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An Indian astronaut , be it a man or a woman, will go on a space odyssey by 2022 on board "Gaganyaan", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his Independence Day address today. Life support system and conditioning of astronauts for the space environment is one of the key technological challenges, said Nair. Chandrayaan-1, launched in 2008, orbited the moon and sent a probe to the surface which made a controlled crash landing.
  • Weekend Forecast Looks Great To View Peak Of Perseid Meteor Shower

    Weekend Forecast Looks Great To View Peak Of Perseid Meteor Shower

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    The meteor shower started to break out into the night sky around mid-July and will carry on through to the last week of August. The annual Perseid meteor shower happens this weekend. Allow your eyes some time to adjust. The meteors themselves are traveling at 132,000 miles per hour, which creates their vivid streaks of light. Brad says the best view can be found away from city lights.
  • Here's How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

    Here's How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

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    This year's shower will be putting on its best display for those in Europe , but as it's peak last so long, from the 11th to 12th, it should also put on a spectacular display for the U.S. "A meteor shower is a collision between the Earth and the trail of a comet or an asteroid", Dr. Faherty says. "During a meteor shower the Earth collides with that debris and very small pieces burn up in the upper atmosphere creating the show".
  • The best meteor shower in years is happening August 11-13

    The best meteor shower in years is happening August 11-13

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    Earth passes through the path of Swift-Tuttle's debris from July 17 to August 24, with the peak coming August 11-13. A fireball is a very bright meteor, at least as bright as the planets Jupiter or Venus. On the nights of August 12 and August 13, Cooke says stargazers all over the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors streaking across the night skies - a dip from 2016, which saw more than twice as many meteors per hour, but a bump up from last year's 40 or 50, and ...
  • What you need to know to see this weekend's big meteor shower

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    And conditions for viewing the meteors will be next to ideal this year. The annual Perseid meteor shower is one of the most famous meteor showers of the year. If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible.
  • The Year’s Brightest Meteor Shower To Dazzle BC Skies This Week

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    The best time to view is after midnight each night. This weekend (August 12-13th) marks the peak period to view the Perseids across all of North America. Individual Perseid meteors have already been spotted as early as July 16 but the best is yet to come this weekend. The space expert said: "The best observed rates are found when the Perseid radiant is highest in the sky during the pre-dawn hours, but even in the mid-evening from 10pm the radiant is already at a quite favourable ...
  • Australia's Turnbull: 'Now we are the land of droughts'

    Australia's Turnbull: 'Now we are the land of droughts'

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    Dry farmland across eastern Australia is not predicted to get soaking rains through spring or summer. The payments will mean that farmers and their families will be better supported to cover their everyday costs and reduce some of the pressures they face in managing their farms and providing basic essentials for their families.
  • Hurricane Hector strengthens as it marches across Central Pacific

    Hurricane Hector strengthens as it marches across Central Pacific

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    Surf: Swells generated by Hector are forecast to reach southeast and east shores of the Big Island and Maui late Tuesday. "Far northern fringes of the hurricane will brush the Big Island Wednesday", forecasters said in an update. The NHC issued a tropical storm warning Wednesday for Hawaii County, and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency advised residents to prepare an emergency kit that includes at least a 14-day supply of food, water and other necessities.
  • Huge, glowing 'rogue' planet spotted 'drifting' through space

    Huge, glowing 'rogue' planet spotted 'drifting' through space

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    The planet is thought to be 200 million years old and is 20 light-years from Earth. Brown dwarfs are generally "too massive to be considered planets, yet not massive enough to sustain nuclear fusion of hydrogen in their cores - the process that powers stars", the researchers note.
  • NASA names 9 astronauts for first Boeing, SpaceX flights

    NASA names 9 astronauts for first Boeing, SpaceX flights

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    Some background: The last time humans went to space from the United States was July 2011, aboard the space shuttle Atlantis . Assuming both test flights go to plan, NASA has contracted six missions from each company, with as many as four astronauts expected to be onboard each mission.
  • Subtropical storm 'Debby' forms in the North Atlantic

    Subtropical storm 'Debby' forms in the North Atlantic

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    The hurricane center said in its 5 p.m. update the "far northern fringes of the hurricane will brush the Big Island on Wednesday". Some local flash flooding is possible in a few spots, particularly along east-, south- or southeastward-facing slopes of the Big Island.
  • SpaceX launches Indonesian satellite and kicks off new round for rocket reusability

    SpaceX launches Indonesian satellite and kicks off new round for rocket reusability

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    The first stage successfully landed on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, which was waiting in position in the Atlantic Ocean (a camera feed loss at the moment of landing created a bit of extra drama). If it works, we may very well see the same Block 5 again, perhaps in just a few short months. Liftoff came on time at 1:19 a.m. ET Tuesday (10:19 p.m.
  • Project fans fuming over Steve Price’s comments on plastic bag ban

    Project fans fuming over Steve Price’s comments on plastic bag ban

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    It planned to stop providing the reusable Better Bags for free Wednesday and start charging customers 15 Australian cents (11 cents) per bag, but has now reversed that decision and appears set to provide them indefinitely. Coles, which had initially planned to reintroduce the fee on July 12, never levied it and has now extended the waiver indefinitely. "Coles cannot continue to give away what are now thicker plastic bags which are even more problematic - they can't continue to do that on an ...
  • NASA announces astronauts for first commercial spaceflights from U.S.

    NASA announces astronauts for first commercial spaceflights from U.S.

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    The team is split into two parts, with each group specializing in one of the spacecraft: Boeing's CST-100 Starliner or SpaceX's Dragon . The Starliner is now set to launch in the middle of 2019. She served as a member of ISS Expedition 14 and Expedition 15. He is a Navy commander, aviator and test pilot with nearly 3,000 hours flying more than 40 different aircraft.
  • Administration's 'own numbers don't even support' fuel-efficiency proposal

    Administration's 'own numbers don't even support' fuel-efficiency proposal

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    But any plans to freeze clean air rules and strip California of its power to set its own rules is drawing fire from members of both parties. "Millions of Americans are choosing cleaner vehicles, longer lives and lower fuel costs because of clean vehicle standards", said State Senator Ricardo Lara, who represents parts of North Long Beach.
  • Trump's EPA proposes rollback of Obama emission standards

    Trump's EPA proposes rollback of Obama emission standards

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    The EPA and NHTSA are giving the public 60 days to provide feedback to the new proposal. Markey told reporters on a phone conference in response to the administration's proposal Thursday. The administration said the proposed plan will prevent thousands of on-road fatalities and injuries. In 2012 , former President Barack Obama announced that the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency had released guidelines that would work to "cut greenhouse gas ...
  • NASA to announce first astronauts to fly SpaceX and Boeing ships

    NASA to announce first astronauts to fly SpaceX and Boeing ships

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    Here's a quick look at these private crew-carrying spaceships , SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner. The first launches with astronauts on board are expected next year. These flight tests will have similar configurations to the uncrewed tests, but the crew will have the ability to interface with spacecraft displays, communicate with mission control, and practice manual controls during flight.
  • Today Is Earth Overshoot Day and That Is Not a Good Thing

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    Since then, bar a period between 2011 and 2013, it has steadily moved earlier into the year. Out of curiosity, The ASEAN Post computed the data provided by GFN and found the world might be "celebrating" EOD prematurely: the overshoot should fall on 12:34pm 4 August, 2018.
  • Half whale-half dophin spotted for first time off coast of Hawaii

    Half whale-half dophin spotted for first time off coast of Hawaii

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    What's interesting-aside from the fact it's a rare sighting-is that researchers spotted a single melon-headed whale in a pod of rough-toothed dolphins . However, for that to happen other things need to occur, including more widespread hybridisation, Baird said. Some hybrid animals, such as the mule - a hybrid of a male donkey and female horse - are mostly sterile and therefore can not propagate easily.
  • Former Trump adviser says Cohen has lost credibility with secret taping

    Former Trump adviser says Cohen has lost credibility with secret taping

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    President Donald Trump's former campaign aide Sam Nunberg said he does "sympathize" with Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen , but said his decision to release a secretly recorded tape of a conversation with Trump as going "too far". (FILES) In this file photo taken on September 26, 2016, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (R) stands with his son Donald Trump Jr .
  • NASA's TESS begins hunt for planets in other solar systems

    NASA's TESS begins hunt for planets in other solar systems

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    TESS is the latest spacecraft launched by NASA to look for exoplanets, which are planets that exist outside the solar system. As it approaches Earth , it will rotate, and transmit all its accumulated data to scientists on the ground. The telescope has four cameras , each with a 16.8 megapixel sensor. Over the course of the mission the satellite will study 85 per cent of the sky- an area 350 times greater than what NASA's Kepler mission first observed-making it the first exoplanet ...
  • Mars to appear very bright in tonight's sky

    Mars to appear very bright in tonight's sky

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    In fact, the planet's best visibility is estimated to be from July 27 to July 30, meaning you still have tonight to experience a sight you wont get for at least another 15 years. Jan Cami is the director of the Hume Cronyn Observatory at Western University and an associate professor in the physics and astronomy department. Also, there is a global dust storm going on on Mars , which by the way is not totally rare, and that will allow the planet to look even brighter.
  • Life on Mars? - Giant liquid water lake found under Martian ice - Ireland

    Life on Mars? - Giant liquid water lake found under Martian ice - Ireland

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    Part of this is because it's closer to Earth than it typically is, but it's also because it's closer to the sun, explains Paige Godfrey, the director of research and education at Washington, Conn. Each Martian year, moderately large dust storms cover continent-sized areas and last for weeks at a time. "So Mars is illuminated by the Sun - like a full moon would be", Gilmore said.
  • Brief glimpse of 'blood moon' over Lapland

    Brief glimpse of 'blood moon' over Lapland

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    It wasn't visible in the USA, but it could be seen from places like South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. The rare phenomenon of the longest 'blood moon' eclipse will be visible in India as well. The thrilling spectacle coincided with Mars' closest approach in 15 years today to offer sky watchers a stunning astronomical double bill. The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere.
  • Switzerland catches a glimpse of the century's longest lunar eclipse

    Switzerland catches a glimpse of the century's longest lunar eclipse

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    The total lunar eclipse charmed city's astronomers, stargazers alike as many tried to catch a glimpse of this rare occurrence on Friday night. The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse , as seen from Dresden, Germany. "The moon turned a attractive crimson red colour in the west and Mars was just above and left of it, looking a yellow-orange colour", he told ABC News.
  • Section of Yosemite park to close as crews battle blaze

    Section of Yosemite park to close as crews battle blaze

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    But officials say the thick smoke from the blaze prompted the closures . As smoke from a nearby wildfire pours into Yosemite Valley, Tom Lambert has had to tell tourists who booked his vacation home months in advance that they would have to defer their dream stays so firefighters could take protective measures against the growing blaze.
  • Star spotted speeding near black hole at centre of Milky Way

    Star spotted speeding near black hole at centre of Milky Way

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    So it's very important in astronomy to also check that those laws are still valid where the gravitational fields are very much stronger". The close approach of a star near a supermassive black hole at the center of our Galaxy provided the first opportunity to directly test General relativity in extreme gravitational fields.
  • Eclipse 2018 in pictures: Best photos of the Blood Moon

    Eclipse 2018 in pictures: Best photos of the Blood Moon

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    Sadly, after weeks of clear weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland, cloud cover obstructed much of the view of the once-in-a-century event. It will be on the intervening night of July 27 and 28 with a duration of 1 hour and 43 minutes, making it the longest one.
  • Lunar Eclipse 2018 in India Today

    Lunar Eclipse 2018 in India Today

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    July's lunar eclipse coincided with the lunar apogee when the moon is furthest away from the Earth in its monthly orbit, meaning it takes longer to cross its shadow . As per Christian belief, the blood moon is said to signify the second arrival of Jesus Christ, as stated in Joel 2:31: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and awful day of the Lord come".
  • Radar Shows Evidence of a Subterranean Lake on Mars

    Radar Shows Evidence of a Subterranean Lake on Mars

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    After seeing what possibly could be dark streaks of salty water that flowed down the Martian dune during warm seasons, the planetary scientists were certainly delighted. "There are microorganisms on Earth that are capable of surviving even in ice". "That doesn't mean that there will be life there - but it does suggest that a lake on Mars would be a ideal place to look".
  • Italian researchers report: Water is buried beneath Martian landscape

    Italian researchers report: Water is buried beneath Martian landscape

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    Water is considered a fundamental ingredient for life. "If life ever arose on Mars, I would say that what has been discovered today, that subsurface lake, is probably one of the best spots where we could find life", Chevrier said. "We found that any other explanation for these very strong echoes was not really tenable in light of the evidence that we had available", he said. "That water could be sourced from asteroids, the moon, or Mars".
  • Evidence detected of lake beneath the surface of Mars

    Evidence detected of lake beneath the surface of Mars

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    They have also detected water ice and seen drops of condensation on spacecraft. This new discovery suggests that there had always been liquid water on Mars , but we had been looking in the wrong place. Coincidentally, one of these zones lies right over the new study area where the unusual signal was found, Bramson said. It has taken the persistence of scientists working with this subsurface-probing instrument to develop new techniques in order to collect as much high-resolution data ...
  • 'Blood moon' to appear for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse

    'Blood moon' to appear for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse

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    Views will be best out in the countryside away from light pollution. If you're in a place where you won't be able to see the eclipse in person, there are still ways to watch it. What time is the Blood Moon eclipse this week? "Less dark eclipses may show the moon as dark grey or brown.as rust-colored, brick-red, or, if very bright, copper-red or orange".
  • Red skies: 'Blood moon' and bright Mars on the rise

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    When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon , usually giving it a rosy blush. This is when the moon is completely inside the Earth's shadow and is the most spectacular part of the lunar eclipse . Astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted: "A partially eclipsed Moon, with our neighbouring planet in the background, just before diving into Earth's atmosphere".
  • SpaceX launches penultimate Iridium Next mission

    SpaceX launches penultimate Iridium Next mission

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    These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, uncertainties regarding potential delays in the Iridium NEXT deployment, the development and functionality of Iridium NEXT and related services, and the company's ability to maintain the health, capacity and content of its satellite constellation, as well as general industry and economic conditions, and competitive, legal, governmental and technological factors.
  • The longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming Friday

    The longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming Friday

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    The total duration of the eclipse will be six hours and 14 minutes. Early Saturday morning, the night sky will feature a rare blood moon lunar eclipse and it will be the longest such event in roughly a century. It is because some of the sunlight going through Earth's atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the moon's surface, an expert told APP.
  • World treated to incredible blood moon

    World treated to incredible blood moon

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    As scientists across the country gear up to witness the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century - which will coincide with the closest approach of Mars to our planet - experts say that cloudy skies are likely to mar the event for amateur astronomy buffs in India.
  • Lunar Eclipse July 2018

    Lunar Eclipse July 2018

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    This happens only when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned, with Earth in the middle. As the total lunar eclipse occurred at midnight in Dubai, residents stepped outside to witness the celestial event in all its glory. As Earth's constant companion slowly sailed across the skies, crowds gathered around the world to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon. Millions of Americans watched the first solar eclipse visible from the US since 1979 last August.
  • Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

    Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

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    The eclipse of the moon will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific. Spanning for 1 hour 43 minutes, the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse will see the moon turning to a shade of red. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow . In the Book of Joel, it is written that "the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and bad day of the Lord comes".