Editors' picks

Second sinkhole opens along the Beach Boulevard, California

A second sinkhole opened along the promenade of Beach Boulevard, Pacifica in California, US, local authorities reported on February 4, 2016. The new void, located near the intersection of Paloma Avenue, is 7.6 m (25 feet) long, 0.9 m (3 feet) wide and 1.2 m (4 feet)...

February 06, 2016

China publishes new high-quality images of the Moon's surface

The China National Space Administration has published hundreds of previously unseen high-quality images, videos and scientific data of the Moon. The information was gathered by the Chang'e-3 lunar rover and is now available to anyone who is interested in it. ...

February 05, 2016

Asteroid 2013 TX69 to safely pass Earth on March 5

2013 TX68, the small asteroid that flew by our planet two years ago is now coming back again for another flyby on March 5, 2016. This time, the asteroid might make a much closer pass though still at a safe distance. Two years ago, 2013 TX68 flew by Earth at a...

February 04, 2016

Heavy flooding hits Tanzania

Heavy rainfalls that have been battering Tanzania since January 14, 2016, have caused flooding across a few regions of the country, including Morogoro, Katavi and Dar es Salaam. 6 people died on January 28 alone, in a flood-related incident, while thousands have...

February 03, 2016

Scientists venture to Antarctica to uncover origin of modern vertebrates

An international team of researchers led by paleontologists from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the University of Texas at Austin, Ohio University and the American Museum of Natural History are set to travel to Antarctica in search for evidence that some...

February 02, 2016

Global earthquake numbers stable in 2015, increasing in central US

According to a report published by the USGS on February 1, 2016, our planet experienced a total of 14 588 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater in 2015. While this is an average number of M4+ events per year (prior year averages are about 40 M4+ earthquakes per...

February 01, 2016

Night sky guide for February 2016

February 2016 starts with the conjunction between the Moon and Mars. The pair will be located in the constellation Libra and visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars on February 1. The best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies...

February 01, 2016

2015 weather as seen from space

This visualisation, courtesy of EUMETSAT's data visualisation team, shows an entire year of weather across the globe during 2015, with audio commentary from Mark Higgins, Training Manager at EUMETSAT. It is comprised of imagery from the geostationary satellites...

January 29, 2016

Madden-Julian Oscillation: Massive thunderstorm cluster in tropical Indian and Pacific Ocean explained

A team of scientists from the University of Washington (UW) have devised a new mathematical model for the purpose of explaining and forecasting the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), a huge thunderstorm cluster originating in the waters of tropical Indian and Pacific...

January 29, 2016

Another landslide hits the jade mining region in the Kachin State, Myanmar

Another landslide hit the Hpakant jade mining region in the Kachin State, Myanmar on January 25, 2016. The number of missing people is not known yet, and local authorities are currently engaged in a search and rescue operation in the area. The latest landslide is...

January 26, 2016

Blizzard 2016 claims at least 30 lives across the US East Coast

Although the massive Winter Storm "Jonas", that was battering the US East Coast since January 23, 2016, is now over, its effects are still felt. Some areas are still buried under large amounts of snow, and residents are unable to leave their homes. At...

January 25, 2016

Zika virus spreads to Americas, 3 cases reported in the UK

Zika, a mosquito-borne virus first isolated from a monkey in Zika Forest, Uganda in 1947, spread to 21 countries and territories of the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on January 23, 2016. The virus will continue to spread and probably reach...

January 25, 2016

The case of the missing electrons

A new scientific study has proposed a new hypothesis for a long-standing mystery in atmospheric science. For many years, scientists have wondered why the concentration of electrons in Earth’s atmosphere suddenly drops in a region dozens of miles above the...

January 24, 2016

NASA’s Van Allen Probes broaden view on the shape of Van Allen Belts

NASA's Van Allen Probes enabled the scientists to gather a more precise picture of the structure of Van Allen Belts that shield our planet from the solar radiation. New research shows their shape varies depending on the energy of charged particles constituting...

January 21, 2016

High Definition Earth Viewing - Earth from the ISS

The Earth, our greatest treasure the blue pearl of the universe seen from heavens. These beautiful time lapse videos are taken from the International Space Station. The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It...

January 21, 2016

Carbon emissions from Earth's interior quantified

A team of scientists, led by the researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM), has studied carbon emissions through fault systems in the East African Rift (EAR). The goal of the research was to gain a better understanding of carbon emissions from the interior...

January 20, 2016

Zhupanovsky erupts sending a plume of ash more than 7 km a.s.l., Russia

Zhupanovsky volcano, Kamchatka, Russia erupted on January 19, 2016, after almost two months of being relatively calm. The explosion sent a plume of ash more than 7 km (22 966 feet) above the sea level, KVERT reported. The ash explosion was observed at 04:36 UTC,...

January 19, 2016

Lead-contaminated water prompts a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan

President Obama declared a state of federal emergency for Flint, Michigan over lead-contaminated water, on January 16, 2016. Lead contamination is a potentially dangerous health hazard, as it can cause brain damage and other problems when ingested. The city has been...

January 18, 2016

Jason-3 mission launch replay - January 17, 2016

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will attempt to deliver the Jason-3 satellite to low-Earth orbit at 18:42 UTC on January 17, 2016. If all goes as planned, the Jason-3 satellite will be deployed approximately one hour after launch. This mission also marks an...

January 17, 2016

Ben Davidson: Does the Sun trigger large earthquakes?

Using more than 35 years of data from the Wilcox Solar Observatory at Stanford University and from the United States Geological Survey, a model was constructed using patterns discerned in the polar magnetic fields of the sun. These patterns in solar magnetism were...

January 16, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: January 6 - 12, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 2 volcanoes from January 6 - 12, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Masaya, Nicaragua | Soputan, Sulawesi (Indonesia). Ongoing activity: Chirpoi, Kuril Islands...

January 14, 2016

Fierce storm knocks power lines and damages buildings in Sydney, Australia

A fierce storm hit Sydney, Australia on January 14, 2016. Powerful winds knocked down power lines, damaged buildings and caused traffic disruptions across the affected areas. One person died and another suffered serious injuries in a weather-related incident. A...

January 14, 2016

Piers Corbyn: Electrical weather

Among the top space news stories of 2015, we have seen dramatic affirmations of the electromagnetic connection between the Earth and the Sun. With each new discovery, the Sun’s profound influence on Earth’s climate and weather becomes more self-evident....

January 13, 2016

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office to detect and monitor potentially hazardous NEOs

NASA's program for detecting and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs) has now been formally established and named the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO). Its responsibility will be supervising projects oriented towards finding and characterizing...

January 12, 2016

Recent advancements in mapping the world's oceans

The scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York, have gathered data from hundreds of research cruises and made a significant contribution to providing easily accessible ocean floor maps to interested people across the globe. The mapping site is capable...

January 11, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Ula" intensifying east of Noumea, New Caledonia

Tropical Cyclone "Ula", formed on December 30, 2015, intensified on January 7 after moving away from Fiji in the Southern Pacific Ocean. The system is expected to reach its second peak by January 10 while staying east of Noumea, New Caledonia and then turn...

January 09, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: December 30, 2015 - January 5, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from December 30, 2015 - January 5, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Nevados de Chillán, Chile ...

January 07, 2016

Temperature identified as new trigger for explosive volcanic eruptions

Studying magma ascent, geoscientists at the University of Liverpool have found that temperature may be more important than pressure in generating gas bubbles that trigger explosive volcanic eruptions. In a paper published recently in the journal Nature, researchers...

January 06, 2016

UK's December 2015 breaks records for both rainfall and temperature

The UK Met Office has confirmed today that December 2015 has broken records for both rainfall and temperature. "The month was not only the wettest December on record, but also the wettest calendar month overall since the records began in 1910," Met Office...

January 05, 2016

Quadrantids: An above average meteor shower reaches peak of activity

The Quadrantid meteor shower will reach its peak activity, with about 80 meteors per hour (ZHR), on the night of January 3 and the early morning hours of January 4, 2015. A waning crescent moon will not interfere much with meteors and any of its fireballs. This...

January 03, 2016

Moon's phases and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2016

These visualizations show the Moon's phases and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2016, as viewed from both northern and southern hemispheres. Each frame represents one hour. In addition, the visualizations show the Moon's orbit position, sub-Earth...

January 01, 2016

CME hits Earth, G3 Strong geomagnetic storming expected

The December 28th coronal mass ejection (CME) produced by the long duration M1.8 solar flare passed the ACE spacecraft at 00:02 UTC on December 31 and reached our planet at 00:51 UTC. Geomagnetic K-index of 4 threshold was reached at 01:05 UTC. The impact is...

December 31, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Ula" forms near American Samoa, to reach hurricane-force on December 31

Tropical low pressure area located east of American Samoa, South Pacific Ocean and designated as System 92P consolidated overnight and was named Tropical Cyclone "Ula" at 09:00 UTC on December 30, 2015. According to the JTWC, Ula's maximum sustained...

December 30, 2015

Satellite view of massive southwest US storm system

This animation of NOAA's GOES-East satellite imagery over the course of two days (December 26 - 28) shows a massive low pressure system that generated severe weather in the southwestern and central US bringing snow, heavy rainfall, flooding and tornadoes. During...

December 28, 2015

Using maths to reveal the Sun's magnetic field mysteries

An important research project, led by the UK's University of Dundee, aims to improve knowledge of Sun's complex magnetic fields using mathematics. The goal is to find out the effects of space weather caused by the Sun and its magnetic structures origins....

December 25, 2015