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  • First 'winged' mammals flew over dinosaurs

    August 10, 2017 7:49 AM 35

    Fossils of the first "winged" mammals, from 160 million years ago, have been discovered in China. They reveal that mammal ancestors evolved to glide between trees in a similar way to some mammals today. This adds to evidence that mammals were more diverse during the age of dinosaurs than previously realised. The two new fossil species exhibit highly

  • It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a prehistoric gliding mammal

    August 9, 2017 7:45 PM 15

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In dense Chinese forests populated by dinosaurs 160 million years ago, two furry critters resembling flying squirrels glided from tree to tree, showing that even in such a perilous neighbourhood early mammals had succeeded in going airborne. Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of fossils of two Jurassic Period gliding

  • An early total solar eclipse weather forecast as of Aug. 7, 2017

    August 9, 2017 12:48 AM 15

    Forecast confidence is extremely low at this point, but we plan to publish a cloud forecast every other day leading up to the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. We can begin to assemble some likelihoods from very generalized upper-air and precipitation patterns. Our confidence will get higher as we approach the big event. Good news! We’re now within 15 days of the solar

  • Photographing the solar eclipse: What you need to know

    August 8, 2017 6:31 PM 16

    Getting a photo of the solar eclipse on August 21 won’t be as easy as taking any other picture, experts say. “[Taking a photo] can ruin your phone or your camera,” Carnegie Science Center Planetarium Manager Mike Hennessy told Fox News. NASA and the Carnegie Science Center give tips on how to take a photo without hurting your eyesight or ruining your phone's

  • First Time Seeing a Total Solar Eclipse? Check Out This Video from NASA

    August 8, 2017 4:28 PM 17

    In preparation for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, NASA released a short video providing a few skywatching tips and a packing list for first-time eclipse viewers. The total solar eclipse will cross the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina along a stretch of land about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide. Viewers inside the path of totality will experience

  • GhanaSat-1, Ghana's First Satellite Is Now Orbiting Earth

    August 7, 2017 12:12 PM 24

    Africa is now officially in the space race. On July 7, the GhanaSat-1, Ghana’s first satellite, began its orbit. The miniature satellite (known as a cubesat), built by a Ghanaian engineering team at All Nations University, was delivered to NASA’s International Space Station in June on the SpaceX rocket that took off from pad 39a at the Kennedy Space

  • Heads up: Lunar eclipse, meteor shower coming this week Featured

    August 7, 2017 12:59 AM 22

    Keep your eyes on the night sky this coming week as it will serve up some astronomical treats, starting with a partial lunar eclipse on Monday and ending with the Perseids meteor shower on Sunday. In its astronomical diary for August, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the partial lunar eclipse

  • SKYWATCH: Partial Lunar Eclipse tomorrow

    August 6, 2017 2:00 PM 21

    The most effective, amazing and evident astronomical event in the sky is an ‘Eclipse.’ Mysureans are highly privileged to witness a partial lunar eclipse on Aug.7. The Partial Lunar Eclipse will be visible from South and East Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia. Only partial phase of the eclipse can be seen from all parts of India. Lunar eclipses, which

  • What’s a total solar eclipse and why this one is so unusual

    August 5, 2017 3:09 PM 11

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes the Aug. 21 eclipse so special is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States. The path of totality — where day briefly becomes night — will pass over Oregon, continuing through the heartland

  • WATCH Delta Aquarid meteor shower 2017 live online here TONIGHT

    July 28, 2017 1:49 PM 41

    STARGAZERS are looking forward to seeing a storm of incredible shooting stars during the peak of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower tonight. Here is how to watch the Delta Aquarids. Slooh, a robotic telescope service, will broadcast the peak of the Aquariid Meteor Shower live from multiple places all over the world. The live stream above will begin at 1am BST in the UK (8pm EDT) on Friday