Editors' picks

Annular Solar Eclipse of September 1, 2016

A large annular eclipse will cover 97% of the Sun on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The whole event will last from 06:13 - 12:00 UTC and will be visible across central Africa southwards to Madagascar and into the Indian Ocean. The partial eclipse will be visible...

August 27, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: August 17 - 23, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes between August 17 and 23, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 9 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aoba, Vanuatu | Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Santa Maria, Guatemala. Ongoing...

August 24, 2016

Lightning fatalities in US on the rise this summer

Lightning fatalities in the United States are on the rise this summer, NWS said. The death toll from such accidents this year rose to 29, which is the most since 2010. After floods, lightning is the second highest cause of weather-related deaths in the United States...

August 23, 2016

Caribbean region long overdue for a magnitude 8.0 earthquake

The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has warned the Caribbean countries to be prepared for a major quake, the Jamaica Observer said in an article published today. The center recorded a total of 8 M4+ earthquakes...

August 23, 2016

Typhoon "Mindulle" about to hit Tokyo with very heavy rain and damaging winds

Severe Tropical Storm "Mindulle" has reached typhoon strength during the late UTC hours of August 21, 2016. According to the current JMA forecast track, this system is expected to make landfall near Tokyo just after 03:00 UTC on Monday, August 22, 2016....

August 21, 2016

World's first quantum communication satellite launched

China has successfully launched the world's first quantum communication satellite - Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) - from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gobi Desert at 17:40 UTC on August 16, 2016 (01:40 local time on August 17)....

August 16, 2016

Historic flooding hits Louisiana: Aerial footage

A very slow-moving low pressure system dumped extreme amounts of rain to parts of central Gulf Coast states between August 4 and 13, 2016. By Friday, August 12, Louisiana was under historic flooding in which at least three people have lost their lives. Louisiana...

August 14, 2016

Space junk: Garbage circles above you

Did you get an accurate weather report today? Watch television? Use a GPS? If so, give credit where credit is due: thank a satellite. These orbiting objects actually do even more, too. A few of their other jobs include creating maps, taking photos, providing global...

August 10, 2016

Venus' early climate could have sustained life

New research, led by scientists from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, suggests Venus and Earth closely resembled each other during the early days of the Solar System, between one and two billion years ago. Venus, now the hottest planet in our Solar...

August 09, 2016

Perseids to peak in outburst mode on August 11 and 12, 2016

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most prolific annual meteor showers and this year it is expected to peak in outburst mode on the night of August 11 and the morning of August 12 (UTC). This means the shower has a great potential to be spectacular, with up to...

August 07, 2016

New form of light created

A new study performed by the scientists from the Imperial College London suggests it is possible to bind light to a single electron and create a new form of light. The new light form's properties would lead to circuits that work with packages of photons instead...

August 06, 2016

Anomaly places Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in inertial mode

Following a lunar transit from 11:13 to 12:18 UTC on August 2, 2016, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) did not go back into Science mode. More than 24 hours after the anomaly occurred, mission managers said the spacecraft is currently in inertial mode....

August 04, 2016

Rare phenomenon caught on camera: 'Ball lightning' in Novosibirsk

Roman Tregubov, a graduate of the Novosibirsk State Technical University, grabbed his cell phone and managed to record a video of ball lightning - a rare and mostly unexplained atmospheric electrical phenomenon. The event took place last month, near Roman's...

August 03, 2016

18 287 households in Nepal living under high landslide hazard risks

According to the Monsoon Preparedness Assessment 2016 carried out by Shelter Cluster Nepal, as many as 18 287 households in 14 districts of Nepal most affected by the massive M8.1 earthquake last year are living under high landslide hazard risks. The earthquake...

August 02, 2016

Video shows tornado destroying a town in northern Vietnam

A powerful tornado has swept through a town in northern Vietnam on Thursday, July 28, 2016, destroying everything in its path. The destruction was recorded by a dashcam. According to Thanh Nien News, the twister touched down on Yeng Phong District of Bac Ninh...

August 02, 2016

Night sky guide for August 2016

The peak of this year's Perseid meteor shower, one of the most prolific annual showers, will be in "outburst" mode on August 11 and 12, the first since 2009. This means that instead of the usual 80 Perseids per hour, the rate could top 150 or 200...

August 01, 2016

Quantum Souls. Part three - The Evidence

Just like atoms and evolution, souls can be evidenced through predictions made upon observations during experiments - not of the soul energy itself perhaps - but on the surrounding environment which we conclude acts as though souls are present. Unlike atoms and...

July 31, 2016