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SpaceX to reattempt launch of first U.S. national security space mission

SpaceX to reattempt launch of first U.S. national security space mission EST (1351 GMT) after almost a week of delays. It is three times more accurate than the previous system and up to eight times stronger in its anti-jamming capability. PST (1834 GMT). Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX's valuation has climbed as it has racked up successful missions, making it the third-most valuable venture-backed start-up in the USA after Uber Technologies and Airbnb. [Full Article...]

Remembering 1968: Apollo 8's Christmas greeting from the moon

Remembering 1968: Apollo 8's Christmas greeting from the moon In a race to beat the Russians to the moon, their mission was planned in only four months. It was initially supposed to be a flight only to low earth orbit, where the crew could start getting used to NASA's new lunar module, and run through simulations of re-entering earth's atmosphere after a lunar voyage. [Full Article...]

Photos illuminate the longest night of the year

Photos illuminate the longest night of the year That phenomenon is caused by Earth's axial tilt of about 23.5 degrees. Eastern Time while the winter solstice will happen December 21, but to the average eye, the moon will appear full for several days. Other names for this day include Yule, Midwinter and The Longest Night. In Native American cultures which tracked the calendar by the moons, December's Full Moon was known as the Full Cold ... [Full Article...]

Winter Solstice pictures and tweets from across Scotland

Winter Solstice pictures and tweets from across Scotland 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. The event is thought to be even more important than the summer solstice in the pagan calendar because it marks the "re-birth" of the sun for the new year. [Full Article...]

Finland marks winter solstice, longer days on the horizon

Finland marks winter solstice, longer days on the horizon The reason behind this phenomenon is that the Earth is tilted on its axis by 23.5° relative to the plane of the planet's orbit. In Ireland, people gather days before the solstice at Newgrange - a massive gravesite that is more than 5,000 years old. [Full Article...]

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

Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday The term "solstice" is derived from two Latin words "sol" which means sun, and "sistere", meaning standstill. Is this the shortest day of the year? This is when when the sun appears to be at its southernmost point in the sky; as such, the Southern Hemisphere has its longest day of the year, and the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day of the year, on the December solstice, according to E... [Full Article...]

Residents reminded of changes to collections over Christmas period

Residents reminded of changes to collections over Christmas period Bins will be collected as usual on Christmas Eve. No changes have been made to waste collections for the remainder of this week, continuing until Christmas Eve on December 24. The message is to try and recycle as much as possible but if a tip run is necessary, Smallmead at Island Road, Reading , Berkshire, is open every day except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. [Full Article...]

We Won't Have a Winter Solstice Like This Till 2029

We Won't Have a Winter Solstice Like This Till 2029 People around the globe have celebrated this astronomical milestone for centuries. Winter Solstice 2018 date and time? It derives its name from the Latin word "solstitium", which means "Sun standing still". In clear conditions, light from the rising sun lights up the inner chamber of the 5,000-year-old tomb. Today marks the solstice, when the seasons change, and Google has designed a pair ... [Full Article...]

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

Here’s why this year’s winter solstice is unique In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, located at 23.5° south of the equator. There will be a winter trifecta the next few days with the winter solstice , a full moon and a meteor shower. [Full Article...]

Odd light spotted in sky over San Francisco

Odd light spotted in sky over San Francisco Astronomers say it wasn't a rocket launch but probably a meteor entering the atmosphere. The National Weather Service Bay Area referred to it as a "cloud feature" and said they saw it from their office. The launch of a spy satellite from a Central California coastal base has been scrubbed for the fourth time in two weeks. However, United Launch Alliance , a launch service provider for nationa... [Full Article...]

Musk's SpaceX to raise US$500 million in funding

Musk's SpaceX to raise US$500 million in funding SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket , carrying a roughly $500 million global positioning system (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp, was due to take off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9:30 a.m. "Still working through ground infrastructure issues and monitoring incoming weather in West Texas", Blue Origin representatives wrote on Twitter . [Full Article...]

GALACTIC MILESTONE: Richard Branson celebrates Virgin's historic first human spaceflight

GALACTIC MILESTONE: Richard Branson celebrates Virgin's historic first human spaceflight Seconds later, SpaceShipTwo fired, catapulting it to more than 51 miles above Earth , high enough for the pilots to experience weightlessness and see the curvature of the planet. The flight on December 13 was Virgin Galactic longest rocket-powered flight ever. An worldwide organization defines space as being outside the Earth's atmosphere at an altitude of more than 100 kilometers, while the US... [Full Article...]

Deal reached at United Nations climate conference in Poland

Deal reached at United Nations climate conference in Poland Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change Patricia Espinosa, left, and UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres , right, attend the COP24 summit. Ministers at the COP24 talks must agree on a common rule book to make good on promises they made in the landmark 2015 Paris accord, which vowed to limit global temperature rises to "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). [Full Article...]

Saturn's Rings May Disappear Within 100M Years

Saturn's Rings May Disappear Within 100M Years Saturn's rings are mostly chunks of water ice ranging in size from microscopic dust grains to boulders several yards (meters) across. "This is relatively short, compared to Saturn's age of over four billion years". The ring rain that falls into the gas giant is so abundant that the icy bands could disappear in 300 million years, or even sooner. Once there, the icy ring particles vaporize and the... [Full Article...]

Farthest object in solar system 'Farout' discovered

Farthest object in solar system 'Farout' discovered This extreme trans-Neptunian object is about 120 astronomical units (AU) from Earth, where 1 AU is the average distance from the Earth to the Sun (about 92 million miles, or 149 million kilometers). That's more than 100 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun - and about the same distance as Voyager 2, the NASA probe that launched in 1977 and reached interstellar space this month . [Full Article...]

COP24 adopts rules for Paris Agreement

COP24 adopts rules for Paris Agreement The talks finally ended with the 133-page Paris rulebook being unanimously adopted in the Polish city of Katowice . Countries have been working for two weeks in Katowice , Poland, on a self-imposed deadline to produce a "rulebook" to flesh out details of the 2015 Paris Agreement , which aims to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. [Full Article...]

Convicted Poacher Must Watch ‘Bambi’ Once A Month In Jail!

Convicted Poacher Must Watch ‘Bambi’ Once A Month In Jail! David Berry Jr , from Missouri , will have to watch the film at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence, according to local newspaper, the Springfield News-Leader. "It is unknown how many deer the main group of suspects has taken illegally over the past several years", said Lawrence County Conservation Agent Andy Barnes . [Full Article...]

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo blasts off for space, falls 20 km short

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo blasts off for space, falls 20 km short In a video released, Virgin Galactic has successfully conducted a test flight reaching the atmospheric limit of "space". A camera on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity captured this view of the Earth from just over 51 miles (82.7 kilometers) up during a test launch on December 13, 2018 from Mojave Air and Space Port in California. [Full Article...]

Brightest Comet Of The Year Will Zoom Near Earth Sunday

Brightest Comet Of The Year Will Zoom Near Earth Sunday The comet, named after astronomer Carl Wirtanen , will make its closest approach on Sunday Dec. 16, coming within 7.2 million miles of earth. Not only do they occasionally grace our skies and put on a lovely display (I vividly remember as a child seeing Comet Khohoutek back in 1973), but they are also left-over remnants from the creation of the solar system - primordial chunks of dirt and ice l... [Full Article...]

Kansas native pilots Virgin Galactic's supersonic plane into space

Kansas native pilots Virgin Galactic's supersonic plane into space According to the company's Twitter , SpaceShipTwo reached an altitude of 82.68 kilometers (51.4 miles), just high enough to pass the definition the U.S. "When you are in the test flight program of a space company, you can never be completely, 100 percent sure, because that's what a test flight program is", he said . [Full Article...]


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