• China's Chang'e-4 touching down on far side of the moon
China's Chang'e-4 touching down on far side of the moon

The moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate that it orbits our planet, so the far side is never visible from Earth. The rover - named Yutu 2, or Jade Rabbit 2 - left the spacecraft, drove off a ramp and began making tracks on the moon's surface at 10.22pm on Thursday, about 12 hours after Chang'e 4 landed.

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  • Chance to see meteor shower in skies over north-east tonight
Chance to see meteor shower in skies over north-east tonight

The sky will come alive Thursday night and early Friday morning as the Quadrantids meteor shower peaks. If you miss the meteor shower, you can check out the super blood wolf moon at the end of the month on the 21st. While most meteor showers have two-day peak, Quadrantids only peak for a few hours, so plan accordingly. Skies will likely be mainly...

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  • First high-resolution images of snowman-shaped Ultima Thule released by Nasa
First high-resolution images of snowman-shaped Ultima Thule released by Nasa

A NASA spacecraft travelling through space sent back pictures of the most distant object explored by mankind on Wednesday. It was the first exploration of such a primitive - and distant - planetary object in human history. The object is so old and pristine that it's essentially like going back in time to the beginning of our solar system. I...

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  • NASA Probe Sends Historic Message Back
NASA Probe Sends Historic Message Back

This flyby is the first exploration of a small Kuiper Belt object up close - and the most primitive world ever observed by a spacecraft. But until it came into New Horizons' view, Ultima remained little more than a distant dot hardly different from the stars behind it.

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  • Carper to EPA: Dismantling mercury emissions rule puts Americans' health at risk
Carper to EPA: Dismantling mercury emissions rule puts Americans' health at risk

If adopted, the change would prevent regulators from calculating positive health effects - known as "co-benefits" - that come from reducing pollutants other than those being targeted. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule has been in place for years, and energy companies that own coal-fired power plants are already in compliance.

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  • Usher in the new year with a total lunar eclipse
Usher in the new year with a total lunar eclipse

The super blood wolf moon eclipse is expected to happen on January 20 & 21, 2019, which is when the next total lunar eclipse is supposed to happen. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the earth's shadow. The scientific name for a Supermoon is a perigee moon' - perigee meaning "closest point to earth". For those of us in the No...

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  • Local veteran remembers witnessing Apollo 8 landing
Local veteran remembers witnessing Apollo 8 landing

Frank Borman , Jim Lovell and Bill Anders were focused on something else: becoming the first humans to reach the moon's orbit and return safely. "Earthrise", as it would be called, went viral, or as viral as anything could in 1968, a time that saw all sorts of photographs leave their mark on the national consciousness, a lot of them scars...

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  • Musk's Space X finally launches first United States national security space mission
Musk's Space X finally launches first United States national security space mission

SpaceX's payload is the GPS III SV01 , the first of 10 updated GPS III satellites the Air Force plans to launch. "There simply was not a performance reserve to meet our requirements and allow for this mission to bring the first stage back", Walter Lauderdale, mission director at the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Launch Ent...

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  • Japan to Announce Withdrawal from International Whaling Commission on Wednesday
Japan to Announce Withdrawal from International Whaling Commission on Wednesday

Japan announced on December 26 that it will leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC ) at the end of June and resume commercial whaling in July for the first time in about 30 years. But consumption has declined significantly in recent decades, with much of the population saying they rarely or never eat whale meat. Suga said Japan would o...

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  • Winter Trifecta: Solstice, Full Moon, Meteor Shower On Friday, Saturday
Winter Trifecta: Solstice, Full Moon, Meteor Shower On Friday, Saturday

Shown above is the orientation of the Earth relative to the sun's most direct rays around the time of the Northern Hemisphere's winter solstice . On December 22 at 17:49 UTC, people will be able to see the last full moon of the year. But that means it looks full Friday night and Saturday night.

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  • A Winter Solstice Ritual For Reflection & Release
A Winter Solstice Ritual For Reflection & Release

This astronomical phenomena, also known as midwinter, is the exact moment when the sun's most direct rays get to their southernmost point south of the equator. Although the pagan celebrations of Yule and the Winter Solstice are from Scandanavian and Germanic cultures, Scotland has it's own history with the shortest day.

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  • Here’s why this year’s winter solstice is unique
Here’s why this year’s winter solstice is unique

We will view the shortest day and longest night of the year, officially welcoming the winter season. That means our lunar neighbor should be plenty bright enough all weekend to light up your solstice celebrations. In China, where they call the Winter Solstice Dongzhi Festival, people enjoy rice balls called tang yuan, which translates to "famil...

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  • Japan to resume commercial whaling
Japan to resume commercial whaling

Japan will inform the IWC of its decision by the end of the year, according to Kyodo news agency. While Japan has hunted whales under the guise of science since the 1980s, this would be the first time in 30 years that it hunted them exclusively for commercial purposes, Kyodo News reported.

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  • The Winter Solstice Arrives Today; Here's What That Means
The Winter Solstice Arrives Today; Here's What That Means

Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year, with Brits only getting 7 hours and 49 minutes of daylight before the evenings and mornings begin to lengthen once more . The Ursids meteor shower should be visible in the mid-Northern Hemisphere, according to the American Meteor Society . Just like every year, Winter solstice 2018 will als...

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  • SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket ready for first national security mission
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket ready for first national security mission

The United States Air Force has planned to launch Global Positioning System 3 satellite constellation, of which first satellite has been scheduled to launch on December 18. That is because India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. SpaceX and Blue Origin are headlining a busy day of rocket launches on Tuesday morning, planning to send ...

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

All that's known about Farout , at the moment, is its distance (120 AU), its size (around 500km across), and its colour (pink!). The dwarf planet Eris is now the second-farthest-out solar system object at a distance of 96 AU. " 2018 VG18 is much more distant and slower moving than any other observed Solar System object, so it will take a few ye...

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  • Saturn's Rings May Disappear Within 100M Years
Saturn's Rings May Disappear Within 100M Years

Scientists first documented ring rain back in 2013, but new research, led by James O'Donoghue from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, shows the effect is happening much quicker than expected, and by outcome, so is the rate at which Saturn's rings are decaying.

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  • Virgin Galactic Will Attempt To Reach Space For The First Time
Virgin Galactic Will Attempt To Reach Space For The First Time

Virgin Galactic reaches space for the first time during its 4th powered flight from Mojave, Calif. It was the first spacecraft with humans aboard to be launched from United States soil and reach space since the space shuttle was retired in 2011, and it marked a milestone for the commercial space industry, which also includes companies like Elon Mu...

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  • Catching the
Catching the "Christmas Comet"

To earthlings, that might sound like an extremely long distance, but 46P/Wirtanen will actually be among the 10 closest comet to approach Earth in modern times, The Associated Press reports . The ball of gas and dust, sometimes referred to as the "Christmas comet", was named 46P/Wirtanen, after astronomer Carl Wirtanen , who discovered it in 19...

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  • Poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi' after 100s of deer killed
Poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi' after 100s of deer killed

Andy Barnes , a conservation agent, told the Springfield News- Leader: "It is unknown how many deer the main group of suspects has taken illegally over the past several years". The Walt Disney Company bewitched generations of children with its pioneering animated film, released in August 1942, about a wide-eyed young deer and his doting mom.

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