by | December 26, 2018 | 21:12

Tiwari said. According to the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), the air quality is likely to improve as weather conditions like the wind speed and the ventilation index are marginally favourable for dispersion of pollutants.

by | December 26, 2018 | 14:22

In past years, hundreds of whales were killed in what Japanese officials called " research " or " scientific " efforts. Japan joins Iceland and Norway in openly defying the IWC's ban on commercial whale hunting, and its decision sparked global criticism.

by | December 26, 2018 | 13:39

The launch had been rescheduled earlier in the week because of the weather. Because of mission requirements , SpaceX did not attempt to retrieve the reusable Falcon 9's first stage after launch, according to SpaceX. Notably, the company dropped the lawsuit in 2015 after the Air Force agreed to open up competition. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence , who is the chairman of the newly reconstituted National Space Council did not attend Sunday's launch, but was there for the initial ...

by | December 24, 2018 | 17:51

The term " solstice " is derived from two Latin words "sol" which means sun, and "sistere", meaning standstill. If you stand on the Tropic of Capricorn at midday on Friday, the sun will appear more or less directly overhead . Because of that tilt, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are tilted either toward or away from the sun at different times of the year as the Earth makes its orbit around its closest star.

by | December 24, 2018 | 17:38

A half-century later, only 24 US astronauts who flew to the moon have witnessed these wondrous sights in person. NASA opted to continue with the mission as Borman recovered and, after a few more course corrections, had the astronauts fire up the big Service Propulsion System (SPS) of the Apollo service module to drop Apollo 8 into orbit around the Moon.

by | December 24, 2018 | 01:24

A US group dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins criticized Japan's decision on Thursday. The decision, which will be officially announced as early as next week, comes after decades of confrontation between pro- and anti-whaling members of the IWC.

by | December 23, 2018 | 11:00

A Doodle marking the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere was also released featuring the same mouse reading a book inside his home before getting distracted by a bright beam of sunlight that enters his domain due to a bird. This made it easy for the crossover from honoring pagan forces to worshipping Jesus and Christianity . With only seven hours and 50 minutes of daylight today, sunset is set to take place at 3.53pm GMT today, according to Time and Date website.

by | December 23, 2018 | 10:24

The southern hemisphere will have four hours and 12 minutes more sunshine today than on the winter solstice on June 21. This is all made possible because Earth's axis sits at a 23.5 degree angle as it revolves around the sun. Some places in the very high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere will experience little to no sunlight at all. After this event, when the days and nights are equal in length, the days in Finland will start growing longer by five minutes a day, on average.

by | December 22, 2018 | 21:39

The U.S. Space Agency renounced several years ago to launch its astronauts independently into space, so it maintains cooperation with Russian Federation for joint flights. Until the cause of the failure was somewhat clarified, the ISS crew had no way of knowing when they would be returning home. On Oct. 11 the capsule of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague on board made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after the carrier rocket ...

by | December 22, 2018 | 20:11

In the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed and 21 December is their summer solstice meaning it is the day with the most amount of daylight. Our rotation axis may remain 23.5-degrees away from the sun, but we'll have a very special moon to keep us company this weekend! Yes, today is the "shortest" day of the year - or a least, it has the least daylight.

by | December 22, 2018 | 20:09

SpaceX warned on its Twitter page that weather conditions in Florida could jeopardize the launch, with only a 20 percent chance of favorable conditions as of Wednesday night. However weather is already thought to be posing a challenge to the launch, with only a 20 per cent chance of favourable conditions because of severe thunderstorms and wind gusts in the area, according to a United States meteorologist.

by | December 22, 2018 | 17:12

O'Donoghue and his colleagues observed this phenomenon with the huge Keck telescope in Hawaii and concluded that a combination of Saturn's gravity and magnetism pulls an Olympic-size swimming pool worth of material into the planet every 30 minutes.

by | December 22, 2018 | 08:56

Residents who would have had refuse collected on Tuesday , December 25, will now have it collected tomorrow ( Saturday, December 22 ). WITH the festive season nearly upon us, residents are being reminded of changes to waste and recycling collections over the Christmas period.

by | December 21, 2018 | 21:42

Farout is about 300 miles in diameter and has a "pinkish, reddish hue to it", according to Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, one of the scientists who made the discovery. Farout is a body which is distant at a large space ever observed in our solar system , recording at 120 astronomical units. Farout was discovered while researchers searched for the elusive Planet X or Planet 9 , a large planet believed to be orbiting the sun at the far edges of the ...

by | December 21, 2018 | 20:54

The winter solstice occurs at the minimum point for the northern hemisphere when the sun is lowest in the sky. The winter solstice is in full stride today, December 21, which boasts the fewest hours of daylight for 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere.

by | December 21, 2018 | 19:49

Twitter user Joel Angel Juárez wrote, "Woah just spotted a huge white streak in the air looking southwest of San Francisco". The last time a cloud formation like this was seen in Northern California was in 2011, according to the National Weather Service.

by | December 21, 2018 | 16:23

The crater, which is almost 50.1 miles across, is just south of the northern polar cap, known as Olympia Undae, in the northern lowlands. The crater is known as a "cold trap" that does, literally, trap the thin, unbreathable Martian air as it travels over the ice.

by | December 21, 2018 | 14:06

Friday and marks the start of winter. When is the winter solstice? At the peak there should be about 11 sporadic meteors per hour just before dawn. Eastern Time while the winter solstice will happen December 21, but to the average eye, the moon will appear full for several days. In Ireland, people convene at a 5,000-year-old gravesite called Newgrange, where they wait for a chance to see the sunrise lighting up the tomb.

by | December 21, 2018 | 04:13

Beck said it was a "very unique mission for NASA " because the federal agency had "secured a purely commercial launch vehicle to deploy CubeSats" for the first time ever. The government hopes to push the boundaries of cheap, reliable launches within the budding market of small rocket services with the initiative. "The wait is over".

by | December 21, 2018 | 02:58

The country is withdrawing from IWC and, with that, it is expected to resume commercial whaling activities. Japanese officials have said the whaling organization is supposed to pursue sustainability but has become an anti-whaling body. After a year's pause, Japan began what it said was a scaled-back whaling program. "So come on Scott Morrison, come on Bill Shorten, tell the Australian people what you're going to do about this".