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Science Here's how and when to watch the Perseid meteor shower
Author: 0 Here's how and when to watch the Perseid meteor shower

This annual meteor shower comes as the earth moves through the debris field of the comet Swift-Tuttle. Astronomers said hundreds of shooting stars will streak across the sky between August 12 and 13 in a display that may be visible around the world.

Science Rare teeth from ancient mega-shark found on Australia beach
Author: 0 Rare teeth from ancient mega-shark found on Australia beach

Well, meet Philip Mullaly: "It was an awesome creature, it would have been terrifying to come across", the amateur fossil hunter and schoolteacher tells the New York Times of his 2015 discovery on a beach in Victoria, Australia . The shark, which stalked Australia's oceans around 25 million years ago, feasting on small whales and penguins, could grow more than nine metres long, nearly twice the length of today's great white shark.

Science NASA second attempt at solar probe launch
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PSP is the only NASA mission, scientific probe to study the sun's corona and solar wind . The probe, named after American solar astrophysicist Eugene Newman Parker, will have to survive hard heat and radiation conditions. Parker watched the launch at Cape Canaveral and said it was his first time seeing a rocket blast off in person. All I can say is wow, here we go. Finally, after two firings of the second-stage engine, the Parker Solar Probe and its Northrup Grumman solid-fuel upper ...

Science Nasa delays solar probe launch
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The probe is meant to plunge into the Sun's mysterious atmosphere, known as the corona, coming within 6.16 million kilometres of its surface during a seven-year mission. At Parker Solar Probe's closest approach to the Sun, temperatures on the heat shield will reach almost 1,371 degrees Celsius, but the spacecraft and its instruments will be kept at a relatively comfortable temperature of about 29.4 degrees Celsius.

Science Search underway for sick orca whale
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Cottrell couldn't say when the Canadian approvals would be in place, but said the process involves reviewing the proposal against the Species at Risk Act, consulting experts and considering regulations against feeding killer whales that were put in place to prevent habituation to humans.

Science Hurricane Hector threatens Hawaii, John targets Mexico
Author: 0 Hurricane Hector threatens Hawaii, John targets Mexico

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Big Island as it passes Hawaii as a strong Category 4 storm. No coastal watches are warnings were issued, but forecasters said a tropical storm watch may be issued for Johnston Island. Surf along east facing shores is building and is expected to peak tonight and into early Wednesday at 12 to 15 feet for the Big Island and 6 to 10 feet for Maui County.

Science Last Solar Eclipse of 2018 to Occur today
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If the weather is good in the morning, when the eclipse starts (around 4:02 a.m. E.T.), then it may become the most viewed solar eclipse of the year. Following the blood moon on July 27, a partial solar eclipse will be witnessed today. As the moon passes in between the sun and the earth, the angle will be such that the centre of the shadow of the moon will not fall on the Earth so the effect won't be as dramatic.

Science Perseid meteor shower peaks Saturday, Sunday nights
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Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle. You'll need to let your eyes adjust to the darkness. Speaking from experience, I used to watch the show as a kid living a mile from New York's JFK airport, and I generally saw a handful of meteors from my backyard with all the house lights turned off.

Science Nasa's coolest Parker Solar Probe to lift off and touch Sun soon
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The car-sized probe, which will get within 3.9million miles of the sun's surface, is set to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida , on Saturday at 8.33am British time. It's created to take solar punishment like never before, thanks to its revolutionary heat shield that's capable of withstanding 1,370 degrees Celsius.

Science France floods: German man missing, 1600 campers evacuated
Author: 0 France floods: German man missing, 1600 campers evacuated

The public prosecutor for the region confirmed to AFP that the president and vice-president of the association that brought the children from Leverkusen to the village of Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas were being held on suspicion of causing unintentional injury and endangering the lives of others.

Science Perseid meteor shower: how to see shooting stars this weekend
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You can watch the meteor shower on the Virtual Telescope Project's website starting from August 12. If you're unable to stay up late on those days, try Saturday night. This is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by our planet. That's why some people call them shooting stars, but they have nothing to do with stars.

Science Perseid August 2018: When can I see the meteor shower?
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We've talked about the Perseid's before, so why am I talking about them again? The Big Show though is expected to arrive this weekend with the Persied's peak. But Cooke said the Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be spectacular. Heck, even tonight you'll see a few. A major determining factor on where a good place is to watch the Perseids meteor shower is local cloud cover and artificial light pollution.

Science Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 164, At Least 1400 Injured
Author: 0 Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 164, At Least 1400 Injured

The Red Cross previously said aid was struggling to reach the northern parts of the island due to debris from the quake and the ongoing risk of landslides. Motorcycles parked on the street in northern Lombok's Tanjung district toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed. The national disaster agency said there are still some evacuees that have not yet received aid, especially in the north and west of the island.

Author: 0 Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth. This year's Perseid meteor shower will be highly visible both Saturday and Sunday night, giving watchers ample opportunity to spot plenty of shooting stars.

Science Summer’s most popular meteor shower peaks this weekend!
Author: 0 Summer’s most popular meteor shower peaks this weekend!

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to produce 60 to 70 meteors per hour on these dates. Why does this occur every summer? As a comet passes closer to the sun, its ice warms and begins to release particles of dust and rock into the atmosphere, which can result in a glowing trail of vapor.

Author: 0 Meteor shower of the year coming up

It's the biggest meteor shower of the year , so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars. This year, the Perseid meteor shower will be particularly spectacular because the moon will be a thin crescent and will set early leaving a dark canvas for the meteors' bright streaks.

Science Hurricane John weakens a little off Mexican coast
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ET, Hector had winds of 130 miles per hour and was moving to the west at 16 miles per hour. However, tropical-storm-force winds and pounding, unsafe surf are possible late Tuesday and Wednesday. It was likely to bring rain to the southern part of peninsula as well as heavy surf . The tropical Atlantic remains cooler than normal and there is a relatively high potential that a weak El Niño develops in the next several months.

Science Hurricane Hector is headed toward Hawaii, where a volcano is erupting
Author: 0 Hurricane Hector is headed toward Hawaii, where a volcano is erupting

The National Hurricane Center on Sunday warned residents of Hawaii that Hurricane Hector , a Category 3 storm, could make landfall on the islands this week. It unclear whether it'll hit or just brush the southern edge of the Big Island by Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. We introduced some elevated precipitation chances over the eastern slopes of the Big Island from Wednesday into Thursday as deep tropical moisture will likely move up the slopes of Maunakea and Maunaloa ...

Science Astronomers discover weird rogue planet glowing with auroras
Author: 0 Astronomers discover weird rogue planet glowing with auroras

Jansky Very Large Array to probe the planet's radio emissions determined the object to be a rogue planet . "This. object is exciting because studying its magnetic dynamo mechanisms can give us new insights on how the same type of mechanisms can operate in planets beyond our solar system", Kao said .

Science SpaceX's brand new, recyclable Falcon 9 rocket launches again
Author: 0 SpaceX's brand new, recyclable Falcon 9 rocket launches again

It became the 28th booster that SpaceX has ever recovered. SpaceX only had a two-hour launch window that opened at 1:18 am EST Tuesday in which to complete the mission. Merah Putih will be located at 108 degrees east longitude. Merah Putih's on-board engine will circularize its orbit over the equator in the coming weeks.

Science Nasa names astronauts for first commercial flights
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The first United States astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station . The astronauts will travel in the new Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon . Josh Cassada , 45, will fly with Sunita ("Suni") Williams , 52, aboard NASA's first contracted Starliner mission. The space agency selected eight of its finest active astronauts, plus one retired astronaut, from a wide array of backgrounds.

Science Massive rogue planet found lurking outside our solar system
Author: 0 Massive rogue planet found lurking outside our solar system

Brown dwarf planets are sometimes called "failed stars" because they're almost large enough for fusion to begin taking place in their core, but that's not even the most unique thing about this particular planet. It's an absolutely massive alien world that is almost big enough to be classified as a brown dwarf. An unaccompanied brown dwarf like SIMP JO1365663+0933473, the object detected by the VLA, does not have a companion star and thus is not flying through a solar wind.

Science Manatee in distress from signs of red tide exposure taken to SeaWorld
Author: 0 Manatee in distress from signs of red tide exposure taken to SeaWorld

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is now examining samples of the algae from different locations along the west coast. Siesta Key is known for its blue water and lively marine life. Sea turtles, manatees, fish and other animals are seeing a spike in their mortality rate during 2018, especially in Southwest Florida. Florida's southwest waterways are now under assault by two different combatants: A red tide bloom from the Gulf of Mexico and a separate toxic algae ...

Science NASA names astronauts for first manned US space launch since 2011
Author: 0 NASA names astronauts for first manned US space launch since 2011

On board Starliner's first mission will be NASA veteran Sunita Williams , a retired Navy captain and experienced space shuttle astronaut, and Josh Cassada , a Navy pilot making his first flight to space . and SpaceX to develop spacecraft and rocket systems to launch from the United States. Chris Ferguson , a former NASA astronaut who has worked with Boeing as it developed its Starliner spacecraft, will fly as a private astronaut.

Science Radio telescope near Penticton, B.C., opening new doors in astrophysics
Author: 0 Radio telescope near Penticton, B.C., opening new doors in astrophysics

The pulse's fast, low frequency suggests that the blast was extremely bright and originated from an insanely powerful source somewhere in the cosmos. And the signal has even been named - well, branded - "FRB 180725A". University of Nottingham astrophysics professor Christopher Conselice said the discovery could help pave the way for a greater understanding of what causes FRBs.

Author: 0 NASA announces crew who will fly first commercial rockets into space

Williams was selected as an astronaut in 1998 and has spent 322 days in space over the course of two missions, including one in which she was the commander of the International Space Station . NASA had originally expected the companies to have their spacecraft ready for missions to the International Space Station by the end of past year, but neither were able to meet that target.

Author: 0 NASA Taps 9 Astronauts For First Crewed Boeing, SpaceX Test Flights

While both companies had recently said they would conduct their first test flights with astronauts on board by the end of this year, those flights are now scheduled for 2019 . Air Force Colonel Bob Behnken is one of two test pilots for the Space-X CRE Dragon. During the manned tests, the astronauts will be able to use the displays inside the spacecraft, communicate with mission control and practise manual controls during flight.

Science Coles to again stop handing out free plastic bags
Author: 0 Coles to again stop handing out free plastic bags

Despite Coles customers being notified on their receipts and also on checkout screens that free bags were coming to an end on August 1 a Coles spokeswoman confirmed otherwise. Yesterday's decision - which essentially provided bags that used more plastic than the old single-use ones - was met with outrage from the public and environmental groups.

Science NASA set to announce astronauts for SpaceX, Boeing missions
Author: 0 NASA set to announce astronauts for SpaceX, Boeing missions

In a statement , the agency said that additional crew members for those first post-certification missions "will be assigned by NASA's worldwide partners at a later date". The first tests flights are expected to take place within the next few months, into early next year. Two companies have NASA contracts to provide flights to the ISS between 2019 and 2024: SpaceX and Boeing (ba).