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SUPER BLUE MOON ECLIPSE JANUARY 31, 2018

  The Blue Moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow on January 31, 2018. This will cause a total lunar eclipse. This is a full moon and will  totally be in the Earth’s umbral shadow. For those who live in North America or the Hawaiian Island, the eclipse will be visible in the sky just before sunrise on January 31….

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2017 Was Record Setting for Warmth According to NASA and NOAA

Recently, both NASA and NOAA have come out with separate reports regarding  2017’s record-setting warmth. Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according…

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Fireball Spotted Over Michigan!

Residents of Michigan and a few neighboring states witnessed a brilliant fireball light up the night sky on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. According to the United States Geological Survey, the meteor also caused what is the equivalent of a magnitude 2.0 earthquake. So far there were 398 reports of the fireball, according to the American Meteor Society. The incident occurred…

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Phoenix Sets New Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  After unanimous approval by the city council, the city of Phoenix has set a new ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2012 levels by 2025. The plan is to cut carbon pollution from residents and businesses, continuing the City’s focus on sustainability over the last several years. This reduction goal keeps Phoenix on track to…

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Tiny, Tiny Failed Star: How We Wonder What You Are

    Tiny, Tiny Failed Star: How We Wonder What You Are By Judith E Braffman-Miller Bewitching, bewildering brown dwarfs are genuine “oddballs”–and their existence in the Universe presents astronomers with an intriguing mystery to solve. This is because these stellar “failures” challenge the neat distinction between true stars and giant planets. Brown dwarfs are substellar objects that occupy a…

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Galaxies On The Edge

    Galaxies On The Edge By Judith E Braffman-Miller Glittering like a trillion fireflies on a summer’s night, the galaxies of the Universe host a swarming multitude of dazzling stars, and these stellar performers do their strange cosmic dance within an invisible structure called the Great Cosmic Web. This enormous web-like structure is woven of extremely massive, transparent filaments…

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Fast Radio Bursts Mystery Unfolds

January 10, 2018 Washington DC At the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Astronomers reported on their recent studies of a mysterious source of fast radio bursts from a source three billion light-years away, known as FRB 121102. According to the scientists, the discovery suggests that the strange source is in the close vicinity of a massive black hole, or within a…

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