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Celestial Show: Mars, Saturn, Antares and the moon

Celestial Show: Mars, Saturn, Antares and the moon

Stargazers are not running out of celestial shows to watch this month. As early as this week, the moon is scheduled to meet planets Saturn and Mars and their gathering is visible in the night sky. Saturday, September 10 • This evening the Moon shines over the Sagittarius Teapot. The Teapot, about the size of your fist at arm’s length, ... Read More »

NOAA removes most humpback whales from endangered list, Report

NOAA removes most humpback whales from endangered list

Humpback whales have made an epic return after being hunted to the brink of extinction in several areas. Most of world’s humpback populations have finally been removed from the endangered species list, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday. International agreements to protect and conserve the whales over the past 40 years have proven successful for most populations, NOAA ... Read More »

New reptile species from 212 million years ago (research)

New reptile species from 212 million years ago (research)

Researchers have identified a new species named Vivaron haydeni of extinct reptiles – 12 to 18 feet long carnivores related to crocodiles – that lived 212 million years ago in US. Vivaron haydeni was found in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, in 2009 during an excavation co-led by Sterling Nesbitt, then a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, ... Read More »

UK may delay new carbon budget plan to 2017, Report

UK may delay new carbon budget plan to 2017, Report

UK government ratification of the Paris climate deal and a new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions through 2030 may have to wait till 2017, climate minister Nick Hurd has told business leaders. The fifth carbon-reduction plan had been expected by the end of this year, and the June vote to exit the European Union has complicated environmental policy. The ... Read More »

Retina-like image sensors to guide OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission

Retina-like image sensors to guide OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which is being launched on a mission to study asteroid 101955 Bennu, features three high-resolution cameras that are based on CCD detectors. Called “OCAMS”, the camera suite on Osiris-REx consists of three cameras: PolyCam, MapCam, and SamCam. These cameras will “see” asteroid Bennu as the spacecraft first approaches it. Read More »

Canadian Space Agency Launches Aboard NASA OSIRIS-REx

Canadian Space Agency Launches Aboard NASA OSIRIS-REx

A laser altimeter from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has been launched on board of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft, en route to the Bennu asteroid. OLA, which was built for CSA by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associated Ltd and Optech, is the most sophisticated lidar (light detection and ranging) system ever launched to an asteroid, ... Read More »

Thursday is launch day for OSIRIS-REx mission to asteroid “Livestream”

Thursday is launch day for OSIRIS-REx mission to asteroid (Livestream)

NASA managers have given their approval for the launch Sept. 8 of an Atlas 5 carrying a spacecraft that will travel to a nearby asteroid, collect samples and return them to Earth. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, mission passed a launch readiness review Sept. 6, the last major review prior to its launch from ... Read More »

Suspects wanted after destroying iconic rock formation “Video”

Suspects wanted after destroying iconic rock formation (Video)

Oregon State Police are on the hunt for a group of vandals who toppled over an iconic rock in Cape Kiwanda State Park. The giant rock, known as “The Duckbill” measured up to 10 feet across, and was a sought-after destination just beyond the safety fence in Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area in Oregon’s Tillamook County. At first, park officials ... Read More »

It’s official: Giant Pandas Aren’t Endangered (For Now)

It's official: Giant Pandas Aren't Endangered (For Now)

The giant panda, historically a symbol for animal conservation, is now no longer considered an endangered species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). On Sept. 4, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which just announced the near-extinction of the eastern gorilla, says they’ve moved the giant panda off their endangered species list. The panda bear ... Read More »

Researchers May Have Just Unveiled The Real Loch Ness Monster

Researchers May Have Just Unveiled The Real Loch Ness Monster

‘Real’ Loch Ness Monster DISCOVERED in Scottish waters. A 164-million-year-old fossil of an ancient marine animal called the Storr Lochs Monster has been unveiled by researchers in Edinburgh, Scotland, reports Webtopnews. According to a report by The Telegraph, scientists say it is the most complete skeleton of its kind that has been found in the country. Read More »