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As for full-moon supermoons, this will be the first of three this year. Rounding out the fully packed name of the eclipse , "wolf" refers to the January full moon . Yes. The tidal effects and extra night lighting from the moon cause fish to become more active which is why full moons are are a favored time to go fishing.
  • EPA says ‘not necessary’ for coal plants to comply with mercury limits

    EPA says ‘not necessary’ for coal plants to comply with mercury limits

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    Overall, environmental groups say, federal and state efforts have cut mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants by 85 percent in roughly the last decade. On Friday, Holmstead said the agency "managed to walk a very fine line" by revising a justification for the rule while leaving pollution protections in place.
  • Delhi records year's second highest pollution level

    Delhi records year's second highest pollution level

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    Noida recorded the worst air quality with an AQI of 464. Based on CPCB task force recommendations, the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority ( EPCA ) shut down industries located in hotspot industrial areas of Wazirpur, Mundka, Narela, Bawana, Sahibabad and Faridabad and halted construction activities across Delhi-NCR till December 26.
  • Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

    Worst of winter storm to hit well north of Mankato

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    Snow of 3-5 inches was anticipated overnight Wednesday and another 3-5 inches is possible during the day Thursday . Temperatures are forecast to plunge as the storm progresses in the heavy snow area on north and west. For December, this is an unusually moisture-rich storm system. In areas where the ground is frozen, watch for low-level flooding and quick-rising streams.
  • The Most Famous Photo of Planet Earth Turns 50 on Christmas Eve

    The Most Famous Photo of Planet Earth Turns 50 on Christmas Eve

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    That led NASA planners to abandon their step-by-step plan and consider sending Apollo 8's astronauts - Anders, Jim Lovell and mission commander Frank Borman - on their own round-the-moon trip. The first Earth Day was marked in the USA just over a year later, in April 1970, while the founding of environmental organisations such as Greenpeace wasn't far behind.
  • SpaceX successfully launches US satellite

    SpaceX successfully launches US satellite

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    The rocket, which was carrying a satellite worth roughly $500m (£393.7m) built by Lockheed Martin , blasted off from Florida just before 2pm GMT. Hawthorne-based SpaceX Sunday successfully launched a U.S. It would mark SpaceX's first so-called National Security Space mission, as defined by the USA military, SpaceX said. The Air Force said that the launch was originally scheduled for 2014 but has been hobbled by production delays.
  • Winter solstice: Why is it the shortest day of the year?

    Winter solstice: Why is it the shortest day of the year?

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    That precise instant in time - in 2018, at 5:23 p.m. EST on December 21 - is the solstice. In the southern hemisphere it's exactly the opposite story - the South Pole is pointing towards the Sun, making it summertime "down-under". There will be a winter trifecta the next few days with the winter solstice, a full moon and a meteor shower. In addition, even as the days get longer, the oceans, which moderate temperatures on land, need a vast amount of energy from the sun to heat up.
  • Saturn is eating away its icy rings

    Saturn is eating away its icy rings

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    They found that this was due to water molecules in the icy rings becoming electrically charged, either by interaction with ultraviolet radiation from the Sun, or by meteoroid bombardment, and that the water was then being caught up in Saturn's magnetic field, and dragged down into the planet's atmosphere by gravity.
  • Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight

    Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight

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    Virgin Galactic's spacecraft Unity was piloted by two veteran pilots: Mark "Forger" Stucky and Rick "CJ" Sturckow. SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, took off in the early morning sunshine at the Mojave test centre in California on Thursday in front of hundreds of employees and their family members.
  • Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak Thursday night

    Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak Thursday night

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    That means that the best times to watch are when it's dark in your local time zone surrounding that peak, such as just before dawn on December 14. But we suggest you turn off your screens and get outside to one of these Geminids viewing events around the Bay Area. The darker your sky, the better, though you don't have to leave the city to see the brighter ones.
  • Camera InSight sent the first

    Camera InSight sent the first "self" Mars

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    For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. This image shows InSight's solar panels and deck; on top of the deck are its science instruments, weather sensor booms and UHF antenna. The spacecraft sits in what appears to be a almost rock-free "hollow" - a depression created by a meteor impact that later filled with sand. InSight will dig some 16 feet (five meters) below where it is situated with its heat-flow-probe.
  • Don't miss the Geminids tonight!

    Don't miss the Geminids tonight!

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    The Geminid meteor shower gets its name from its proximity to the constellation Gemini's namesake stars, Castor and Pollux the Gemini twins. Space.com columnist Joe Rao agreed, citing in his column the nice timing of this year's Geminids : the crescent moon will set around 10:30 p.m.