|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Republicans Are Banking On Trump To Save The Senate, Starting With Nevada|
President Donald Trump and Nevada GOP Sen. Dean Heller's down-and-up
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Protests as children remain in limbo and separated families await reunification|
As outrage grows over the nearly 2,000 children still in limbo, demonstrators protested the Trump administration’s policies outside the nation’s largest immigration processing facility and in cities across the U.S.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Walgreens Pharmacist Denies Woman Miscarriage Drug Over Personal Morals|
After receiving word that her unborn baby no longer had a heartbeat, it was
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Women hit the road after Saudi Arabia’s driving ban comes to an end|
In a historic change, Saudi Arabia’s ban on women drivers has come to an end, meaning women in the country no longer need to rely on drivers or male relatives for transportation.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 'Making Mistakes Was Not an Option.' Michelle Obama on the Pressure of Being 'The First'|
'You're the one that's laying the red carpet down for others to follow'
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Nearly half of Iowa crude oil spill contained, BNSF says|
(Reuters) - Workers have contained nearly half of the crude oil spilled near Rock River in northwest Iowa over the weekend following a freight train derailment on Friday, BNSF Railway Co said. About 100,000 gallons had been hemmed off using booms out of the estimated 230,000 gallons spilled, BNSF said in a statement on Saturday. The spill has raised concerns about drinking water downstream.
|Monday, June 25, 2018 - Acid pools in Africa that look like a Martian landscape|
These stunning images show the beauty and drama of Mother Nature at work. Captured deep in heart of the Danakil Desert in East Africa, the images show the acid pools near the Erta Ale volcano.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Woman Seen Allegedly Calling Cops on 8-Year-Old Selling Water in Viral Video|
The woman said she is "against unlawful behavior."
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 'On pain of death, please don't tell me the score': Middle East tour forces Prince William to miss England match|
As the Duke of Cambridge embarked on his landmark tour to the Middle East, due to become the first member of the British Royal family to undertake an official visit to Israel, he could be forgiven for feeling the weight of history on his shoulders. As befits the president of the Football Association though, he also had one other thing on his mind: watching the World Cup. The Duke, who has landed in Amman, Jordan for the first day of his tour, asked his new friend Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II to record the England match for him, making those around him promise not to tell him the score. The Duke and the Prince, 23, later watched the recorded game after dinner, as the Jordanian Royal family hosted their visitor. Kensington Palace tweeted two pictures of the duke and the crown prince casually dressed and sitting side by side on a sofa watching the game on a large screen at the Beit Al Urdun Palace. The Crown Prince of Jordan had recorded the England-Panama game for the Duke of Cambridge Credit: Twitter/@KensingtonRoyal Speaking to the media before he had a chance to switch on the television, the Duke joked of the England-Panama match: "On pain of death, please don't tell me the score." The plans for football appeared to be the start of a firm friendship between the two royals, as the Prince drove the Duke around Amman in person for their first day of engagements. As the Duke stepped off his RAF Voyager into the 32C heat of Amman, he was greeted warmly by Crown Prince Hussein for the visit he is said to be “very much looking forward to”. The Prince then drove him to FabLab, one of his own initiatives to equip young people with technology skills. In a visit clearly designed to impress the Duke, he was invited to start up a laser cutter which swiftly produced the crest of Aston Villa, the team he supports, on a wooden shield. “That’s familiar,” he said with a smile when he spotted the Villa crest on the machine. “Very good. You have done your research.” He was also given a model of the gas tank on one of his beloved Ducati motorbikes bearing the Villa crest. Jordan is the first stop on Prince William's tour of the Middle East Credit: Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock He shares a passion for motorbikes with Crown Prince Hussein, a Sandhurst-trained second lieutenant in the Jordanian army. The Duke is to spend five days Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories at the request of the Government. The Duchess of Cambridge has not accompanied her husband on the trip at home with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The historic nature of this tour is of course important and the duke considers it a great privilege to be undertaking the first ever official royal tour of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and to be able to help further strengthen the friendship between Jordan and the United Kingdom."
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Jogger Detained For 2 Weeks After Accidentally Crossing Into U.S. From Canada|
U.S. immigration officials arrested and detained for two weeks a 19-year-old
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Full Panel: Abolishing ICE new litmus test for Democrats?|
Kasie Hunt, Erick Erickson, Heather McGhee, and Stephen Hayes join the Meet the Press roundtable to discuss the President’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Donald Trump Attacks Jimmy Fallon For Expressing Regret About That 2016 Interview|
President Donald Trump attacked late-night host Jimmy Fallon on Sunday for
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - How Russia grapples with monuments from Soviet past|
As Americans debate the proper placement of Confederate statues, Russians have found a unique solution to a similar issue.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Recep Tayyip Erdogan Proclaimed Winner of Turkey's Presidential Election|
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was proclaimed the winner early Monday of a landmark election that ushers in a government system granting the president sweeping new powers and which critics say will cement what they call a one-man rule.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Police: 25 injured in building explosion in Germany|
BERLIN (AP) — Twenty-five people were injured, four of them severely, during an explosion that destroyed an apartment building in the western German city of Wuppertal, police said Sunday.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Full King Interview: 'We had the votes' for border wall|
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) joins Meet the Press for an exclusive interview to talk about the stalled negotiations with the White House over immigration.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Kind 15-Year-Old Helps Deaf and Blind Man on Alaska Airlines Flight|
She made it easier for him to communicate.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Nicaragua clashes leave eight dead including baby: rights group|
At least eight people including a baby were killed Saturday when pro-government forces clashed with opponents in Nicaragua, according to a rights group. Seven people were killed in the capital Managua and one in Masaya and a baby was among the dead, said Georgina Ruiz, an activist with the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH). The rights group says more than 200 people have been killed in protests that started just over two months ago demanding President Daniel Ortega step down.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - NZ Prime Minister Ardern names new-born daughter Neve Te Aroha|
By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Sunday she had named her new-born daughter Neve Te Aroha as she prepared to leave hospital amidst an outpouring of public excitement. Ardern appeared before dozens of reporters and a flurry of camera flashes at Auckland City Hospital in her first appearance since giving birth, thanking the public for their support as her three-day-old daughter slept in her arms. Sleep deprived, but really well," Ardern said.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Panel: After Sarah Sanders is kicked out of restaurant, are cultural wars getting worse?|
Erick Erickson and Heather McGhee ask whether activists are right to protest people within the Trump Administration in their private lives.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Mike Huckabee's Racist Tweet Calls MS-13 Nancy Pelosi's 'Campaign Committee'|
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) suggested that MS-13 gang members are
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Two Officers Have Been Wounded in a Shootout at a San Diego Condominium|
The two male officers are expected to recover
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - France calls for sanctions as Italy defiant on stranded migrant ship|
EU states that refuse to accept migrants should face financial penalties, French President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday, prompting a furious response from Rome on the eve of an emergency mini-summit in Brussels about the escalating crisis dividing Europe. Macron's comments came after Italy's new populist government defiantly declared that its ports were closed to foreign-flagged rescue ships, after accusing fellow EU members of failing to share the burden of migrant arrivals.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - XXXTentacion murder: Police reveal how killers tracked rapper in final moments before fatal shooting|
The killers of rapper XXXTentacion tracked his movements before shooting him dead in a robbery, police have revealed. CCTV footage studied by detectives showed two men, one in orange sandals, following XXXTentacion into a motorbike dealership, where they bought a red mask, according to court documents. A 22-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged with murdering the rapper, real name Jahseh Onfroy, after he was ambushed and fatally shot in his BMW electric car in Florida.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Israelis, Palestinians await William's inaugural royal visit|
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prince William is set to arrive in Israel and the Palestinian territories this week for the first official visit of a member of the British royal family, ending the monarchy's decades-long mostly hands-off approach to one of the world's most sensitive regions.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - This massive pile of barrels will break your bourbon-loving heart|
To the bourbon fans out there: I'm sorry for what you're about to witness. I know it will pain you to see thousands of barrels piled up in a mess of broken wood and metal scraps rather than stacked neatly along the walls of your favorite distillery, but that's the unfortunate reality down in Bardstown, Ky. right now. SEE ALSO: 7 smoky beers to challenge your taste buds As the
Courier-Journal reports, part of a warehouse at Barton 1792 Distillery collapsed on Friday, sending an estimated 9,000 barrels tumbling to the ground. No one was hurt. In a statement provided to the newspaper, the company said it's in the process of assessing the damage and determining which barrels can be saved. An image snapped by the Bardstown, Kentucky Fire Department shows the aftermath of the collapse.Image: Chief Billy Mattingly/AP/REX/ShutterstockStill, there's concern that leaking bourbon could contaminate the ground water. As the
New York Times reports, though initial testing "came back clean," state officials from the Division of Waste Management and from the Division of Water plan to continue testing. Despite the collapse, the
Courier-Journal reports that the distillery plans to stay open on Saturday for tours, as usual. The paper reports that the warehouse is just one of 29 warehouses on the distillery's property. While we're thrilled no one was hurt in the collapse, we'll be busy mourning the loss of what could be a serious amount of nice liquor. I mean, just look at the aerial footage, courtesy of CBS DFW: Pour one out for the barrels we've lost. WATCH: This gadget lets you pour wine without uncorking the bottle
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - What was Melania Trump signaling on border visit?|
First Lady Trump and the president’s daughter Ivanka carefully waded into the debate over the separation of migrant children this week. Richard Lui talks to Jennifer Rubin and Gabriela Domenzain, former Obama campaign spokesperson.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - James Bond Land Rover Up For Sale|
A rare opportunity to own your very own Bond vehicle.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Police: Backup Driver in Fatal Autonomous Uber Crash Was Watching 'The Voice'|
The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show "The Voice" on her phone and looking downward.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Jeff Flake Threatens To Block Judicial Nominations Over Trump's Tariffs|
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) warned Sunday that he's prepared to oppose President
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Transgender rights battle returning to North Carolina court|
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than a year after North Carolina undid its "bathroom bill," a legal battle is simmering over a law that replaced it.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Turkey's Erdogan claims election victory, opposition wary|
By Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party claimed victory in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary polls on Sunday, overcoming the biggest electoral challenge to their rule in a decade and a half. "Our people have given us the job of carrying out the presidential and executive posts," Erdogan said in a short national address as votes were still being counted. Sunday's vote ushers in a powerful new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan and backed by a small majority of Turks in a 2017 referendum.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Details Emerge in Murder of Rapper XXXTentacion, Police Say He Was Targeted|
Two masked gunmen ambushed the rapper.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Marches across U.S. show gay pride|
Parades and demonstrations across the country celebrate LGBT pride as part of a international series of events. Rough Cut (no reporter narration.)
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Britain's Prince William in Jordan for historic Middle East tour|
Prince William flew in to Jordan on Sunday at the launch of a Middle East tour that will see him become the first British royal to pay official visits to both Israel and the Palestinian territories. The 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge's Royal Air Force plane touched down at the small airport in eastern Amman, where he was given a red-carpet welcome by the heir to the Jordanian throne.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Why China's Anti-Air Exercises in the South China Sea Should Spook the U.S. Military|
The drills were reported by the Hong Kong–based South China Morning Post (SCMP), which cited an article in the People’s Liberation Army Daily, the Chinese military’s official newspaper. The drills simulated defeating an aerial attack, the SCMP said, and including “three target drones making flyovers of a ship formation at varying heights and directions.” The PLA Daily report said that the drones were used to “precisely verify the feasibility and effectiveness to ensure a close stimulation of an aerial attack target.” The Chinese military’s paper added that drones had been used during exercises at least thirty times before. As the SCMP pointed out, the Chinese military didn’t release many details about the drills, including the precise timing, location or what Chinese Navy ships participated.
|Monday, June 25, 2018 - 2019 Audi RS1 Sportback Leads Rendering Frenzy|
The hypothetical RS1 is nice and all, but we would rather have an A1 Allroad.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Pulled Off the First Happy Game of Thrones Wedding|
And all their castmates were there to support them
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - DOJ gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe|
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after lawmakers had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even impeach them.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Jamie Foxx's Off-The-Rails Hosting Behavior At BET Awards Had People Screaming|
Jamie Foxx hosted the 2018 BET Awards on Sunday night, making for a wildly
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - South Carolina congressional candidate seriously injured in car crash|
South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who ousted incumbent U.S. Representative Mark Sanford in a primary this month, was seriously injured in a car crash that killed the driver of a second vehicle, her campaign said on Saturday. Arrington, 47, was the passenger in a car driven by a friend on Friday night when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction struck them on Highway 17 in Charleston County as they were going to Hilton Head where Arrington was to receive an award from a state medical organization, her campaign said. Campaign spokesman Michael Mule said Arrington will definitely stay in the race for Congress.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Cynthia Nixon celebrates #TransDayofAction with heartfelt Instagram post about her son|
In honor of Trans Day of Action, Cynthia Nixon shared a touching Instagram post to celebrate her oldest child. On Friday, the
Sex and the City star — who's currently running for governor in New York — shared a photo of her and her son Samuel, announcing that he's transgender. SEE ALSO: Don't know how to open up about your mental health? Lady Gaga's mom has some advice. "I’m so proud of my son Samuel Joseph Mozes (called Seph) who graduated college this month," Nixon wrote. "I salute him and everyone else marking today’s #TransDayofAction. #TDOA." I’m so proud of my son Samuel Joseph Mozes (called Seph) who graduated college this month. I salute him and everyone else marking today’s #TransDayofAction. #TDOA A post shared by Cynthia Nixon (@cynthiaenixon) on Jun 22, 2018 at 12:39pm PDT Nixon had Samuel, born Samantha Mozes, with her ex-husband Danny Mozes, along with her 15-year-old son Charles Ezekiel Mozes. She also has a 7-year-old named Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni with her wife, Christine Marinoni. In addition to participating in LGBTQ advocacy for more than 10 years, Nixon herself has publicly identified as bisexual and was honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award in Feb. 2018. In a statement, HRC President Chad Griffin, called Nixon, "a fearless and outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people." WATCH: The history of Pride
|Monday, June 25, 2018 - Mercedes X-Class By Brabus Detailed In Extensive Video|
Answering questions we've been asking ourselves for months.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 86 people killed in central Nigeria violence: police|
Eighty-six people have been killed in an attack by suspected nomadic herders against farming communities in restive central Nigeria, police said on Sunday. The discovery in the Barikin Ladi area of Plateau state came after days of violence apparently sparked by an attack by ethnic Berom farmers on Fulani herders on Thursday. State police commissioner Undie Adie said a search of Berom villages in the area following clashes on Saturday found "86 persons altogether were killed".
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - In about-face, Iraq's maverick al-Sadr moves closer to Iran|
BAGHDAD (AP) — Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's parliamentary elections last month, campaigned on a platform to end sectarian politics and replace it with a government that puts Iraqis first.
|Monday, June 25, 2018 - Complete list of every full moon in 2018, including June's Strawberry Moon|
Keep your eyes on the skies later this week for the seventh full moon of the year, dubbed the Strawberry Moon. The first blue moon of the year was a spectacular sight, dubbed the 'super blue blood moon'. Falling on January 31, it was the product of three different phenomena: it was a supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon. While many said it was the first to be seen in 152 years, other contested the fact, leading to a division among scientists. Stargazers were also treated to two full moons in March: as well as the first full moon on the night of March 1, we saw another full moon on March 31. As it was the second full moon of the month, it was a blue moon – the second of 2018. The moon is the largest and brightest object in our night sky and has enchanted and inspired mankind for centuries. Blue moons are a rare breed, but full moons can be admired every month. Here is everything you need to know about Earth's only natural satellite, from all its different names to how it was formed. Super blue blood moon, in pictures How often does a full moon occur? Afull moon occurs every 29.5 days and is when the Moon is completely illuminated by the Sun's rays. It occurs when Earth is directly aligned between the Sun and the Moon. Why do full moons have names? The early Native Americans didn't record time using months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Instead tribes gave each full moon a nickname to keep track of the seasons and lunar months. Most of the names relate to an activity or an event that took place at the time in each location. However, it wasn't a uniform system and tribes tended to name and count moons differently. Some, for example, counted four seasons a year while others counted five. Others defined a year as 12 moons, while others said there were 13. Colonial Americans adopted some of the moon names and applied them to their own calendar system which is why they're still in existence today, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. January: Wolf Moon This moon was named because villagers used to hear packs of wolves howling in hunger around this time of the year. Its other name is the Old Moon. This January there are two Wolf Moons - and stargazers will be in for a treat as both will be supermoons. When two moons occur in one month, the second is called a blue moon. While blue moons typically occur only once every two to three years, this year we will be treated to two moons - the second appearing at the end of March. The night following the first full moon of the month saw the Quadrantid meteor shower light up the skies. When? January 2 and January 31 February: Snow Moon Snow moon is named after the white stuff because historically it's always been the snowiest month in America. It's also traditionally referred to as the Hunger Moon, because hunting was very difficult in snowy conditions. However this year there won't be a Snow Moon - with a full moon occurring at the end of January and another at the beginning of March, we won't see one light up the skies during the year's shortest month. When? There will be no full moon this month The full Snow Moon appears red above London's Albert bridge and Battersea Bridge in 2012 Credit: Anthony Devlin March: Worm Moon As temperatures warm, earthworm casts begin to appear and birds begin finding food. It's also known as Sap Moon, Crow Moon and Lenten Moon. There will be two moons this March, one at the start of the month and one at the end. As in January, the second moon of the month is called a blue moon. The second moon of the month is important because it is used to fix the date of Easter, which is always the Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox. This year, that moon appears on Saturday March 31, which means Easter Sunday falls the day after, on April 1. When? March 1 and 31 April: Pink Moon April's full moon is known as the Pink Moon, but don't be fooled into thinking it will turn pink. It's actually named after pink wildflowers, which appear in the US and Canada in early spring. This moon is also known as Egg Moon, due to spring egg-laying season. Some coastal tribes referred to it as Fish Moon because it appeared at the same time as the shad swimming upstream. When? April 30 A couple watch the Pink Moon rise beside Hartshead Pike on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England Credit: Anthony Devlin May: Flower Moon Spring has officially sprung by the time May arrives, and flowers and colourful blooms dot the landscape. This moon is also known as Corn Planting Moon, as crops are sown in time for harvest, or Bright Moon because this full moon is known to be one of the brightest. Some people refer to it as Milk Moon. When? May 29 Night sky June: Strawberry Moon This moon is named after the beginning of the strawberry picking season. It's other names are Rose Moon, Hot Moon, or Hay Moon as hay is typically harvested around now. This moon appears in the same month as the summer solstice, the longest day of the year (June 21) in which we can enjoy approximately 17 hours of daylight. When? June 28 The so-called 'Strawberry Moon' rises behind Glastonbury Tor on in June 2016. Credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images July: Thunder Moon Named due to the prevalence of summer thunder storms. It's sometimes referred to as the Full Buck Moon because at this time of the year a buck's antlers are fully grown. When? July 27 August: Sturgeon Moon Tribes in North America typically caught Sturgeon during this month, but also it is when grain and corn were gathered so is also referred to as Grain Moon. This moon appears in the same month as the Perseid meteor shower. When? August 26 September: Harvest Moon The Harvest Moon is the name given to the first full moon that takes place closest to the Autumn equinox, which this year will come on September 23. The Harvest Moon arrived late last year, on October 5 - it normally rises in September. It was during September that most of the crops were harvested ahead of the autumn and this moon would give light to farmers so they could carry on working longer in the evening. Some tribes also called it the Barley Moon, the Full Corn Moon or Fruit Moon. When? September 25 October: Hunter's Moon As people planned ahead for the cold months ahead, the October moon came to signify the ideal time for hunting game, which were becoming fatter from eating falling grains. This moon is also known as the travel moon and the dying grass moon. When? October 24 November: Frost Moon The first of the winter frosts historically begin to take their toll around now and winter begins to bite, leading to this month's moon moniker. It is also known as the Beaver Moon. When?November 23 December: Cold Moon Nights are long and dark and winter's grip tightens, hence this Moon's name. With Christmas just a few weeks away, it's also referred to as Moon before Yule and Long Nights Moon. When? December 22 Clouds clear to allow a view of the final full moon of the year, a so-called 'Cold Moon' on December 13 2016 in Cornwall. Credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Once in a blue moon Does this well-known phrase have anything to do with the moon? Well, yes it does. We use it to refer to something happening very rarely and a blue moon is a rare occurrence. It's the name given to a second full moon that occurs in a single calendar month and this typically occurs only once every two to three years. There's lots of other moons, too: Full moon: We all know what these are. They come around every month and light up the night at night. Harvest moon: The full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Black moon: Most experts agree that this refers to the second new moon in a calendar month. The last black moon was at the start of October 2016 and the next one is expected in 2019. Blue moon: A phenomenon that occurs when there is a second full moon in one calendar month. Joe Rao from space.com explains: "A second full moon in a single calendar month is sometimes called a blue moon. A black moon is supposedly the flip side of a blue moon; the second new moon in a single calendar month." Supermoon is seen behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, in May 2012. Credit: AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano The infrequent nature of this lunar event led to the phrase "once in a blue moon" to signify a rare occurrence. It does not actually mean the moon will be blue. Blood moon: Also known as a supermoon lunar eclipse. It's when the shadow of Earth casts a reddish glow on the moon, the result of a rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year. There was one in the UK in September 2015, and before that in 1982 but the next one won't be until 2033. Strawberry moon: A rare event when there's a full moon on the same day as the summer solstice. It happened in June 2016 for the first time since 1967 when 17 hours of sunlight gave way to a bright moonlit sky. Despite the name, the moon does appear pink or red. The romantic label was coined by the Algonquin tribes of North America who believed June’s full moon signalled the beginning of the strawberry picking season. What is a supermoon? Ever looked up at the night sky to see a full moon so close you could almost touch it? Well you've probably spotted a supermoon. The impressive sight happens when a full moon is at the point in its orbit that brings it closest to Earth. To us Earth-lings, it appears 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger to the naked eye. How a supermoon is generated Supermoon is not an astrological term though. It's scientific name is actually Perigee Full Moon, but supermoon is more catchy and is used by the media to describe our celestial neighbour when it gets up close. Astrologer Richard Nolle first came up with the term supermoon and he defined it as "… a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit", according to earthsky.org. How many supermoons are there in 2018? There are two full moon supermoons this year, both of which took place in the first month of the year. The first appeared on January 2 and the second appeared on January 31. As it was the second moon of the month, the latter moon was also known as a blue moon. There will also be two new moon supermoons in 2018: one on July 13 and another on August 11. Unfortunately, stargazers were unable to see these moons as new moons are generally obscured by the light of the sun. Last year we were lucky enough to have four supermoons. The first three - April 26, May 25, June 24 - were new moons. The fourth supermoon of 2017 appeared on December 3 and was a full moon supermoon. This will be a full moon supermoon. In fact, it's the first of three full moon supermoons in a row. Supermoon rises over Auckland, New Zealand in August 2014. Credit: Simon Runting/REX What do I look for? Head outside at sunset when the moon is closest to the horizon and marvel at its size. As well as being closer and brighter, the moon (clouds permitting) should also look orange and red in colour. Why? Well, as moonlight passes through the thicker section of the atmosphere, light particles at the red end of the spectrum don't scatter as easily as light at the blue end of the spectrum. So when the moon looks red, you're just looking at red light that wasn't scattered. As the moon gets higher in the sky, it returns to its normal white/yellow colour. Will the tides be larger? Yes. When full or new moons are especially close to Earth, it leads to higher tides. Tides are governed by the gravitational pull of the moon and, to a lesser extent, the sun. Because the sun and moon go through different alignments, this affects the size of the tides. Tell me more about the moon The moon is 4.6 billion years old and was formed between 30-50 million years after the solar system. It is smaller than Earth - about the same size as Pluto in fact. Its surface area is less than the surface area of Asia - about 14.6 million square miles according to space.com Gravity on the moon is only 1/6 of that found on Earth. The moon is not round, but is egg-shaped with the large end pointed towards Earth. It would take 135 days to drive by car to the moon at 70 mph (or nine years to walk). The moon has "moonquakes" caused by the gravitational pull of Earth. Experts believe the moon has a molten core, just like Earth. How was the Moon formed? How the Moon was formed Man on the Moon Only 12 people have ever walked on the moon and they were all American men, including (most famously) Neil Armstrong who was the first in 1969 on the Apollo II mission. The last time mankind sent someone to the moon was in 1972 when Gene Cernan visited on the Apollo 17 mission. Although Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin was the first man to urinate there. While millions watched the moon landing on live television, Aldrin was forced to go in a tube fitted inside his space suit. Buzz Aldrin Jr. beside the U.S. flag after man reaches the Moon for the first time during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. Credit: AP When the astronauts took off their helmets after their moonwalk, they noticed a strong smell, which Armstrong described as “wet ashes in a fireplace” and Aldrin as “spent gunpowder”. It was the smell of moon-dust brought in on their boots. The mineral, armalcolite, discovered during the first moon landing and later found at various locations on Earth, was named after the three Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil ARMstrong, Buzz ALdrin and Michael COLlins. An estimated 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television, a world record until 750 million people watched the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. One of President Nixon’s speechwriters had prepared an address entitled: “In Event of Moon Disaster”. It began: “Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay to rest in peace.” If the launch from the Moon had failed, Houston was to close down communications and leave Armstrong and Aldrin to their death. How the Daily Telegraph reported Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon in 1969
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Displaced mothers from Yemen's Hodeida find shelter in Sanaa school|
Travelling by bus or taxi with children in tow, scores of mothers have fled fighting in Yemen's key port city of Hodeida in recent weeks, finding shelter at a school in the rebel-held capital Sanaa. Ismail told AFP this was the first time she had been to the capital.
|Sunday, June 24, 2018 - At hub for border crossings, families spread throughout US|
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Manuel Martinez, who fled Honduras because gangs were trying to recruit his 12-year-old son, was prepared to be separated from his child after paying a smuggler to cross the Rio Grande by boat and getting arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol.
|Saturday, June 23, 2018 - This moon blob meme was the one good thing on the internet this week|
This is One Good Thing
, a weekly column where we tell you about the only nice thing that happened on the internet this week. First up: A very cute meme. It was a tough week. Between the reports of horrific conditions at the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump's bizarre anti-immigration event where he autographed photos of murder victims, keeping up with the news has been
so emotionally taxing. Staying informed is part of being an active member of society, but it can be rough sometimes. The only good thing on the internet this week: the moon blob meme. SEE ALSO: Melania's tone deaf jacket instantly becomes a meme "What
is a moon blob?" you wonder. We don't actually know what this meme's called — or where it came from, though it first began appearing on Twitter in mid-June — but the best way to describe it is, well, a moon blob. This shadowy little figure hovering in your Twitter timeline is made of moon emojis that come together to form a terrifyingly adorable blob creature. When you get caught eating 4 pounds of cheese at 3am�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� — Emo Evan (@orangeugIad2cme) June 19, 2018 ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� *spits*��������������������������������begone�������������������������������� demon�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� — hideo (@lethaIkiss) June 19, 2018 And because it's unclear what the blob meme actually means, its uses are endless. This week, it's appeared in tweets making Vine references and sharing song lyrics. ᶜᵒᵘⁿᵗʳʸ ᵇᵒᴼᴼᵒᵒʸ ᶦ ˡᵒᴼᵒᵛᵉ ʸᵒᵘ ᵃʰʰᶦᵍˡʰʰ�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� — ���� (@filmgloss) June 18, 2018 ������������������������������������������������������������lost a bet to a guy in��������������������������������a chiffon skirt������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������but I make those high heels ������������������������work������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ — ɔiᴎ (@niccythicc) June 19, 2018 In essence, it's kind of like an emoji doll that can be dressed up to suit your purpose. Dear Twitter,My name is Mrs. Peanut���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� — Calista Atmadja (@CalistaAtmadja) June 19, 2018 my boy over there thinks u cute������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������〰️������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ — �������������������� �������������������� (@lildiccgang) June 19, 2018 my boy over there thinks u cute������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������〰️������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ — �������������������� �������������������� (@lildiccgang) June 19, 2018 howdy ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� — Glengarry Glen Boss Baby (@ZaaackKoootzer) June 19, 2018 ���������������� �������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� pic.twitter.com/pQht6luKAP — Frank Ocean Fan Account (@FlagInSpanish) June 19, 2018 ����������������������������������������☁️��������������������☁️☁️☁️��������������������☁️��������������������☁️����☁️��������������������☁️����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������I wanted it to look like ����♀️ pic.twitter.com/jLmYuomT7X — Joanna Jael® ��������♀️ (@manicpixiedremg) June 19, 2018 Namjoon: in the mon studio, workinJimin, behind the door:�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� — him:����; me:������������ (@kidovna) June 19, 2018 As @LiaxXMk put it: 'What the hell did i create....?" What the hell did i create...?�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� — Jungkook w/ Red hair uwu (@LiaxXMk) June 19, 2018 We have no idea, but it's the only thing that makes us happy right now. WATCH: Sarah Huckabee Sanders' most ludicrous moments as press secretary
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