Day: September 24, 2019

Soft-land failure nothing to worry about: ex-ISRO chief

Veteran space scientist G Madhavan Nair said on Tuesday that ISRO’s unsuccessful bid to soft land on the moon is nothing to be alarmed about, and it would only enable the space agency master complex missions going forward. The former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation also acknowledged for the first time that there…

Interstellar comet has a brand-new name

The second interstellar comet detected in our Solar System now has an official name. Meet 2I/Borisov, the latest object to zoom into our cosmic neighborhood from somewhere very far away. The object formerly known as C/2019 Q4 was given its name on Tuesday by the International Astronomical Union, the organization that officially names just about…

Trump officials threaten to withhold highway funds from California for its ‘chronic air quality problems’

Trump administration officials threatened this week to withhold federal highway funds from California, arguing that it failed to show what steps it is taking to improve its air quality. The move by the Environmental Protection Agency escalates the fierce battle between President Trump and the left-leaning state, and could put billions in federal funds in…

Jellyfish thrive in the man-made disruption of the oceans

Jellyfish are breeding at a much higher rate than before, thanks to changes in their enviroment wrought by human activity Thousands of them plague our beaches to the horror of holidaymakers who dread their sting, but thanks to man’s disruption of the oceans, jellyfish are thriving. Jellyfish have been on Earth longer than we have—they…

Dramatic photos of volcanoes in action around the world

From incandescent rivers of molten rock to columns of billowing ash, nothing showcases Earth’s fiery power like a volcano. These eruptive peaks can be found around the world, both on and offshore, with dozens being active on any given day. Their molten fits have helped craft Earth’s surface, carving craters, piling up peaks, and sending…

Fall equinox 2019: What it means, and why it matters

Winter is officially coming. The Northern Hemisphere blew by the longest day of the year with June’s summer solstice and is now coming up to the fall equinox on September 23, 2019—the day when the sun passes directly over Earth’s Equator. (See gorgeous pictures that celebrate the arrival of fall.) For the other half of…

NASA to develop mission to search for near-Earth asteroids

by Jeff Foust — September 23, 2019 The new NEO Surveillance Mission will be similar to the NEOCam mission (above) previously proposed to NASA’s Discovery program, but instead run as a directed mission as part of the agency’s planetary defense efforts. Credit: NASA/JPL KAHULUI, Hawaii — After years of study and failed proposals, NASA has…

Study: Venus Was Once Potentially Habitable

Study: Venus Was Once Potentially Habitable Planet Venus is not the best world to search for extraterrestrial life. It has a toxic atmosphere 90 times thicker than Earth’s and its surface temperatures are hot enough to melt lead. A study presented today at the EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019 by Michael Way of The Goddard Institute…