With no summit, South Korean president to skip Olympics
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has decided not to visit Japan for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, citing a failure to set up a summit with Japan's prime minister that would produce meaningful results in improving relations. Moon’s office said Monday that officials from Seoul and Tokyo held talks over longstanding disputes about wartime history and a “future-oriented” development of their relations, but did not find enough common ground to support a summit between their leaders. The countries had been discussing the possibility of Moon visiting Tokyo to participate in the Olympics’ opening ceremony and having talks with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga about repairing bilateral ties that have sunk to postwar lows in recent years with disputes over history, trade and military cooperation.news.yahoo.com
Government vows to uphold free speech in transgender treatment debate
The Government has vowed to uphold free speech in the transgender treatment debate as it suggested children should be protected from medicalisation. Responding to concerns that a ban on conversion therapy will criminalise professionals treating children with gender dysphoria, officials have given assurances that they will protect under 18s from "irreversible decisions". The Government Equalities Office vowed to safeguard young people "from inappropriate interventions and uphold the independencenews.yahoo.com
Popular ex-prosecutor in S. Korea launches presidential bid
South Korea’s former top prosecutor launched a bid to run in next year’s presidential election Tuesday, vowing to unseat the current liberal government that he once worked for and that he also investigated for possible corruption. Yoon Suk Yeol tops surveys on the South Korean public’s preferred future leader, and his announcement will likely heat up the race to find a successor for President Moon Jae-in, whose single five-year term has been marked by roller-coaster diplomacy with North Korea, a deepening domestic divide and varied economic woes. “I’m stepping forward with a determination to change the government,” Yoon said at a news conference.news.yahoo.com
The stages of the Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse of 2021 explained
No avid skywatcher ever misses a total eclipse of the moon. This celestial pageant is often more beautiful and interesting than one would think. During the time that the moon is entering and later emerging from Earth's shadow, secondary phenomena may be overlooked. To help prepare for the upcoming eclipse of May 25-26, Space.com skywatching columnist Joe Rao — a veteran of 18 total lunar eclipses — has prepared a timeline of the stages of the total lunar eclipse, including some of the things you might expect to see. Super Flower Blood Moon 2021: Where & when to see the supermoon eclipsespace.com
‘Super Flower Blood Moon’ total lunar eclipse comes before sunrise Wednesday. But here, it may look like someone took a bite out of it, not swallowed the orb whole.
A total lunar eclipse will be visible to a good portion of North America early Wednesday, but because it won’t begin until close to sunrise in Chicago, astronomers say the experience will be more like that of a partial eclipse locally.chicagotribune.com
Artemis: How ever changing US space policy may push back the next moon landing
Now the international Artemis programme, lead by Nasa, is aiming to put humans back on the Moon by 2024. It was not until July 20 1989, the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, that President HW Bush inaugurated the Space Exploration Initiative. Another eight years would pass before, in 2004, President GW Bush, partly as a response to the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, announced a revitalised Vision for Space Exploration. This is the first time in decades that a new US administration has continued with the deep space human spaceflight policies of the previous one. This would make it vulnerable to the many vagaries of US deep space human spaceflight policy that we have seen for most of the spaceflight era.space.com
Artist adds touch of moon (tree) dust for Apollo 14 50th anniversary
Chris Calle puts the finishing touches on "Touched by the Moon," his moon tree-dust infused tribute painting for the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 14 moon landing mission. A new tribute to the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 14 lunar landing mission has grown out of a collaboration between two artists and a touch of moon dust, of sorts. Moon Mission's Living Monuments: Apollo 14's 'Moon Trees' live onScott Phillips with the remains of the Apollo 14 moon tree that stood at the Kennedy Space Center from 1976 to 2017. Related: NASA's 17 Apollo Moon Missions in PicturesDust-drivenWith the Apollo 14 moon tree sawdust in hand, Calle said that Earthrise became the natural choice for the 50th anniversary painting. (Image credit: Calle Space Art via collectSPACE.com)Adding the moon tree sawdust helped shape the way Calle painted the scene.space.com
Moon, Biden agree to work on joint North Korea strategy
In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks on the phone with U.S. President Joe Biden at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, in South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. During their first phone talks since President Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, South Korean President Moon Jae-in proposed the allies make joint efforts for lasting peace and denuclearization. The two leaders agreed on the need to soon map out a “comprehensive strategy on North Korea if possible,” Moon’s spokesman, Kang Min-seok, said. AdThe U.S., which has about 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, regularly stages military drills with South Korea. North Korea views such military training and U.S.-led sanctions as proof of American hostility.
Moon urges Biden to learn from Trump's N. Korea diplomacy
South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during an on-line New Year press conference with local and foreign journalists at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Jeon Heon-kyun/Pool Photo via AP)SEOUL – South Korea’s president on Monday urged the incoming Biden administration to build upon the achievements and learn from the failures of President Donald Trump’s diplomatic engagement with North Korea. Biden has accused Trump of chasing the spectacle of summits rather than meaningful curbs on the North’s nuclear capabilities. And while Moon acknowledged that Biden is likely to try a different approach than Trump, he stressed that Biden could still learn from Trump’s successes and failures in dealing with North Korea. “The start of the Biden administration provides a new opportunity to start over talks between North Korea and the United States and also between South and North Korea,” which have stalled amid the stalemate in nuclear negotiations, Moon said.
A lunar gold rush could create conflict on the ground if we don't act now
That’s because, whether you want to do science or make money, you will need things such as water and light. But they occur only in polar regions, rather than at the equatorial sites targeted by the Apollo programme in the 1960s and 1970s. Strategic resources that aren’t in the polar regions tend to be concentrated rather than evenly distributed. And then there is the poster boy of lunar resources, mined in dozens of science fiction films: Helium-3, for nuclear fusion. The recent discovery of water ice on the lunar surface could help make such visions a reality, researchers say.space.com
A 4G network on the moon is bad news for radio astronomy
Jodrell Bank – the earliest radio astronomy observatory in the world still in existence – was created because of RFI. However, ground-based radio telescopes cannot completely avoid space-based sources of RFI such as satellites – or a future lunar telecommunications network. A long-term dream of many radio astronomers would be to have a radio telescope on the far side of the Moon. These concerns apply to anyone doing ground-based astronomy, whether they use an optical or a radio telescope. A recent analysis of satellite impact on radio astronomy was released by the SKA Organisation, which is developing the next generation of radio telescope technology for the Square Kilometre Array.space.com
Chang'e 5: China launches sample return mission to the moon — is it winning the new space race?
Its recent Chang’e missions (1-4) demonstrated that China could not only orbit and land on the Moon, but also successfully operate a rover. On November 24, the Chinese National Space Administration launched Chang’e 5 – the latest in the series. Recent failed landings on the Moon by an Israeli privately funded mission and the Indian Vikram lander show just how challenging such missions still are. The new space raceThis illustration shows the components of China's ambitious Chang'e 5 lunar sample-return mission. Will Chinese universities start to lead space research and influence rankings that are currently dominated by western universities?space.com
From Space Force to Artemis: What a Joe Biden presidency may mean in orbit and beyond
By contrast, his successor Joe Biden has been relatively quiet on space policy. So how is space exploration likely to change going forward? During the Trump administration, NASA also committed to the return of astronauts to the Moon in 2024 under the Artemis program. One of the more questionable implementations by the Trump administration was the formation of Space Force – a branch of the armed forced in space. Whatever the changes will be, it seems likely that there may be less funding for space missions.space.com
First full moon on Halloween since 1944
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The blue moon will rise at 6:58 p.m. on Halloween night and for the first time since 1944, all time zones across the United States will see a blue moon on Halloween. A blue moon is when two full moons occur within the same month, the second full moon is called a blue moon. We have seen blue moons on Halloween more recently that 1944, but not in all of the time zones across the US. 1944, 1955, and 2011 are the most recent years the Moon was full for the second time that month on Halloween. The next time the blue moon will be on Halloween will be in the year 2039.
Water on the moon? It’s not quite what you might think
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the moon. This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface and not limited to cold, shadowed places. SOFIA has detected water molecules (H2O) in Clavius Crater, one of the largest craters visible from Earth, located in the moon’s southern hemisphere. In 2018, SOFIA began detecting water molecules in sunlight through spectral analysis on the moon. Whether the water SOFIA found is easily accessible for use as a resource remains to be determined.
Life on Earth: Why we may have the moon's now defunct magnetic field to thank for it
Without a strong magnetic field, a planet struggles to hang on to a breathable atmosphere – which is bad news for life as we know it. Today, Earth has a strong global magnetic field that protects the atmosphere and low-orbiting satellites from harsh solar radiation. In contrast, the Moon does not possess either a breathable atmosphere or a global magnetic field. Global magnetic fields are generated by the motion of molten iron in the cores of planets and moons. But to know for sure we need further modelling and more measurements of the strengths of the Earth and Moon’s early magnetic fields.space.com
N. Korea's Kim apologizes over shooting death of S. Korean
It’s extremely unusual for a North Korean leader to apologize to South Korea on any issue. South Korean officials condemned North Korea for what they called an “atrocious act” and pressed it punish those responsible. According to the North Korean message, North Korean troops first fired blanks after the man found in the North’s waters refused to answer other than saying he’s from South Korea a couple of times. The troops determined he was dead and burned the floating object in line with anti-coronavirus rules, according to the North Korean message read by Suh. The North Korean message was sent from the United Front Department of the ruling Workers’ Party, a top North Korean body in charge of relations with South Korea.
Look up! Saturday night’s view of the moon will be the best of the month
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – This weekend will be the BEST time to view the lunar landscape, because the Moon will be half illuminated in its first quarter phase. NASA has declared Friday night it’s annual International Observe The Moon Night. Kids activities to learn more about the moonIf you want to involve your kids with International Observe The Moon Night, here are some activities to help them get excited and learn more about the moonSketch the moon- learn about the moon phases and how the moon looks during different nights of the month. Viewers can learn more about NASA lunar science and participate in International Observe the Moon Night from any location. Plan AheadUpcoming dates for International Observe the Moon Night
50 years of Earth Days: A persepctive
The first Earth Day celebrations on April 22, 1970, took place at 2,000 colleges and universities, roughly 10,000 primary and secondary schools and hundreds of communities across the United States. More importantly, it “brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform," according to Jack Lewis, author of “The Birth of EPA.”
20 sci-fi movies and TV shows to binge watch on Netflix right now
(Image credit: Columbia Pictures)Synopsis: In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. Why you should watch: Season 2 is now available, so if you haven't seen Season 1, you've got 8 hours and 52 minutes worth to get through first. (Image credit: Netflix)Synopsis: After crash-landing on an alien planet, the Robinson family fights against all odds to survive and escape. Why you should watch: This is where you start; this is the best sci-fi currently on Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix)Synopsis: A contemporary British re-working of "The Twilight Zone" with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.space.com
SpaceX's most powerful rocket will send NASA cargo to the moon's orbit to supply astronauts
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying the Arabsat 6A communications satellite, lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, April 11, 2019. The company will lift the spacecraft using its Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful rocket in the world. SpaceX has been launching cargo to the International Space Station under a similar NASA contract since 2012, using its Cargo Dragon spacecraft. Additionally, SpaceX has launched its Falcon Heavy rocket three times. A Falcon Heavy rocket goes for between $90 million and $150 million per launch depending on the circumstances.cnbc.com
Five moon myths and how to disprove them yourself
The Earth's shadow causes moon phasesOver a month, the Moon shows different phases. During a lunar eclipse - occurring only at full moon - the Moon actually moves into the Earths shadow. The Moon moves differently in the southern skyThe shape of the crescent reveals whether the Moon is growing or fading. When the Moon looks like a D, with the curve on the right, it is a growing or waxing moon. These are three different views of the recent close encounter of Venus and the young moon crescent on January 28 2020.space.com
Check out this ‘mini-moon’ that’s orbiting Earth
A tiny object that has gotten sucked into orbit around Earth is acting as a temporary mini-moon. The object, which is actually an asteroid, is only the second asteroid known to orbit Earth, according to CNN. Kacper Wierzchos and Theodore Pruyne, both researcher specialists for the Catalina Sky Survey, made the discovery on Feb. 15 and posted it to Twitter. On the night of Feb. 15, my Catalina Sky Survey teammate Teddy Pruyne and I found a 20th magnitude object. pic.twitter.com/zLkXyGAkZl — Kacper Wierzchos (@WierzchosKacper) February 26, 2020Researchers said the asteroid, known as 2020 CD3, is likely between 6.2 feet and 11.4 feet in diameter.
NASA's new lunar rover will hunt for water on the Moon
NASA's VIPER mobile robot will roam around the Moon's South Pole looking for water ice in 2022. (NASA AMES/Daniel Rutter)(CNN) - NASA will send a mobile robot to the South Pole of the Moon to hunt for water, the US space agency has announced. The rover -- the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER for short -- is the size of a golf cart, and will sample the Moon's soil environments to search for evidence of water and ice. Scientists consider the lunar poles as promising places to search for water ice, which could be used to provide oxygen for humans to breathe, and hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel. The vehicle, which is due to land on the lunar surface in December 2022, will collect data on different soil environments on the Moon and map out where else water could be found.
A full Hunter's Moon to light sky Sunday
Matt Cardy/Getty Images(CNN) - Moon enthusiasts, get ready -- because the next full moon will appear Sunday. The full moon, known as the Hunter's Moon, always follows September's Harvest Moon. According to the Farmer's Almanac, the Hunter's Moon gets its name from the Native Americans. With the full moon, it was easier to see deer and other animals and successfully hunt in the darkness. The moon will appear full for three days, from Saturday morning to Tuesday morning, according to NASA.
Moon's terminator to shine bright Saturday night
JACKSONVILLE, Fla - Saturday is International Observe the Moon Night and the occasion is marked not for the size or brightness but rather celebrate lunar science, exploration, celestial observation, and our cultural and personal connections to the Moon. On October 5, the Moon will be around first quarter a great phase for evening observing because the Moon's terminator (the line between night and day) where shadows are the longest, offers better details compared to full Moon. All NEFAS volunteers bring their personal stargazing equipment and will instruct guests how to look at the sky objects safely without damage. If you are having trouble with your own telescope, bring it along and one of our Telescope Doctors will take a look at it. Channel 4 Meteorologists expect increasing clouds breeze and some showers Saturday night but NEFAS members WILL BE AVAILABLE regardless of inclement weather.
South Korea's young men are fighting back against feminism
As feminist issues come to the fore in deeply patriarchal South Korea, there's a growing discontent among young men that they're being left behind. With each court victory, the disquiet among men, especially young men, began to build. End of old masculinityFor 62 years, South Korean men have been forced to join the army. Despite the lack of political parties targeting young men, Moon Sung-ho, from Dang Dang We, is not discouraged. He points to how young men are struggling to buy their own homes, or even pay for dates.
Rare full moon on Friday the 13th
Onlookers will be able to catch a glimpse of a rare full moon on Friday the 13th. The next full Moon will be early Saturday morning, Sept. 14, 2019. The Moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time, from Thursday night through Sunday morning, NASA reports. The last time the U.S. had a Friday the 13th full moon was on Oct. 13, 2000, experts say. So while keeping an eye out for werewolves, goblins and ghosts, check out the full moon!
NASA remixes Ariana Grande song to promote moon mission
(CNN) - NASA is relying on a bit of star power to educate youth about space and promote its upcoming mission to the moon. Interns for the US space agency remixed Ariana Grande's "NASA," and rewrote the lyrics to promote NASA's work. Back to lunar orbit there is still more to uncover." "Through the agency's Artemis lunar exploration program, we will use innovative new technologies and systems to explore more of the Moon than ever before," the agency added. One of the key features of the program is sustainable space exploration with reusable spacecraft and architecture, which could later take humans to Mars.
NASA details Artemis moon missions
NASA has dubbed this path back to the moon Artemis, after Apollo's twin sister in Greek mythology. NASA is calling this the Artemis program in honor of Apollo's twin sister in Greek mythology, the goddess of the Moon. Other factors of the design represent the Earth, the moon and our trajectory from the moon to Mars. Currently, the focus is on the moon, but NASA sees these concepts as workable for a Mars mission, as well. Astronauts will launch on Artemis 2, and the first woman and next man to walk on the moon will launch on Artemis 3.