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'Amazing' fossils rewrite dinosaur history 'Amazing' fossils rewrite dinosaur history
- July 28, 2018

Research earlier suggested that the neosauropod thrived in the late Jurassic period between 163 million and 145 million years ago but researchers estimate the Lingwulong shenqi fossils were 174 million years old. The dinosaur is thought to be unique in that it is the first member of its evolutionary family (Diplodocoidea) to be discovered in East Asia. "The discovery of Lingwulong pushes back the origination times of numerous groups of sauropod dinosaurs that we think of as most ... (more...)
Huge salty lake believed buried beneath Martian pole, raising prospects of life Huge salty lake believed buried beneath Martian pole, raising prospects of life
- July 28, 2018

With surface temperatures as low as minus 68C, it would not exist as a liquid under normal conditions. "The shift from "warm and wet" to "frozen wasteland" would have occurred very, very slowly, giving any life that got started on Mars plenty of time to adapt and to move with the water". (more...)
Huge salty lake believed buried beneath Martian pole, raising prospects of life Huge salty lake believed buried beneath Martian pole, raising prospects of life
- July 28, 2018

With surface temperatures as low as minus 68C, it would not exist as a liquid under normal conditions. "The shift from "warm and wet" to "frozen wasteland" would have occurred very, very slowly, giving any life that got started on Mars plenty of time to adapt and to move with the water". (more...)
Blood Moon Pictures: The Best Images Of The Summer Spectacle
- July 28, 2018

As such, Mars should be easily seen by the naked eye, even in light-polluted metropolitan areas like Taipei. Overall, the blackout will last for about six hours, but in Finland it should be visible for about four and a half hours altogether depending on weather conditions. (more...)
Visibility Information on the July 27, 2018 Lunar Eclipse Visibility Information on the July 27, 2018 Lunar Eclipse
- July 28, 2018

The total eclipse will last from 19:30 to 21:13 GMT. This takes place only at full moon. Unfortunately, it won't be visible in North America. Skywatchers around much of the world are being treated to a complete lunar eclipse Friday. This phenomenon takes place when moon is covered in the shadow of the earth. The next time Mars will come close to Earth will be on October 6, 2020, at a distance of 38.6 million miles. (more...)
Einstein gets passing grade on yet another relativity test Einstein gets passing grade on yet another relativity test
- July 28, 2018

Astronomers have observed a star speeding close to the massive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way in unprecedented detail. "So it's very important in astronomy to also check that those laws are still valid where the gravitational fields are very much stronger". (more...)
South to see special blood moon South to see special blood moon
- July 28, 2018

A lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the Moon , casting a shadow over its satellite. Eventually, it cooled, forming the Moon and the Earth, according to the theory. Now's the time to catch Mars in the night sky. Tomorrow, Friday July 27, 2018, is a going to be a great day. Skywatchers in the USA, however, will not be able to enjoy the rare event, unless they are willing to travel. (more...)
Countdown begins for the longest lunar eclipse of the century Countdown begins for the longest lunar eclipse of the century
- July 28, 2018

This is the fourth lunar eclipse this year, but it's the last one until 2021 viewable from Australia. We'll be treated to a total lunar eclipse on January 19, 2019, that will be visible from from North and South America, Europe, Africa. (more...)
Complete lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century Complete lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century
- July 28, 2018

That means the planet and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of the Earth and will shine its best. At the same time , Mars is travelling closer to Earth than it has done since 2003, so some observers may see what looks like an orange-red star - and is in fact the red planet. (more...)
Kiwis to get glimpse of blood moon Kiwis to get glimpse of blood moon
- July 28, 2018

The red moon phenomenon, also called a Blood Moon or Luna Rossa, is possible because, while the moon is in total shadow , some light from the sun passes through the Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon. Rain clouds and thunderstorms could prevent skygazers from seeing the "blood moon" lunar eclipse in some parts of the country as forecasters warn of torrential downpours across eastern parts of Great Britain. (more...)
Disney dumping plastic straws next year Disney dumping plastic straws next year
- July 28, 2018

In other news, we take a look at the ways you can reduce your everyday plastic consumption, why creole cream cheese is making a major comeback at restaurants and the best places to eat, sleep and drink like a local in Austin, with chef Kristen Kish. (more...)
Skywatchers looking forward to complete lunar eclipse Skywatchers looking forward to complete lunar eclipse
- July 27, 2018

You could also get arty and see if you can catch the moon's reflection in, for instance, a window pane. This trick did not go unnoticed as the Sun and the Moon gods exposed him before everybody. North America will nearly completely miss out on the blood moon. No glasses are needed for the lunar eclipse due to its dimmer colour. CBSN, CBS News' 24-hour online streaming platform, will stream coverage featuring reports from CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta from Johannesburg, ... (more...)
Century's longest lunar eclipse to be seen tonight Century's longest lunar eclipse to be seen tonight
- July 27, 2018

And what about other types of eclipses? A super blood moon in Malmö in 2015. Here's everything you need to know to catch the astrological phenomenon if you're in Italy. The peak of the eclipse will occur at 9.22 p.m. But the eclipse that will stretch from South America to New Zealand on Friday will last nearly four hours, coming in at three hours and 55 minutes. (more...)
Yosemite Valley closes as wildfire tears through the USA national park Yosemite Valley closes as wildfire tears through the USA national park
- July 27, 2018

Burning its way across steep, rugged terrain with little or no road access, containing the fire has been hard and has left the splendid landscapes of Yosemite cloaked in hazy smoke. Some of the much-loved sites closed are Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, Bridal Veil Fall, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. More than 3,300 firefighters are working the fire, aided by 16 helicopters. (more...)
USA claims largest dinosaur foot ever discovered USA claims largest dinosaur foot ever discovered
- July 27, 2018

The researchers used the 3D scanner and detailed measurements to compare the foot of "Bigfoot" with those of different types of sauropods and found that it was unusually large. A rendering of Brachiosaurus-araucaria, or "Bigfoot". Recall that scientists recently calculated how much dinosaurs ate, to maintain the enormous weight. (more...)
SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites
- July 27, 2018

The company also intends to "catch" in a special grid mounted on the ship Mr Steven , the nose cone of the rocket. The launch occured at 4:39 a.m. (PDT) from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. Launch and Early Operations (LEOP) and In Orbit Tests are performed by Thales Alenia Space in coordination with Iridium , from Iridium's Satellite Network Operation Center (SNOC) in Leesburg, Virginia. (more...)
Chandra Grahan 2018: Should you eat during an eclipse Chandra Grahan 2018: Should you eat during an eclipse
- July 27, 2018

Why is it such a big deal? Fabian says, 'If you were standing on the moon in this eclipse , you would see the sun and then the earth would come in the way and blot out the sun. But let me explain what happens. A reddish tint is, to some degree, common in all lunar eclipses , even partial ones. Other incidences of central lunar eclipses will occur in April 2099, June 2094, September 2090, May 2087 and January 2084. (more...)
‘Blood moon’: How to watch the longest lunar eclipse of the century
- July 27, 2018

The moon will be totally eclipsed for an estimated 1 hour and 43 minutes in the prime viewing region, according to NASA predictions. With the lunar eclipse expected to be visible from the United Kingdom on Friday evening, BBC Weather forecaster Lucy Martin said the thunderstorms set to batter parts of Britain on Friday may not hamper visibility. (more...)
Lunar Eclipse 2018: Timings In India, FAQs On Blood Moon, Chandra Grahan
- July 27, 2018

The eclipse's total phase ends at 2:13 p.m. PT, and when the partial phase fades out at 3:19 p.m. PT, there's basically nothing left to do moon-wise except to wait for a glorious Mars-and-moonrise in the evening. Prof O'Brien explained that people in the United Kingdom would "need to have a clear south-eastern horizon as the Moon comes up" in order to see it. (more...)
Lunar Eclipse 2018 in India Today
- July 27, 2018

He will be speaking about the relevance of a lunar eclipse . The eclipse will be observable in parts of South America, most parts of Africa, Central, and West and Asia. But don't worry, even if you don't manage to find a flawless spot, you'll still be able to get a good view of the red moon as it rises in the sky. The best time to get out and see the moon slowly drifting into darkness is about 2.24am, when the moon will be partially eclipsed - a dark spot slowly growing across its ... (more...)
Total Eclipse of the Moon on 27 July 2018 Total Eclipse of the Moon on 27 July 2018
- July 27, 2018

The colour of the moon is affected by the light from the sun's movements skimming through the Earth's atmosphere and continuing up to space about 350,000 kilometres away. The site also has interactive maps that show which regions will see a partial or total eclipse . It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon", he told AFP. (more...)
Andromeda Galaxy Merged with Massive Neighbor 2 Billion Years Ago | Astronomy Andromeda Galaxy Merged with Massive Neighbor 2 Billion Years Ago | Astronomy
- July 26, 2018

A team from the University of MI found that despite being mostly shredded, the massive galaxy left behind a cache of evidence, including a almost invisible halo of stars larger than the Andromeda galaxy itself, an elusive stream of stars and a separate enigmatic compact galaxy named M32. (more...)
California Wine Could Contain Radioactive Particles From 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster California Wine Could Contain Radioactive Particles From 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
- July 26, 2018

A group of French nuclear physicists tested 18 bottles of rosé and cabernet sauvignon produced between 2009 and 2012. Some California wines may contain radioactive particles. It was originally invented to determine the authenticity of vintage wines. Hubert and his colleagues found measurable amounts of cesium-137 above background levels in the wine produced after 2011. (more...)
Scientists discover underground lake on Mars Scientists discover underground lake on Mars
- July 26, 2018

What they discovered was similar to ice sheets found in the Antarctic, with its brightness demonstrating that they had discovered water. One of the ingredients that scientists look for in the search for life is water - not just trace amounts of humidity or ice that freezes and vaporizes, but stable sources of water - such as an underground lake or aquifer. (more...)
Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years next month Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years next month
- July 26, 2018

And on Friday, Mars will be in opposition. Mars will still be more visible than normal for a while, but will become fainter as it travels farther from Earth during the planets' orbits around the sun. "It's magnificent. It's as bright as an airplane landing light", Widener University astronomer Harry Augensen tells The Associated Press. NASA said that won't happen again until 2287. (more...)
‘Blood moon’: How to watch longest total lunar eclipse of the century ‘Blood moon’: How to watch longest total lunar eclipse of the century
- July 26, 2018

Whereas from 1.00 AM to 2.43 AM the totality phase (Moon completely hidden in Umbra/Earth's darker Shadow) occurs. The Moon will rise in a totally-eclipsed state and we will see about three quarters of the total phase of the eclipse. National forecaster Meteo France forecasts clear skies in the east, with patchy light cloud over much of the rest of the country allowing eclipse watchers to get a good view of the celestial event, in which the moon will turn blood red. (more...)
Blood Moon 2018 & the Longest Eclipse of the 21sth Century Blood Moon 2018 & the Longest Eclipse of the 21sth Century
- July 26, 2018

Hence, the moon is covered by a reddish-orange colour. According to the report, this aggregate lunar shroud will be longest one in the century, enduring one hour and 43 minutes. But that's not all - the event is set to deliver a visual feast, with the moon painted in a red-coloured sheen due to passing directly into the darkest region of the Earth's shadow. (more...)
Weather Authority: Flash Flood Watch Weather Authority: Flash Flood Watch
- July 26, 2018

Some light showers are possible in the morning. "Scattered thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall will be capable of producing flash flooding", the National Service wrote . Flooding killed 116 people in the United States a year ago, the most lethal type of weather event in the nation. An approaching cold front also helps keep the rain chances alive, but it does finally bring us a break once it crosses through the region. (more...)
United Kingdom waste sent for recycling overseas 'may end up in landfill' instead United Kingdom waste sent for recycling overseas 'may end up in landfill' instead
- July 26, 2018

Commenting on the report's findings, the head of the NAO, Amyas Morse, said: "If the United Kingdom wants to play its part in fully tackling the impacts of waste and pollution, a tighter grip on packaging recycling is needed". But the National Audit Office (NAO) reports more than half the packaging reported as recycled is actually sent overseas to be processed. Now firms handling more than 50 tonnes of packaging a year need to show they have recycled a certain amount. (more...)
Astronomers Find Massive Underground Reservoir of Liquid Water on Mars Astronomers Find Massive Underground Reservoir of Liquid Water on Mars
- July 26, 2018

Mars is famously rich in magnesium, calcium, and sodium which could have all dissolved into the water, forming a brine and dropping the freezing point of water much lower. "This water would be extremely cold, right at the point where it's about to freeze". Several researchers said it would be crucial to figure out whether this body of water is the only one, or part of an interconnecting body of underground aquifers - in part because a network increases the possibility it could have harbored ... (more...)