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What's Up in the Sky: Mars dazzles in the east after sunset

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 22:30
The highlight this month is dazzling Mars, which dominates the night sky, rising in the east after sunset. Mars will be closest to Earth on Oct. 6, when it will be 38.57 million miles and outshine Jupiter. We will not see Mars this bright again until 2035. Looking ...

Diary Of An Apprentice Astronaut review: An enthralling book

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 22:11
Diary Of An Apprentice Astronaut. Samantha Cristoforetti Allen Lane £25. Rating: Thanks to Covid-19, many of us are dreaming of an escape from Earth at present – and Samantha Cristoforetti's absorbing tale of becoming an astronaut and venturing into ...

Rare Halloween Blue Moon Joins October Sky Over Metro Denver

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 21:51
DENVER, CO — With everything else 2020 has wrought in Colorado — and, really, almost everywhere on the planet — a blue moon on Halloween sounds about right. The second full moon of the month is called a blue moon. It so happens that the Oct. 31 full ...

Rare Halloween Blue Moon Joins October Sky Over Boulder

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 21:49
BOULDER, CO — With everything else 2020 has wrought in Colorado — and, really, almost everywhere on the planet — a blue moon on Halloween sounds about right. The second full moon of the month is called a blue moon. It so happens that the Oct. 31 ...

Skywatcher's Guide: Best view of Mars until 2035

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 20:58
Most of the naked eye planets have had exceptional displays during the past several months, but during this October none are as visually arresting as is planet Mars. Most skywatchers have already seen the god of war by now, that brilliant coppery-orange ...

Since astronauts vote from space, you can definitely vote on Earth

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 19:48
In the early days of space travel, astronauts only stayed in orbit for a few weeks at most. But now that NASA and other space agencies launch missions that can last months, astronauts have to plan ahead to participate in important Earthly events, like the ...

NASA would really like it if you stared at the moon on Saturday night

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 19:35
Did you know that Sept. 26, 2020 is officially the date of the annual International Observe the Moon Night? To celebrate the occasion, NASA's latest "Image of the Day" drop highlighted a view of Earth's lone natural satellite as seen back in 1991. The dark ...

Neanderthal and Denisovan Y Chromosomes Sequenced – Surprise When Compared to Modern Human DNA

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 19:02
Neanderthals have adopted male sex chromosome from modern humans. In 1997, the very first Neanderthal DNA sequence — just a small part of the mitochondrial genome — was determined from an individual discovered in the Neander Valley, Germany, ...

Watch SpaceX fire up Starship's furious new Raptor Vacuum engine

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 18:47
This is SpaceX's new Raptor Vacuum engine lighting up during a test. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET. SpaceX is hopping these days. Not only is Elon Musk's company rapidly developing Starship prototypes and sending them into the air, it's also ...

ULA again delays Delta IV Heavy launch due to hardware issues at Cape Canaveral

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 18:20
Technical issues forced United Launch Alliance to again delay an upcoming Delta IV Heavy rocket launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the company said Saturday. "Additional time is needed for the team to test and evaluate the swing arm retraction ...

Radiation on moon's surface measured for the first time, study says

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 17:51
Video above: NASA says everything has to go right to get to the moon by 2024. When the next astronaut to reach the moon walks on the lunar surface in 2024, she'll face radiation levels 200 times higher than on Earth. Advertisement. While Apollo mission ...

Coronavirus shutdown caused Bay Area birds to sing differently

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 17:09
COVID-19 has had far-reaching effects, with many people frustrated by the interruption that the virus has had on daily life and operations. But some bird groups have benefited in different ways in the midst of decreased human impact on nature. While many ...

Friday's delayed Delta IV Heavy rocket launch means three back-to-back launches

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 17:02
United Launch Alliance had to delay the Delta IV Heavy rocket launch that was scheduled for Friday. With the launch delayed, the entire launch schedule had to be adjusted, setting the stage for three back-to-back mission launches. If the schedules hold, ...

Is there Really Life on Venus? There's Only One Way Know for Sure

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 17:00
Most people tend to think of Venus as completely uninhabitable, given that its surface temperature hovers around 900 degrees Fahrenheit (480 degrees Celsius), which doesn't seem very inviting. But I have long championed the idea that life could exist in the ...

Jupiter's newest Flyby offered the most amazing views.

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 16:51
Jupiter. The largest planet in the solar system-twice as much as all other planets combined. This enormous world was formed from the same clouds of dust and gas that became our sun and the rest of the planet. But Jupiter Was the eldest son Of our planetary ...

Hitting the Books: The invisible threat that every ISS astronaut fears

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 16:34
Despite starry-eyed promises by the likes of SpaceX and Blue Origin, only a handful of humans will actually experience existence outside of Earth's atmosphere within our lifetime. The rest of us are stuck learning about life in space second hand but that's ...

Coronavirus: UK pledges support to global vaccine-sharing scheme

Health News BBC - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 16:11
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the UK will give £500m to a new global vaccine-sharing scheme.

NASA prepares to touch down on an asteroid 207 million miles away

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 15:21
NASA is preparing to pull off a daring heist: Next month the robotic spacecraft OSIRIS-REx will touch down on the surface of asteroid Bennu and collect a sample, aiming to precisely touch this tiny asteroid just 260 meters wide and which is currently around ...

Radiation levels on the moon are 200 times the levels on Earth, study shows

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 15:03
The moon is constantly bombarded by cosmic radiation and, unlike the Earth which has a magnetic field to keep it safe, there is no protection on the lunar surface from these potentially dangerous particles. Now, a study has measured the levels of radiation on ...

Saturn the likely culprit for flinging meteor at Canberra

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 15:02
Around 6.45pm on Wednesday, September 2 a bright green meteor lit up the Canberra sky. While meteors this spectacular over a populated area are rare, meteors themselves are far more common than you might think. Every day around 100 tonnes of ...

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