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by | August 22, 2018 | 05:09

At 5 a.m. Tuesday, Lane maintained its strength from the last update, packing sustained winds near 150 miles per hour with higher gusts with an "impressive, distinct eye", forecasters said. Maintaining strength overnight, Lane remains a Category 3 hurricane and a possible threat to the islands later this week. Meanwhile, a high surf advisory is in effect for east-facing shores the Big Island's southern, eastern and northern coasts through 6 p.m.

by | August 22, 2018 | 01:42

President Trump's plan broadly increases the leeway given states to decide how and how much to regulate coal power plants. Critics say focusing on improved efficiency would allow utilities to run older, dirtier power plants more often, undercutting potential environmental benefits.

by | August 19, 2018 | 07:16

Rain is expected to move in from the Atlantic during the second half of the day. However, Sunderland and the North East looks set to escape the worst. According to Met. Eireann, Saturday will be mainly dry at first, just patchy drizzle in the northwest. Belfast is forecasted for a peak temperature of 19C.

by | August 18, 2018 | 00:47

Brennan , who served under President Barack Obama and has become a vocal Trump critic, called Trump's claims that he did not collude with Russian Federation " hogwash ". "That signal is inappropriate and deeply regrettable". "Decisions on security clearances should be based on national security concerns and not political views".

by | August 17, 2018 | 00:55

The current bloom is the longest on record since 2006, the year after Hurricane Katrina rocked areas along the Gulf of Mexico, Florida's wildlife conservation commission said. "I called on the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] to help with the algae & red tide crisis here in Florida", Nelson tweeted . Mortalities of other species, including manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, and birds also occur.

by | August 16, 2018 | 11:08

A subtropical storm is similar to a tropical storm in that it develops over the open ocean waters and, like a tropical storm, it has winds of at least 39 miles per hour. So why is it considered subtropical and why are these types of storms given names? Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the storm's center.

by | August 16, 2018 | 02:15

Why it matters: There is still a lot we don't understand about the sun . Describing its speed, the website said, the Parker Solar Probe , zooming through space in a highly elliptical orbit, will reach speed of up to 430,000 miles per hour - fast enough to get from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., in a second - setting the record for the fastest spacecraft in history.

by | August 14, 2018 | 08:40

The probe's main goal is to unveil the secrets of the corona, the unusual atmosphere around Sun. A series of instruments on board the spacecraft will measure the magnetic and electric fields, plasma waves and high energy particles. "That's the big question: what's heating the solar corona?", said Thierry Dudok de Wit, an astrophysicist at France's National Centre for Scientific Research.

by | August 14, 2018 | 08:26

As soon as this November, the probe will fly straight through the sun's outer atmosphere, called the Corona , and will eventually get within 3.8 million miles in the years ahead. Scientists expect the $1.5-billion mission to shed light not only on our own dynamic sun, but the billions of other yellow dwarf stars - and other types of stars - out there in the Milky Way and beyond.

by | August 13, 2018 | 04:40

The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower. The space agency said the meteors are best seen in the pre-dawn hours around 2am local time when the Perseids are most intense. Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks. STARGAZERS across the region are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Perseid meteor shower, which will be at its best this weekend.

by | August 13, 2018 | 04:07

The temperature near the sun's corona can be viewed as an obstacle, according to Geoffrey Brown, a public affair officer with the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. Zurbuchen expects the data from even this early stage to yield top science papers. By the time Parker gets to its 22nd, 23rd and 24th orbits of the sun in 2024 and 2025, it will be even deeper into the corona and travelling at a record 430,000 miles per hour (690,000 kph).

by | August 13, 2018 | 03:28

Another female orca in the same pod has triggered an global outpouring as she clings to the body of her dead calf that died two weeks ago. She is underweight and lethargic with periods of inactivity, and does not appear to be feeding. "Removing the calf would be a very, very hard decision, and obviously we would have to take many factors into consideration, so that's now not on the table", she said.

by | August 12, 2018 | 01:25

Or maybe even a little earlier, because, as NASA points out, it may take up to an hour for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness-so give yourself plenty of time to settle in to view the meteors . Greg Scheiderer of the Seattle Astronomical Society recommends finding the darkest place possible for the best experience, although the show will likely still be visible from your front porch, deck, or city rooftop.

by | August 12, 2018 | 00:58

The goal Monday is to determine if J50 is in shape for an emergency provision of live fish, sluiced off the back of a boat, said Michael Milstein, spokesman for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. "If then things are going well and the behavior of the group and her responses to the (medication) is going okay, then they could move forward with the fish feeding trial", Rowles said.

by | August 11, 2018 | 04:43

Top Gard official Thierry Dousset told BFM-TV that about 750 people were evacuated from five campsites. A group of 136 children and youths from the German city of Leverkusen were reported safe. Authorities warned that the flooding would take time to recede and urged people to be vigilant. A sizzling heatwave across Spain has left 10 people dead in a week.

by | August 11, 2018 | 02:59

It is best to head out of town to enjoy the dark skies with the attractive Milky Way stretching from the south and continuing overhead. The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is underway as of July 17, but it will reach its peak late Sunday night into Monday morning (August 12th and 13th).

by | August 11, 2018 | 02:24

While the country is no stranger to "big drys" and its people have long had a reputation as resilient, the extreme conditions across swathes of Australia's east are the worst in more than 50 years. It includes two lump sum payments worth up to Aus$12,000 per household, and changes to an assets test to grant support to thousands more farmers. Farm reservoirs have dried up and crops are failing.

by | August 11, 2018 | 01:30

The car-sized spacecraft will fly as fast as 430,000 miles per hour, making it the fastest human-made spacecraft ever, according to NASA. The $1.5-billion, car-sized spacecraft is created to provide a close look at the sun's atmosphere - what astronomers call the corona - to answer enduring questions about this ultra-hot region of our nearest star."We'll be going where no spacecraft has dared go before - within the corona of a star", project scientist Nicola Fox of the Johns Hopkins Applied ...

by | August 10, 2018 | 10:45

John was centered about 310 miles (500 kilometers) south-southwest of the Mexican port of Manzanillo late yesterday and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph). A high surf warning has been issued for east-facing shores of Hawaii Island for 12-13 foot waves. Strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Ileana is forecast to become a hurricane by Tuesday morning, August 7.

by | August 09, 2018 | 08:42

A final single-engine burn put the brakes on for landing on the droneship "Of Course I Still Love You" stationed several hundred miles east of Cape Canaveral. 7, and landed on a ship minutes later, could become the company's first to launch a third orbital mission - possibly before the end of this year. The rocket, using a first stage that flew in May with the Bangabandhu-1 satellite for Bangladesh, lifted off at 1:18 a.m.

by | August 07, 2018 | 00:27

An unusual number of dead animals have been washing up on Florida's shores this summer. FWC marine turtle biologist Robbin Trindell says the increased number is due, in part, to the red tide affecting numerous beaches where the turtles nest during the summer time.

by | August 05, 2018 | 04:16

If those standards were kept in place, it would cost an additional $500 billion to the economy over the next 50 years, according to the administration. The Obama administration received criticism for repurposing the CAFE program from its original objective in 1975-reducing American dependence on foreign oil imports-to a Global Warming scheme aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging consumers to purchase electric cars.

by | August 05, 2018 | 02:00

NASA awarded contracts to Boeing and SpaceX in 2014 as part of its commercial crew program , aimed at helping private industry build spaceships to reach low-Earth orbit. This will be the first trip into space for Mr. Glover, Mr. Cassada and Ms. Mann. ABOVE, via NASA: "The astronauts are, from left to right: Sunita Williams , Josh Cassada , Eric Boe , Nicole Mann , Christopher Ferguson , Douglas Hurley , Robert Behnken , Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover ".

by | August 04, 2018 | 09:06

They join more than 60 countries that have introduced bans or levies on single-use bags, according to the UN. The retail boss sent an all-staff email empathising with his team that the change from single-use plastic bags "has been a big and hard change for many of our customers".

by | August 04, 2018 | 05:00

Eight current NASA astronauts will fly in four launches: Eric Boe and Nicole Aunapu Mann on the Boeing CST-100 Starliner test flight; Josh Cassada and Sunita Williams on the first Starliner mission; Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on the SpaceX Crew Dragon test flight; and Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins on the Dragon's first mission.

by | August 04, 2018 | 02:13

Soon after taking office, President Donald Trump called for a rollback, urging "common sense changes" if the mileage requirements threatened auto industry jobs. Trump's Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a proposed rulemaking to adjust the automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards to give Americans access to safer, cleaner, and ultimately, more affordable ...

by | August 01, 2018 | 00:48

An illustration showing Mars and the Moon in "opposition" to Earth. MARS is set to be visible in the skies above Ireland on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, with the Red Planet set to pass closer to Earth than it has been at any time in the last 15 years .

by | July 31, 2018 | 02:37

The tool is called the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding ( MARSIS ), and was created to find subsurface water by sending radar pulses that penetrate the surface and ice caps. Part of this is because it's closer to Earth than it typically is, but it's also because it's closer to the sun, explains Paige Godfrey, the director of research and education at Washington, Conn.

by | July 29, 2018 | 03:40

Over the years, spacecrafts and rovers have uncovered evidence of its watery past. All of that water is either locked up in solid form, however, or locked away in the distant past. But the radar reflections could be produced by a layer of water less than a meter thick, so it could be just a thin layer of liquid lining the base of the ice sheet.

by | July 28, 2018 | 13:26

People gathered at 8am on Saturday to watch a rare celestial event known as a selenelion - where an eclipsed moon and the sun can be seen in the sky at the same moment. "You are not scared if the mountain hides the Sun from you, so why should you be scared if Moon hides the Sun from you?" he said. At the same time , Mars hovered near the moon in the night sky, easily visible to the naked eye.

by | July 28, 2018 | 08:30

For people in the United Kingdom, the " blood moon " will rise in the south-eastern sky already immersed completely in the Earth's shadow. This happens because the sunlight refracted by the Earth's atmosphere hits the darkened moon . During Friday's eclipse, the moon will be passing nearly directly through the middle of the shadow, maximising the time that moon spends in darkness.

by | July 28, 2018 | 08:01

From 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, the public can view Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and the moon at the MTSU Observatory to witness the start of Mars' closest approach to Earth since 2003, organizers said. This means you can see it with the naked eye. A massive dust storm that has engulfed the planet will make viewing surface details more hard than it typically would be for those using a telescope, but the dust also reflects the sun's light better, making the planet appear all that much brighter.

by | July 27, 2018 | 15:42

July's total lunar eclipse is a rare event, as the light from our life-giving Sun will become blocked for one hour and 43 minutes, the longest totality of the 21st Century. But let me explain what happens. The International Dark-Sky Association - a US-based organisation whose objective is the preservation of nightlight across the world - identified several areas across the United Kingdom that would give Britons an optimal view of the Lunar eclipse .

by | July 27, 2018 | 15:30

There is life virtually wherever there is water on Earth. Researchers are still waiting to see if any more bodies of water are found on the Red planet or if this was a one-off discovery. "The underground water might exist as a lake trapped beneath rock layers or mixed in with Martian soil to create a salty sludge, but either way, at 20km across, there is a lot of it".

by | July 27, 2018 | 10:58

As per Indian astrology, the celestial bodies like the sun and moon have an effect on our bodies and an eclipse can also have an impact on our bodies. Unlike a solar eclipse , it's completely safe to watch a lunar eclipse with the naked eye. So, from the United Kingdom and Europe, the south-east will be the place to look for the rising, eclipsing Moon with bright red Mars below.