As NASA launced "Parker Solar Probe ", mankind's first mission to "touch" the Sun, it left us all wondering - how and why will it not melt? "I look forward to all that we will learn from the probe as it transmits information back to Earth on its journey to the sun's orbit".
The $1.5 million mission is already a week late because of rocket issues. Roughly the size of a small auto, PSP will get almost seven times closer to the sun than any previous spacecraft. The spacecraft reached about 27 million miles near the sun, covering nearly one-third of total 93 million miles distance from the Earth to Sun. A worst-case scenario could cost up to US$2 trillion in the first year alone and take a decade to fully recover from, experts have warned.
From Earth, it is 93 million miles (150 million kilometers) to the sun, and the Parker probe will be within 4 percent of that distance at its closest. "The sun is full of mysteries", said Nicky Fox, project scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. "We have not been able to answer these questions".
The Perseid meteor shower is already underway. Accuweather recommends viewers "Lay on your back and watch the whole sky, not just the radiant point, and avoid looking at your phone and other light sources", when viewing the meteor shower.
After being delayed on Saturday, the probe was launched from Cape Canaveral , Florida, on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, one of the world's most powerful rockets. It is the first NASA mission to be named for a living researcher. The cup will glow red when the probe makes its closest approach to the sun, sampling the solar wind and effectively touching the sun .
EDT. The shower should be visible on both sides of the equator, although it is reportedly a better watch if you're in the mid-northern latitudes, meaning the top spots are European countries, as well as the USA and Canada. The meteor shower started to break out into the night sky around mid-July and will carry on through to the last week of August. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.
While the shield will be facing temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, the spacecraft will be at a toasty but tolerable 85 degrees. The spacecraft will make a total of seven orbits around Venus . This is the first NASA spacecraft to be named after someone still alive. United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy rocket is providing the muscle.
As the three bodies are found in a straight line, residents from some parts of the Earth will find part of the Sun blocked by the Moon's shadow. Even some parts of the World as well will witness the partial solar eclipse on 11 August 2018.
NASA explained: "While observing this month, not all of the meteors you'll see belong to the Perseid meteor shower ". That means staying away from urban areas if possible, as light pollution can dominate in cities. "If you see a meteor try to trace it backwards". And conditions for viewing the meteors will be next to flawless this year. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like ...
The Latest on Hurricane Hector churning closer to Hawaii's Big Island. On Aug. 6 at 4:40 a.m. EDT (0840 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite analyzed Tropical Storm Ileana's cloud top temperatures in infrared light.
The U.S. space agency NASA on Friday introduced the nine astronauts who will ride the first commercial space capsules into orbit next year. NASA has been paying billions of dollars to SpaceX and Boeing to develop the crew capsules to pick up where the shuttles left off, while also paying billions for cargo deliveries to the space station by SpaceX and Northrop Grumman.
The planet is only around 20 light years from Earth, but it's not really doing much besides relaxing in the vastness of space. This brownish celestial body is travelling through the galaxy completely alone around 20 light years from Earth and has an unusual aurora emanating from its pole.
Leading up to the a ceremony at the Johnson Space Center here, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said it was a historic moment for the space agency, saying: "We are going to launch American astronauts from American soil". The Boeing Company and SpaceX have developed the test flights and the missions of latest commercial spacecraft will be operated by them. "Safely and reliably flying commercial crew missions for NASA remains the highest priority for SpaceX ", said Benji Reed, ...
Theories suggest the signal, named FRB 180725A, could originate from a black hole - or even an alien civilisation. Researchers claim that this is the lowest frequency FRB ever recorded emitted from across the universe. They can generate as much energy as 500 million Suns in mere milliseconds, and there could be as many as one happening every second . "These events have occurred during both the day and night and their arrival times are not correlated with known on-site activities or other ...
Under the Obama administration, automakers were required to reach a fleetwide average fuel economy for all cars and light trucks of 51.4 miles per gallon by 2025. "Manufacturers really have to assume that the California regulations will stand", said Navigant Research analyst Sam Abuelsamid. "The outcome of unreasonable fuel economy and Carbon dioxide standards: Increased vehicle prices keep consumers in older, dirtier, and less safe vehicles", the EPA said in its proposal.
Customers will continue to get rewarded with 30 free Flybuys points at the checkout if they do not forget to come armed with their own bags. A mere 24 hours after announcing that it would continue to 0ffer free plastic bags to customers indefinitely, Coles has backflipped on this providing a cut-off date for the complimentary bags.
American astronauts haven't launched from the US since 2011, and the first commercial company to make that happen first will undoubtedly receive accolades. Since the shuttle was retired seven years ago, US astronauts have had to fly on Russian rockets from a remote launch site in Kazakhstan. He was selected for astronaut candidacy in July 2000 and was assigned to technical duties after two years of training.
The NASA statement did not disclose reasons for either company's delays, and SpaceX did not respond to questions about its revised schedule. Each company must launch an uncrewed test flight and then a crewed test flight prior to certification by NASA for the vehicles to begin operational flights.
CNN cited anonymous sources saying Cohen was willing to share that information with special counsel Robert Mueller , who is investigating possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. The New York State Bar Association calls such secret recording unethical. CBS News' Elections and Survey's Director Anthony Salvanto reports that this speaks to how Trump's strongest backers feel such a personal connection with the president and want to defend him against what they ...
Mars which is already brighter than usual, will shine even more and will appear to be bigger on Tuesday. NASA estimates the 2003 "opposition" was the closest approach by Mars in nearly 60,000 years. Now's the time to catch Mars in the night sky. Earth's neighboring planet , Mars , is closer than it has been in the past 15 years, offering unusually bright views of the Red Planet's auburn hues.
The moon in the lunar eclipse will also be passing through the middle of the Earth's shadow , meaning it will spend the maximum time in darkness, thus contributing to the long duration of the eclipse . Alexander tweeted: "A partially eclipsed Moon, with our neighbouring planet in the background, just before diving into Earth's atmosphere". First, there will be a total lunar eclipse and although uncommon, this one is special because it's going to last a lot longer than usual - in ...
Hotel guests got phone calls and notes on their doors. An "out of control" California wildfire prompted officials on Thursday to order thousands of residents to flee their homes as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze in a mountainous area near the city of Redding.
Skygazers in South America will be able to see part of the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset on July 27. The eclipse won't be visible to viewers in North America, except via webcasts. Australians eager to catch a glimpse of a once-in-a-lifetime "blood moon" set their alarms for early on Saturday morning in order to catch the 4.24am eclipse.
The entire eclipse can be viewed from Brunei until moon set at 6.23am, Hazarry said. According to NASA scientists: "The exact colour that the moon appears depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere". Parts of Europe, Eastern Africa, Australia, and South America will see different phases of the eclipse , but will miss out on parts of the penumbral, partial, or total phases.
NASA , meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse. The entrance is free and visitors will get custom bracelets. The reason for this is that the only light reaching the Moon will have been passed through the Earth's atmosphere . Total lunar eclipses and total solar eclipses are essentially the reverse of one another; the difference is the relative positions of the Earth, sun, and moon.