president who was the commander of the last shuttle mission, Eric Boe , a former shuttle pilot, and Nicole Aunapu Mann , a former Navy pilot who will be making her first space flight, onboard the Boeing CST-100 Starliner. [Full Article...]


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