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Night sky guide for August 2015

Every year, sky watchers in northern hemisphere enjoy in one of the best meteor showers of the year - Perseids. This year, Perseids will peak on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. This meteor shower is known for its very fast and bright meteors which l

August 01, 2015

"Komen" brings more torrential rains to the flooded regions of Bangladesh and Myanmar: 33 people dead, thousands of homes devastated

Tropical Storm "Komen" made landfall on July 30, 2015 near Chittagong, southern Bangladesh. The areas already affected with severe flooding and mudslides are now endangered again by the heavy rainfall, strong wind gusts and rough seas. So far, at least 33 peop

July 31, 2015

The effect of ancient catastrophe on humankind

It is the hypothesis of many members of the Electric Universe community that within human memory, perhaps a mere four or five thousand years ago, the Earth’s sky and the inner solar system underwent profound changes.An epoch of planetary instability produced extra

July 31, 2015

Unusual red arcs spotted on the surface of Saturn's icy moon Tethys

New enhanced-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecradr revealed unexplained arc-shaped, reddish streaks on the surface of Saturn's icy moon Tethys. The red arcs are narrow, curved lines on the moon's surface, and are among the most unusual color features o

July 31, 2015

Looking five million years into the past to predict Australia’s climate future

A group of leading international scientists are preparing to set sail on a two-month ocean expedition up the coast of Western Australia to drill deep into the seabed, on a mission to gain valuable insight into our climate future.The $20 million International Ocean

July 31, 2015

Solar halo optical phenomena observed in Sweden

The halos are caused by light refraction and reflection of millions of tiny ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. These high, thin clouds appear about 6 km (20 000 feet) or more above the ground, and are usually accompanied by a storm shortly after..Ice crystals in cirrus

July 30, 2015

Abrupt climate change - an important factor in shaping early human societies

An international research team led by the scientists from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has discovered that some of the earliest human civilizations in the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent were probably affected by

July 29, 2015

Swarm of shallow earthquakes registered under Meakandake volcano, Hokkaido - Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the Volcanic Alert Level of Meakandake volcano to 2 of 5 (do not approach the volcano) on July 28, 2015. The last eruption of this volcano took place on November 28, 2008.The decision to raise the alert level was made

July 28, 2015

Kick 'em Jenny activity decreases, alert level lowered to Yellow - Eastern Caribbean

Seismic activity at underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny near Grenada, Eastern Caribbean is decreasing, the Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the University of the West Indies reported on July 25. Increased activity at the volcano started on July 11, 2015 and was follow

July 26, 2015

Uranium mines behind Kazakhstan villagers' mysterious 'sleeping sickness'

Mysterious "sleeping sickness" that baffled doctors and researchers since it's first known attack in March 2013, affected more than 140 people in Kalachi and Krasnogorsk, two villages in northern Kazakhstan, with a total of 810 people, mostly ethnic Russia

July 24, 2015

Omnidirectional wireless charging technology for mobile devices developed

A new wireless power transfer (WPT) system developed by a group of researchers at The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is capable of charging multiple mobile devices concurrently and with unprecedented freedom in any direction, even while holdi

July 23, 2015

Predicting floods: Global Flood Monitoring System (GFMS)

Floods are one of the most devastating and costly natural disasters, each year on average affecting 96.9 million people worldwide and causing $13.7 billion in damage, according to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. They wash away or destroy homes, po

July 22, 2015

Monsoon showers bring flash floods to Pakistan: 12 people dead, 200 000 displaced

Seasonal monsoon heavy rainfall has caused severe flash floods across Pakistan, starting July 16, 2015. The authorities issued flood warnings and declared a state of emergency, as a number of villages and cities across the country were hit by the bad weather conditions.

July 21, 2015

DSCOVR's EPIC camera returns its first image of entire sunlit side of Earth

NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) has finally captured and returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth. DSCOVR, launched February 11, 2015, reached its final destination on June 7 when it entered orbit around the 1st Lagrange point (L1),

July 20, 2015

State of the climate in 2014

The key parameters which indicate the Earth's changing climate, including land and ocean temperature, sea level and greenhouse gases, have set new records in the year 2014, according to "State of the climate in 2014" - Special Supplement to the Bulletin of

July 18, 2015

Huge wildfire breaks out near Athens blanketing it in thick smoke, Greece

A huge wildfire has broken out on the outskirts of Mount Hymettus, near capital Athens, Greece on Friday, July 17 rapidly spreading over mountainsides overlooking the city and blanketing it in thick smoke.The fire started around 09:00 UTC (12:00 local time) and grew mas

July 17, 2015

Mystery of equatorial noise solved

A team from MIT, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Sheffield, and elsewhere has detected a remarkably orderly pattern amid the "equatorial noise." The discovery may help scientists to more accurately model the space environment an

July 16, 2015

Cold snap breaks temperature records across New Zealand

Record-breaking low temperatures were measured by meteorological stations across New Zealand last week, following the outburst of cold weather conditions across the country.NIWA office reported record low temperatures have been measured in Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Warkworth,

July 14, 2015

Evidence of the electromagnetic Sun - Earth connection

At the recent Thunderbolts Project EU2015 Conference: Paths of Discovery, Dr. Donald Scott presented new groundbreaking evidence of the electromagnetic connection between the Earth and the Sun.The electric universe theory states that the Sun is in essence an electrical

July 13, 2015

New research links 2 000 years of data recorded in stalagmites to tropical storms, floods and El Niño events

Research team led by Rhawn Denniston, professor of geology at Cornell College, has applied a new research technique on the stalagmites in the Australian topics to create a 2 200 year long record of flood events. The new research might help to predict future climate chan

July 12, 2015

China evacuates 865 000 people ahead of Typhoon "Chan-hom" landfall

Around 865 000 people have been evacuated from the coastal areas of Zhejiang province, China ahead of Typhoon "Chan-hom" landfall. The typhoon is expected to hit land Saturday afternoon between the coastal cities of Rui’an and Zhoushan, south of Shangha

July 11, 2015

Devastating tornado sweeps northern Italy: 1 dead, 30 injured, hundreds displaced

An isolated supercell appeared near the province of Venice, Italy, on July 8, 2015, around 15:30 UTC, producing strong thunderstorm, hail and a violent tornado.A tornado touch-down happened between the towns of Mira, Dolo and Pianiga, and lasted about 10 minutes. It was

July 10, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: July 1 - 7, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from July 1 - 7, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Fuego, Guatemala | Hakoneyama, Honshu (Japan) | Raung, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Sangeang Api, Indonesi

July 09, 2015

Neptune’s badly behaved magnetic field modelled in detail

A team of scientists at the Imperial College London have combined 26-year old data with supercomputer simulations and for the first time modelled Neptune's magnetic field in detail. The researchers find that the furthest planet from the Sun has a badly behaved

July 08, 2015

Auroral substorms on Jupiter are not caused by the solar wind, alone

A previous Picture of the Day published in late 2012 quoted Jonathan Nichols from the University of Leicester:“The main aurora oval on Jupiter we think should dim when the solar wind blows harder, but what we see is that actually gets brighter, which is totally

July 07, 2015

After anomaly and temporary loss of communications New Horizons stays on course to Pluto

After NASA's New Horizons spacecraft suffered an anomaly on July 4, which caused temporary loss of communications, mission control announced today the spacecraft is healthy and it continues on its course toward Pluto for a historic July 14 flyby.Contact with the spa

July 06, 2015

Final 'all clear' for historic July 14 Pluto flyby

Having found no potential threats on the way, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft stays course to Pluto, as it speeds closer to it's historic July 14, 2015 flyby of Pluto and it's five moons. Launched from Cape Canaveral on January 19, 2006, New Horizons woke up

July 04, 2015

Night sky guide for July 2015

A spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible on July 1 with the two planets appearing extremely close, only 0.3 degrees apart.Several weak meteor showers this month will set stage for Perseids, one of the most popular annual meteor showers expected to

July 01, 2015

Venus - volcanically active Solar System body?

Scientists working for the ESA's Venus Express mission have recently presented the best evidence yet for existence of active volcanoes on planet Venus. Previous radar missions have revealed Venus to be covered in volcanoes and lava flows and it is long assumed that

July 01, 2015

Hakoneyama volcano activity rises to a new level, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the eruption warning of Hakoneyama volcano from level 2 to 3 on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 following a small scale eruption. Authorities evacuated about 40 people from nearby hot spring tourist resort and further limited acce

June 30, 2015

Alert level raised after Raung volcano erupts, Indonesia

After an increase in volcanic activity which started on June 21, Raung volcano in East Java, Indonesia erupted late Sunday, June 28, causing ash to land in villages about 10 km away from the crater.Authorities raised the alert level from 'waspada' (alert) to 

June 29, 2015

Watching meteors from space: Meteor investigation camera destroyed, again

Eight months after a catastrophic failure of Orbital Cygnus mission to the International Space Station, in which supplies for the Meteor mission were lost, a new special camera was built and is now ready for lift off.Currently scheduled to launch on June 28, 2015, the

June 27, 2015

The 2015 El Niño continues to strengthen, could become one of the strongest ever recorded

The 2015 El Niño continues to strengthen, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said in their June 23, 2015 update. International climate models surveyed by BOM indicate further consolidation is likely. Central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean sea surface temp

June 25, 2015

Video animation of landslide dam-break and catastrophic flood / debris flow through Tbilisi, Georgia

A huge landslide blocked the Vere River on June 13, 2015 creating a natural dam which collapsed the following day and sent huge fast moving stream of water toward capital Tbilisi, Georgia severely flooding the city. The flood caused extensive damage to the city and left

June 23, 2015

Earth's magnetic complexity begins to untangle - Swarm mission

After a year in orbit, the three Swarm satellites have provided a first glimpse inside Earth and started to shed new light on the dynamics of the upper atmosphere – all the way from the ionosphere about 100 km above, through to the outer reaches of our protective

June 22, 2015