SpaceX launch of GPS satellite delayed due to pandemic

Apr 8, 2020

by Sandra Erwin — April 7, 2020 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Credit: SpaceX The launch was scheduled for late April and is now projected for no earlier than June 30 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center has decided to reschedule… […]

Earth is quieter as coronavirus lockdowns reduce seismic vibration

Apr 8, 2020

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NASA study adds a pinch of salt to El Niño models

Apr 8, 2020

NASA / CONAE’s Aquarius satellite (2011-2015) collected sea surface salinity (saltiness) data over the entire globe. Today, the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission collects ocean salinity and soil moisture data. Credits: NASA/Greg Shirah When modeling the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) ocean-climate cycle, adding satellite sea surface salinity—or saltiness—data significantly improves model accuracy, according to a new NASA… […]

Is bright Comet ATLAS disintegrating? | Space

Apr 7, 2020

Images of Comet ATLAS – taken on April 5, 2020 – show an elongation of the comet’s nucleus. The elongation is aligned with the axis of the comet’s tail. Astronomers have seen before that comets exhibit this sort of elongation shortly before disintegrating. Is that what’s happening? Image via astronomers Quanzhi Ye (University of Maryland)… […]

Data From NASA’s Cassini May Explain Saturn’s Atmospheric Mystery

Apr 7, 2020

New mapping of the giant planet’s upper atmosphere reveals likely reason why it’s so hot. The upper layers in the atmospheres of gas giants – Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune – are hot, just like Earth’s. But unlike Earth, the Sun is too far from these outer planets to account for the high temperatures. Their… […]

Trump signs executive order to support moon mining, tap asteroid resources

Apr 7, 2020

Home News Spaceflight Artist’s illustration of mining activity on the moon. (Image: © James Vaughan) The water ice and other lunar resources that will help the United States establish a long-term human presence on the moon are there for the taking, the White House believes.President Donald Trump signed an executive order today (April 6) establishing… […]

How do I see the Super Pink Moon this week?

Apr 6, 2020

It’s time to get those binoculars out, because the full moon on 8 April will be the biggest and brightest of 2020. This ‘supermoon’ won’t actually look pink – it’s named after the spring blossom of pink phlox flowers that usually accompanies April’s full moon in the US. But it nonetheless presents an ideal opportunity… […]

What to look for in the sky this week: April 5-12

Apr 6, 2020

By Tony Rice, NASA AmbassadorSunday, April 5 Look to the northwest at 9:19 pm for a very bright pass of the International Space Station. It will disappear in the south-southwest 2 minutes later as it passes into the Earth’s shadow. Monday, Apr 6 Look to the northwest at 8:31 pm for the International Space Station.… […]

Starwatch: the moon at its closest and brightest

Apr 6, 2020

This Wednesday’s full moon is the second of six supermoons that take place this year. A supermoon is defined as a full moon or a new moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth. This makes a full moon appear about 7% larger and 15% brighter than average.… […]

Antarctica’s Denman Glacier is sinking into the world’s deepest canyon Space

Apr 6, 2020

Home News Science & Astronomy Denman trough (dark blue strip) sinks some 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) below sea level, and could soon become the burial plot of a massive, dying glacier. (Image: © NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio) The glaciers of Antarctica are melting at unprecedented rates, and a giant canyon in the continent’s rocky underbelly… […]

Coronavirus tips: 13 ways to help stay safe when you leave the house

Apr 6, 2020

Social distancing is important in the grocery store, but so is how you shop. Sarah Tew/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Even though you spend most of your day indoors while quarantined at home, chances are you still leave the house to run errands and get… […]

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