Science


Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend

Every year stargazers look to the sky mid-August to see a spectacular display. The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, August 12 into the early morning of Monday, August 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings.


Subtropical Storm Debby forms in the Atlantic

Subtropical Storm Debby forms in the Atlantic

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected. Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach the southeast and east shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui later Wednesday, and produce large and risky surfs .


State farm organisations welcome $190m Federal drought support package

State farm organisations welcome $190m Federal drought support package

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will return to a farm in Trangie in central NSW on Sunday to announce the new package that will also provide mental health services. AgForce would continue to advocate for further measures to provide relief to drought affected communities including investment in capital works projects, council rates and land rent rebates, and increased education support for children from remote areas.


Hawaiian Islands closely watching Category 4 Hurricane Hector

Hawaiian Islands closely watching Category 4 Hurricane Hector

Hurricane Hector has been upgraded to a category 4 storm early on Monday morning as the swirling vortex travelled towards the Hawaiian Islands. Hector is expected to continue moving west and have a slight increase in speed over the next couple of days.


‘Rogue’ extrasolar planetary-mass object detected

‘Rogue’ extrasolar planetary-mass object detected

The object, which is now around 20 light years from Earth, is more than 12 times the size of Jupiter . Brown dwarfs are too big to be considered planets, but aren't yet big enough to be considered stars, putting them right in the middle.


NASA to announce new astronaut class on Friday

NASA to announce new astronaut class on Friday

Their voyages are scheduled to begin next year, and they would be the first American astronauts to launch from USA soil since 2011. "This is a big deal for our country and we want America to know that we are back, that we are flying American astronauts on American rockets from American soil", Bridenstine said in Houston.