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Author: 0 First meteor shower of the year peaks Thursday night

For sky watchers to witness the crescendo of meteors, the timing must be right. However, despite the relatively lengthy period in which they occur, catching the peak-where up to 100 meteors shoot across the sky-can be tricky as it only lasts around six hours.

Science NASA says faraway world Ultima Thule shaped like 'snowman'
Author: 0 NASA says faraway world Ultima Thule shaped like 'snowman'

NASA hopes it will help to illuminate how planets were created four and a half billion years ago, both in our solar system and beyond. Ultima Thule is over 40 times farther from the Sun than Earth; this deep in outer space, temperatures clock in around -400 degrees Fahrenheit-and these frigid, Sun-starved conditions can make for fairly pristine preservation.

Author: 0 'Bright fireball' meteor shower visible from Singapore on Friday morning

The best hours are late night and early predawn-and tonight is when the show is going to reach its peak. While most meteor showers have two-day peak, Quadrantids only peak for a few hours, so plan accordingly. "The radiant point for the Quadrantids is easy to find as it sits near the Big Dipper, one of the most well-known constellations in the sky". Be sure to bundle up if you're trying to view the shower, as temperatures are expected to be in the mid-twenties overnight Thursday.

Science China claims to have landed spacecraft in unexplored side of Moon
Author: 0 China claims to have landed spacecraft in unexplored side of Moon

China's Chang'e-4 probe touched down on the far side of the moon Thursday, becoming the first spacecraft soft-landing on the moon's uncharted side never visible from Earth. The rover will also test minerals and radiation. To solve that problem, China launched the relay satellite Queqiao earlier this year to transmit signals from the dark side.

Science Poop Is Piling Up in National Parks Thanks to Government Shutdown
Author: 0 Poop Is Piling Up in National Parks Thanks to Government Shutdown

Visitors were being asked to dispose of their trash elsewhere in "a dumpster or trash can at a hotel or store that is open and has a dumpster or trash can that is not full". "The community holds together", says Ethan Feltges, who runs a Souvenir Shop in the vicinity, and a toilet cabin in front of it. If you feel the need to visit a park during the shutdown, there are responsible ways to do so.

Science Icy Ultima Thule, far beyond Pluto, looks like a snowman
Author: 0 Icy Ultima Thule, far beyond Pluto, looks like a snowman

EST - revealed that the Kuiper Belt object may have a shape similar to a bowling pin, spinning end over end, with dimensions of approximately 20 by 10 miles (32 by 16 kilometers). Ultima Thule , an icy world 6.4 billion kilometres from the sun, looks like a big snowman. A formal name will be given by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center.

Science NASA Makes Space History With Distant Fly-By
Author: 0 NASA Makes Space History With Distant Fly-By

The flyby at 12:33 am Tuesday (0533 GMT) will take place about a billion miles beyond Pluto, which was until now the most faraway world ever visited up close by a spacecraft. He called it an auspicious beginning to 2019, which will mark the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's footsteps on the moon in July 1969.

Science China probe readies to land on dark side of the Moon
Author: 0 China probe readies to land on dark side of the Moon

The Earth will align with the sun and the moon , forcing the sun's light to bend and cast a reddish hue on the moon, hence the name "Blood Moon". China has confirmed that the mission is on target and is expected to make its historic soft landing on the moon between January 1 and January 3.

Science New Horizons probe closes in on remote body Ultima Thule
Author: 0 New Horizons probe closes in on remote body Ultima Thule

This composite image made available by NASA shows the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed " Ultima Thule ", indicated by the crosshairs at centre, with stars surrounding it on August 16, 2018, made by the New Horizons spacecraft . Artist's impression of New Horizons encountering a Pluto-like object in the distant Kuiper Belt . Queen guitarist Brian May, who also happens to be an astrophysicist, joined the team at Johns Hopkins for a midnight premiere of the song he wrote for the big event.

Science Spacecraft to go beyond Pluto on New Year's Day cosmic rock flyby
Author: 0 Spacecraft to go beyond Pluto on New Year's Day cosmic rock flyby

No spacecraft has ever explored a world this far away from the Sun, said Alan Stern , the mission's principal investigator of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The cosmic object, known as Ultima Thule, is about the size of the USA capital, Washington, and orbits in the dark and frigid Kuiper Belt about a billion miles beyond the dwarf planet, Pluto.

Science Trump Gov: limits on coal plant emissions unnecessary
Author: 0 Trump Gov: limits on coal plant emissions unnecessary

In arguing for the limits, environmentalists have pointed at unquantifiable benefits such as reduced health care costs, cleaner air and cleaner water. The proposal , which now goes up for public comment before any final administration approval, would leave the current mercury regulation in place.

Science Super blood wolf moon eclipse coming on January 20th - 21st
Author: 0 Super blood wolf moon eclipse coming on January 20th - 21st

The rare lunar event will be visible in the sky across the United States starting late on January 20 and last into the early morning of January 21. It will finish on January 21 starting at 9:36 pm EST and end at 2:48 am EST. The Earth's shadow will cause the moon to have a dark red color, hence the "blood" part of the name. In Native American times, hungry wolves would be seen near the towns and villages at a full moon.

Science Japan announces IWC withdrawal, will resume commercial whaling
Author: 0 Japan announces IWC withdrawal, will resume commercial whaling

Now, Japan says the whale population has recovered enough to resume commercial hunting, and the IWC has become more like an opponent of whaling than an organization aiming for sustainability. Australia and New Zealand welcomed the decision to abandon the Antarctic whale hunt, but expressed disappointment that Japan would engage in any killing of the ocean mammals.

Science Here’s why this year’s winter solstice is unique
Author: 0 Here’s why this year’s winter solstice is unique

Starting Saturday, daylight will gradually extend each day until the summer solstice in June. The word " solstice " comes from the Latin solstitium meaning "sun stands still", when the "movement of sun's path" stops briefly. According to EarthSky , the last time the winter solstice and full moon occurred within a day of each other was in 2010, and the next time will be in 2029.

Science Officials warn Brits may need to change diet ahead of Brexit
Author: 0 Officials warn Brits may need to change diet ahead of Brexit

Theresa May has said her cabinet is "collectively focused" on passing her Brexit deal, after a number of her ministers openly floated options if the deal fell through, including a second referendum and a "managed no-deal". With her own future in the balance, May has repeatedly insisted that her deal, which envisages continued close ties with the European Union, is the only one on the table and that the alternatives are a painful "no-deal" exit from the European Union or possibly no Brexit at ...

Science Watch The Newgrange Winter Solstice live online this year
Author: 0 Watch The Newgrange Winter Solstice live online this year

Check out the gallery above for last year's winter solstice from around the world. During the local noon, you will see your shadow to be the longest of the year. People receive the amount of daylight based on their latitude, which is the distance from the equator. Although the solstice happens at exactly the same time for everyone on Earth, the time will be different according to what time zone you live in.

Science Winter solstice: Why is it the shortest day of the year?
Author: 0 Winter solstice: Why is it the shortest day of the year?

The moon will help enliven the long night, and, as the US National Weather Service points out , we can now look forward to daylight increasing for the next six months. The shortest day. It is the last full moon of 2018 and it will be on Saturday. The equinoxes, both spring and fall, mark when the sun's rays are directly over the equator, where we have equal length of day and night.

Science Welcome to winter solstice, the shortest day of the year
Author: 0 Welcome to winter solstice, the shortest day of the year

In western Pennsylvania, we will have approximately nine hours and 17 minutes of sunlight. 2018's winter solstice is bringing a full moon and possible meteor shower with it! While we're in the area, if we take a peek at the Google Doodle board we see that we're within a day of the birthdays of Hanif Mohammad (cricket player) and community organizer and activist Connie Mark.

Science Saturn's 'Rain' Is Quickly Killing Its Rings
Author: 0 Saturn's 'Rain' Is Quickly Killing Its Rings

It's always been debated whether Saturn was born with the rings or whether they appeared over time, but the new study suggests that they are younger than the planet. However, according to the paper, some of this debris occasionally gets electrically charged due to the Sun's rays or other space phenomena, making it susceptible to the planet's magnetic field, which starts disrupting the forces "status quo" and drags the affected objects onto Saturn's surface.

Science Mars Express beams back images of ice-filled crater
Author: 0 Mars Express beams back images of ice-filled crater

The images of the Korolev Crater are a testament to the technology and scientific know-how that went into the mission, and a lot of credit must be given to the Mars Express High-Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board. Because this isn't NASA's first rodeo, a team of scientists has been practising the deployment of instruments with an exact replica of the lander (known as ForeSight) on a fake Mars set back here on Earth.

Science Bin collection date changes for Darlington this Christmas
Author: 0 Bin collection date changes for Darlington this Christmas

However, pick-ups falling on Tuesday , December 25, will now be taken on Thursday, December 27 . Normal collections will resume from Monday, January 7 2019. Otherwise, households will be able to put their grey, green and brown wheelie bins, food waste bins and blue boxes out as usual, including on Wednesday 26 December and Wednesday 2 January.

Science LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower
Author: 0 LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower

To talk about the science behind winter solstice , it marks the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere since the sun is positioned at its most southerly position while directly overheating at the Tropic of Capricorn. It's because Earth is nearing its closest point to the sun in its elliptical orbit. Wait. Why is the Earth tilted? At that point, the Earth's North Pole is tilted farthest away from the Sun.

Science Rocket Lab launches 13 CubeSats for NASA
Author: 0 Rocket Lab launches 13 CubeSats for NASA

Managed by NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, VCLS awards are created to foster a commercial market where SmallSats and CubeSats could be placed in orbits to get the best science return. The government hopes to push the boundaries of cheap, reliable launches within the budding market of small rocket services with the initiative. "The wait is over", said Rocket Lab CEO and founder Peter Beck.

Science Government announces waste and recycling overhaul
Author: 0 Government announces waste and recycling overhaul

Unveiled on Tuesday by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom, Michael Gove, the new waste strategy of the UK government embraces renowned European Union (EU) policies that promote circular economy just as the nation prepares to leave the union.

Science Odd light spotted in sky over San Francisco
Author: 0 Odd light spotted in sky over San Francisco

Vandenberg's sunset launches can be seen for hundreds of miles and about the time of the planned launch, folks in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and even farther south reported seeing a odd, shining, cloudlike squiggle in the sky. A considerable amount of eyes were already on the sky anticipating the Delta IV rocket launch from Vandenberg, Calif. The launch has been rescheduled for Thursday.