• Chinese researchers sprout seeds on the moon for first time ever

    Chinese researchers sprout seeds on the moon for first time ever

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    It touched down on 3 January, carrying instruments to analyse the region's geology. Astronauts onboard the International Space Station regularly tend plants to study how growth changes in microgravity (and to diversify astronaut diets in space), and plants and seeds have orbited Earth on and off throughout spaceflight history.
  • SUPER BLOOD WOLF: Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

    SUPER BLOOD WOLF: Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

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    The star-studded celebration takes place on the terrace of Seminole State College's McGee student center, adjacent to the Emil Buehler Planetarium. The last perceptible hints of the penumbral eclipse are likely to fade from sight about a half-hour earlier than this, at about 11:15 p.m.
  • Total Lunar Eclipse Meets Supermoon Sunday Night

    Total Lunar Eclipse Meets Supermoon Sunday Night

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    As the moon passes behind Earth, Earth blocks the sun's light and completely covers the moon in its shadow. As for full-moon supermoons, this will be the first of three this year. So you'll want to be bundled up for the super moon and the overnight blood moon eclipse. Parents "can keep their kids up maybe a little bit later", said, Hartigan, who will catch the lunar extravaganza from Houston.
  • Ban on dirty household fire fuels to tackle air pollution

    Ban on dirty household fire fuels to tackle air pollution

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    An activist claims the smog now blanketing greater Bangkok comes from farmers burning sugarcane fields to make harvesting easier. Public discontent has surfaced on Thai social media, with pollution-related hashtags trending. Citing a ranking by airvisual.com, Greenpeace Thailand tweeted that Bangkok ranked the ninth worst city on Earth for air quality. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration instructed district offices to clean roads every day and spray water in the air to curb dust.
  • China Grows the First Seed on the Moon

    China Grows the First Seed on the Moon

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    The 18cm high aluminum alloy cylinder - called a moon surface micro-ecological circle - contains silkworm eggs and seeds for potatoes and cress. The seeds sent aboard the Chinese lander each have specific roles to play in a future colony: potatoes are calorie-dense and a resilient food source, cotton could help produce clothing, and the rapeseed plants could be a source of oil.
  • Scientists alarmed by Antarctic ice sheets’ sensitivity to climate change

    Scientists alarmed by Antarctic ice sheets’ sensitivity to climate change

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    Scientists used aerial photographs, satellite measurements and computer models to track how fast the southern-most continent has been melting since 1979 in 176 individual basins. A new study, however, asserts that East Antarctica is also losing weight at a worrying clip. If melted, the Antarctic ice will cause the average sea level to rise 57.2 meters or 188 feet.
  • Cotton seeds are growing on the far side of the Moon

    Cotton seeds are growing on the far side of the Moon

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    But according to the China National Space Administration , there is now life growing 240,000 miles from the Earth; cotton seeds carried on board the Chang'e-4 lunar lander have just sprouted, making them the first plants to ever germinate on another world.
  • 'There could be more out there': Mysterious radio bursts coming from space

    'There could be more out there': Mysterious radio bursts coming from space

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    To detect the new fast radio bursts , scientists used results from the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME ), a powerful, revolutionary radio telescope which was completed in late 2017, and was developed in collaboration with scientists Kiyoshi Masui, an assistant professor of physics at MIT and Juan Mena Parra, a Kavli postdoc.
  • China Reveals Detailed Photo of the Far Side of the Moon

    China Reveals Detailed Photo of the Far Side of the Moon

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    It has successfully rolled out onto the surface, becoming the first robot to ever be on the Moon's far side. The rover, which had been put in "standby" mode to protect it from the Sun's heat, was then switched on and, along with the Chang'e-4 probe, took pictures of the landing site and its surroundings.
  • Second Mysterious Fast Radio Burst Detected From Outer Space

    Second Mysterious Fast Radio Burst Detected From Outer Space

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    The telescope is located at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory near Penticton, B.C. Though researchers have been able to track down the area of origin for at least one FRB, it's usually hard to study one. The signals consist of 13 fast radio bursts , known as "FRBs". But in the two repeaters, astronomers found different spikes coming in at slightly different frequencies and times.
  • A second mysterious repeating fast radio burst has been detected in space

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    Astronomers reported the discoveries at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society on January 7 and in the Jan. 9 Nature . The telescope, which resembles a set of skateboarding half-pipes, was built as part of the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) to record radio signals from outer space .
  • UK Brexit vote set for January 15 amid talk of delay

    UK Brexit vote set for January 15 amid talk of delay

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    MPs backed an amendment demanding the Government return within three sitting days with a new plan if it is defeated in next week's crunch vote on the Prime Minister's Brexit deal . UK Brexit minister Martin Callanan ruled out that prospect and said May would update MPs on Wednesday about the assurances over the backstop she is seeking from the EU.
  • Nasa spacecraft spots gaseous planet 23 times the size of Earth

    Nasa spacecraft spots gaseous planet 23 times the size of Earth

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    The nearby exoplanet , HD 21749b , orbits a bright neighboring star in the Reticulum constellation, with a 36-day orbit and a surface temperature of 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Like NASA's recently departed Kepler space telescope , TESS watches for the faint dip in light that occurs when an unseen planet passes in front of a star's disk.
  • Chang'e-4: Chinese rover now exploring Moon

    Chang'e-4: Chinese rover now exploring Moon

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    Wu Weiren, of China National Space Administration (CNSA). China's Chang'e-4 probe has released its rover Yutu 2 to explore the far side of the moon after making the historic touchdown on the moon's uncharted side on Thursday. Yutu 2 has already put a fair bit of space between itself and the lander, trundling over near the rim of a small crater on the floor of Von Kármán, which itself lies within an even larger impact feature - the 1,550-mile-wide (2,500 km) South Pole-Aitken Basin.