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Pink supermoon seen around the world

If a Full Moon happens to coincide within 90 percent of the lunar perigee, we witness a attractive Supermoon. WITBANK NEWS is excited to see if our local photographers managed to capture the lovely Super Pink Moon . Happy moon viewing and enjoy some other pictures from local photographers last night. During these events, the Moon can appear significantly larger in the night sky, and up to 15%... [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Cristobal creeping closer to US Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Cristobal creeping closer to US Gulf Coast The First Alert Storm Team is continuing to closely monitor Tropical Storm Cristobal . The storm is headed straight north from the Yucatan peninsula into the gulf of Mexico , headed for the coast somewhere between Louisiana and Florida on the weekend. [Full Article...]

It's gonna be sweet: don't miss the Strawberry Moon eclipse

It's gonna be sweet: don't miss the Strawberry Moon eclipse An old European name for this final spring full moon , meanwhile, is the "mead moon" or the "honey moon", since people considered honey to be the sweetest during June. The best time for viewing, according to meteorologists, is just after sunset as it appears on the horizon. June's full moon follows a succession of so-called "supermoons", whereby the moon appears bigger and brighter in the s... [Full Article...]

Second Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of Year 2020 Friday

Second Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of Year 2020 Friday Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the Sun's light. A penumbral lunar eclipse , also known as a " Strawberry Moon ", will be occurring in the very early hours of the morning as the Earth, Moon and Sun all align. A partial solar eclipse happens when the sun, moon and the earth are not in a straight line. If you're going by "lunar month" (full moon to full moon) we'll have... [Full Article...]

SpaceX's Second Try to Launch NASA Astronauts to the Space Station

Image Source: John Raoux/AP/Shutterstock10-year-old Jack Hurley waves at his dad, NASA astronaut Douglas Hurley , as Hurley and fellow astronaut Robert Behnken depart the Neil A. Dubbed Demo-2, this is a test flight. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted , "For the first time in 9 years, we have now launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil". [Full Article...]

Crew Dragon in orbit after historic launch

Crew Dragon in orbit after historic launch Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are expected to reach the International Space Station after a 19-hour journey. A U.S. spacecraft with two American astronauts on board has been launched on a flight to the International Space Station. [Full Article...]

SpaceX NASA Launch Delayed Until Saturday Due to Storms

SpaceX NASA Launch Delayed Until Saturday Due to Storms The next launch window is scheduled for Saturday at 3:22 pm ET. Saturday, May 30 will be the next launch date. The official launch time, 4:33pm EDT (that's 9:33pm BST for everyone in the UK), is just under an hour from now, and we have the launch live stream video embedded below. [Full Article...]

Low Pressure Developing Near Florida

Low Pressure Developing Near Florida The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said a weather system north of the Bahamas may develop into the first storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season by this weekend. In an update shared around 10 am on Tuesday, the NHC said the area of low pressure was expected to develop by this weekend. The most significant threats to land will be probable tropical storm-force winds, heavy rainfall and unsa... [Full Article...]

The last supermoon of 2020 in photos

The last supermoon of 2020 in photos This year has seen three supermoons as of now. It is also known by other names like Corn Planting Moon , Milk Moon and the Hare Moon respectively. If you want, through the Internet, you can definitely see this attractive supermoon online. The moon's floral title is inspired by the month heralding the end of spring and the blossoming of flowers, according to the Farmer's Almanac . [Full Article...]

Amid coronavirus pandemic, China eyes moon trip with successful rocket launch

The Long March 5B is a ten engine rocket , including four strapped on boosters that increase its lift capabilities, and represents the nation's most powerful launch vehicle to date. China said in March it was aiming to launch an experimental spacecraft without a crew as part of a broader spaceflight programme to shuttle astronauts to its future space station and for future manned space explo... [Full Article...]

Ag officials monitoring for 'murder hornets' in North Carolina, none found yet

Ag officials monitoring for 'murder hornets' in North Carolina, none found yet Their main target, however, is the hives of honeybees, which they attack and often will destroy, largely by decapitating the bees in the hive, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA ). "Hornets are most destructive in the late summer and early fall, when they are on the hunt for sources of protein to raise next year's queens", Truscott said on the WSU's Insider . [Full Article...]

The Lyrid Meteor Shower returns yet again

The Lyrid Meteor Shower returns yet again According to Time And Date, we could (if we're lucky) see up to 18 meteors per hour. Luckily, tonight's meteor shower won't be spoiled by lunar light, as the moon is almost brand new, appearing only as the slimmest of crescents. Tuesday night will be our best opportunity to watch one of the oldest recorded meteor showers at its peak. "While rates of Lyrids per hour can be low, they are also ... [Full Article...]

Black Hole: a rare and elusive object spotted by Hubble Space Telescope

Black Hole: a rare and elusive object spotted by Hubble Space Telescope Intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs) are a long-sought "missing link" in black hole evolution. The IMBHs do not have readily available sources of fuel, nor do they boast the gravitational pull of supermassive black holes . One other theory for the X-rays was that a neutron star - the dense remnants of an exploded supernova star - may have been responsible. The team was able to pinpoint the s... [Full Article...]

Space Force launches its 1st mission with virus precautions

Space Force launches its 1st mission with virus precautions The approximately $1 billion satellite is the sixth and final one in the US military's Advanced Extremely High Frequency series. Because the viewing area was closed due to a coronavirus outbreak, fewer people than usual followed the lift from the Cape Canaveral Air Force station. [Full Article...]

Coronavirus: Green bin collections stop and rubbish tips shut

Coronavirus: Green bin collections stop and rubbish tips shut The council has said that all kerbside collections of rubbish and recycling will continue as normal. "Our staff will attempt to carry out as many collections as possible". Adam Read, external affairs director for Suez, said: 'It is too early for us to see an upward trend in the data for household food waste collections. [Full Article...]

Full worm supermoon on deck: What you need to know

Full worm supermoon on deck: What you need to know This year, the March full moon may also be the primary of three straight full-moon supermoons and the year's second-closest full moon total, EarthSky stated. Last September, there was a rare moon that was not a supermoon, but it was news for being a full moon across the country that was visible on the spooky date of Friday the 13th. [Full Article...]

Back To The Drawing Board: Heathrow’s Illegal Expansion Blocked

Back To The Drawing Board: Heathrow’s Illegal Expansion Blocked Despite the ruling, the UK Government says it will not appeal the decision, instead continuing to look into other options, including finding economic and industry based justifications for expanding the airport. A spokesman for Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that Heathrow must still meet high environmental standards and demonstrate a "realistic" business case for the project. [Full Article...]

Astronaut Christina Koch reunited with her dog after year in space

Astronaut Christina Koch reunited with her dog after year in space So grab a tissue and watch the "dog and owner reunion video" light years ahead of any others. Koch met with reporters on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, six days after returning from the International Space Station. "We call her LBD , little brown dog". The Livingston resident made history with the longest space flight by a woman astronaut and the first all-female space walk. [Full Article...]

Atlas launches Solar Orbiter mission

Atlas launches Solar Orbiter mission The aerospace company and NASA have set the next launch attempt to no earlier than February 13 at 4:06 p.m. EST. No other mission has shown us the Sun from that vantage point! The Solar Orbiter shuttle isolated from the Centaur upper stage nearly 53 minutes after the fact and the European Space Agency procured the main signs from the rocket a couple of moments later. [Full Article...]

Senate impeachment trial: President Trump’s defense team takes center stage

Senate impeachment trial: President Trump’s defense team takes center stage Democratic managers from the House of Representatives will try to convince both the Republican-controlled Senate , which will determine if Trump finishes his term, and the American public, which will decide in November if he gets a second one, that he improperly withheld key witnesses and documents. [Full Article...]