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Florida Declares Emergency As Red Tide Blooms Florida Declares Emergency As Red Tide Blooms
- August 15, 2018

VISIT FLORIDA will also create a $500,000 emergency grant program to assist local tourism development boards in counties affected by the naturally-occurring red tide. How is red tide affecting Florida? This summer, that means the devastating red tide is happening at the same time as a toxic blue-green algae bloom spreads in the Caloosahatchee River and St. (more...)
What is NASA’s Parker Solar Probe? What is NASA’s Parker Solar Probe?
- August 14, 2018

A Saturday morning launch attempt was foiled by last-minute technical trouble. It will be flying at speeds of 430,000 miles per hour and endure temperatures of 1,300 degrees Celsius, moving as close as within 6.16 million km of the sun's boiling surface. (more...)
FWC waives rules to help red tide cleanup effort FWC waives rules to help red tide cleanup effort
- August 13, 2018

The algae that causes red tides occurs naturally in salt water, but human activity on land can make the situation much worse. Florida Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat, called on the U.S. It was too depressing - her family's pressure-washing business has dried up because no one wants to use their boat or patio. You can't do that. Red tide is an algae bloom that depletes oxygen in the water. (more...)
Probe Spots Possible Wall of Hydrogen at Edge of the Solar System Probe Spots Possible Wall of Hydrogen at Edge of the Solar System
- August 13, 2018

But eventually, the Sun's energy should wane, creating a boundary where interstellar hydrogen piles up at the edge of the outward pressure caused by the solar wind's energy. "This additional brightness is a possible signature of the hydrogen wall at the heliopause or of a more distant background", researchers wrote in a new paper, published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters . (more...)
Largest meteor shower of the year to appear in Sweden’s skies Largest meteor shower of the year to appear in Sweden’s skies
- August 13, 2018

He said: "This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight". The best views of the Perseids in Sweden will be in the south of the country, according to website Populär Astronomi . You can expect 50-70 meteors per hour by getting away from cities and look to the sky! Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail. (more...)
25 million year-old shark teeth discovered 25 million year-old shark teeth discovered
- August 12, 2018

Found along the Surf Coast in Victoria by a fossil enthusiast named Phillip Mullaly, the teeth measure a stunning 2.7 inches long, and are evidence that the megalodon wasn't the only very big shark prowling around our ancient waters. Paleontologist-a lover Philip Mullaly came across a unique artifact when walking through the countryside, Jan-JUC, located about 100 kilometers from Melbourne . (more...)
Parker Solar Probe Mission Launches to Touch the Sun Parker Solar Probe Mission Launches to Touch the Sun
- August 12, 2018

A Delta-IV heavy rocket carrying the probe took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at around 07.31 GMT on Sunday morning. The spacecraft, which will plunge into the sun's atmosphere, known as the corona, is protected by an ultra-powerful heat shield. (more...)
Parker Solar Probe launch delayed until Sunday Parker Solar Probe launch delayed until Sunday
- August 12, 2018

The Parker Solar Probe , named after American solar astrophysicist Eugene Parker, will, as the USA space agency describes it, "touch the sun" as it flies within 3.9 million miles of the star's surface. When it nears the Sun, the probe will travel rapidly enough to go from NY to Tokyo in one minute - some 688,000kmh - making it the fastest human-made object. (more...)
Air quality advisory issued in Clark County Air quality advisory issued in Clark County
- August 12, 2018

The smoke is expected to decrease across the alert area late Thursday morning. Poor air quality has the potential to cause negative health impacts, particularly for sensitive groups. AHS advises that if you can taste and/or smell smoke in the air to: monitor your symptoms; minimize physical activity outdoors; and remain indoors with windows, doors and air circulation fans/vents closed. (more...)
Perseid meteor shower to be observed this August Perseid meteor shower to be observed this August
- August 11, 2018

Unlike most meteor showers, the Perseids have a very broad peak, lasting until 4 a.m. ET on August 12. The shower is caused by the Earth's atmosphere running into the comet debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, happening every August. (more...)
Hurricane Hector weakens to category 3 Hurricane Hector weakens to category 3
- August 11, 2018

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles. Hurricane Hector remained a category 3 storm. "However, very rough surf is expected to impact mostly south- and east-facing coastal areas of the Big Island". If the storm deviates northwards it could bring Hector close enough to impact the Big Island directly. (more...)
Look up: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend Look up: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend
- August 11, 2018

In the Astronomical League guidebook "Observe Meteors", astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote, "We have seen Perseids coming in such rapid succession that counting and recording were hard, followed by slack periods with little activity". (more...)
Partial solar eclipse set to happen on August 11 Partial solar eclipse set to happen on August 11
- August 11, 2018

When the moon completely covers the sun, it creates a total solar eclipse , casting a shadow of the moon across the Earth's surface. This weekend's solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse of the sun, not the spectacular total solar eclipse that thrilled millions a year ago. (more...)
Historic NASA mission will be first to 'touch the sun' Historic NASA mission will be first to 'touch the sun'
- August 11, 2018

It is expected to approach the sun in 2024. NASA scientists also hope to answer one ongoing mystery: why the sun's atmosphere is 300 times hotter than the surface itself. Today (Aug. 10), accompanied by NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen, project scientist Nicola Fox of Johns Hopkins University, and United Launch Alliance President Tory Bruno, Parker admired the Delta IV Heavy rocket with the probe in its tip. (more...)
The Year’s Brightest Meteor Shower To Dazzle BC Skies This Week The Year’s Brightest Meteor Shower To Dazzle BC Skies This Week
- August 10, 2018

With a "new moon" in place , the sky will extra dark for the astrological show. What's more, the illuminating display is one of year's brightest, too. But the meteor shower does not fully awaken until around mid-August when the Perseids peak in intensity. Debris from the tail end of this comet hits our atmosphere at around 132,000 miles per hour and burns up before it makes contact with the surface of the Earth. (more...)
Meteor Shower August 2018: Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight Meteor Shower August 2018: Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight
- August 10, 2018

The Perseids meteor shower will be visible nearly all over the world - but will be best seen in the northern hemisphere. He said spectators should be able to see 60-70 meteors an hour during the peak hours. It will last until August 24, but if you want the best view wait to go stargazing until closer to the night of Sunday, August 12. But unlike lots of meteor showers, which only happen on a night or so, the Perseids is actually spread out over a number of nights. (more...)
Australia's most populous state entirely in drought Australia's most populous state entirely in drought
- August 10, 2018

A drier-than-expected June and July has left many farmers with failing crops, a short supply of water and diminishing livestock feed. With dry conditions forecast to continue for the next three months, farmers had to decide whether to continue the expensive and laborious task of hand-feeding cattle and sheep or sell their livestock. (more...)
Perseid meteor shower: how to see shooting stars this weekend
- August 10, 2018

The number will then start to diminish, though higher-than-average meteor activity associated with the Perseids should be visible through August 24. As the cosmic junk - many the size of a grain of sand - enters the atmosphere, it burns up in a flash, appearing as "shooting stars" across the sky. You will be in for a treat as this means roughly one per minute. (more...)
Starving orca J50 finally spotted alive; emergency action could start Wednesday Starving orca J50 finally spotted alive; emergency action could start Wednesday
- August 09, 2018

The whale is one of just 75 remaining southern resident killer whales. Michael Milstein, a spokesman with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries division, says researchers on Wednesday spotted the 20-year-old whale carrying her dead young off the tip of Washington's Olympic Peninsula. (more...)
Tuesday Trivia: wanna watch the Perseid meteor shower? Tuesday Trivia: wanna watch the Perseid meteor shower?
- August 09, 2018

Why does this occur every summer? The meteors create a spectacular light show as they burn up in our atmosphere and travel around 37 miles per second so don't blink you might miss it. Boyle says the meteors, which are shooting starts are the size of a grain of sand and some of the bigger stars can generate fireballs that light up the sky and ground. (more...)
How to catch the Perseid meteor shower starting Wednesday night
- August 09, 2018

It's nearly time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower , and NASA expects it'll be the most dazzling meteor shower of the year. If you happen to be in a light-pollution-free area with nice weather, you'll probably be able to see about 60 or 70 meteors streaking through the moonless sky, according to NASA estimates. (more...)
NASA's Parker Solar Probe could revolutionize understanding of the sun NASA's Parker Solar Probe could revolutionize understanding of the sun
- August 09, 2018

According to Alex Young, a NASA Heliophysicist, "Parker has got a suite of instruments that are measuring particles". "By making direct in-situ measurements of the sun's atmosphere and immediate surroundings, Parker Solar Probe is poised to redefine solar and heliospheric physics as we now understand them", McComas said. (more...)
Hurricane John devours Tropical Storm Ileana in the Pacific Hurricane John devours Tropical Storm Ileana in the Pacific
- August 08, 2018

Surf along the island's east-facing shores is already building and will peak later today and tonight, at 12 to 15 feet for the Big Island mainly in the Puna and Kau districts with 6 to 10 feet surf for eastern Maui. The active season in the Pacific contrasts to the relatively quiet season in the Atlantic. The storm should dissipate by Thursday night over the far northern Atlantic, posing no threat to land. (more...)
Astronomers Discover Massive Glowing Planet Just Drifting Beyond The Solar System Astronomers Discover Massive Glowing Planet Just Drifting Beyond The Solar System
- August 08, 2018

The planet is only around 20 light years from Earth, but it's not really doing much besides relaxing in the vastness of space. It is now believed to be 200 million years old, and 20 light-years away from Earth. The auroras on our planet are caused by its magnetic field interacting with the solar wind (the continuous flow of charged particles from the sun's upper atmosphere, known as the corona, that permeates the solar system). (more...)
Earth at risk of tipping into hellish 'hothouse' conditions Earth at risk of tipping into hellish 'hothouse' conditions
- August 07, 2018

The planet urgently needs to transition to a green economy because fossil fuel pollution risks pushing the Earth into a lasting and risky "hothouse" state , researchers warned yesterday. Fossil fuels must be replaced with low or zero emissions energy sources, and there should be more strategies for absorbing carbon emissions such as ending deforestation and planting trees to absorb carbon dioxide. (more...)
Hector remains powerful Category 4 storm southeast of islands Hector remains powerful Category 4 storm southeast of islands
- August 07, 2018

Hector is expected to continue moving west and have a slight increase in speed over the next couple of days. Hurricane Hector is expected to pass Hawaii by the middle of the week, although by that time it could weaken into a tropical storm. (more...)
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral
- August 07, 2018

The name refers to the red and while colors of Indonesia's flag. However, Musk admitted that this is likely to be a major challenge, noting that "there's only so much work you could even do in one day, and a bunch of it consists of transporting the rocket from its landing site back to the launch site, mounting a new satellite on the rocket and loading propellant". (more...)
Meet NASA's New Astronauts Flying SpaceX And Boeing Ships to Space Meet NASA's New Astronauts Flying SpaceX And Boeing Ships to Space
- August 07, 2018

Boeing's Ferguson was pilot on STS-116 on board Space Shuttle Atlantis as well as commander of STS-126 on Space Shuttle Endeavour and the final flight of the space shuttle program , STS-135 on board Atlantis. The test flight with crew is scheduled for mid-2019. Three of the chosen astronauts joined the corps in 2013, which was before the commercial partnership was announced. (more...)
Gigantic Rogue Planet Found Lurking Outside Our Solar System Gigantic Rogue Planet Found Lurking Outside Our Solar System
- August 07, 2018

The team's analysis showed the planet's magnetic field is around 200 times stronger than Jupiter's , and this could help explain why it also has a strong aurora. But it's possible an orbiting planet or moon could trigger similar interactions like the ones seen between Jupiter and its moon Io. The newly identified object is classified as a brown dwarf due to its mass. (more...)
National Weather Service issues red tide warning for SWFL beaches; Collier included National Weather Service issues red tide warning for SWFL beaches; Collier included
- August 06, 2018

The city is issuing a daily "fish kill clean-up" report because of the "unprecedented volume of dead sea life now washing up". The cause of these bad scenes: A toxic algal bloom known as red tide. As part of the directive, the conservation commission will assist local efforts to save animals affected by red tide. It comes from the ocean and can cause breathing problems, teary eyes, scratchy throats and make it unbearable to be at the beach. (more...)