• Distant, Possibly Habitable Planet Spotted by Citizen Scientists
Distant, Possibly Habitable Planet Spotted by Citizen Scientists

The discovery was announced Monday at the 233rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle. " It's the coolest small planet that we know of around a star this bright ", said Diana Dragomir, a postdoctoral researcher in the Massachusetts Institute for Technology's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.

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  • Chinese rover 'Jade Rabbit' drives on far side of the moon
Chinese rover 'Jade Rabbit' drives on far side of the moon

While China is the first to land a spacecraft on the far side, there have been plenty of detailed photographs taken by orbiting spacecraft. "This giant leap is a decisive move for our exploration of space and the conquering of the universe".

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  • Most distant celestial object explored looks like snowman
Most distant celestial object explored looks like snowman

Ultima Thule was once two separate space rocks that joined together, known as a contact binary . Composite of two images (left) taken by New Horizons' high-resolution Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and an artist's impression (right) of Ultima Thule's appearance.

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  • NASA discovers Saturn is losing its rings
NASA discovers Saturn is losing its rings

Saturn could be losing its iconic rings as an Olympic swimming pool amount of water drains from them every half an hour. Saturn's rings are dissolving faster than scientists expected, according to the study, and they could be gone in 100 million to 300 million years-a cosmological blink of the eye.

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  • Looking Up: Dim comet to pass bright star near Christmas
Looking Up: Dim comet to pass bright star near Christmas

Though Comet 46P/Wirtanen - the so-called Christmas comet - is not yet obvious to the naked eye in most places, it may already be visible under a clear sky located far from city lights. Astronomer Joseph Rao said it would be possible to see it, but the comet will be very hard to spot. Wirtanen discovered five comets and three asteroids during his...

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  • China launches Chang'e-4 probe to shed light on moon's dark side
China launches Chang'e-4 probe to shed light on moon's dark side

The Chang'e-4 lunar probe mission blasted off on a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday, according to the official Xinhua news agency . The 140 kg Chang'e-4 rover. The mission will explore the composition of the Moon's largest impact crater, called the Von Kármán crater, w...

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  • Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket landing fail in style
Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket landing fail in style

The Dragon spacecraft used by NASA and SpaceX to send the supplies to the station is expected to arrive there Saturday. That includes Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A in May ( Bangabandhu-1 ); Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 in August ( Merah Putih ); and now Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg.

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  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions See Largest Jump in 7 Years: Global Carbon Project
Carbon Dioxide Emissions See Largest Jump in 7 Years: Global Carbon Project

G20 leaders on Saturday agreed a final communique after their summit in Buenos Aires, declaring that the Paris Agreement was "irreversible". These findings come from the 2018 Global Carbon Budget (GCB), published on Wednesday by the Global Carbon Project in the journals Nature, Environmental Research Letters and Earth System Science Data.

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  • SpaceX launches rocket carrying 64 satellites
SpaceX launches rocket carrying 64 satellites

Before landing, however, the booster helped deliver 64 small satellites to orbit for a variety of companies. After the launch, the Falcon 9's first-stage booster returned to earth as planned, landing on a ship off the coast of southern California , according to a live video of the flight.

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  • NASA probe sends around 200000 Chinese names to Mars
NASA probe sends around 200000 Chinese names to Mars

This is the eighth successful Mars landing. In a NASA video , Brooke said that they saw 49ers teammates Marquise Goodwin and Kendrick Bourne do that elaborate celebration after Goodwin scored a touchdown against the Chiefs in September.

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  • Pollution Spikes After Diwali: Fireworks Order Backfires?
Pollution Spikes After Diwali: Fireworks Order Backfires?

In a crowded Delhi and new Delhi air pollution periodically increases to hazardous level. Delhiites continued to burst firecrackers on Diwali long after the 10 p.m. During non-Diwali days, out of the seven stations where air quality is monitored, only City Railway Station in the heart of the city recorded "moderate" air quality of 117...

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  • Prost, ganbei, cheers: Climate change means less beer
Prost, ganbei, cheers: Climate change means less beer

The key question was obvious and direct: How much more will we pay for a pint of beer? Beer is the alcoholic beverage most consumed on the planet, but it may well be that by some time, this beverage became a luxury product . One factor to consider is that barley is mostly used to feed livestock , and beer is ultimately more dispensable than ...

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  • Virgin Galactic to be in space 'in weeks,' owner Branson says
Virgin Galactic to be in space 'in weeks,' owner Branson says

Once Virgin Galactic successfully establish its commercial trips to space, Branson plans to reduce the price of the ticket to around $40,000 United States dollars in the next ten years or so. This was a positive step forward after Virgin Galactic's 2014 fatal crash that killed test pilot Michael Alsbury and injured pilot Peter Siebold. Once r...

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  • Climate change: Indonesia’s leadership is critical
Climate change: Indonesia’s leadership is critical

Limiting global warming to 1.5C will cost the world $2.4 trillion every year for the next two decades, the United Nations report warns. But for almost every component of the climate system, the SR15 report shows that limiting the warming to 1.5°C will make our life and our children's life easier when it comes to mitigation and adaptation.

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  • Terrifying climate change warning: 12 years until we’re doomed
Terrifying climate change warning: 12 years until we’re doomed

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require "far-reaching and unprecedented changes", such as ditching coal for electricity to slash carbon emissions, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC ) has said , launching a special report that said the world must move faster on climate change.

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  • Tropical storm likely to form, roll toward US Gulf coast
Tropical storm likely to form, roll toward US Gulf coast

The forecast path for Tropical Depression 14 as of Sunday morning, October 7. A northward motion should continue across the east-central Gulf of Mexico through Tuesday, before a gradual northeastward turn is possible late Tuesday into Wednesday.

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  • Three members of the ISS crew returned to Earth
Three members of the ISS crew returned to Earth

In a bid to have a manned presence in space, India is now planning to send an astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) on a Russian spacecraft in 2022, according to Russian media outlet Sputnik . Astronauts have said the 2-millimeter hole is a clean one that was "clearly man-made", not a jagged strike from a micrometeorite or space jun...

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  • Physics Nobel for three scientists who turned laser light into tools
Physics Nobel for three scientists who turned laser light into tools

Mr. Ashkin developed optical tweezers that can grab particles, . The two "paved the way towards the shortest and most intense laser pulses created by humankind", the committee said . A Canadian professor ended a 55-year drought for female physicists today when she was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for physics, becoming only the third w...

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  • Beluga whale stranded in the River Thames
Beluga whale stranded in the River Thames

Beluga whales are identified by distinctive white markings and are typically found farther north, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation group said. He said he hoped the whale would find its way home safely, but warned the species also faces threats in its Arctic home, including shipping, oil and gas development and loss of sea ice habitat due to cli...

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  • Japanese Billionaire ID'd as Planned SpaceX Moon Traveler
Japanese Billionaire ID'd as Planned SpaceX Moon Traveler

It's not known whether SpaceX plans a lunar orbit mission or will instead launch the passenger on a flight to simply loop around the moon and return to Earth using a so-called "free return" trajectory. Alongside the announcement, Elon Musk also hinted that the private costumer could be Japanese, adding that the spaceship in the photos was of ...

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  • Japanese Billionaire to Be SpaceX’s First Passenger to the Moon
Japanese Billionaire to Be SpaceX’s First Passenger to the Moon

In 2016, Musk predicted that one of his Dragon crew capsules would land on Mars this year - although that particular project was abandoned. He lives in Houston and has visited the SpaceX headquarters in California. "How many people would've looked at SpaceX in 2008 and imagined that in 2018 we'd be where we are?" Yeah, him. You know. Him. El...

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  • NASA blasts off space laser satellite to track ice loss
NASA blasts off space laser satellite to track ice loss

The early moments of the flight appeared same old because the vehicle accelerated in the direction of orbit.The Delta 2 debuted in February 1989 when it launched the principle operational International Positioning Scheme satellite from Cape Canaveral.

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  • Retired Marine Rescues North Carolina Storm Victims in Military Vehicle
Retired Marine Rescues North Carolina Storm Victims in Military Vehicle

Florence weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday , but that was little consolation to residents in North Carolina who have seen over 2 feet rain and are now fearing major river flooding to start the week. SC also has a new record for rainfall in a single tropical system. Up to 40 inches (102 cm) of rain are expected along coastal areas...

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  • Hurricane Florence wreaks havoc in US
Hurricane Florence wreaks havoc in US

By early afternoon, its winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week. The biggest threat brought by Florence, which has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, is not wind but water. In New Bern, along the coast, homes were complet...

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  • Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart
Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday evening at 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140 miles per hour (224 km/h) earlier this week when it was classified a Category 4 storm. City spokeswoman Colleen Roberts tells WRAL-TV that 200 people have already been rescued. NEW BERN, NC - SEPTE...

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  • Hurricane Florence now a Category 3, but remains ‘extremely dangerous’
Hurricane Florence now a Category 3, but remains ‘extremely dangerous’

The NHC said the first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) would hit the region early on Thursday with the storm's center reaching the coast Friday . "Forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a strong Category 3 on Thursday, although shifts in the t...

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  • Florence punishes Carolinas with torrential rain, flooding; six dead
Florence punishes Carolinas with torrential rain, flooding; six dead

The hospital said it has received three injured patients. In the state's Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. The rest of SC into western North Carolina and southwest Virginia is expected to report 5 to 10 inches of additional rainfall, with isolated cases of 15 inches.

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  • Subtropical Storm Joyce forms in north Atlantic
Subtropical Storm Joyce forms in north Atlantic

Tropical Storm Joyce has weakened as it turns east-northeastward about 890 miles west-southwest of the Azores with winds at 50 mph and traveling east at 8 mph. Forecasters warned that drenching rains of anywhere from 1 to 3½ feet as the storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.

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  • SpaceX announces new plan to send one tourist around Moon
SpaceX announces new plan to send one tourist around Moon

No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972, said the company. SpaceX tweeted the news on Thursday evening, announcing that it will reveal the identity of the traveler and why they want to go on Monday, September 17. More details would be made available on Monday, it said. The names and identities of those two tourists - and how ...

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  • Joyce Becomes a Tropical Storm
Joyce Becomes a Tropical Storm

A hurricane hunter with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew into the category three Hurricane Florence and reported back Wednesday what he was seeing. The Category 3 storm will near the coast of the Carolinas Friday. The ocean is moving inland ahead of Florence as storm surge begins to flood the Carolinas coast, acco...

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