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First supermoon of 2021 'pink moon' this Monday, here's how to spot it

Jak Connor | Apr 24, 2021 4:34 AM CDT

The first supermoon of 2021 will happen this coming Monday, and if you want to spot the rare sighting, you will need to know the time.

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The first supermoon will happen on Monday night, and it's known as the "Pink Moon". The naming comes from a pink spring flower that is found throughout North America and not what color the moon will actually appear. As for timing, the Pink Moon will be highest in the sky over at 11:32 pm Eastern Time Monday night and will also be "full" on Tuesday night as well.

Why does a supermoon happen? A supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit is closest to Earth, or more specifically, when it's within 90% of its pedigree (383,024km away). NASA says that supermoons occur only a few times a year, even though the moon only takes 27 days to orbit Earth fully. The moonrise will be at 7:24 pm in New York City. If you happen to miss this supermoon and are wondering when the next one will be, the next one will be on May 26.

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NASA's small Ingenuity helicopter takes a big flight off Mars surface

Jak Connor | Apr 24, 2021 3:33 AM CDT

It was only a few days ago that NASA achieved the first off-Earth flight with its small helicopter located on Mars.

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The first flight from the small helicopter named Ingenuity consisted of the helicopter lifting off from the surface of the red planet, hovering for 30 seconds at just 10 feet, and then descending back down to the baron world. Now, NASA has completed the second flight for Ingenuity, and this time around, the flight consisted of 52 seconds, climbed to 16.5 feet, hovering, tilting, and moving side to side at a distance of 6.5 feet.

Officials with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California wrote on Twitter, "Go big or go home! The Mars Helicopter successfully completed its 2nd flight, capturing this image with its black-and-white navigation camera." Ingenuity project manager MiMi Aung of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California said, "Then Ingenuity will come to a stop, hover in place and make turns to point its color camera in different directions before heading back to the center of the airfield to land."

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These 22 incredible inventions can make Earth a much better place

Jak Connor | Apr 24, 2021 2:33 AM CDT

Sometimes it's hard to notice all of the fantastic inventions people make that are designed to make the world a better place.

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So, if you are looking for a hit of positivity for today, take a look at 22 inventions that are designed to make the world a more livable and sustainable place for hopefully many years to come. The list is comprised of inventions such as whirlpool turbines, edible cutlery, water blobs, package-free shampoo, and toothpaste.

If you want to watch the video that takes a closer look at all of the inventions, head on over to the BusinessInsider article that can be found here. Other inventions that can be found in the video are edible spoons that taste like crackers, sea cleaning garbage catchers, biodegradable bags that can dissolve in water, and a push-bike-powered washing machine.

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Watching NASA's new '2 black holes orbiting' animation is hypnotizing

Jak Connor | Apr 22, 2021 9:06 AM CDT

Black holes are a thing of mystery, but at the center of every galaxy, there is one, and sometimes when two galaxies merge, those two black holes begin to enter each other's orbits.

So, what happens when two black holes enter each other's orbits? NASA has released a new animated video on the NASA Goddard YouTube Channel that gives a simple yet beautiful visualization of what begins to happen. The orange black hole is 200 million times the mass of the Sun, and the blue black hole is about 100 million times the mass of the Sun.

As the black holes approach each other on their orbital path, the gravitational pull of the foreground black hole begins to "distort and redirect light emanating from the maelstrom of hot gas - called an accretion disk - that surrounds each one", NASA explains. Jeremy Schnittman, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who created the visualization, said, "We're seeing two supermassive black holes, a larger one with 200 million solar masses and a smaller companion weighing half as much".

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If you walked around the moon how long do you think it would take?

Jak Connor | Apr 22, 2021 8:34 AM CDT

So far, only 12 humans have ever stepped foot on the surface of the moon, but let's say lucky number 13 wanted to be the first human to walk around the moon. How long would it take?

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In a recently published space.com article, it states that astronauts that landed on the moon during the Apollo missions were bouncing around the surface at the pace of 1.4 mph. The lack of speed from these astronauts can be attributed to their spacesuits not being built for mobility.

In 2014, NASA simulated lunar gravity to measure how fast humans could move on the moon if given the right equipment. The participants of the experiment were able to walk at the speed of 3.1 mph, very close to the maximum walking speed humans can achieve on Earth at 4.5 mph.

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Scientists found the closest black hole to Earth called 'Unicorn'

Jak Connor | Apr 22, 2021 6:33 AM CDT

Researchers believe they have found the closest known black hole to Earth, and they have slapped the name "unicorn" because it's so special.

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The supposed black hole that was found by researchers is located just 1,500 light-years away and is in the constellation Monoceros (the unicorn). The location of the black hole isn't the only reason why the black hole was called "The Unicorn". Another reason is that the black hole is very, very small, compared to other black holes.

The Unicorn resides next to a bloated red giant star that researchers observed that the light it was giving off was shifting periodically, which means that some other object was influencing the shape of the star - the tiny Unicorn black hole. By measuring the red giant star's influence from an outside object, researchers determined that the object that was influencing the red giant was a black hole with a mass of about three solar masses (three of our suns).

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'Catastrophe': Russia to replace the ISS with it's own space station

Jak Connor | Apr 22, 2021 5:32 AM CDT

Russians have dubbed the International Space Station (ISS) as a "catastrophe" waiting to happen as the Russian government moves towards building its own ISS.

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The United States and Russia have been partnered for 23 years, but that partnership may soon run its course as Russian officials have suggested that they may withdraw from the ISS in 2025. The news comes from a state TV news report from April 18 that suggested that Yury Borisov, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, said the ISS is currently in a deteriorating condition that puts lives of Russian astronauts (cosmonauts) at risk.

Borisov said, "We can't risk the lives [of our cosmonauts]. The structure and the metal [are] getting old, [and] it can lead to irreversible consequences - to catastrophe." Borisov somewhat backtracked on his statement by saying that a "technical inspection is needed, and then we can make a decision and inform our partners." Now, Roscosmos officials have said that "the first core module of the new Russian orbital station is in the works," and maybe completely finished by 2025.

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NASA makes human space exploration history with 1st off-world flight

Jak Connor | Apr 22, 2021 4:33 AM CDT

The quest to get humans on other planets is a slow but fruitful process that deserves celebration when a milestone is reached.

Recently, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter that arrived on Mars with the new Perseverance rover back at the end of February achieved something very special. Ingenuity launched from the Martian surface marking the first powered aircraft flight on another planet and thus marking a massive milestone in the story of human space exploration.

Ingenuity hovered for around 30 seconds, three meters above the Martian surface, before it safely returned back down. While a 30-second flight from a small helicopter may not seem like that big of a deal - it is, and here's why; Ingenuity taking flight in Mars' atmosphere, which is 100 times thinner than Earths, is the equivalent of a normal size helicopter taking flight on Earth to 100,000 feet. Commercial planes fly anywhere between 30,000/40,000 feet, and the highest a helicopter has been flown on Earth is 42,000 feet.

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NASA takes steps to colonize Mars by creating oxygen on another planet

Jak Connor | Apr 22, 2021 3:32 AM CDT

NASA's goal is eventually to have humans on other planets, but one of the main problems is the oxygen supply of those said planets.

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Now, NASA has reached a new milestone in the steps to colonize a new planet, and in this instance, this planet is Mars. Back in February, the space agency landed its brand new rover Perseverance on the Red Planet, and now the rover has used one of its instruments to successfully generate oxygen from the carbon dioxide-dominated air.

Perseverance used its Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) instrument, and according to the associate administrator of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, Jim Reuter, "This is a critical first step at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen on Mars. MOXIE has more work to do, but the results from this technology demonstration are full of promise as we move toward our goal of one day seeing humans on Mars."

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12-year-old black boy dies from tragic TikTok challenge

Jak Connor | Apr 21, 2021 9:02 AM CDT

On April 10, a 12-year-old boy from Colorado sadly passed away after being on life-support for 19 days due to participating in a TikTok challenge.

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The 12-year-old boy, Joshua Haileyesus, was found unconscious on March 22 after choking himself for a TikTok challenge called the "Blackout Challenge". Joshua's family created a GoFundMe page to help cover the hospital bills and funeral expenses, and according to the page, "We would like to update everyone that this evening, after fighting the good fight on life support for 19 days, Joshua has gone off to be with the Lord."

TikTok has since commented on the 12-year-olds passing, saying to Associated Press, "At TikTok, we have no higher priority than protecting the safety of our community, and content that promotes or glorifies dangerous behavior is strictly prohibited and promptly removed to prevent it from becoming a trend on our platform." For those that don't know, the "blackout challenge" has been around for some time, but due to the discoverability on TikTok the challenge recently has gained popularity. People are challenged to choke themselves until they pass out.

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