Tuesday, November 9, 2021

How a solar storm could leave Canada disconnected


Global News in Canada shows that an epic solar storm may be heading our way, one so big it could knock out power grids, damage satellites, cause internet blackouts, and essentially take down our modern life as we know it. After decades of low activity, researchers say that we are entering what is expected to be an active 11-year cycle for solar storms. 

And a severe event could impact the way we live our digital lives, leaving us disconnected for weeks or even months. 

As Laura Casella reports for The New Reality, we are more vulnerable to these storms in Canada than in other parts of the world.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Northern lights: Spectacular aurora borealis takes over North American night sky


Global News in Canada shows that an awe-inspiring and vivid aurora borealis stretched across the skies in a large part of North America, with purple, pink, teal and green hues dancing and shimmering as far as the eye could see.

People across Western Canada, including as far south as the greater Vancouver area in B.C., reported seeing the northern lights - but it wasn’t limited to this side of the border.  

Posts on social media said the dancing light display could be seen by Americans as far south as Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio, and even across the ocean in the United Kingdom.

SpaceX Raises the Arms of Mechazilla


Marcus House on Youtube shows how SpaceX Raises the Arms of Mechazilla ready to be installed. Ship 20 and Booster 4, the first orbit capable vehicle continues to crawl along, but lots of Starship Updates going on with future vehicles. And some pretty impressive updates to share on Relativity Space’s Terran 1 making some new headway towards flight.

It is interesting how the SpaceX MECHAZILLA grabbing arm will enable a Mars rocket. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has plans for a giant orbital arm. It could enable even certain faster rocket turnaround times.

This month, CEO Elon Musk detailed how the new Mechazilla orbital grabbing arm will help the Starship rocket. The goal is to catch the ship and its Super Heavy booster as they return to Earth. The interesting technique could be an upgrade over the droneships currently used for Falcon 9 boosters returning to Earth after missions.

The future could have launching the same Starship three times per day. That means it has a chance of achieving its goal of a city on Mars by 2050.

"SpaceX will try to catch largest ever flying object with robot chopsticks," Musk posted on his Twitter page on August 30. Success is not guaranteed, but excitement is!

Mechagodzilla (メカゴジラ, Mekagojira) is really a fictional mecha character that first appeared in the 1974 film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. In its debut appearance, Mechagodzilla is depicted as an extraterrestrial villain that confronts Godzilla. In subsequent iterations, Mechagodzilla is usually depicted as a man-made weapon really designed to defend Japan from Godzilla. In all incarnations, the character is portrayed as a robotic doppelgänger with a vast array of weaponry, and along with King Ghidorah, is commonly considered to be a so-called archenemy of Godzilla.

NASA launches 1st space probe to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids


Global News shows that NASA launched a first-of-its-kind mission on Saturday, Oct. 16 to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids - 2 large clusters of space rock that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed our solar system’s outer planets.

The space probe, dubbed Lucy, was packed inside a special cargo capsule carried by the Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp.

Lucy is on a 12-year expedition to study a record number of asteroids and will be the first to explore the Trojans, thousands of rocky objects orbiting the sun in two swarms - one ahead of the path of the giant gas planet Jupiter and one behind it.

Scientists hope Lucy’s close-up fly-by of 7 Trojans will yield new clues to how the solar system’s planets formed some 4.5 billion years ago.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Meteorite Crashes Through Ceiling, Lands Next To Woman’s Pillow


"TODAY" Channel on Youtube shows that a woman in western Canada was asleep in bed when a nearly 3-pound rock crashed through her ceiling and landed next to her pillow. Scientists have confirmed it was a meteorite. The woman was not hurt.

A physicist says that the meteorite found in B.C. could shed light on solar system's origin. Peter G. Brown, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Western Ontario, says the meteorite made its fiery way to Earth on Oct. 3, after spinning out of its orbit in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, nearly 180 million kilometres away.

Brown says the woman has loaned the rock to the university and, for the next month or so, it will become "a small piece of a larger puzzle" as scientists "disentangle how the early solar system formed."

It seems that the 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite is older than anything on Earth but is formed of minerals found here, like iron and nickel, although in much larger proportions, giving it unusual weight for a rock its size.

The exact chemistry is still being studied.

The rock will eventually be returned to the woman whose roof it punctured.

Read more about this amazing story here:

A so-called meteorite is a solid piece of debris from an object, such as a comet, asteroid, or meteoroid, that originates in outer space and survives its passage through the atmosphere to reach the surface of a planet or moon. When the original object enters the atmosphere, various factors such as friction, pressure, and chemical interactions with the atmospheric gases cause it to heat up and radiate energy. It then becomes a meteor and forms a fireball, also known as a shooting star or falling star; astronomers call the brightest examples so-called "bolides". Once it settles on the larger body's surface, the meteor really becomes a meteorite. Meteorites vary greatly in size. For geologists, a bolide is a meteorite large enough to create an impact crater.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

NASA Warns and Confirms Fireballs hitting Earth


WC Daily on Youtube shows that NASA Warns and Confirms Fireballs hitting Earth. NASA has confirmed that at least five fireballs have flown over the US in the past week, following many reported sightings. NASA Confirmed Fireballs hitting Earth caught on camera meteor NASA caught on camera meteor shower. Asteroid hit earth asteroid hits moon fireball NASA impact on earth meteorite hits earth meteorite meteorite strike meteor strike meteorite impact asteroid impact meteorite impact on earth. Fireball north Carolina neveda fireball how to find meteorites science nasa news space space news science news asteroid news meteorite news meteor falls meteor fall asteroid impact on earth.

Inside SpaceX's Mission to Send Humans into Deep Space


ABC News In-depth takes a look at the exciting space story.

In the era of New Space, billionaire Elon Musk is blazing the trail. He’s building a gigantic starship to fly humans further than ever before. 

In the tiny Texan hamlet of Boca Chica, a huge rocket is being built and tested. It’s Elon Musk’s Starship, a 120-metre-high spacecraft whose mission is to transport humans to the moon and beyond, to Mars.

Musk and his company SpaceX are at the forefront of what’s being called ‘New Space’, the rush to commercialise the space sector.

Colonisation of the Red Planet is a possibility.