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NASA billion dollar ‘TIME MACHINE’ will soon launch to begin search for Alien life

The telescope, which is worth £6.5billion, has been successfully tested in anticipation of its launch in 2019. Engineers working on the project are confident it will be able to capture starlight in focus and track astronomical targets. The James Webb telescope has been described as a ‘time machine’ that could help unravel the secrets of our universe. The telescope will be used to look back to the first galaxies born in the early universe more than 13.5billion years ago, and observe the sources of stars, exoplanets, and even the moons…

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Space news: Astronauts to Mars ‘could be electrocuted with 10,000 VOLTS when they land’

Scientists are less concerned with the effect on Mars than on her two moons Phobos and Deimos which are seen as initial stepping off points for a full landing. Phobos and Deimos have become targets for manned landings which would allow easier control of machines on the Martian surface. However, new research shows the moons act like cosmic rechargeable batteries – with solar winds building up charges of up to 10,000 volts. The two small moons have no atmosphere and are directly exposed to the solar wind – a stream…

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Blue Moon 2018: When is the Super Blue-Blood Moon? What is a Blue Moon? 

The next supermoon will be on January 31, it follows on from the last supermoon on January 1 and marks the last in the supermoon trilogy – the first happened on December 3 2017. A Blue Moon happens when two full moons occur in the same calendar month and so the January 31 supermoon will the second full moon of the month. Blue Moons only happen every two and a half years on average and the next supermoon has been dubbed a super ‘blue Moon’ by NASA.  NASA has said…

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Op-ed | An argument for space fission reactors

This op-ed originally appeared in the Dec. 12, 2017 of SpaceNews magazine. America’s space program has long held a special place in the public’s imagination, but NASA missions are limited by budget constraints. NASA must use its funding wisely to implement balanced, cost-efficient programs to develop enabling technologies, such as technologies to power future NASA missions. Speaking as the former project manager of three successful missions — Voyager, Galileo, and Cassini — and the canceled Prometheus-Icy Moons Orbiter, I have a unique perspective to share. Space nuclear power has long…

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Could you build a snowman in our solar system? Winter conditions in the space explained

It has already been proven that snow can fall on Mars thanks to the Curiosity 7 Mars Rover, but a 2017 study revealed that it can fall swiftly onto the Red Planet during storms. Study lead Aymeric Spiga said: “Snow could take something like just 5 or 10 minutes to fall 1 to 2 km [0.6 to 1.2 miles].” Previous research shows that it snows every night on Mars as “ice microbursts” plummet onto the planet’s soil. The Nature Geoscience study reads: “Although it contains less water vapour than Earth’s…

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Mars and Jupiter conjunction: How to watch the planetary crossing THIS weekend

GETTY Mars and Jupiter conjunction: The two iconic planets will cross paths on Sunday January 7 The new year is off to a roaring start with the biggest supermoon of the year, the Quadrantid meteor shower, a second supermoon, lunar eclipse and a planetary conjunction all in January alone. Mars and Jupiter will rise in the wee hours on Sunday January 7, before crossing in front of each other around 3.37am GMT. Astronomy boffins are significantly enthused to for the spectacle – the first of its kind since October 15…

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Supermoon 2018 in pictures: The most INCREDIBLE photos of the January 2018 ‘Wolf Moon’

Last night’s full moon was the first of two supermoons due to brighten night skies this month – and it did not disappoint. Clear skies over most of the UK meant stargazing conditions were perfect for the Wolf Moon’s peak at 2.24am. Dazzling pictures caught on camera included a passenger jet descending towards Heathrow Airport, London, in front of a supersized, almost imposing, moon.  In Washington DC, United States, a glowing red moon was pictured rising behind the US Capitol and Jefferson Memorial.  Elsewhere, a yellow-tinged image was snapped next…

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Supermoon 2018: How to watch the moon tonight – live stream 

The supermoon on January 1 is the second in a cycle of three supermoons which started on December 3 2017 and will end on January 31 where we will also experience a lunar total eclipse. In the UK, the supermoon will peak in the night sky at around 2.24am between January 1 and January 2. For those living in the western hemisphere you will be able to view the supermoon in the late evening hours of New Year’s Day (January 1), however for those in the eastern hemisphere viewers will…

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January supermoon: Full wolf moon to light up skies over Britain tonight

It’s the second in an unprecedented supermoon trio which started on December 3 2017 and will end on January 31. The supermoon will peak at around 2.24am, with the Met Office predicting clear skies for stargazing most of the night. It is caused by the moon reaching within 10 percent of its “perigee” – it’s closest point to Earth. It will appear around 7 percent bigger than an average full moon, and 14 percent bigger than its opposite number, the “micromoon”. Scientists at NASA have also teased that a supermoon…

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Scientists Warn Against Riding Motorcycles During a Full Moon

If you love riding motorcycles, a night with a full moon might seem like the perfect time to take your bike for a spin. But while the roadside scenery under the moonlit night may be beautiful, it can also be dangerously distracting, scientists reported Monday in the BMJ. In the study, published in the journal’s notoriously quirky Christmas Issue, American and Canadian scientists show evidence of an increased risk of fatal motorcycle crashes during full moons, compared to less picturesque nights. While the researchers acknowledge that there could be confounding…

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