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  • Vigils for Water to take place

    20 August 2017 7:59 AM 18

    One year on from a gastric illness outbreak in Havelock North because of contaminated water, a candlelight vigil will be held around New Zealand. Havelock North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will co-host a twilight "Vigil for Water" on Sunday. Organisers said the aim is to send a message to central government and local authorities that communities

  • If You Can't Make This Solar Eclipse, Here's When Your Next Chance Will Be

    18 August 2017 4:29 AM 19

    In the United States, the next total solar eclipse will happen on August 21, 2017 - the first time since 1979. Next week's eclipse will be the first to cross the entire continental United States since 1918, however. According to NASA, the total solar eclipse on February 26, 1979 crossed through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and the Canadian

  • See Saturn's wavy clouds pop in NASA Cassini image

    15 August 2017 9:44 PM 22

    It looks like somebody spilled paint on Saturn in a Cassini spacecraft image showing the planet's fascinating cloud patterns. Saturn is a wild and wonderful place. NASA released a Cassini spacecraft image on Monday that brings home just how different the ringed planet is from our blue and watery Earth. The view shows a close-up look at undulating waves

  • DOC seeks information after lizards found

    15 August 2017 5:10 AM 22

    The Department of Conservation is urging the public to come forward with information after 58 lizards were found stuffed in a discarded lunchbox at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki says DOC staff were called to the Gardens last Friday after two international tourists found the container in the bamboo

  • The Latest: Experiments, ice cream launched to space station

    14 August 2017 8:54 PM 24

    A SpaceX capsule is rocketing to the International Space Station — carrying a few tons of research, plus ice cream. SpaceX launched its unmanned Falcon 9 rocket Monday from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Experiments make up most of the 6,400 pounds of cargo. That includes 20 mice. The Dragon — due at the station Wednesday — is also doubling as an ice cream

  • Asteroid to shave past Earth in October

    12 August 2017 2:33 AM 27

    The space rock will zoom by at an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon, but will not hit the Earth, say astronomers A house-sized asteroid will shave past our planet on October 12, far inside the Moon’s orbit but without posing any threat, astronomers said Thursday. The space rock will zoom by harmlessly at a distance of about 44,000 km – an eighth

  • New Research: Two Planets That Orbit Around a Star Like Our Own Sun Could Support Life

    11 August 2017 9:18 AM 5

    Two planets that orbit around a star like our own sun could support life, according to new research, reported The Independent. The two worlds at the edges of star Tau Ceti's "habitable zone" are part of a system of planets that are similar in size to our own. That is a breakthrough because it suggests that we might soon be able to find other planets

  • He put his feet in the ocean. Thirty minutes later, they were covered in blood

    7 August 2017 2:53 PM 2

    Thirty minutes: that’s how long Sam Kanizay, a 16-year-old from Australia, spent dipping his legs in a local beach. "I walked out and saw what I thought was sand covering my calf and shook it off, and by the time I'd walked across the sand …. I looked down and noticed I had blood all over my ankles," he told 3AW Radio. Kanizay said the blood was difficult

  • Kiwis crowdfund to colonise Mars

    6 August 2017 8:50 AM 36

    A new crowdfunding campaign has launched in New Zealand with the ultimate goal of setting up a space base on Mars. The Martian Trust is hoping to tap into the passion of space fans worldwide to create a charitable society that can help colonise the Red Planet. "We want to help actually shape space exploration in getting to Mars rather than just reading

  • 4th grader applies to NASA's new Planetary Protection Officer job opening

    4 August 2017 8:50 PM 4

    (WJRT) - (08/04/17) - NASA's latest job posting is creating quite the buzz... Part of the job perks include frequent travel, but no word yet on whether it'll be to space. It looks like there is stiff competition to land the "out of this world" gig though... As a self-proclaimed "Guardian of the Galaxy", Jack says he's seen just about every space and alien