Editors' picks

The end of volcanic eruption in Holuhraun (Bardarbunga), Iceland

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun which began on August 31, 2014 came to an end on Friday, February 27, 2015, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection said on February 28 and confirmed today. The Aviation Color Code for Bardarbunga was downgraded

March 03, 2015

Jordan and Israel sign historic deal to end the shrinking of Dead Sea

Jordan and Israel signed a historic deal last week to build a pipeline that would link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea in an effort to combat regional water shortages and save the Dead Sea from drying out. The idea of linking the two bodies of water together has

March 02, 2015

Night sky guide for March 2015

With fireball season underway there are many reports of bright fireballs coming in from all over the world, the latest coming from India on February 27. The season will last until April. Total solar eclipse will occur on March 20 when the Moon will completely block the

March 01, 2015

Astronomers find newborn stars at the edge of the Milky Way galaxy

A team of Brazilian astronomers led by Denilso Camargo of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul have made a remarkable discovery, a cluster of stars forming on the very edge of the Milky Way galaxy. This is the first time astronomers have found stars being born

February 27, 2015

Nishino-shima has grown more than 11 times in size since eruption started, Japan

An underwater volcanic eruption in the Ogasawara Islands archipelago gave rise to a new Pacific Ocean island in late November 2013.The new island, named Niijima, was about 500 meters from Nishino-shima at the time, another volcanic island that last erupted and expaned i

February 25, 2015

Unusual comet skirting past the Sun

An unusual comet named SOHO-2875 is skirting past the Sun since February 18, 2015 and is still visible on LASCO C3 imagery. At first it appeared to be a small object about to be disintegrated by the Sun's heat, but surprisingly it emerged intact and is now brighteni

February 21, 2015

Supercomputer simulation of the 2010 M8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake

This simulation shows the passage of seismic waves from the M8.8 earthquake which occurred off the coast of central Chile at 06:34 UTC on February 27, 2010. It was the sixth largest earthquake ever recorded by a seismograph. Its intense shaking lasted for about three mi

February 19, 2015

Surprising red aurora captured over Manitoba, Canada

Night-sky photographer Alan Dyer captured a surprising red aurora over Churchill, Manotoba, Canada on February 14, 2015.The image below is his single, 25-second exposure at f/3.5 with the 180° fish-eye lens and Canon 6D at ISO 4000. It is part of a time-lapse sequen

February 16, 2015

New videos released in honor of SDO's 5th anniversary

February 11, 2015 marks five years in space for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which provides incredibly detailed images of the whole Sun 24 hours a day.Capturing an image more than once per second, SDO has provided an unprecedentedly clear picture of how massiv

February 11, 2015

ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) ready for launch and reentry mission

ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is ready for its launch and reentry mission on February 11, 2015. The launch is scheduled for 13:00 UTC atop a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Europe’s ambition for a spacecraft to ret

February 10, 2015

Sun's activity in 18th century was similar to that now

Counting sunspots over time helps in knowing the activity of our star but the two indices used by scientists disagree on dates prior to 1885. Now an international team of researchers has tried to standardise the historical results and has discovered that, contrary to wh

February 10, 2015

Recording doomed ATV's disintegration from inside

In a special experiment scheduled for February 27th, ESA and NASA are planning to record, from inside, reentry and disintegration of Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATM).Every mission of ESA’s ATV ferry ends in the same way – filled with Space Station rubbish

February 07, 2015

Landmark study links pesticides to high depression rates

Globally, one person dies by suicide roughly every 40 seconds. Around the world, over one million people commit suicide each year - an increase of 60 percent over the last four and a half decades. Incredibly, farmers have one of the highest rates of self-inflicted death

February 06, 2015

Most beautiful volcanic eruption - Sakurajima, Japan

Video below was captured by meteorologist Robert Speta of the WestPacWx during the early morning hours of February 3, 2015. Sunrise provided a reddish tint in the ash.Notice lightning at 0:18 min. Video courtesy of WestPacWxTokyo VAAC reports an explosion at 06:55 UTC t

February 04, 2015

Water levels in Lake Baikal fell to their lowest point in 60 years

Water levels in Russian Lake Baikal, world's oldest and deepest body of freshwater, fell to their lowest point in 60 years during January 2015. Authorities in Buryatia and Irkutsk regions declared a state of emergency to allow a solution to be found.During Summer an

February 02, 2015

Groundbreaking SMAP Earth observatory launched

NASA has successfully launched its groundbreaking Soil Moisture Active Passive observatory (SMAP) at 15:22 UTC today. SMAP is the first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet. Its high resolution s

January 31, 2015

New climate change projections for Australia

CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology released climate change projections for Australia that provide updated national and regional information on how the climate may change to the end of the 21st century.The projections are the most comprehensive ever released for Austral

January 28, 2015

Radar images of binary asteroid 2004 BL86 as it flew past Earth on January 26

Asteroid 2004 BL86, which made the closest approach to Earth on January 26, 2015 for the at least the next two centuries, is in fact a binary asteroid, meaning it has its own moon.Scientists working with NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California hav

January 27, 2015

Very high resolution satellite image of newly created Tongan island

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, a submarine volcano located about 65 km NW of Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa, awakened mid-December 2014 after 5 years of sleep and started erupting from two new vents.The eruption has created a new island between the existing islands

January 26, 2015

South Pole Ice Core project - digging 40 000 years into climate history of South Pole

South Pole Ice Core (SPICE) project is a joint effort by researchers from the University of Washington and the University of California, Irvine to 'dig' 40 000 years into climate history at the planet's southernmost tip. The ice core will be drilled to a dep

January 22, 2015

Slow-moving daylight fireball recorded over Houston, US

A slow-moving daylight fireball was seen over Houston skies (Texas, US) late Sunday, January 18, 2015 and recorded by Jordan Sterling. The sighting raised a lot of questions after images and videos started appearing on social media, KHOU 11 News reports. Patricia Reiff,

January 21, 2015

Fast radio burst from a distant source captured in real-time

A short, sharp flash of radio waves from a mysterious source up to 5.5 billion light years from Earth has been detected in real-time by CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia. Swinburne University of Technology PhD student, Emily Petroff,

January 19, 2015

A yearlong look at asteroids and comets by NEOWISE

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer or NEOWISE spacecraft, a space telescope that scans the skies for asteroids and comets, discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects (NEOs) in the first year after the mission was re-started in December

January 16, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: January 7 - 13, 2015

New activity was observed at 5 volcanoes from January 7 - 13, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Colima, Mexico | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga

January 15, 2015

8 000 scientific papers link refined white sugar to chronic disease

One of the worst things you can do to your body is feed it sugar - not necessarily natural sugar like the kind found in fruit, but refined sugar. A team of scientists from the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) recently pored through more than 8 000 scient

January 14, 2015

Hubble captures the Pillars of Creation twenty years on

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured many breathtaking images of the Universe, but one snapshot stands out from the rest: the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation.In 1995 Hubble’s iconic image revealed never-before-seen details in the giant columns

January 11, 2015

NASA observatories take an unprecedented look into superstar Eta Carinae

Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10 000 light-years of Earth, is known for its surprising behavior, erupting twice in the 19th century for reasons scientists still don't understand.A long-term study led by astronomers at NASA's Go

January 09, 2015

Huge new astronomy database now available to the public

Penn State University astronomers are among the scientists of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) who this week are releasing to the public a massive collection of new information about the universe. "This set of observations is one of the largest astronomical data

January 09, 2015

Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) makes closest approach to Earth

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), a long-period comet discovered by Australian astronomer Terry Lovejoy on August 17, 2014, is making closest approach to our planet today, at some 70 million kilometers (43.5 million miles / 0.469 AU) away.This comet is now a naked eye object a

January 07, 2015

Hubble captures the sharpest ever view of neighbouring Andromeda galaxy

Hubble Space Telescope has captured the sharpest and biggest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy, known as Messier 31. The enormous image is the biggest Hubble image ever released and shows over 100 million stars and thousands of star clusters embedded in a

January 06, 2015

Electromagnetic waves linked to particle fallout in Earth's atmosphere, new study finds

In a new study that sheds light on space weather's impact on Earth, Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues show for the first time that plasma waves buffeting the planet's radiation belts are responsible for scattering charged particles into the atmosphere.T

January 05, 2015

Night sky guide for January 2015

As far as the meteor showers are concerned the year starts with an above average Quadrantids, unfortunately the nearly full moon will block out most of the show. Quadrantids will peak this year on the night of January 3rd and the morning of 4th.Brilliant comet C/2014 Q2

January 01, 2015

Scientist terrified of geoengineering technology being developed under guise of halting global warming

A prominent climate scientist who's actively involved in developing technologies to thwart the natural weather patterns of the globe says he's disturbed by the prospect of having to make such drastic changes to the common order of things in order to fight so-cal

December 30, 2014

Study hints that ancient Earth made its own water

A new study is helping to answer a longstanding question that has recently moved to the forefront of earth science: Did our planet make its own water through geologic processes, or did water come to us via icy comets from the far reaches of the solar system?The answer i

December 29, 2014

Alexander Gerst’s Earth timelapses

Watch Earth roll by through the perspective of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in this six-minute timelapse video from space. Combining 12 500 images taken by Alexander during his six-month Blue Dot mission on the International Space Station this Ultra High Definition vid

December 22, 2014