The longest lunar eclipse in over 500 years will occur in the early hours of November 19, lasting several hours.
The peak of the partial eclipse will take place in the predawn hours on Friday when 97% of the moon will be eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow.
The previous longest partial eclipse took place in 2018 and lasted less than two hours, while this will last for several hours.
The eclipse will be visible from all 50 US states, Canada, and Mexico, as well as parts of South America, Polynesia, Australia, and China, according to NASA.
The moon will be at its farthest point from Earth during the eclipse, slowing its orbit and extending the time it takes to move out of the darkest part of the planet’s shadow, known as the umbra, as the moon, Earth, and sun will all be aligned.
The Holcomb Observatory has released a video detailing what the eclipse will look like.
The event will begin shortly after midnight and unlike a solar eclipse; no one will need special eyewear to view the phenomenon.
When the eclipse occurs, the moon will take on a reddish hue, with only a sliver of the actual moon visible. The event will last for several hours, making it the longest of its kind in 580 years, with the next lunar eclipse not occurring until May of 2022.
UK: Government-backed liquid hydrogen plane paves way for zero emission flight
- passengers could one day fly anywhere in the world with no carbon emissions as £15 million UK project unveils designs for a new liquid hydrogen plane
- this comes as 8 companies secure the go-ahead for their sustainable aviation fuel developments from the government’s separate £15 million Green Fuel, Green Skies competition
- officials and industry leaders today discussed progress towards achieving zero carbon emission flight at the fourth meeting of the Jet Zero Council
Passengers could one day fly to the other side of the world with zero carbon emissions and just one refuelling stop, thanks to government-funded technology being unveiled today.
The concept aircraft was today (6 December 2021) unveiled by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) ahead of the fourth meeting of the Jet Zero Council, which is chaired by the Transport Secretary.
The FlyZero project, led by the ATI and funded by the government, has developed a concept for a midsize aircraft powered by liquid hydrogen. It is capable of flying 279 passengers halfway around the world without a stop or anywhere in the world with just one stop to refuel.
This means that a zero carbon, non-stop flight could be operated between London and San Francisco, or that passengers could fly around the world from London to Auckland, New Zealand with just one stop, at the same speed and comfort as today’s aircraft.
The project showcases the huge potential of liquid hydrogen powered aircraft as the UK drives for a cleaner and greener air travel future and builds on progress already achieved by the Jet Zero Council, a partnership between industry and government with the aim of delivering zero emission transatlantic flight within a generation.
The council will today meet for the fourth time, ahead of International Civil Aviation Day on 7 December.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
As we build back greener, it’s crucial that we place sustainability at the heart of the aviation industry’s recovery from COVID-19.
This pioneering design for a liquid hydrogen powered aircraft, led by a British organisation, brings us one step closer to a future where people can continue to travel and connect but without the carbon footprint.
I will continue to work closely with the Jet Zero Council to support the UK’s world-leading research in this sector, which will create green jobs, help us meet our ambitious net zero targets and lead the global transition to net zero aviation.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:
These designs could define the future of aerospace and aviation. By working with industry, we are showing that truly carbon-free flight could be possible with hydrogen a front-runner to replace conventional fossil fuels.
Fuelling planes sustainably will enable the public to travel as we do now, but in a way that doesn’t damage the planet. It will not only help us to end our contribution to climate change, but also represents a huge industrial opportunity for the UK.
Jet Zero Council CEO Emma Gilthorpe said:
The Aerospace Technology Institute’s pioneering research highlights the potential for hydrogen in realising zero-carbon global connectivity.
This ground-breaking green technology looks set to play a critical role in decarbonising flight and through the work of the Jet Zero Council, the UK aviation sector is exploring all avenues to ensure we protect the benefits of flying for future generations while cutting the carbon cost.
FlyZero Project Director Chris Gear said:
At a time of global focus on tackling climate change, our midsize concept sets out a truly revolutionary vision for the future of global air travel keeping families, businesses and nations connected without the carbon footprint.
This new dawn for aviation brings with it real opportunities for the UK aerospace sector to secure market share, highly skilled jobs and inward investment while helping to meet the UK’s commitments to fight climate change.
Another technology with the potential to decarbonise flying is sustainable aviation fuel, a low-carbon fuel made from waste materials.
Earlier this year, the UK government set out its ambition to become a world leader in the production of sustainable aviation fuel, launching the £15 million Green Fuel, Green Skies competition to support the early development of trailblazing UK facilities working to turn everyday waste into jet fuel.
The shortlisted winners, 8 industry-led projects that will receive a share of the £15 million in funding, have now had their final funding agreements confirmed by the Department for Transport.
Today’s announcement comes shortly after the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, which saw ambitious new international pledges to decarbonise transport, including the agreement by 24 countries – representing around half of global aviation emissions – to work together to achieve a new aviation decarbonisation goal.
Dr. Oz, Running For U.S. Senate As A Republican, Has A History Of Donating To Democrats
Dr. Mehmet Oz, who announced his GOP candidacy for U.S. Senate last week, has a long history of donating to Democratic campaigns.
Oz, a celebrity TV doctor, announced that he is running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican on Tuesday. Oz is running for the seat Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) is vacating at the end of this term in January 2023.
The former frontrunner in the GOP primary, Sean Parnell, suspended his campaign last month after losing a custody battle to his estranged wife, who accused him of spousal and child abuse. Toomey’s seat must be held by Republicans in the battleground state as the GOP pushes to win control of Congress in 2022.
Oz, apparently sensing opportunity with Parnell’s exit, is making his Senate bid as a Republican after decades of contributing to notable Democrats such as John Kerry. Logan Ratick, Newsmax’s national correspondent, listed some of Oz’s past political donations in a Twitter thread Thursday. Oz donated to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in 2011, former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles’ losing 2004 campaign for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, former New York Rep. Charlie Rangel in 2001, and to U.S. Climate Czar John Kerry’s 2001 U.S. Senate campaign in Massachusetts.
In an interview on Fox News after announcing his run, Oz elaborated on his friendship with Oprah Winfrey, a well-known Democrat. Oz said he asked Winfrey for advice on his decision to run.
“She told me to follow my heart,” Oz said. “She’s been a wonderful mentor to me, fairest woman I’ve ever worked with, and a great, sage adviser of mine.”
“I don’t want her to get involved in any way,” he added. “I don’t want to hurt her … I don’t want people to have to take bullets when I should be taking them myself.”
He added that he would be calling and asking her for advice, however. “I’ll be calling her and asking her for advice and [be] interested in her comments,” he said.
Oz announced his run in an op-ed for The Washington Examiner on Tuesday.
“We are angry at our government and at each other,” he wrote. “We have not managed our crises as effectively as past generations. During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal.”
Throughout the piece, Oz ripped into the government’s response to the pandemic, claiming that government mandates caused unnecessary suffering and death. Oz wrote:
The reality of our challenges has crystallized during the pandemic. Over 750,000 in the United States have died from the virus, a devastating toll for families and communities. Many of those deaths were preventable. COVID-19 became an excuse for the government and elite thinkers who controlled the means of communication to suspend debate. Dissenting opinions from leading scholars were ridiculed and canceled so their ideas could not be disseminated.
Instead, the government mandated policies that caused unnecessary suffering. The public was patronized and misled instead of empowered. We were told to lock down quietly and let those in charge take care of the rest. When we tested positive for the virus, we were also told to wait at home until our lips turned blue and we got sick enough to warrant hospitalization. To be clear, this is not a typical medical protocol. Elites with yards told those without yards to stay inside, where the virus was more likely to spread. And the arrogant, closed-minded people in charge closed our parks, shuttered our schools, shut down our businesses, and took away our freedom.
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Why Is Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Acting Extra Crazy?
Billionaire’s scion and Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts set a high watermark for controversy during his first six years in office. There was his “crazy” refusal to lock down the state despite a surge of COVID-19 cases, the unearthed racist messages from his former campaign field director, and his maskless gabfest at a sports bar on election night 2020. (The restaurant worker who filmed the governor was fired.)
Yet in recent months the nuttiness quotient has somehow metastasized. Over the summer, the governor fueled a far-right conspiracy that claimed that some of President Biden’s conservation efforts were in fact a private land grab.
Then Ricketts dived head first into the culture wars, assailing critical race theory, the playing of the “Black national anthem” at a University of Nebraska basketball game, and other anti-racism efforts at the college.
“That document is basically saying the University of Nebraska is systematically racist. I don’t believe it,” Ricketts said of the anti-racism proposals on Nov. 22.
On Wednesday the Omaha NAACP published a statement imploring the governor to back off.
Ricketts’ provocations are likely calculated, local politicos say. His second term ends in just over a year, and he’s mimicking the latest right-wing playbook in pursuit of higher office.
“I think he’s gunning for either a cabinet office when a Republican president takes over in ’24 or a vice presidential slot,” said John McCollister, a Republican member of the Nebraska Legislature who was previously the executive director of Ricketts’ think tank, the Platte Institute for Economic Research.
“It’s ironic because he [initially] didn’t support Trump, but he’s embracing Trumpian types of policies now,” McCollister added. “I’d say during his first term, when I was in the legislature, he wasn’t embracing so many of these cultural issues.”
“I don’t think he is being sincere.”
— A source who spent years working with Ricketts
Another former Republican official, who knows Ricketts well, says the governor’s professed outrage feels performative: “The only thing I can think of is that he expects Donald Trump to be a factor in the next election, whether he is a nominee or whether he anoints somebody else… and I think [Ricketts] is trying to appeal to the Trump faction of the party.”
Speculation is growing that Ricketts may run for president himself, even just in the hopes of landing a high-profile gig when he likely loses.
“At least within the state, there isn’t an obvious next office to run for,” said Kevin Smith, chair of the department of political science at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. “Both of our senators,” Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer, “seem pretty well ensconced.”
Ricketts’ office did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The 57-year-old governor owes at least some of his success to his parents, Joe and Marlene, who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars backing his first campaign in 2014, filings show.
The family, which collectively owns a majority stake in the Chicago Cubs, owes much of its wealth to the online brokerage TD Ameritrade. Joe Ricketts founded the predecessor to the business in 1975; Forbes pegs his net worth at $4.5 billion.
Roughly five years ago, before Pete Ricketts channeled Trump’s tactics, the family spent millions of dollars during the Republican primaries funding a Super PAC that tried to keep The Donald out of office—prompting Trump to tweet that they “better be careful, they have a lot to hide!”
Pete Ricketts ultimately endorsed Trump, who infamously launched his campaign by calling many Mexican immigrants criminals and “rapists.”
Now, as the governor seems to be contemplating a similar presidential bid, he is fanning flames of his own. It’s a strategy playing out in a number of right-wing races, including the Senate campaigns of J.D. Vance and Blake Masters.
Last month Ricketts assailed the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, after its basketball program played “Lift Every Voice and Sing”—also referred to as the Black national anthem—in addition to the Star Spangled Banner.
The college’s athletic director said the gesture was intended as a display of “unity and education.”
Soon after, Ricketts’ office released a statement on Nov. 5 proclaiming that there is “only one national anthem for the United States.”
He followed that with an attack on the university’s chancellor, Ronnie Green, over UNL’s diversity and inclusion proposals, which included efforts to recruit underrepresented students and staff and a commitment to address “institutional barriers that perpetuate equity gaps.”
Ricketts declared in a press conference that he had “lost all faith” in Green.
Meanwhile, university president Ted Carter published an open letter defending the proposals.
“We will not impose critical race theory, nor any theory, upon students. We will not hire candidates based on their skin color. We will not close our doors to any qualified student. We will not limit the free, robust exchange of ideas on campus—one of the most cherished ideals in higher learning,” he wrote.
There is a sense among some observers that the governor’s indignation is just a naked political calculation.
“I don’t think he is being sincere,” a person who spent years working with Ricketts told The Daily Beast. Instead, the person said, the governor seems to believe that political wedge issues offer his best shot at national office.
Either way, as Ricketts competes in the Outrage Olympics, his statements are taking a toll.
“It does feel a bit like some of the politicians and [the governor] included are sort of digging through university business to find ways of fighting a culture war,” one University of Nebraska professor told The Daily Beast. “And it does create an additional sense of fear and dread on campus.”
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