Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month – WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will turn the moon blood red in the night sky later this month.

The July 27 eclipse will be visible for 1 hour and 43 minutes when the moon is fully engulfed in Earth’s shadow — a period known as totality. This celestial show will not be visible from North America, but skywatchers in parts of South America, eastern Africa, the Middle East and central Asia will be in for an impressive event.

“This is a really cool eclipse,” said Noah Petro, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, adding that the event will be extra special because, “[t]his is going to be the longest eclipse of this century.”

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Trump says NATO allies agreed to boost defense spending after his pressure – CNNPolitics

Brussels (CNN)President Donald Trump said Thursday in an unscheduled news conference that all NATO members have agreed to increase their defense spending after he told them he was “extremely unhappy.”

“Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they never thought of before,” Trump said.
“I told people that I’d be very unhappy if they didn’t up their financial commitments substantially,” Trump said when asked if he threatened to pull out of the alliance. “I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening, and they have now substantially upped their commitment.”

Source: Trump says NATO allies agreed to boost defense spending after his pressure – CNNPolitics

International Asteroid Day: Are we ready if an asteroid strikes Earth? – CNN

(CNN)Saturday is International Asteroid Day, commemorating the Earth’s largest recorded asteroid impact while focusing on the real danger of asteroids that could collide with Earth.

In 1908, a powerful asteroid struck the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in a remote Siberian forest of Russia. The event leveled trees and destroyed forests across 770 square miles, which is equal to the size of three-quarters of the US state of Rhode Island. The impact threw people to the ground in a town 40 miles away.

Source: International Asteroid Day: Are we ready if an asteroid strikes Earth? – CNN

The Coldest Place on Earth Is Even Colder Than Scientists Thought

The lowest temperatures on Earth can be found in hundreds of spots on the East Antarctic Plateau near the South Pole.

In 2013, analysis of satellite data pinpointed scattered pockets of intensely cold air on the East Antarctic Plateau between Dome Argus and Dome Fuji — temperatures that dipped to a staggering minus 135 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 93 degrees Celsius).

However, new analysis of the same data suggests that under the right conditions, those temperatures can drop to nearly minus 148 degrees F (minus 100 degrees C), which is probably the coldest it can get on Earth, researchers reported in a new study. [In Photos: The Coldest Places on Earth]

Source: The Coldest Place on Earth Is Even Colder Than Scientists Thought

Human civilization likely alone / Boing Boing

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Human civilization likely alone

As Dr. Sanberg told Universe Today via email:  predicts that humanity is the only advanced one in observable space.

“One can answer [the Fermi Paradox] by saying intelligence is very rare, but then it needs to be tremendously rare. Another possibility is that intelligence doesn’t last very long, but it is enough that one civilization survives for it to become visible. Attempts at explaining it by having all intelligences acting in the same way (staying quiet, avoiding contact with us, transcending) fail since they require every individual belonging to every society in every civilization to behave in the same way, the strongest sociological claim ever. Claiming long-range settlement or communication are impossible requires assuming a surprisingly low technology ceiling. Whatever the answer is, it more or less has to be strange.”

 

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NASA news: Danger asteroids can wipe out ENTIRE cities leaving millions dead | Daily Star

Smaller asteroids can also be devastating, like the 60-foot-wide Chelyabinsk meteor that went undetected until it exploded over Russia and injured a thousand people.A space rock bigger than that over a more populated area would have caused more damage.

Near the Stony Tunguska River, Russia, back in 1908, a huge asteroid smashed into the a forest.

The rock, estimated as being between 200 to 620ft, left an enormous crater and knocked down 80 million trees.

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