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Watch February's super snow moon, the brightest full moon of the year

Watch February's super snow moon, the brightest full moon of the year

Science
Feb. 18 (UPI) -- February's full moon comes as Earth's satellite is making its closet approach, making the full moon a supermoon. During its perigee, the moon is several thousand miles closer than it is on average, making it appear especially full. This month's full moon will peak at 10:54 a.m. ET. The sun will drown out the moon's brightness, so the best time to see the supermoon will be overnight. Each month's full moon goes by a nickname; some full moons have several alternate names. "In ancient times, people across Europe and Native Americans used the moon to track the seasons," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. "In the lunar calendar, names were often given to each month's moon." February's full moon is known as the snow moon, a reference to its presence during a month that bri...
Zoo defends decision to kill escaped snow leopard

Zoo defends decision to kill escaped snow leopard

Technology
A British zoo has defended its decision to kill a rare snow leopard that got out of its enclosure when a door was left open. Dudley Zoo says it had "no other option in the interest of public safety" but to shoot 8-year-old Margaash after he escaped on Oct. 23. The central England zoo issued a statement Friday on the "incredibly sad incident." "Euthanasia is, and always will be, a last resort," zoo director Derek Grove said in the statement. "Efforts to persuade Margaash to return to his enclosure failed and as the animal was close to surrounding woodland and dark was approaching, the vet did not believe a tranquillizer dart was a safe option due to the amount of time the drug takes to work." The zoo said the leopard escaped when a door was left open through "keeper error." It said securi...
Where did Snow Patrol go for seven years? Gary Lightbody opens up

Where did Snow Patrol go for seven years? Gary Lightbody opens up

Entertainment
Gary Lightbody battled depression and alcoholism as Snow Patrol wrote their seventh album, Wildness. The band's frontman tells the BBC about overcoming his demons, how Nick Cave helped him conquer writer's block, and why he and Ed Sheeran want matching tattoos.Seven years. 2,555 days. That's how long it took Snow Patrol to make their new album.In the same time, you could have trained to be a doctor, launched a spacecraft to Saturn or filmed six series of Game of Thrones.But Gary Lightbody was engaged in a much more serious pursuit - conquering a life-threatening addiction to alcohol."I was relying on booze to get me through the day, every day" he recalls. "I'd started drinking on my own when I couldn't find anybody to go out with...
Continental growth spurt spurred Earth's first snow, study suggests

Continental growth spurt spurred Earth's first snow, study suggests

Science
May 25 (UPI) -- Scientists believe Earth's first snow fell some 2.4 billion years ago. According to a new study, the flurries arrived as a result of a continental growth spurt. The link between rising coastal elevations and the planet's first snowflakes -- detailed this week in the journal Nature -- was revealed by isotopic analysis of 278 shale samples, collected from all over the world. Shale, formed by the weathering of the planet's crust, is Earth's most abundant sedimentary rock. The chemical composition of shale samples can reveal details about its exposure to air, light and precipitation. "The process of forming shale captures organic products and eventually helps to generate oil," University of Oregon geologist Ilya Bindeman said in a news release. "Shales provide us with a conti...
NASA satellite spots Eastern Europe's orange snow

NASA satellite spots Eastern Europe's orange snow

Science
March 27 (UPI) -- It looks like a giant creamsicle melted across the mountains of Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.As evidenced by new NASA images, shared online this week, waves of wind-blown Saharan dust have turned the snowy peaks of Eastern Europe orange.Over the last week, dust storms in North Africa have kicked Saharan sands into the air and carried them across the Mediterranean. As they're carried by the cross-continental winds, the dust mixes with rain and snow before being dropped on Eastern Europe.The phenomenon, which happens once every few years, has made for some stunning photography, both on the ground and from space.Images captured by NASA's Aqua satellite show the orange peaks from a vantage of 436 miles.Let's block ads! (Why?) Science News - UPI.com