Longest Total Lunar Eclipse Of The Century To Appear On Friday

Scientists say the longest total lunar eclipse of this century will grace the night sky on Friday, turning the moon a reddish color.

NASA says the lunar eclipse will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes with total viability in Eastern Africa and Central Asia. Residents in most of the world will be able to see at least a partial eclipse. However, it won’t be visible from North America.

Scientists say that in the United States the period of totality will start around 4:21 p.m. Eastern time, making it too light outside to see the red moon.

During a lunar eclipse, the moon appears to be red because it lines up perfectly with the Earth and sun such that the Earth’s shadow totally blocks the sun’s light. The moon loses the brightness normally caused by the reflection of the sun’s light and takes on an eerie, reddish glow, giving the lunar eclipse moon the nickname of blood moon.

Scientists say the reason this Friday’s lunar eclipse is especially long is because the moon is passing almost directly through the central part of Earth’s shadow. To compare, it falls just 4 minutes shy of the longest possible time a lunar eclipse could last.

The planet Mars is shown May 12, 2016 in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view when it was 50 million miles from Earth.
The planet Mars is shown May 12, 2016 in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view when it was 50 million miles from Earth.

For those who aren’t able to see the lunar eclipse this month, July has another treat in store for skygazers when Mars makes a close approach to Earth. Mars will appear about 10 times brighter than usual the last few days of the month, with peak brightness occurring on July 31.

Everyone in the world will have the possibility to see this celestial phenomenon, providing the skies are clear.


Check Out The New 3 Seaters Plane

Aston Martin is developing this three-seater aircraft which is half plane, half drone – and goes at 200mph.

The plane goes at up to 200mph, which would get you to work in a flash

The plane would look pretty cool on a driveway – if you have the space

The plane would look pretty cool on a driveway – if you have the space
If you’re a commuter then this could be the ideal option – you’ll never get stuck in a traffic jam or waiting for a delayed train again, and you’ll probably be at work early it goes that fast.

The Volante Vision will be revealed at today’s Farnborough Air Show by the brand – but you’ll only be able to get your hands on it if you have a spare £3million to £5million in the bank.

It is able to take off an land vertically as it has three propellers, while passengers and the pilot will sit in a Perspex cockpit, getting an astonishing view.

The Volante Vision will be made from lightweight carbon-fibre.

The plane looks like something straight from a James Bond film

There’s a perspex cockpit which means you will get stunning views from all angles when you’re flying
This is certainly a more speedy option for getting to work in the morning on time

This is certainly a more speedy option for getting to work in the morning on time
The plane is also green, using hybrid electric gas to power its propellers.

It can even do short trips using just its electric battery.

It would also look perfect outside a futuristic home – or a mountainside property like the James Bond museum in the Austrian Alps, which looks like a villain’s lair.

The plane is a joint project from Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Cranfield University
Aston Martin’s vice president and chief marketing officer told Auto Express: “The study would lead us to a craft that would be able to do London to Paris non stop in about an hour.

“As the crow flies that’s about 200-250 miles, at a speed of about 200mph. Birmingham to London could be done in half an hour.”

There’s also the odds on which actor will play the next James Bond.

If want to travel on the sea James Bond-style then there are designs for a boat that looks like a supercar.

World Longest Fingernail Is Finally Cut Off 66 Years Laters

They were only fingernails, but to Shridhar Chillal, cutting them off probably felt a bit like cutting off his own hand.

That’s because for 66 of his 82 years, Chillal, of Pune, India, has been growing the longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand, his left. They together stretched about 30 feet, or the length of a bus, before he finally had them cut on Wednesday.

Beginning with his curling, 6.5-foot long thumb nail, the nails were removed with a mini power saw, as seen in a Guinness World Records video. But they weren’t destroyed: Chillal ultimately did away with the nails after New York City’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum promised to “maintain them very nicely and for a lifetime,” per ABC Australia.

“Chillal dedicated his life to something truly remarkable and Ripley’s is the perfect home to honor his legacy,” a rep says, per the Hindu.

Ironically, the nails now on public display came about after a 14-year-old Chillal accidentally broke a very long nail his teacher had grown. “I don’t know if the teacher is dead now or not, but I would definitely like to say the thing that you scolded me for, I took it as a challenge,” says Chillal.

Though his fragile nails complicated many everyday activities, like sleeping, Chillal has led a mostly normal life. He married, had two children, and worked for 22 years as a photographer at a government agricultural magazine, using a camera with a customized handle, per Guinness and Reuters.

He’s now looking forward to some relief, having complained of pain in his arm, shoulder, and fingertips. Due to the nails’ weight over six decades, however, Chillal’s left hand is permanently disfigured, leaving him unable to open his hand or flex his fingers

A 25 Year Old Man Receives 80 Lashes for Having Drunk Alcohol as a Minor

Tehran authorities subjected a 25-year-old man to a public flogging Tuesday for having consumed alcohol when he was underage, more than a decade ago.
Dozens of witnesses watched as the delayed
sentence —an application of article 265 of Iran’s penal code—was carried out in Niazmand Square, Kashmar.

The man, identified only by the initials MR, was tied to a tree in the Square and flogged across the back by a man wearing a black mask over his face.

Iranian law Article 265 stipulates 80 lashes as a “just punishment” for Muslims who drink alcohol. More than 100 other crimes are also punishable by flogging, including theft, aggression, vandalism, defamation, fraud, adultery, extra-marital relations, homosexual sex, and breach of public morals.

The public prosecutor of Kashmar said that M.R. had consumed alcohol at a wedding where a fight broke out that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old. The prosecutor said that M.R. was not involved in the murder and that the sentence of whipping was only for drinking alcohol.

The offence took place a little over ten years ago, when M.R. was 14 or 15 years old. Not long after the boy was convicted and sentenced to public flogging, a punishment that was deferred until this week.
The human rights NGO Amnesty International (AI) denounces the case, saying the incident “highlights the inhumanity of a justice system that legalizes brutality.”

“The circumstances of this case are absolutely shocking, representing another horrific example of the Iranian authorities’ warped priorities,” said Philip Luther, AI’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“No one, regardless of age, should be subjected to flogging; that a child was prosecuted for consuming alcohol and sentenced to 80 lashes beggars belief,” he said.
Luther called for the immediate abolition of Iran’s severe forms of corporal punishment.

“The Iranian authorities’ prolific use of corporal punishment, including on children, demonstrates a shocking disregard for basic humanity,” he said. “They should immediately abolish all forms of such punishment, which in Iran includes amputation and blinding as well as flogging.”

Iranian authorities have reportedly carried out various forms of such punishments in 2018 alone, including the amputation of a man’s hand for theft last January.


In an online video, the man claims to have worked for the UK Government for most of his adult life, and signed up to test future advanced technology.

Commenting on why he decided to partake in the trials, he said: “They offered to pay me over €200,000 to take the job, so I thought it was good for my family.”

He noted the Government does not entirely know how time travel works, but insisted they employ the technique to conduct vital research.

He said: “People in the Government aren’t exactly sure how things work; paradoxes can happen.

“All they know is that time travel is possible and we’ve figured out ways of doing it.

The man claimed that a range of flying modes of transportation exist in the year 2365

“I can tell you for a fact that time travel does exist within factions of the British Government.”

The time traveller claimed he spawned on top of a skyscraper in an unknown city in the year 2365, and witnessed a series of futuristic modes of transport, including flying cars and buses.

He said: “On top of the skyscraper I saw various flying cars and modes of transportation that were travelling right by me.

“There were very long ones and very short ones, there were buses and cars, and I remember seeing a much higher form of air traffic above that, including aeroplanes that I have never seen before.

“I remember receiving a few strange looks from people in the cars that were looking at me.”

The time traveller claimed that buildings were slanted and much taller in the future

The supposed time traveller also noted the buildings were slanted and much taller than our current skyscrapers.

He added: “The buildings were all slanted for some reason. They were very tall, much taller than you would see in New York or Los Angeles.”

Commenting on the people he met during his six-day visit, the man noted numerous life forms coexisted.

He said: “I remember seeing robots, humans and what appeared to be aliens.

“I don’t know if they were genetically modified humans or if they were aliens – but I remember seeing strange creatures with large eyes and almond-shaped heads.

“There were also very regular looking humans that you would think were any average joe today – but they were wearing very strange clothing.”

In a shocking revelation, he noted the humans were not surprised when he told them he was from the year 2006, as time travel was a regular occurrence.

He also claimed that he discovered time travel will be widely rolled out in the year 2028.

Describing his overall experience, he concluded: “Those six days in the year 2365 were the most memorable of my life. I had an amazing time.”

Commenting on social media, one viewer voiced their enthusiasm for the video, writing: “I can’t wait for 2028.”

However many viewers questioned the validity of the claims, with one stating: “People in flying cars giving you ‘the look’.

“Yes, perfectly normal. Northing to see here. Move along. Move along.”

Another commentator mocked the producers’ decision to fly to Russia for the video, stating: “You flew all the way to Russia for that?

“Guys if you’re going to make a time travel story really put some thought into it


Ahead of its August launch, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe — the mission aiming to get closest to the Sun than ever by any human-made object — has got its “revolutionary” heat shield permanently attached to the spacecraft, the US space agency said. The probe’s heat shield — called the Thermal Protection System, or TPS — was reinstalled on the spacecraft on June 27, NASA said in a statement on Thursday.

The reinstallation of the heat shield — which was briefly attached to the spacecraft during testing in the autumn of 2017 — marks the first time in months that Parker Solar Probe has been fully integrated.

A mission 60 years in the making, Parker Solar Probe will make a historic journey to the Sun’s corona, a region of the solar atmosphere. With the help of its heat shield, the spacecraft’s orbit will carry it to within four million miles of the Sun’s fiercely hot surface, where it will collect data about the inner workings of the corona. The eight-foot-diameter heat shield will safeguard everything within its umbra, the shadow it casts on the spacecraft, NASA said.

At Parker Solar Probe’s closest approach to the Sun, temperatures on the heat shield will reach nearly 1,371 degrees Celsius, but the spacecraft and its instruments will be kept at a relatively comfortable temperature of about 29.4 degrees Celsius.

The heat shield is made of two panels of superheated carbon-carbon composite sandwiching a lightweight 4.5-inch-thick carbon foam core. The Sun-facing side of the heat shield is also sprayed with a specially formulated white coating to reflect as much of the Sun’s energy away from the spacecraft as possible.

Because Parker Solar Probe travels so fast — 69,2018 km per hour at its closest approach to the Sun, fast enough to travel from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, in about one second — the shield and spacecraft have to be light to achieve the needed orbit.

The heat shield itself weighs only about 72.5 kg, NASA said.

Christian Leaders Views On Immigration

In the City of Angels, many Christians from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe regularly attend church. Even though they all look to the Bible for answers, their views on immigration are as diverse as how they worship God.

Lovy Longomba is answering God’s call by pastoring Revelation Church, a Christian non-denominational church made up of immigrants from around the world.

“I think that what people – we need to do, is find ways to help those who are in need in ways that actually protect people in the country also. I think it’s not wise to try to save the world while your own house is drowning,” said Longomba.

Born in Kenya of Congolese parents, Longomba is a permanent resident in the United States and plans to apply for U.S. citizenship soon. Longomba, however, has undocumented family, so for him, immigration is a complicated, but also personal, topic.

Longomba said the U.S. needs immigration reform, which includes a better way of screening people who want to enter the country.

“That’s why the Bible talks about discernment, the ability to know. OK, who is this? What is it that they want? Cause you can be compassionate in a foolish way,” Longomba said.

Rule of law

In the Byzantine-Latino Quarter of Los Angeles, immigrants from Latin America and Greece worship in neighboring churches – in an area known for drugs and crime. John Bakas, Dean of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, has been working with gangs in the area to bring peace and business development to the largely Latino neighborhood.

The Byzantine-Latino Quarter mural is directly across the street from St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The neighborhood is in Los Angeles just west of downtown. The orthodox church sits next to a Catholic church.

The Byzantine-Latino Quarter mural is directly across the street from St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The neighborhood is in Los Angeles just west of downtown. The orthodox church sits next to a Catholic church.

The Byzantine-Latino Quarter mural is directly across the street from St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The neighborhood is in Los Angeles just west of downtown. The orthodox church sits next to a Catholic church.

“I’m a legal immigrant from Greece with my family. We waited three years and we were sponsored here. This is ages ago, and so we came through the process. It was difficult,” said Bakas, who sees a clear distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.

“You hear people saying we’re against immigrants. No, no, no, no, no! Many in our congregation are immigrants. The point being is that they need to be legal immigrants.”

Bakas said without laws there would be anarchy.

“Is Christian love and compassion meaning abdicating some order some control? Jesus said, ‘Love your neighbor,’ but he wasn’t meaning someone from 3,000 miles away. He was talking in the context of the tribal unit. He was talking in the context of loving those who are unlovable, like the lepers and others who had physical and other psychological difficulties,” Bakas said.

Compassion for all

Francisco Garcia, the son of an undocumented immigrant, is the priest of Holy Faith Episcopal Church. He says the U.S. can and should help everyone in need.

“As a nation, we could be that place that really does say, “Welcome, and we will do everything that we can to welcome you and to help you because I think it’s our humanity.” Garcia said, “We need to cooperate amongst nations but with the spirit and the ethic of understanding why people migrate.”

Holy Faith Episcopal Church located in the Inglewood neighborhood in L.A.
Holy Faith Episcopal Church located in the Inglewood neighborhood in L.A.

Garcia does not like the terms “legal” and “illegal immigration.”

“I don’t necessarily make those distinctions that people make because I understand that it is very difficult. People like to say, “Well, you need to get in line. You got to do this and if you just follow the right pathways you would get this.” That works for a small percentage of people. In reality for most, it doesn’t work,” Garcia said.

Longomba sums it up as a matter of personal experience. “…everybody is in a different side of the spectrum. Somebody who’s born in America who has known only to be in this land, which is very blessed, probably one of the most blessed nations that I’ve ever been in, will look at it differently. And those who have friends who are immigrants will look at it differently, so it is such a complex situation,” he said.