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Dropped emissions during COVID-19 lockdown will do 'nothing' for climate change

Dropped emissions during COVID-19 lockdown will do 'nothing' for climate change

Space is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. .While greenhouse gas as the world locked down in response to the pandemic, such dips will do "nothing" to slow climate change unless society moves away from fossil fuels, researchers have found. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, a pandemic, which it remains today. To slow the spread of the virus, countries around the world began implementing lockdown measures that limited travel and closed down factories...

August 9, 2020
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'I'll pass': Trump not interested in flying on Virgin Galactic's space plane

'I'll pass': Trump not interested in flying on Virgin Galactic's space plane

Space is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. .President Donald Trump may be a fan of human spaceflight, but that doesn't necessarily mean he wants to visit the final frontier himself.During a on Friday (April 24), the president, whose administration has directed NASA to land astronauts on the moon by 2024, expressed a distinct lack of interest in flying aboard Virgin Galactic's suborbital spacecraft.Bridenstine was visiting the White House to brief Trump on some of NASA's contributions to the fight against the...

April 27, 2020
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Physicists watch quantum particles tunnel through solid barriers. Here's what they found.

Physicists watch quantum particles tunnel through solid barriers. Here's what they found.

Space is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. .The quantum world is a pretty wild one, where the seemingly impossible happens all the time: Teensy objects separated by miles are tied to one another, and particles can even be in two places at once. But one of the most perplexing quantum superpowers is the movement of particles through seemingly impenetrable barriers.Now, a team of physicists has devised a simple way to measure the duration of this bizarre phenomenon, called quantum tunneling. And they figured out how...

August 10, 2020
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How to see Uranus in the night sky (without a telescope) this week

How to see Uranus in the night sky (without a telescope) this week

Space is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. .Just how many planets are visible without a telescope? Not including our own planet, most people will answer "five" (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn). Those are the five brightest planets, but in reality, there is a sixth planet that can be glimpsed without the aid of either a telescope or binoculars. That sixth planet is the planet . This week will be a fine time to try and seek it out, especially since it is now favorably placed for viewing in our...

September 11, 2020
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SpaceX moves Starlink launch up a day to Wednesday

SpaceX moves Starlink launch up a day to Wednesday

Space is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. .SpaceX's next batch of will get off the ground a day earlier than we'd thought.The next 60 Starlink craft will launch Wednesday afternoon (April 22) (April 23), SpaceX representatives announced today (April 20)."With a more favorable weather forecast for launch and landing, now targeting Wednesday, April 22 at 3:37 p.m. EDT [1937 GMT] for this week’s Falcon 9 Starlink mission," the company said via Twitter this afternoon.As that tweet notes, will attempt to land the first...

April 20, 2020
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The 2020 Lyrid meteor shower thrills skywatchers. Here are the best photos.

The 2020 Lyrid meteor shower thrills skywatchers. Here are the best photos.

Space is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. .The annual Lyrid meteor shower put on an exceptional show for skywatchers this year, with the setting the stage for gorgeous "shooting stars" to prance across the dark night sky. During the , which peaked overnight on April 21-22, viewers in the Northern Hemisphere were treated to as many as 20 visible meteors per hour in places with clear, dark skies devoid of , which can drown out some fainter meteors. And, without any bright moonlight to outshine these so-called...

April 23, 2020
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NASA spots fireballs from Lyrid meteor shower 2020 (video)

NASA spots fireballs from Lyrid meteor shower 2020 (video)

Space is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. .The will be at its best overnight, but NASA has already captured some "shooting stars" with cameras across the United States. Fireballs from the , which peaks late tonight and early Wednesday (April 21-22), were captured by several cameras with NASA's All-sky Fireball Network in the wee hours of this morning. A as they lit up the predawn sky at sites across the country.The Lyrid meteor shower occurs each year in April when the Earth passes through debris trail left by...

April 21, 2020
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Scientists use Apollo data to create the best geologic moon map ever

Scientists use Apollo data to create the best geologic moon map ever

Space is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. .A new map has provided the blueprints for , revealing the true nature of Earth's rocky companion. Scientists at the United States Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute, have created the first-ever comprehensive geologic map of the moon. In this new digital map, titled the "Unified Geologic Map of the Moon," the entire lunar surface has been thoroughly charted and all of its features uniformly classified. You can...

April 23, 2020
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The sun fires off its biggest solar flare in more than 3 years

The sun fires off its biggest solar flare in more than 3 years

Space is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. .unleashed its most powerful solar eruption in more than three years on Sunday (Nov. 29). The , which is a sudden, bright explosion of electromagnetic energy, measured as an M4.4 on the scale astronomers use for sun storms. M-class flares are medium-sized eruptions (compared to small C-class flares and large X-class flares) and rank on a scale from 1 to 9, with larger numbers representing stronger flares. The M4.4 flare's bright burst was accompanied by a coronal...

November 30, 2020
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China launches 2 satellites from desert launch site

China launches 2 satellites from desert launch site

Space is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. .China is continuing its with its 22nd mission of 2020.China launched a new Earth observation satellite on Thursday (Aug. 6), with a small companion satellite from Tsinghua University joining the ride. A Long March 2D rocket lifted off from Jiuquan in the Gobi Desert at 12:01 p.m. local time Aug. 6 (12:01 a.m. EDT, 0401 GMT).Related: The main payload was Gaofen 9 (04), an optical capable of returning high resolution images, showing features as small as 3 feet (1 meter)...

August 6, 2020
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