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It was not until 1959 that the Soviet Union captured the first images of the moon's mysterious and heavily cratered "dark side". Since launching its first astronaut into space in 2003, China has been on an ambitious drive to catch up with the pack led by the United States.
  • SpaceX blasts off powerful GPS satellite for US military

    SpaceX blasts off powerful GPS satellite for US military

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    SpaceX was initially scheduled to launch on Tuesday, while Vice President looked on from Kennedy Space Center. This time, however, SpaceX won't attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage after the launch, the company said in its press kit, citing mission requirements .
  • LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower

    LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower

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    It's the middle of winter today, and from now on, the days get a little bit longer as we continue our trip around the sun. When exactly does it occur? What is the winter solstice? Although the Northern Hemisphere's names for December's full moon sound chilly and terrible, the Southern Hemisphere, which is about to enter the summer season, has much warmer names for it.
  • Japan to resume commercial whaling

    Japan to resume commercial whaling

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    The government would make a decision by the end of the year, reports the Japanese news agency Kyodo today on the basis of anonymous sources. Japan dresses up its hunt as "research", despite an global court order, while Norway and Iceland use clauses allowing them to contest the IWC ban.
  • Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday

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

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    A solstice is when the sun either reaches the highest or lowest point in the sky depending on where you are in the world. So let's walk through what the winter solstice actually means. In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, located at 23.5° south of the equator. Less direct solar radiation means less heating of the ground in the winter hemisphere.
  • Winter Solstice: Google doodle celebrates shortest day of the year

    Winter Solstice: Google doodle celebrates shortest day of the year

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    In the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed and 21 December is their summer solstice meaning it is the day with the most amount of daylight. The winter solstice - when the Earth's titled axis is facing its farthest from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere - happens at 3:23 p.m.
  • Farout: Scientists spot solar system's farthest known object

    Farout: Scientists spot solar system's farthest known object

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    Researchers from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced the discovery of the planet 2018 VG18 Monday, after confirming the findings of several astronomers at institutions around the country.
  • Saturn losing rings at 'worst-case-scenario' rate

    Saturn losing rings at 'worst-case-scenario' rate

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    The rate at which the rings might waste away depends not only on how much material is still in the rings, but on other physical forces, Saturn's shifting seasons and the way in which ring material is replenished. What this study indicates is the rings were formed around the planet less than 100 million years ago. "We are lucky to be around to see Saturn's ring system, which appears to be in the middle of its lifetime ", says O'Donoghue.
  • Like a Virgin! Tourist ship touches space for first time

    Like a Virgin! Tourist ship touches space for first time

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    Virgin's carrier airplane holding the VSS Unity spaceliner took off early Thursday from the Mojave Air and Space Port, about 145 kilometers north of Los Angeles, California. "Sometime next year, once the testing is finished, then I'll do my flight", he said. The two pilots will attempt to launch the craft on a supersonic flight to the edge of space for the first time.
  • ‘Christmas comet’ - the year’s brightest - to pass by Earth this weekend

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

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    Comet 46P/Wirtanen began brightening in November, but it will make its closest approach to Earth on Sunday and be visible with the naked eye. "This comet has already been visible in larger amateur telescopes, and while the brightness of comets is notoriously hard to predict, there is the possibility that during its close approach comet 46P/Wirtanen could be visible with binoculars or to the naked eye".
  • Judge sentences deer poacher to watch 'Bambi' once a month

    Judge sentences deer poacher to watch 'Bambi' once a month

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    Berry, along with three family members, was busted by police following a multi-year poaching investigation, which saw the gang target young bucks. A Missouri judge turned to Disney for inspiration for a hunter's punishment after he pleaded guilty to contributing to the illegal killing of hundreds of deer .
  • Meteor shower to light up sky

    Meteor shower to light up sky

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    In another 24 hours, the world will start witnessing the much-anticipated Geminid meteor shower dazzling through the sky. According to NASA , watching the shower is pretty easy, provided you can get yourself somewhere really, really dark.
  • 'Flurry of shooting stars' to light up the sky

    'Flurry of shooting stars' to light up the sky

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    During this meteor shower , meteorologists are forecasting that hundreds of meteors will shoot through the sky - some visible even in the early evening hours. and are known to flare for a long time before fading out as they scrape the top of the atmosphere and burn more slowly. Astronomy Ireland are hosting a viewing event on Friday 14 to witness the "once in a lifetime" comet- so views of the meteor shower may also be possible then.
  • Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight

    Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight

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    As well as ballast to represent paying passengers (or "talking cargo" as one commercial pilot memorably described those sat at the back of the aircraft), NASA sent a number of technology experiments to take advantage of the extended period of micro-gravity achieved during the sub-orbital flight.
  • Geminid meteor shower 2018

    Geminid meteor shower 2018

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    Some years over 100 meteors per hour, originating from the constellation of Gemini, it's bright star Castor in the east at this time of year. It is recommended that you try to get away from city lights as it can make it harder to see because of the light pollution .