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Orionid meteor shower to peak Friday morning

Orionid meteor shower to peak Friday morning

The Orionid meteor shower, which is typically spawned by Halley's Comet every year in the fall, is all set to make its comeback.

According to astronomers, the eagerly anticipated meteor shower will reach its peak in the early morning hours of this Friday. However, sky gazers should not expect much because the glare from the waning moon will be hampering the visibility.

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S.F. Bay Area could be hit by bigger than previously estimated quake: study

S.F. Bay Area could be hit by bigger than previously estimated quake: study

A new study has revealed that two major earthquake-producing faults in the San Francisco Bay Area are connected to each other, suggesting that the next temblor could be much stronger and much more destructive than seismologists’ prediction.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has predicted a 72 per cent chance of a major quake shaking the area within next 30 years. The earthquake will likely be as powerful as Southern California’s 6.7-magnitutde Northridge earthquake in 1994 that killed five dozen people and thousands homeless.

New Horizons’ next target has a bloody hue: NASA

New Horizons’ next target has a bloody hue: NASA

The next target for the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s New Horizons spacecraft bears a colorful resemblance to Pluto, according to a new statement by mission scientists.
After making a historic flight past Pluto in July last year, NASA’s New Horizons is heading toward 2014 MU69, a space rock in the Kuiper Belt around a billion miles beyond Pluto.

Data collected by Hubble Space Telescope indicated that 2014 MU69 should be as red as Pluto is, if not redder. This is the first hint that scientists have got about the far flung object’s surface properties.

MAVEN images show Mars’ atmosphere in unprecedented detail

MAVEN images show Mars’ atmosphere in unprecedented detail

Managers for NASA's Mars Atmosphere & Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) project have released new images, showing the Red Planet's atmosphere in unprecedented detail.

The out-of-this-world images of the Red Planet show the ultraviolet (UV) glow from the planet's atmosphere in such a detail that was previously never noticed. The new images revealed the Martian atmosphere's dynamic and previously unseen behavior.

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Newell’s shearwater chicks fledge at predator-proof enclosure

Newell’s shearwater chicks fledge at predator-proof enclosure

Bringing the number of native baby birds under the care of the Pacific Rim Conservancy team to a total of five, a couple of more Newell’s shearwater chicks fledged last week from Crater Hill.

In September, eight Newell’s shearwater chicks were brought to the fenced area of the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and five remain under the Pacific Rim Conservancy team’s care.

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Moon’s surface to turn over much earlier than previously estimated: NASA

Moon’s surface to turn over much earlier than previously estimated: NASA

A new study by NASA scientists has suggested that the surface of Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite, drastically changes after some 81,000 years because of it is pounded by scores of meteoroids every day.

A fresh analysis of data collected by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft revealed that scores of space rocks are hitting Moon’s surface daily, creating new craters and changing the appearance of the surface more frequently than previous thought.

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Spiders can hear noises from longer distances than previously thought: study

Spiders can hear noises from longer distances than previously thought: study

Challenging the conventional theory that visuals and vibrations reign in the spiders’ world and these arthropods are only able to hear noises within just a few feet of their bodies; a new research has suggested that at least one species of jumping spider can actually pick up on noises from as far away as ten feet.

Lead author Paul Shamble, a biologist at Harvard University, said that Phidippus audax, a species of jumping spider, can detect sounds or noises from longer distances than many might typically expect.

UK government not on track to meet carbon cutting targets: CCC

UK government not on track to meet carbon cutting targets: CCC

The UK government isn’t on track to meet its pledge of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) cautioned.

Issuing a grave assessment of the government plans to arrest climate change by cutting emissions, CCC warned ministers to park their recent ambition to tighten their carbon reduction targets.

Approaching tropical storm prompts delay of NASA’s OA-5 mission

Approaching tropical storm prompts delay of NASA’s OA-5 mission

The launch of Cygnus supply ship carrying Antares 230 rocket has been delayed again due to Tropical Storm Nicole, which is poised to strike the location of a critical launch tracking station within next couple of days.

The newly-upgraded Antares 230 rocket, which has been equipped with powerful Russian-made RD-181 engines, was scheduled to launch from pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at 8:51 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 14.

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Meteor over Toronto area mistaken for plane crash

Meteor over Toronto area mistaken for plane crash

A sparkling streak of light in the sky above Toronto area caused by a meteor was mistaken for a crashing plane by many people, who alerted emergency personnel and fire crews, authorities confirmed.

Toronto Fire Capt. Mike Westwood confirmed that his department received multiple calls about a plane crashing. The calls prompted several fire units to respond to the city’s harbourfront area, where they conducted “a sweep.”

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