For the first time since 1967, the strawberry moon and summer solstice coincide Monday in a rare occurrence which will treat people all over world with a bright moonlight sky. You can watch the live streaming of the event at slooh.com by clicking here.
In explaining the once-in-a-lifetime episode, the full moon or strawberry moon on Monday night will occur during the same time as the summer solstice. This is a must-catch occurrence since it will not happen again until 2062.
What is the Strawberry Moon? more >>
Solstices happen twice a year: the summer solstice and the winter solstice. This year's summer solstice will occur on June 20 at 6:34 EDT in the northern hemisphere. The summer solstice marks the onset of the summer in some regions, the time of the longest day for the northern hemisphere and the time of the shortest day for the southern hemisphere.
Festivities to be Held on Summer Solstice in Different Countries
For Sweden, the summer solstice is called "midsommar" which is a national holiday for the Swedish. They celebrate the afternoon of Midsummer's Eve by dancing around a large pole decorated with flowers and branches of leaves while dressed in folk costumes. more >>
Tim Peake, the first official British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, has safely touched down in Kazakhstan soil on June 18 at 5:15 a.m.
In December of last year, Peake, commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA's Tim Kopra went to space for the six-month principia mission on the International Space Station (ISS). This made Peake the first British astronaut to go to the ISS and the eighth ESA astronaut to complete a long-duration mission in space.
"The smells of Earth are just so strong," Peake said upon emerging from the Soyuz capsule which carried them back home. "It's just wonderful to be back in the fresh air." more >>
A Chinese orthopedic surgeon who helped perform the first hand transplant in 1999 is looking to perform another medical first: transplanting a human head from one body to another.
Dr. Ren Xiaoping of Harbin Medical University announced this week that he is planning to lead a team of surgeons to perform the first-ever head transplant.
The announcement has brought much concern from medical experts about the ethical nature of such a novel procedure, according to the publication Medical Daily. more >>
Apparent darkness is the only requirement of the night skies for you to view the astounding Milky Way. Sadly, only about one-third of humanity can view it, according to a new global atlas of light pollution.
Light Pollution Affecting the Galaxy
The Milky Way comprises of the stars, gas, dust and dark matter. In total darkness, the marvelous sight could be viewed as a faint band of light stretching across the sky with the naked eye. With the presence of light, however, this notable sight had become rare to about 80 percent of the world with light pollution. more >>
When Bill Maher claimed yet again on his HBO show "Real Time" that conservatives deny science more than liberals, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was one of the panelists, quickly corrected him, saying the liberal left is not any different either.
"Let's not pretend that Democrats and Republicans equally deny science," the political comedian said on his show "Real Time With Bill Maher" Friday night.
Tyson, one of the panelists along with Reason magazine editor-in-chief Matt Welch, Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon and restaurateur Eddie Huang, responded by saying, "Don't be too high and mighty there because there are certain aspects of science denials that are squarely in the liberal left." more >>