• How drought relief actually ends up punishing Australian farmers
How drought relief actually ends up punishing Australian farmers

This increase will give farming families. As drought hits hard in north-western NSW, kangaroos are swamping the township of Gunnedah in search of grass on front lawns and water from sprinklers. "The money will help farmers deal with what are challenging times at the moment and help them manage and improve their production systems once we get thro...

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  • Massive rogue planet found lurking outside our solar system
Massive rogue planet found lurking outside our solar system

The planet, which is 12 times as large as Jupiter , sits around 20 light years away from Earth. Brown dwarf planets are sometimes called " failed stars " because they're almost large enough for fusion to begin taking place in their core, but that's not even the most unique thing about this particular planet.

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  • Blend of novices, veterans to fly on first private U.S. spaceships
Blend of novices, veterans to fly on first private U.S. spaceships

Friday, NASA said that if unmanned test flights go smoothly, the group of nine astronauts will fly before then, on the first test flight and mission of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon . Between the end of the space shuttle program and the start of commercial crew operations, NASA's crew members have and are continuing to...

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  • SpaceX Just Launched A Rocket With A Critical Reused Part
SpaceX Just Launched A Rocket With A Critical Reused Part

Interested in SpaceX? Add SpaceX as an interest to stay up to date on the latest SpaceX news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Its primary objective is to launch a 5.8-ton satellite called Merah Putih meant to improve telecommunications in Indonesia, India, and much of Southeast Asia.

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  • Massive rogue planet crowned with a glowing aurora found wandering the galaxy
Massive rogue planet crowned with a glowing aurora found wandering the galaxy

A massive "rogue" planet with an unexplained "glow" has been seen drifting alone through space, scientists claim. The object is about 20 light years away from Earth, farther than the Alpha Centauri star system that is about 4 light years away.

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  • NASA announces astronauts for first commercial spaceflights from U.S.
NASA announces astronauts for first commercial spaceflights from U.S.

On Friday, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine introduced the nine astronauts, who will fly on the first four crewed missions using the new craft. SpaceX and Boeing are shooting for a test flight of their capsules to the International Space Station by the end of this year or early next, with the first crews flying from Cape Canaveral, Florid...

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  • Trump proposes capping fuel economy standards at 2020 level
Trump proposes capping fuel economy standards at 2020 level

Federal data show the increased cost consumers would pay for the more efficient vehicles is dwarfed by the amount of money they would save at the pump, undermining the argument that drivers will stay in older, unsafe vehicles, advocates for the tougher rules say.

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  • Dragon Ready for Return Ahead of Commercial Crew Announcement
Dragon Ready for Return Ahead of Commercial Crew Announcement

The ground controllers will use the space station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to detach Dragon from the Earth-facing side of the station's Harmony module and manoeuvre the vehicle into its release position. According to Investor's Business Daily , it looks like Elon Musk's company might beat Boeing to the punch and be the first to launch its astrona...

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  • Scientists: 1st sighting of dolphin hybrid is no ‘wholphin’
Scientists: 1st sighting of dolphin hybrid is no ‘wholphin’

Despite it being a hybrid of a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin, scientists have said not to call it a "wholphin". 'That isn't the case, although there are examples where hybridisation has resulted in a new species, ' he said.

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  • Mars Will Be Close To Earth On July 31
Mars Will Be Close To Earth On July 31

Mars was only 35.8 million miles away from Earth. The nearest point to Earth in Mars' elliptical orbit came at around 1100 GMT on Tuesday, NASA said. The distance between the Mars and the Earth was 34.6 million miles (55.7 million kilometers). Opposition to Mars is at its closest to the Sun every 15 to 17 years, when excellent views of...

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  • Best spot for Blood Moon Gazing
Best spot for Blood Moon Gazing

The total lunar eclipse happens Friday afternoon (our time ), and will last around one hour and 45 minutes. Kiwi eclipse watchers were disappointed this morning when the moon disappeared behind clouds at the crucial moment. It depends partly on "how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth's atmosphere are which enable sunlight to ...

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"Blood moon" eclipse, Mars pairing up for astronomical spectacle

The "totality" period, when light from the Moon is totally obscured, will last for one hour, 43 minutes. People in other parts of the country enjoyed the once-in-a-century celestial event. As without clear skies, the public can miss seeing this glory, Moon. Hundreds flocked to the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in the tech hub of Bengaluru on a c...

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  • What Friday's Extra-Long Lunar Eclipse Can Tell Us About The Earth
What Friday's Extra-Long Lunar Eclipse Can Tell Us About The Earth

The Earth's shadow will cover the moon for an hour and 43 minutes. The July 2018 lunar eclipse will be the longest one till June 9, 2123. Europe, eastern Asia, Australia, Indonesia, and other regions will enjoy a partial lunar eclipse, where the moon passes partly through Earth's shadow.

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  • Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century
Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

While the eclipse was not visible in North America and those in South America only caught a glimpse of it at moonrise, residents will want to mark their calendars for the next total lunar eclipse , which falls on January 21, 2019. Mars added to the wonder on Friday night as it appeared directly below the blood moon at near maximum brightness....

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  • Underground Lake of Liquid Water Discovered on Mars
Underground Lake of Liquid Water Discovered on Mars

All of that water is either locked up in solid form, however, or locked away in the distant past. The long-sought discovery, the largest detection of liquid water on the Red Planet yet, raises the tantalizing possibility of a very cold, very salty niche where life might have once existed - or even persisted.

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  • SpaceX launches, lands rocket in challenging conditions
SpaceX launches, lands rocket in challenging conditions

Liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base occurred on time at 4:39 a.m. PT, amid fog so thick that the two-stage rocket's ascent could only be seen as a bright spot in the murk. "We have choppy seas, so today's landing attempt is going to be very iffy", said SpaceX spokesperson John Insprucker during the launch stream. "These conditions are the wors...

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  • Where you can see Friday's 'blood moon'?
Where you can see Friday's 'blood moon'?

Millions of Americans watched the first solar eclipse visible from the USA since 1979 last August. Watch the lunar eclipse livestream in the video above starting at 3 p.m. The partial eclipse starts in India at 11:44pm IST, while the total eclipse begins at 1am IST. On Saturday morning, Kiwis will be able to see an eclipsed Moon and...

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  • There might once have been life on... the Moon? Yes, say researchers
There might once have been life on... the Moon? Yes, say researchers

Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "A total lunar eclipse , Mars , Jupiter and the International Space Station". REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci The moon is seen as it begins a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon red over Buenos Aires April 15, 2014. The partial eclipse will resume immediately after...

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  • 'Blood moon' to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday
'Blood moon' to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday

This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it on the moon . Skywatchers are advised to pick a location with a clear horizon on the south-east in order to maximise their viewing time. It's when the eclipsed ...

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  • Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years next month
Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years next month

Starting Friday night, Mars will be at "opposition", which occurs when the Earth lies directly between Mars and the sun , making the sun and Mars appear in opposite directions as viewed from the Earth. Well, since it means a shorter distance between Mars and Earth, you tend to see more missions to Mars take place in years that a close approach hap...

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  • EPA wants '50-state' fix for auto efficiency, seeks biofuel reforms
EPA wants '50-state' fix for auto efficiency, seeks biofuel reforms

The Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are expected to propose an end to the 2009 waiver that gave California the right to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and mandate that auto companies reach a quota of electric vehicles sold, according to Bloomberg News .

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  • Scientists may have found liquid water on Mars
Scientists may have found liquid water on Mars

But it is hardly a surprise. They have also detected water ice and seen drops of condensation on spacecraft. "Water is there", Enrico Flamini, the former chief scientist of the Italian Space Agency who oversaw the research, said during a news conference.

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  • The longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming Friday
The longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming Friday

The total lunar eclipse will last almost 103 minutes, which makes it the century's longest. "It will last for 103 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of this century", he said. Asia, Indonesia and Australia will see it between midnight and sunrise Saturday. The story shows how the Walpiri understood the correlation between the movements of d...

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  • 'Like magic:' Delicate fossil of oldest baby snake found in amber
'Like magic:' Delicate fossil of oldest baby snake found in amber

The fossilized baby snake's spinal cord was still turning into bone in the same way those of its descendants still do. "Whether or not these early snakes were giving live birth, which is common in modern snakes, or whether they were hatching from eggs, is unclear", said Caldwell to National Geographic .

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  • Astronomers Discover Twelve New Jovian Moons | Astronomy
Astronomers Discover Twelve New Jovian Moons | Astronomy

In June 2017, the same team discovered two mile-wide moons and five lost moons. The moons are small, ranging from just one kilometre to three kilometres in width. And astronomers have just announced the discovery of a dozen more. The moons Sheppard spied are farther-flung and tiny, each no more than two miles in diameter.

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