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Study: Quarter of Earth’s land will become significantly drier

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

More than a quarter of Earth’s land surface will become “significantly” drier even if humanity manages to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius, the goal espoused in the Paris Agreement, scientists said on Monday. But if we contain average warming to 1.5 C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), this will be limited to about a tenth -- sparing two-thirds of the land projected to parch under 2 C, they concluded in a study published in Nature Climate Change. At 1.5 C, parts of southern ...

Record-breaking NASA astronaut coming back to Earth

Sunday, 3 September 2017

A record-shattering NASA astronaut is set to return to Earth on Saturday, finishing a 288-day mission that put her over the top as the American who has spent the most cumulative amount of time in space.Peggy Whitson, 57, is also the oldest female astronaut in the history of space exploration, was the first female International Space Station commander, and holds the record for number of spacewalks by a woman.The biochemist is completing a mission at the International Space Station that began in ...

Asteroid to shave past earth inside moon orbit

Thursday, 10 August 2017

An asteroid the size of a house will shave past Earth at a distance of some 44,000 kilometers (27,300 miles) in October, inside the Moon’s orbit, astronomers said Thursday. The space rock will zoom by at an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon -- far enough to just miss our geostationary satellites orbiting at about 36,000 kilometers, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). “It will not hit the Earth,” said Detlef Koschny of ESA’s “Near Earth ...

‘Are we alone?’ NASA finds 10 Earth-like planets boosting the chances for life

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Astronomers on Monday added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond the solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting the chances for life.Scientists found the planet candidates in a final batch of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope observations of 200,000 sample stars in the constellation Cygnus.The candidates include 10 newly discovered rocky worlds that are properly distanced from their parent stars for water, if it exists, to pool on their ...

Massive asteroid nicknamed ‘The Rock’ to make closest pass to Earth in 400 years

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

An asteroid more than a quarter mile (400 meters) wide will pass close to Earth on Wednesday, zooming by at a distance of just over a million miles (1.8 million km), but with no chance of impact, according to Nasa scientists. Smaller asteroids routinely make closer passes to Earth, but 2014 J025, discovered in May 2014, will be the largest asteroid to come this close to the planet since 2004, flying by at only about 4.6 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon, 1.1 million miles (1.8 ...

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19

Friday, 14 April 2017

An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.“Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this size,” NASA said in a statement.Dubbed 2014-JO25 and roughly 650 meters (2,000 feet) across, the asteroid will come within 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) of Earth, less than five times the ...

Multinational crew leave space station and head back to Earth

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The trio made a parachute landing in Kazakhstan, wrapping up a four-month mission that included the first use of a DNA sequences in space

A facelift for the Moon every 81,000 years

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Moon is bombarded by so much space rock that its surface gets a complete facelift every 81,000 years, NASA says

NASA: Last month was Earth’s hottest in recorded history

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

NASA’s five hottest months on record are July 2016, July 2011, July 2015, July 2009 and August 2014

‘Dwarf planet’ discovered in distant Solar system

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

A rare ‘dwarf planet’ 18 times smaller than Earth, has been discovered in the distant Solar System

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