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Millions of people witness Sunday’s annular solar eclipse

Millions of people witness Sunday’s annular solar eclipse

Millions of people in South America and the western and southern tips of Africa witnessed the first solar eclipse of 2017 that treated viewers to a so-called “ring of fire” on Sunday.

The annular solar eclipse occurs when the Earth, Moon and Sun all come into a line, with the only natural satellite of our planet appearing to block out the Sun. A thin ring around the edge of the Moon occurs as the Sun pokes out, giving it the ring of fire effect.

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Seattle man creates notification app for April the giraffe

Seattle man creates notification app for April the giraffe

Animal lovers and wildlife advocates continue to keep a close eye on a pregnant giraffe due to give birth soon at Animal Adventure Park in New York.

Zoo keepers said that the giraffe named April is 15, and giraffe pregnancies typically last around 15 months. The calf will likely weigh nearly 150 pounds and be around 6 feet tall at birth.

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Ancient worm’s huge jaws astonish scientists

Ancient worm’s huge jaws astonish scientists

A newly discovered species of a prehistoric worm is closely related to leeches and earthworms except for its huge jaws, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports.

This new species, dubbed Websteroprion armstrongi, was discovery during an analysis of specimens gathered by Canadian researcher Derek Armstrong from the remote Hudson Bay basin area in Ontario in 1994. The specimens, which were part of 400 million years old rocks, remained stored in the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

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Coral reefs are in serious danger: experts warn

Coral reefs are in serious danger: experts warn

The Great Barrier Reef and several other reef systems are in serious danger unless stronger actions are taken to reduce greenhouse gases, experts have warned.

Last year’s higher-than-usual temperatures led to coral bleaching, causing massive damages to the Great Barrier Reef and other reef systems. Marine biologists warned that the reef damages witnessed last year might not be the last in the coming few years.

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‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse to take place on Sunday

‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse to take place on Sunday

A so-called “ring of fire” eclipse, which is scientifically called annular eclipse, will cross over parts of South America and the western and southern tips of Africa. This solar phenomenon takes place when the Moon comes in between the Sun and our planet but don’t completely block the Sun as it does during a total solar eclipse.

NASA’s solar astrophysicist Alex Young explained that viewers in the aforementioned regions would be able to see a thin little ring around the edge of the Moon where our host star would be poking out, which would give it the ring of fire effect.

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Astronomers discover 7 Earth-like planets

Astronomers discover 7 Earth-like planets

Seven Earth-sized planets are circling a nearby dwarf star in tight, fast ellipses, and one of them is particularly the best candidate for supporting life, an international team of astronomers announced on Wednesday.

The discovery is rare because the exoplanets circling the dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, which is 39 light years away, has so-many Earth-sized planets that are believed to be temperate, meaning they could have liquid water on their surfaces with a potential to support life.

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Russia launches cargo ship to deliver supplies to ISS

Russia launches cargo ship to deliver supplies to ISS

Russian space agency Roscosmos launched a cargo ship early Wednesday morning on a mission to deliver nearly three tons of fresh supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

The Progress 66 cargo ship was launched atop a Soyuz rocket at 12:58 a.m. EST on February 22 from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. It is scheduled to arrive at the ISS early Friday, February 24.

The resupply ship will deliver food, clothing, fuel and other supplies for astronauts aboard the orbiting lab. For Russia, this resupply cargo mission will mark the last flight of its Soyuz-U launcher.

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Large iceberg breaks off Antarctic’s Pine Island Glacier

Large iceberg breaks off Antarctic’s Pine Island Glacier

A large piece of ice around the size of the island of Manhattan recently cracked and broke off Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier, a footage captured by a NASA satellite revealed.

The breaking off the 2-mile-long iceberg from the Pine Island Glacier, which is one of the biggest glaciers in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, was captured by the Landsat 8 satellite.

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Britain mulling plans to join space race

Britain mulling plans to join space race

Members of the British Parliament are considering a proposal for setting up a spaceport for sending astronauts and satellites into orbit, Aviation Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad announced.

While the UK has been sending astronauts and satellites into Earth’s orbit for the last many decades, it always partnered with other countries like the United States and Russia, for a ride. However, the increasingly lucrative space industry has now prompted British lawmakers to find ways to develop the country’s own launch capability.

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SpaceX pulls off another successful ground-based rocket landing

SpaceX pulls off another successful ground-based rocket landing

Elon Musk-led SpaceX recently pulled off another successful rocket landing as a Falcon 9 rocket flawlessly touched down at the company’s ground-based landing zone at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Falcon 9 blasted off from the historic 39A launch pad at Kennedy Space Center at 9:39 A.M. ET on Sunday, carrying the Dragon cargo capsule for the International Space Stataion (ISS).

The first stage of the rocket returned and made a soft landing at the ground-based landing zone at Cape Canaveral, for the first time during the day.

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