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… […]

Fossil trove sheds light on ancient antipodean ecology

Apr 5, 2020

– Advertisement –    The oldest known animals and plants preserved in amber from Southern Gondwana are reported in Scientific Reports this week. Gondwana, the supercontinent made up of South America, Africa, Madagascar, India, Antarctica and Australia, broke away from the Pangea supercontinent around 200 million years ago. The findings further our understanding of ecology in Australia and… […]

The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth vibrate less

Apr 5, 2020

Once-crowded city streets are now empty. Highway traffic has slowed to a minimum. And fewer and fewer people can be found milling about outside. Global containment measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus have seemingly made the world much quieter. Scientists are noticing it, too. Around the world, seismologists are observing a lot less… […]

Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

Apr 5, 2020

In 1781, astronomer William Herschel discovered a new planet. He wanted to name it Georgian Sidus (George’s Star) after King George III, but all of the other planets in the solar system were named after Roman gods. Fellow astronomer Johanne Bode suggested the name Uranus (a Greek god) would be a better fit, though it… […]

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover gets its wheels and air brakes

Apr 5, 2020

Three of the six flight wheels that will travel to Mars can be seen attached to NASA’s Perseverance rover (which is inverted on a handling fixture) on March 30, 2020 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The protective antistatic foil covering the wheels will be removed before launch this summer. Credit: NASA Final assembly… […]

NASA’s Mars helicopter is ready for launch

Apr 4, 2020

NASA’s next Mars rover, recently dubbed Perseverance, is currently undergoing launch preparations at its launch site, the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. To that end, a key piece of hardware — the Mars helicopter — was just tested for the last time on Earth. Weighing in at just under 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms), the… […]

Upgrade your seating with a Respawn-120 racing-style gaming chair for 52% off

Apr 4, 2020

Newegg All desk chairs are not alike. That’s why some people are willing to spend over $1,000 for a chair like the Humanscale Freedom or SteelCase Gesture. Those high-end office chairs are supremely comfortable and ergonomic, but lack a certain pizzazz that gamers are fond of. If you’re looking to jazz up the home office,… […]

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