An asteroid bigger than the Empire State Building is passing by Earth next week. Here’s why you shouldn’t be worried – CNN

(CNN)Yes, there’s an asteroid bigger than the Empire State building passing by Earth. No, it’s not anything to worry about — it’s actually pretty normal.

Asteroid 2006 QQ23 is scheduled to zoom by Earth on August 10 and, at an estimated diameter of up to 1,870 feet, it’s easy to see why people are worried.
But Lindley Johnson and Kelly Fast of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office say there’s nothing to fear. Both Johnson and Fast help track what they label as “near Earth objects,” such as asteroids and comets that orbit our sun along with the other planets.

Source: An asteroid bigger than the Empire State Building is passing by Earth next week. Here’s why you shouldn’t be worried – CNN

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Rocket Lab will reuse its rockets by catching them with a helicopter

SpaceX won’t be the only company reusing its rockets for payload deliveries. Rocket Lab has unveiled plans to recover the first stage of its Electron vehicle. The strategy’s first phase will have Rocket Lab recovering the stage from the ocean and refurbishing it for later. A second phase will be more… audacious. The company intends to have the stage “captured mid-air” by a helicopter, with the aircraft hooking on to the rocket’s parachute array during the descent. It won’t be as elegant as SpaceX’s rocket landings, but it will be efficient if it works as planned.

Source: Rocket Lab will reuse its rockets by catching them with a helicopter

 

Black Moon is coming tomorrow: What that means | Fox News

 July 31, will mark a rare occurrence for Earth’s natural satellite — a phenomenon known as a Black Moon. The rare celestial event will occur tomorrow in North America, marking the first occurrence since 2016. The rest of the planet will see the black Moon on August 30.

Although there is no one single definition of a black Moon, according to Time and Date, it is most commonly used to represent the second new Moon of a month. This rarely happens outside of leap years, as lunar cycles largely take 29 days to complete. But every 32 months or so, there are two full Moons in a month, with the first being known as a blue Moon.

Source: Black Moon is coming tomorrow: What that means | Fox News

UFO festival lands in Western PA this weekend

If Area 51 is too far of a trip for you, check out Kecksburg’s UFO Festival!

Kecksburg is celebrating 54 years of alien encounters with its UFO festival this weekend, July 26 through July 28.

On Dec. 9, 1965, Kecksburg residents reported a fireball streaked through the sky and then an object showed up in nearby woods.

This year will mark the 14th year of the UFO festival.

The family-friendly weekend will include a parade showcasing the town’s best UFO costumes and floats, a bed race and fireworks.

UFO, Bigfoot, & Paranormal Speakers:

  • UFO, Bigfoot, & Paranormal researchers and group displays all weekend.
  • UFO-Paranormal Conference on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
  • Kecksburg UFO Festival Conference Speaker List and presentations.
  • The event is free to the public. The Kecksburg V.F.D. appreciates a donation at the door.
  • Introduction by Ron Struble-Kecksburg V.F.D.
  • Stan Gordon-UFO-Bigfoot Researcher-Author.

For more information about the UFO festival, visit

https://kecksburgvfd.com/ufo-festival-events/

 

Source: UFO festival lands in Western PA this weekend

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France to create space command within air force: Macron – Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he had approved the creation of a space command within the French air force to improve the country’s defense capabilities.

Addressing military personnel a day before the Bastille Day parade, Macron said the new military doctrine setting up a space command would strengthen protection of French satellites. He said the investment involved had yet to determined.

Source: France to create space command within air force: Macron – Reuters

Solar eclipse 2019: How to watch the solar eclipse TODAY when the moon blocks out sun | Science | News | Express.co.uk

A TOTAL solar eclipse will occur today, as the Moon crosses in front of the Sun. Here’s how to watch the astronomical event.

How to watch the solar eclipse

The solar eclipse will be visible over a 125-mile (200km) wide path which spans from coast to coast across Chile and Argentina.

However, the maximum time of four minutes and 33 seconds may be visible only to observers on boats and aeroplanes, as it will be happening over the Pacific Ocean.

Countries nearby such as Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Ecuador will be able to witness a partial eclipse, as only part of the Sun will be blocked.

Totality will first make landfall over Oeno Island, a British territory in the South Pacific Ocean, at 10.24 am local time (7.24pm BST).

Source: Solar eclipse 2019: How to watch the solar eclipse TODAY when the moon blocks out sun | Science | News | Express.co.uk

NASA headed towards giant golden asteroid that could make everyone on Earth a billionaire | Fox News

NASA is eyeing up a nearby asteroid that contains enough gold to make everyone on Earth a billionaire.

Psyche 16 is nestled between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter and is made of solid metal.

As well as gold, the mysterious object is loaded with heaps of platinum, iron and nickel.

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In total, it’s estimated that Psyche’s various metals are worth a gargantuan $10,000 quadrillion.

Source: NASA headed towards giant golden asteroid that could make everyone on Earth a billionaire | Fox News

Watch SpaceX attempt a ‘most challenging’ Falcon Heavy launch at 2:30 AM ET

 

The launch window was scheduled to open at 11:30 PM ET, but NASA and SpaceX are now targeting takeoff for 2:30 AM ET. The launch window extends until 3:30 AM, and a backup window will open tomorrow night between 11:30 PM ET and 2:30 AM ET.

This flight is also important because of its payload, which includes things like NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock and the Green Propellant Infusion Mission. After launch, we’re in for another triple landing attempt, with the two side boosters coming down at Cape Canaveral and SpaceX attempting another sea landing for the center core and, hopefully, bring it all the way home this time.

Source: Watch SpaceX attempt a ‘most challenging’ Falcon Heavy launch at 2:30 AM ET

Astronomers Have Spotted a New Crater on Mars That’s Like Nothing They’ve Ever Seen

Each year Mars is bombarded by more than 200 asteroids and comets, and while some of theseleave similar dark smudges or other remarkable features, University of Arizona planetary scientist Veronica Bray told Space.com that this new crater is one of the most impressive she’s seen.

In the thirteen years that the MRO has been observing Mars, few events have compared. While the actual space rock fragment responsible looks to be about 1.5 metres wide (5 feet), the crater itself is much larger, roughly 15 to 16 metres wide (49 feet to 53 feet).

Absolutely mesmerising.

Source: Astronomers Have Spotted a New Crater on Mars That’s Like Nothing They’ve Ever Seen

SpaceX launches space station resupply mission, lands rocket on drone ship – Spaceflight Now

Less than nine minutes later, the rocket’s first stage booster fell from the sky and executed a pinpoint propulsive landing just offshore, setting the stage for another resupply mission for NASA using the same rocket this summer using the same vehicle.

The 213-foot-tall (65-meter) rocket lifted off with a flash from its nine Merlin 1D main engines at 2:48:58 a.m. EDT (0648:58 GMT), roughly the moment Cape Canaveral rotated under space station’s orbital plane.

The Falcon 9 tilted toward the northeast to align with the space station’s flight path, riding 1.7 million pounds of thrust as roared into a starry sky. Less than two-and-a-half minutes later, the rocket’s first stage booster shut down and separated to begin a descent back to Earth, targeting SpaceX’s drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” parked around 14 miles (22 kilometers) east of Cape Canaveral in the Atlantic Ocean.

The first stage lit three of its engines to begin a boost-back burn to reverse course and head back toward Florida’s Space Coast, while the Falcon 9’s upper stage continued with the primary objective of Saturday’s mission — the delivery into orbit of a Dragon cargo craft packed with 5,472 pounds (2,482 kilograms) of supplies, provisions and experiments for the station and its six-person crew.

The interaction exhaust plumes from the Falcon 9’s first and second stage Merlin engines produced a spectacular lighting effect, giving the appearance of a cosmic nebula high above the Florida spaceport.

Source: SpaceX launches space station resupply mission, lands rocket on drone ship – Spaceflight Now

Expert reveals why the idea of alien life no longer seems like science fiction | Daily Mail Online

According to a researcher from the University of Melbourne, the idea of alien life is not as far-fetched as it used to seem, thanks to remarkable discoveries over the past two decades.

While life is a special kind of complex chemistry, the elements involved are nothing special: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and so on are among the most abundant elements in the universe. Complex organic chemistry is surprisingly common.

Amino acids, just like those that make up every protein in our bodies, have been found in the tails of comets. There are other organic compounds in Martian soil.

And 6,500 light years away a giant cloud of space alcohol floats among the stars.

Habitable planets seem to be common too. The first planet beyond our Solar System was discovered in 1995. Since then astronomers have catalogued thousands.

Based on this catalogue, astronomers from the University of California, Berkeley worked out there could be as many as 40 billion Earth-sized exoplanets in the so-called ‘habitable zone’ around their star, where temperatures are mild enough for liquid water to exist on the surface.

Source: Expert reveals why the idea of alien life no longer seems like science fiction | Daily Mail Online