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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.
  • 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".
  • Severe Flood Watches Issued As Cloudy Skies Loom And Rain Continues

    Severe Flood Watches Issued As Cloudy Skies Loom And Rain Continues

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    Some areas of the state are expected to push near 90 Friday , but low temperatures Friday night will be cooler, in the high 60s or low 70s. A slow moving cold front brings heavy rain to the region on Wednesday . They say Saturday's storm hit totals of 4 to 6 inches in some spots, with other areas getting 7 inches or more. Readings are in the lower and middle 80s.
  • Red planet and 'blood moon' pair up to dazzle skygazers

    Red planet and 'blood moon' pair up to dazzle skygazers

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    It definitely is a great year for people who enjoy astronomy! The next time a total lunar eclipse will last this long will be in the year 2123. The shining bright white hue of the moon will be transformed into a bewitching deep blood red for United Kingdom observers tonight during the longest total lunar eclipse seen this century.
  • Longest lunar eclipse to take place on Friday

    Longest lunar eclipse to take place on Friday

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    Although Mars is visible in the night sky all year round, it will be extremely bright on July 27. Despite being bigger and brighter than usual, Mars will also appear fuzzier because of seasonal dust storms that are kicked up as the planet warms when it comes closer to the sun .
  • Blood moon likely on Friday as longest lunar eclipse takes place

    Blood moon likely on Friday as longest lunar eclipse takes place

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    It will be a super moon as well, which is a full moon or new moon that coincides with the moon's position at it's closest to the Earth. After about two hours the moon will turn red. City group Dundee Culture has prepared a definitive guide of the best spots to head for in the city to get the optimum view of the natural phenomenon.
  • Scientists discover underground lake on Mars

    Scientists discover underground lake on Mars

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    The Italian team of researchers suspect the water is salty, or briny, which keeps it in liquid form. Its waters are likely so salty that they remain liquid despite the frigid -90˚ F conditions at the bottom. But the scientists figured out how to send back the raw data to Earth. But that feature had been ascribed to a boundary between the dust-containing ice that dominates Mars' surface and a layer of pure water ice that is expected to exist below that.
  • Longest lunar eclipse of the century on Friday

    Longest lunar eclipse of the century on Friday

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    Brad Tucker, researcher at Australian National University 's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, explained why we don't get a lunar eclipse every lunar cycle. "You get a true sense of the solar system moving - and that in itself is a really dramatic experience". A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, completely blocking direct sunlight from reaching the moon, which gives the moon an orange/red hue that earns it the moniker of a " blood moon ".
  • Astronomers Find a Staggering 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter

    Astronomers Find a Staggering 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter

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    Over the lifetime of the solar system, a collision seems inevitable. Other than that, not much is known about it or the other confirmed moons. Because it's like peering around the trees in our own forest and trying to count them all rather than using an overhead drone, Sheppard said .
  • Blue Origin successfully lands booster and crew capsule

    Blue Origin successfully lands booster and crew capsule

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    The company plans to start selling tickets next year for passengers to take short flights just past the edge of space, where they would experience weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth. "We are really curious how microgravity affects the structure and properties of things, and we hope this flight will help us understand the science behind it", said James Yenbamroong, chief executive and founder of mu Space, in a preflight statement .
  • Google celebrates astronomer Georges Lemaitre's birth anniversary

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    Born on July 17, 1894, Lemaitre went to study civil engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven at the age of 17. Lemaitre accurately estimated the numerical value that astronomers would come to call the Hubble constant, a unit of measurement that describes the universe's rate of expansion.
  • Twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter - one may collide with the others

    Twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter - one may collide with the others

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    Based on the team's observations, Gareth Williams at the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center was able to calculate the orbits of the moons . For example, the discovery that the smallest moons in Jupiter's various orbital groups are still abundant suggests the collisions that created them occurred after the era of planet formation.
  • Heat warning issued for the area

    Heat warning issued for the area

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    The city's heat warning ended on Tuesday morning. Environment Canada has ended its heat alert for the City of Toronto and surrounding areas after another days-long heat wave gripped southern Ontario. The risk is higher for young kids, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and people who work or exercise outside. It's also recommending not to leave people or pets inside a closed vehicle for any length of time.
  • Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship hits new heights in escape test flight

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    The vehicle's propulsion module boosted the crew capsule on a standard trajectory. Accompanying the dummy aboard the capsule were NASA atmospheric science experiments and payloads from paying customers. Blue Origin continue to take 2020 for the maiden flight of the New Glenn rocket , which like its smaller sister New Shepard , will include a booster that will return for reuse.
  • Jupiter Has 12 More Moons Than Previously Thought, Astronomers Discover

    Jupiter Has 12 More Moons Than Previously Thought, Astronomers Discover

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    Rather than delay their work, the researchers chose to pivot to studying moons of Jupiter which had flown into their gaze. " So, the whole process took a year ". But the researchers realized that Jupiter happened to be in a spot that allowed them to examine the area around the gas giant for any unknown natural satellites.