First Day of Winter: 4 Fast Facts

On the shortest day of the year, the sun set at 2.54pm in Shetland, 60 degrees north of the equator. In China, the Donghzi Festival takes place on the winter solstice when families get together for a special feast. As in other traditions, the Japan... More..

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Today is the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year
by | Sunday, December 23, 2018

Today is the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year

This year's Winter Solstice will coincide with a Full Cold Moon - the full moon of December, according to Space.com. The Sun seems to stand still in the winter sky, marking the shortest day and longest night ...More..

December Solstice 2018! Satellites See the Seasons Change from Space
by | Saturday, December 22, 2018

December Solstice 2018! Satellites See the Seasons Change from Space

Just like any other events, people send good wishes to each other on winter solstice. Solstice happens twice in a year. So less light reaches the Northern Hemisphere. WhatsApp Message Reads: May the Flame Warm...More..

Start of winter, a full moon and a meteor shower
by | Friday, December 21, 2018

Start of winter, a full moon and a meteor shower

What is the winter solstice? After that moment, the sun will stop moving southward and will begin its trek northward in the sky - hence the name "solstice", which means "sun stands still" in Latin, accordi...More..

Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday
by | Friday, December 21, 2018

Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday

The annual occurrence, which occurs on December 21, signals the transition from fall to winter and the incremental increase of daylight in coming months in the Northern Hemisphere. Stargazers may be able to enj...More..

Unusual light spotted in sky over San Francisco
by | Thursday, December 20, 2018

Unusual light spotted in sky over San Francisco

The light was, according to KRON , spotted in the East Bay, San Francisco and in several other locations throughout Northern California. Shortly before 7 p.m., the National Weather Service posted on Twitter ...More..

Elon Musk's SpaceX cancels rocket launch again because of technical glitch
by | Thursday, December 20, 2018

Elon Musk's SpaceX cancels rocket launch again because of technical glitch

Today, on 18th of December in the year 2018 there is a launch of a rocket of four companies. However, all of these scrubs set up the possibility of an even greater day of launches on Wednesday (weather permit...More..

Commercial space tourism might be possible very soon
by | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Commercial space tourism might be possible very soon

The VSS Unity suborbital "SpaceShipTwo" spaceliner took to the skies with the help of its carrier plane, VMS Eve above the Mojave Desert on December 13th. The successful flight is significant progress toward th...More..

Saturn Losing Its Rings at Quicker Rate Than Projected
by | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Saturn Losing Its Rings at Quicker Rate Than Projected

The rings are mostly composed of lumps of water ice that vary in size from microscopic grains to boulders of several yards across, the space agency said. 'It is possible, in the age of the dinosaurs, that Satu...More..

Nations overcome last-minute divisions to forge climate deal
by | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Nations overcome last-minute divisions to forge climate deal

Negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference , also known as COP24, dragged on into the final hours of Saturday, one full day beyond the original deadline, suffering some holdback due to certain objection...More..

‘Farout’: Astronomers spot solar system’s farthest known object
by | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

‘Farout’: Astronomers spot solar system’s farthest known object

Farout's obvious moniker comes from the fact that it's over three and a half times more distant from us than Pluto . The still largely-mysterious object is also 22 billion miles farther way than the secon...More..

Poacher Ordered to Watch 'Bambi' Repeatedly
by | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Poacher Ordered to Watch 'Bambi' Repeatedly

It's understood to be one of the largest such cases ever investigated by the state of Missouri . Court records dictate that Berry Jr. After pleading guilty, Berry Jr. Berry Jr. was sentenced to a year in...More..

‘Christmas comet’ - the year’s brightest - to pass by Earth this weekend
by | Monday, December 17, 2018

‘Christmas comet’ - the year’s brightest - to pass by Earth this weekend

Try to find an area without too much light pollution for the clearest view. Comet Wirtanen has already been visible in larger amateur telescopes, and while the brightness of comets is notoriously hard to pred...More..

Branson's Virgin Galactic reaches edge of space
by | Monday, December 17, 2018

Branson's Virgin Galactic reaches edge of space

The mated jet and rocket ship lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday. But Thursday's flight did not breach the 100km Karman Line, which many organisations use to resolve debat...More..

Virgin Galactic reaches space for first time
by | Monday, December 17, 2018

Virgin Galactic reaches space for first time

Virgin Galactic is owned by Sir Richard Branson , who is competing with Tesla's Elon Musk and Amazon's Jeff Bezos to send the first commercial passengers into space . This procedure, which is a first of it...More..

When to catch the Geminid meteor shower this weekend
by | Saturday, December 15, 2018

When to catch the Geminid meteor shower this weekend

The Geminids Meteor Shower reached its peak on Friday, as shooting stars lit up the pitch black sky. This point will be at its highest at 2 a.m. It's not all that important for shooting star-gazers, because ...More..

Australian ant sets fastest animal record
by | Saturday, December 15, 2018

Australian ant sets fastest animal record

While they are less headline-grabbing than cheetahs , invertebrates like termites and ants have the fastest movements in the animal kingdom due to their spring-loaded jaws. They practice a sort of "non-destruc...More..

NASA spacecraft 'InSight' posts selfie from Mars
by | Friday, December 14, 2018

NASA spacecraft 'InSight' posts selfie from Mars

They will then command InSight's robotic arm to carefully set the seismometer and heat-flow probe in the chosen locations. As above, from this point the InSight is looking to drill into the surface of M...More..

Best Ways to Watch the Geminid Meteor Shower With Your Kids
by | Friday, December 14, 2018

Best Ways to Watch the Geminid Meteor Shower With Your Kids

Friday. Tonight they will be visible from 9pm but will reach their peak at 2am. According to Dark Sky Discovery , the United Kingdom has some of the largest areas of dark sky in Europe, meaning our chances...More..

Russian Cosmonauts Take Spacewalk to Probe Mystery of Craft Hole
by | Friday, December 14, 2018

Russian Cosmonauts Take Spacewalk to Probe Mystery of Craft Hole

Nasa said, according to the outdoor use, prior to the clarification by the Russian specialists for each statement too early. "Honestly I can't look at that", cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev says, as voiced by ...More..

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Reaches Space for 1st Time in Historic Test Flight!
by | Thursday, December 13, 2018

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Reaches Space for 1st Time in Historic Test Flight!

If successful, it could help usher in a new era of space tourism, and maybe a different perspective of life. That means VSS Unity could reach space as soon as Thursday, but Virgin admits that it could take mu...More..

Meteor shower to light up sky
by | Thursday, December 13, 2018

Meteor shower to light up sky

Every year, Earth passes through a cloud of debris from an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon . The meteors radiate from the constellation Gemini the Twins (hence their name), near the bright stars Castor and Pollux...More..

Comet 46P Wirtanen: How to view Christmas comet
by | Thursday, December 13, 2018

Comet 46P Wirtanen: How to view Christmas comet

It's going to be practically skimming Earth at a distance of just 11.6 million kilometres (7.2 million miles), around 30 times the average distance between Earth and the Moon. You can maximize its brightness by...More..

NASA probe discovered water on Bennu
by | Thursday, December 13, 2018

NASA probe discovered water on Bennu

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A glimmer of hope for the world's coral reefs
by | Thursday, December 13, 2018

A glimmer of hope for the world's coral reefs

It's being described as an example of "ecological memory", and a "silver lining" for the embattled ecosystem. "Dead corals can't re-bleach", he noticed. "Global coral reefs risk catastrophic die-offs if Earth's...More..

by | Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Russian Cosmonauts Investigate Mysterious Hole In ISS During Six-Hour Space Walk

The source of the slow depressurization event was traced to the Orbital Module of Soyuz MS-09. Back when the hole was discovered, Russian MP and former cosmonaut Maxim Surayev suggested that the hole coul...More..

Pioneering mission to far side of moon launched
by | Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Pioneering mission to far side of moon launched

The launch marked the start of the journey to the unexplored side of the moon, which is mountainous and rugged. The moon's far side is otherwise called the clouded side since it faces from Earth and remains s...More..

NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space
by | Monday, December 10, 2018

NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space

That crossing, around November 5, was detected by Voyager 2 in the form of a sharp drop in solar wind particles and corresponding increase in galactic cosmic rays detected by the spacecraft's instruments. At Vo...More..

Recording shows what it sounds like Mars
by | Monday, December 10, 2018

Recording shows what it sounds like Mars

With a reach of almost 6 feet (2 metres), the arm will be used to pick up science instruments from the lander's deck, gently setting them on the Martian surface at Elysium Planitia, the lava plain where InSight...More..

China set to launch the first ever rover to Moons far side
by | Monday, December 10, 2018

China set to launch the first ever rover to Moons far side

Chang'e 4 will touchdown in Von Kármán Crater within the South Pole-Aitken basin. Chang'e-4 is the China National Space Administration's (CNSA) new move to fulfill its lunar aspirations. The rover will m...More..

China launches rover for first far side of the moon landing
by | Monday, December 10, 2018

China launches rover for first far side of the moon landing

Unlike the near-side of the moon that is "tidally locked" and always faces the earth, and offers many flat areas to touch down on, the far-side is mountainous and rugged. In this photo released by Xinhua N...More..

Trump EPA acts to roll back control on climate-changing coal
by | Sunday, December 09, 2018

Trump EPA acts to roll back control on climate-changing coal

Under the previous rule, the Obama rule, uh, any new coal fired power plant had to have these, a carbon capture devices. And if it was serious about protecting clean air, clean water and public health, it would...More..

SpaceX launches Dragon Cargo Ship, Rocket Landing for the First Time Failed
by | Saturday, December 08, 2018

SpaceX launches Dragon Cargo Ship, Rocket Landing for the First Time Failed

He wrote, "The engine stabilized the rocket spin on time, due to which the Falcon could safely land safely in the water". A SpaceX rocket booster is still floating in the ocean after the Falcon 9 missed its...More..

Sounds of Mars wind captured by Nasa's InSight lander
by | Saturday, December 08, 2018

Sounds of Mars wind captured by Nasa's InSight lander

But while the instruments on InSight can capture data in human-friendly frequencies, higher-pitched sounds don't travel well on Mars. The latest release from the InSight team is truly a first, though! An ...More..

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands in ocean after successful cargo launch
by | Saturday, December 08, 2018

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands in ocean after successful cargo launch

CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter soon after the breathtaking loss of control and expected landing time, stating that the SpaceX team now pegged the failure on a grid fin's stalled hydraulic fin, which ultima...More..