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According to Sky & Telescope, the Geminids are set to peak at 7:30 a.m. EST (1130 GMT) on December 14, when Earth plunges through the thickest part of the trail of dust and debris left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon as it orbits the sun.
  • Space telescope Hubble has failed

    Space telescope Hubble has failed

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    Hubble is equipped with six gyroscopes, but it's been operating with only three active gyros. Launched aboard the shuttle Discovery in April 1990, Hubble is one of the most scientifically productive spacecraft ever built, generating a steady stream of astronomical discoveries and iconic photos familiar to millions around the world.
  • First evidence of moon outside our solar system: Astronomers

    First evidence of moon outside our solar system: Astronomers

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    It orbits about 1.8 million miles from its Jupiter-size planet. Thousands of planets have been spotted outside of our solar system over the past few decades, but for the first time, scientists may have discovered a moon . "Furthermore, the size we've calculated for this moon , about the size of Neptune , has hardly been anticipated and so that, too, is a reason to be careful here", said Alex Teachey .
  • Canadian scientist Donna Strickland shares Nobel physics prize

    Canadian scientist Donna Strickland shares Nobel physics prize

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    The beam is shaped to have a narrow waist where there is a strong electric field gradient. The optical tweezers created by Ashkin can manipulate living cells like viruses and bacteria without damaging them. "Millions of eye operations are performed every year with the sharpest of laser beams". "First of all, you have to think it's insane!" When she received the call this morning telling her about the award, as many Laureates in the past have said, she was in disbelief.
  • Kirk regenerates into tropical storm, may dump inches of rain on BVI

    Kirk regenerates into tropical storm, may dump inches of rain on BVI

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    Sustained winds of between 25 to 35 miles per hour (40 to 55 km/h) with higher gusts are possible across the islands today as the system passes to the north. Leslie could be reclassified as a subtropical or tropical later Thursday. The system is expected to run into heavy wind shear as it enters the Caribbean Sea, which will likely work to tear it apart.
  • A beluga whale could have swum into the river Thames

    A beluga whale could have swum into the river Thames

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    They are also a social species, so to see one by itself in the Thames is "concerning", Lott said. Belugas live in estuaries, continental shelves and slopes, and deep ocean basins in open water, loose ice, and heavy pack ice. "Can't believe I'm writing this, no joke - BELUGA in the Thames off Coalhouse Fort", ecologist Dave Andrews wrote on Twitter. "There have only been around 20 sightings of beluga whales off the United Kingdom coast previously, but these have occurred off Northumberland, ...
  • Disaster-relief teams from NY area helping Florence victims

    Disaster-relief teams from NY area helping Florence victims

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    The hurricane has reached the coast of the Carolinas with storm surges up to 13 feet and rain amounting to more than 3 feet. While Florence has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, it's still so unsafe. Chelsey Griggs, of St. Paul, will soon fly to Raleigh, North Carolina to work in a shelter. For information about volunteering or making a donation, call 800-RED-CROSS or visit RedCross.org.
  • Elon Musk introduces Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as first BFR customer

    Elon Musk introduces Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as first BFR customer

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    Maezawa, 42, will take his trip round the moon in SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship and will be the first man to travel to Earth's only natural satellite since the USA ended its Apollo missions in 1972. The average distance from Earth to the moon is about 237,685 miles. The mission is planned to launch on 2023 and it will be the first moon landing by humans since NASA's Apollo 17 landed in 1972.
  • Florence likely to expose gaps in flood insurance

    Florence likely to expose gaps in flood insurance

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    Forecasters expect Cape Fear River to crest at 62 feet by Monday or Tuesday. Police guarded the door of one store, and only 10 people were allowed inside at a time. In Cumberland County, which includes Fayetteville , officials ordered people within a mile of the Cape Fear River to evacuate by 3 p.m. Sunday. Fayetteville is the sixth-largest city in the state with 205,000 people.
  • ULA achieves 100 launch success streak with NASA’s ICESat-2 LIDAR satellite

    ULA achieves 100 launch success streak with NASA’s ICESat-2 LIDAR satellite

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    United Launch Alliance (ULA) is retiring the Delta II as it focuses more on its Delta IV and Atlas V rockets. The launch was the 155th and final flight of the Delta 2, which first launched in February 1989. The satellite's primary instrument will pulse its laser at Earth 10,000 times a second and precisely measure the time it takes the beams to bounce off the ground and return to ICESat-2 to deduce the elevation below within the accuracy of 4 millimeters.
  • Flash flood fears as Florence grinds on

    Flash flood fears as Florence grinds on

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    EPA spokesman John Konkus said the agency is listening for any word of oil or hazardous substance spills from first responders, media reports and state and local emergency command posts. During Hurricane Matthew in 2016 - North Carolina's last major hurricane - the state counted 4,071 people in 109 shelters . Also of concern were more than three dozen coal ash dumps at power plants in the region.
  • More than 974,000 without power as Florence lumbers inland

    More than 974,000 without power as Florence lumbers inland

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    The outer reaches of Hurricane Florence began lashing coastal North Carolina with heavy winds and flooded roads on Thursday ahead of an expected landfall that will bring walls of water and lingering downpours. SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.
  • SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

    SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

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    In February 2017, the company said two people had signed a deal to make a trip around the moon aboard SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket. - Footprints on the Moon - Humans have not set foot on the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972, capping an era of United States national pride.
  • Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence

    Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence

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    Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. Authorities main concern with Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, rather than high winds. As the recovery from past storms continues in many rural towns, the next storm is about to strike.
  • Storm Helene to batter NI as severe weather warning is issued

    Storm Helene to batter NI as severe weather warning is issued

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    As Florence nears the east coast, meteorologists are focused on two key factors : ocean temperatures and wind sheer (the difference in speeds at the upper and lower parts of the storm). Rain projections also increased, with some locations along the North Carolina coast now expected to get up to 40 inches. Around six o'clock this morning, the center of Isaac passed 150 miles to the north of Barbados.