WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited the Pentagon on Thursday to roll out the 2019 Missile Defense Review. In a speech to a packed auditorium, the president touted his record as commander in chief, congratulated Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan for his job performance, blasted NATO allies for not paying enough for their own security, and jabbed at Democrats for not agreeing to fund a border wall to end the nearly month-old partial government shutdown. In brief comments on the Missile Defense Review, he mentioned the importance of space as a domain of war and assured the Pentagon that its budget for fiscal year 2020 will request funding for new missile-tracking satellites to defend the United States and allies. Trump also seized the opportunity to commend the Pentagon's ongoing work to organize a new military branch for space. The nation will have advanced missile defense capabilities, he said, "with the Space Force leading … [Read more...] about Trump Unveils Missile Defense Review, Promises Funding for Space Sensors in 2020
The moon will pass through Earth's shadow tonight in the only total lunar eclipse of 2019 and you won't want to miss it! If you do, you'll have to wait two years for the next one. And if you're in North America, you'd have to wait even longer, until 2022! Skywatchers in North America will get a celestial treat late Sunday (Jan. 20) and early Monday (Jan. 21), when the moon goes into eclipse and turns blood red. While the weather will be very cold for many in North America, astronomers say to bundle up and check out the sight now. That's because the next total eclipse won't happen until 2021, and North Americans will have to wait until 2022 for a blood moon to be visible from their location. Tonight's total lunar eclipse is occurring while the moon is near it's closest point to Earth for the month, which some call a "supermoon." Since January's full moon is also known as the Wolf Moon, that's led some to christen tonight's lunar event a Super Blood Wolf Moon. The partial … [Read more...] about Don’t Miss the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Tonight! It’s the Last Until 2021.
Sunday night, Jan. 20, will bring the first celestial spectacle of 2019 for skywatchers all across the Americas: a total eclipse of the moon. This one promises to deliver a deeply reddened eclipsed moon and a lengthy totality. As a bonus, totality will commence before midnight across the continental U.S. and Canada, and Monday is a holiday for many schoolchildren who may like to stay up late and see the entire event. The next total lunar eclipse visible from North America will occur in May 2022 — but half the country will miss the beginning of that one. We won't see another complete total lunar eclipse that is visible coast to coast in North America until March 2025, so let's make the most out of this one! Your favorite mobile astronomy app can help you plan for the big event. It will tell you when the eclipse will begin and end at your location, where the eclipsed moon will be in the sky (which is especially helpful if you'd like to photograph the event), and where … [Read more...] about Blood Moon 2019: Use Mobile Astronomy Apps to Plan Your Lunar Eclipse Party!
Get ready for an epic moon event this month. Overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, into Monday, Jan. 21, millions of people in North and South America will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse. During a special nocturnal hour, the full moon will become fully tinted with the red-orange color of sunset. Webcasts | Blood Moon 2019 Stages | Teach Your Kids! | Photo Tips The Jan. 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021, and the last one visible from the United States until 2022; the most recent total lunar eclipse previous to this one appeared in July 2018. Here, learn more about what makes lunar eclipses so special. Editor's note: If you capture an amazing photo or video of the Jan. 21 total lunar eclipse and would like to share it with Space.com for a story or gallery, send images and comments to: [email protected] Total Lunar Eclipse During a lunar eclipse, a full moon's bright facade will change. As the moon enters Earth's … [Read more...] about Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse of 2019: Complete Guide
Spy Satellite NROL-71 Lifts Off! Credit: ULA Ascent to Space Credit: United Launch Alliance Roaring Rocket Credit: United Launch Alliance A Trail to Space Credit: United Launch Alliance Booster Separation Credit: United Launch Alliance Going Silent Credit: United Launch Alliance Long Road to Launch Credit: United Launch Alliance Another Setback Credit: United Launch Alliance Another Target Credit: United Launch Alliance NROL-71 Rolling Out Credit: United Launch Alliance Ready to Fly Credit: ULA/Twitter Service Tower Rollback Credit: United Launch Alliance ULA NROL-71 Mission Art Credit: ULA … [Read more...] about Launch Photos: Spy Satellite NROL-71 Soars on Secret Mission Atop Delta IV Heavy Rocket