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Small asteroid, first spotted hours earlier, disintegrates over Africa

Later calculations showed the rock, dubbed 2018 LA, hit the top of the discernible atmosphere at a blistering 17 kilometres per second (38,000 mph) and broke apart several miles above the surface. "Thanks to upgraded telescopes coming online in recent years, the rate of asteroid discovery has increased considerably", Kelly Fast, manager of NASA's NEO Observations Program, says. [Full Article...]

How the Moon may one day give us 25-hour days

How the Moon may one day give us 25-hour days Other than the moon, there are also other bodies in the solar system which exert a pressure on the Earth's movement. According to a new research co-authored by Stephen Meyers , Ph.D., at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Alberto Malinverno, Ph.D., a research professor at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the moon is now moving away from the Earth at a rate of ... [Full Article...]

Mysterious ‘Planet 9’ might not be a planet at all

Mysterious ‘Planet 9’ might not be a planet at all On the mysterious and hypothetical celestial body that could be on the borders of the solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune, everything has been said so far and the opposite of everything. Madigan and team weren't exactly looking to explain the unusual orbits of these bodies, but when Jacob Fleisig, the lead author of the study, ran a series of simulations to study the dynamics of these bodi... [Full Article...]

Trio reach Earth from ISS with football slated for World Cup

Trio reach Earth from ISS with football slated for World Cup The spacewalk timed out at 8 hours and 13 minutes - the longest in Russian space program history. Shkaplerov was out of the capsule first and was pictured munching grapes as the support crew tended to him ahead of his journey back to Moscow. [Full Article...]

Whale dies after 80 plastic bags found crammed in its stomach

Whale dies after 80 plastic bags found crammed in its stomach The male pilot whale was found struggling in a canal on Monday in the southern province of Songkhla. Globally, eight million tonnes of plastic - bottles, packaging and other waste - are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, the United Nations Environment Programme said in December. [Full Article...]

Small asteroid disintegrates over Southern Africa

Small asteroid disintegrates over Southern Africa Security camera footage of this bolide was posted to YouTube by Barend Swanepoel, from his father's farm, between Ottosdal and Hartebeesfontein, to the southwest of Johannesburg, South Africa. Thus, the asteroid has to come fairly close to Earth before it can be detected. It was first spotted when it was about the same distance away from Earth as the Moon is, and scientists jumped into action ... [Full Article...]

SpaceX set for Falcon 9 rocket launch

SpaceX set for Falcon 9 rocket launch Engineers and technicians with SpaceX are presently assessing the health and resiliency of that booster to ensure that these Block 5 variants can be flown multiple times without significant refurbishment. For example, the first stage of the recently debuted "Block 5" Falcon 9 is created to fly 10 times with just inspections between touchdown and liftoff, and 100 times or more with some refurbish... [Full Article...]

Trump orders Energy Dept. to halt shutdown of coal, nuclear plants

Trump orders Energy Dept. to halt shutdown of coal, nuclear plants The plan would exempt power plants from obeying a host of environmental laws and spend billions to keep coal-fired plants open. Trump administration officials are making plans to order grid operators to buy electricity from struggling coal and nuclear plants in an effort to extend their life, a move that could represent an unprecedented intervention into US energy markets. [Full Article...]


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