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NASA: New Software Assesses Threats from Asteroids More Accurately

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 22:10
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the U.S. space agency, NASA, says it has new software that will allow its Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) to better assess potential threats posed by asteroids that can come close to Earth.

Astra to launch mission for NASA from Florida next month

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 21:16
The Space Coast is welcoming another rocket to its shores. Astra will launch a NASA mission from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in January, the California rocket builder announced on Monday (Dec. 6). The flight, Astra's first from Florida ...

NASA names 2021 astronaut candidates as it plans for moon missions

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 21:13
"Today we reach further into the stars as we push forward to the Moon once again and on to Mars," said Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center, which is home to both the astronaut corps and the Mission Control Center.

Mysterious galaxy without dark matter puzzles astronomers

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 21:09
The universe is expanding extremely fast. Every second, stars are sailing away from each other, galaxies are entering new cosmic territory, and oddly enough, it's happening way too quickly. Even the most elegant calculations suggest there isn't sufficient ...

Comet Leonard: How to view it in Columbus, central Ohio this December

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 21:00
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A recently discovered comet will make its closest approach to Earth by mid-December. Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1), named after the astronomer Gregory Leonard who first observed it in January, is visible below the handle of the Big ...

CRISPRing the microbiome is just around the corner

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 20:55
The screening technique Rubin and Diamond developed, called ET-seq (environmental transformation sequencing), uses as a probe a transposon, or jumping gene, that easily inserts randomly into many microbial genomes. By sequencing ...

Tracker shows 100 great white sharks down the East Coast

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 20:33
Tracker Ocearch said the sighting isn't unusual or cause for alarm. An increase in tagging sharks and climate change are being floated as theories behind the shark congregation.

Iron integral to the development of life on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 20:00
Iron is an essential nutrient that almost all life requires to grow and thrive. Iron's importance goes all the way back to the formation of the planet Earth, where the amount of iron in the Earth's rocky mantle was 'set' by the conditions under which ...

NASA introduces its 10 'Artemis generation' astronaut candidates

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 19:56
Test pilots. Engineers. Physicists. A US National Team cyclist. A SpaceX flight surgeon. On Monday, NASA announced its 2021 class of 10 future astronauts, a diverse group of high achievers. The space ...

Watch the entire total solar eclipse of 2021 in just 1 minute! (time-lapse video)

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 19:33
Penguins, a few research scientists and a couple of tourist flights were likely the only people who watched the total eclipse, given the isolated nature of Antarctica. The video comes from the JM Pasachoff Antarctic Expedition, ...

NASA to Highlight New Science Findings, Missions During AGU Meeting

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 19:10
Topics of discussion include upcoming NASA Earth science launches, the scientific discoveries Perseverance's investigations on Mars, and updates from the Juno mission. NASA researchers and colleagues from around the world will present the latest ...

Comet Leonard appears in morning sky

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 18:49
Grab your binoculars and wake up early, and you'll have a chance to see what should be the brightest comet of the year. Comet Leonard, discovered in January by Greg Leonard of the Mount Lemmon Observatory, is visible in the morning sky before sunrise, ...

A Stargazer's Guide to the 2021 Geminid Meteor Shower: When It Will Peak and How to Watch

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 18:38
According to NASA, the Geminids are recognized as the "best and most reliable annual meteor showers." You can anticipate a starry night because they often exhibit 50 or more meteors per hour near their peak. An optimum Geminid display could produce around ...

Tue 9 AM | Beyond clickbait with 'The Stickler's Guide to Science'

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 18:30
The trouble wasn't that anyone thought the COVID vaccine could make them magnetic; it's that several people did, and do. Enter R. Philip Bouchard, who's been designing fun and educational software for a long time, including the original "Oregon Trail" ...

Astronauts see only total solar eclipse of 2021 from space station (photos)

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 18:29
Astronauts at the International Space Station got a glimpse of the only total solar eclipse of 2021, which was otherwise only visible to a few lucky observers in Antarctica. The eclipse, which began on Saturday (Dec. 4) at 2 a.m. EST (0700 GMT), ...

Surging plastic use is fed by coal power — with deadly results

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 18:21
Plastic production has soared in countries that rely heavily on coal for energy, leading to a rise in carbon emissions and particle pollution — which, in turn, has led to a steep increase in illness and death.

Invasion biology: Why intelligent alien life is not the biggest threat from space

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 18:02
A recent paper suggests that the threat of interplanetary biocontamination is one to take more seriously. The authors propose using existing quarantine systems to take care of returning spacecraft and samples. The odds of any living organism traveling ...

Here's how to see Comet Leonard, the brightest comet of 2021

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 17:48
SAN ANTONIO – The brightest comet of 2021 is set to light up the Texas night sky in December. OK, it's not actually going to light up the sky, but you'll have a good chance of seeing Comet Leonard if the conditions are right. According to EarthSky.org, ...

NASA's Next-Generation Asteroid Impact Monitoring System Goes Online

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 17:39
This diagram shows the orbits of 2,200 potentially hazardous objects as calculated by JPL's Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). Highlighted is the orbit of the double asteroid Didymos, the target of NASA's Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART) ...

Astronaut encounters returning to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 17:30
During the Astronaut Encounter, veteran astronauts give a live presentation and hold a question and answer session about what it's like to live and work in space. The Astronaut of the Day is also available for autographs ...

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