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Scientists identify missing wave near Jupiter’s equator

In the clouds of Jupiter, scientists have found evidence of a type of atmospheric wave that had long been proposed but had not been identified in images before now.Researchers consider this kind of wave, called a Kelvin wave, a fundamental part of a planetary atmosphere

April 19, 2015

Southern pole connected CH HSS causes unsettled to major geomagnetic storms

Southern pole connected coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) is causing unsettled to major (G2 - Moderate) geomagnetic storms since April 15, 2015.Geomagnetic K-index of 6 (G2 - Moderate) threshold was reached at 23:27 UTC on April 16, 2015.During the last 12 hours (

April 17, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Crete, Greece

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake was registered off the coast of Crete, Greece at 18:07 UTC on April 16, 2015. EMSC is reporting a shallow depth of 25 km (15.5 miles). USGS initially reported M6.3 and later revised to M6.1 at a depth 20.9 (13 miles). Epicenter was loc

April 16, 2015

Large lahars block access to the town of Ubinas, Peru

According to Peru's Observatorio Volcanológico del Sur (OVS) snow melt during April 12 - 13, 2015 led to large lahars that descended the southern flank of Ubinas volcano blocking off access to the town of Ubinas. Authorities are warning locals to be on alert.

April 16, 2015

JMA issues alert for possible eruption of Mount Zaosan, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued an alert for a possible eruption of Mount Zaosan, Zaozan volcano group in northeastern Japan citing a large amount of volcanic activity observed there this month, The Asahi Shimbun reports. The last eruption in this volca

April 15, 2015

Sleeping giant Mount Baegdu (Changbaishan) close to eruption, North Korea/China

Geologist Yoon Seong-hyo from Pusan National University who has been monitoring Mount Baegdu, a massive stratovolcano located on the border of North Korea and China, said on Sunday, April 12, 2015 ​the volcano is on the verge of erupting.Mount Baegdu is relatively

April 13, 2015

Does gravity alone rule the cosmos?

For nearly three years we have reported on countless discoveries that challenge the foundations of modern cosmology and astrophysics. Today we routinely hear of celestial objects ranging in scale from stars, galaxies and quasar groups that should not exist if the standa

April 12, 2015

Increased levels of Radon in Pennsylvania homes correspond to onset of fracking

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say that levels of radon in Pennsylvania homes – where 42 percent of readings surpass what the U.S. government considers safe – have been on the rise since 2004, around the time that the fracking in

April 11, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Solo" forms in the Coral Sea, SW Pacific Ocean

Tropical Cyclone "Solo" formed in the Coral Sea, Southwestern Pacific Ocean on April 10, 2015 triggering tropical disturbance watch for Solomon Islands provinces of Rennell and Bellona, Temotu, Makira, Central, Guadalcanal and Malaita.Solo is expected to

April 10, 2015

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2 Moderate levels in progress

The solar wind environment at the ACE spacecraft displayed two weak transient signatures near 01:00 and 09:00 UTC on April 9, 2015, suggesting the arrival of the April 6 Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from Region 2320 and a weak coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS).Wind

April 10, 2015

Sun experiences seasonal changes, new research finds

The Sun undergoes a type of seasonal variability, with its activity waxing and waning over the course of nearly two years, according to a new study by a team of researchers led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). This behavior affects the peaks and v

April 09, 2015

Ubinas volcano enters new eruptive phase, Peru

Peru's Ubinas volcano erupted at 08:32 UTC on April 8, 2015 covering nearby villages with a thin layer of ash. Emissions of steam and gasses reached an estimated altitude of 5.1 km, Buenos Aires VAAC reports.Ash fall was expected within 25 km to the southeast. Exper

April 08, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Joalane" rapidly intensifies in Southern Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone "Joalane" organized on the morning of April 6, 2015 in the Southern Indian Ocean. At 15:00 UTC on that day, Joalane was located 743 km (461 miles) northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius and was tracking WSW at 16.6 km/h (10.3 mph). Its maximum sus

April 07, 2015

Turrialba eruption spews large quantities of ash onto nearby communities, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupted at 17:24 UTC on Sunday, April 4, 2015 spewing heavy ash on nearby communities. OVSICORI said the eruption lasted for an hour.Column of ash reached 500 meters into the sky and rained large quantities of ash. Winds have carried i

April 06, 2015

Severe Nor'wester hits Bangladesh

A severe Nor'wester lashed through Dhaka and northwestern region of Bangladesh late April 4, 2015 leaving at least 24 people dead and hundreds injured. Weather officials said this was the first severe storm in the usual spring storm season.It left a tail of destruct

April 05, 2015

Typhoon "Maysak" (Chedeng) about to make landfall in southern Isabela, Philippines

Typhoon "Maysak" (Chedeng) has accelerated slightly as it continues to move closer to Isabela-Aurora area, Philippines, state weather bureau PAGASA said today.Maysak was a Super Typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 259 km/h (161 mph), and wind gusts up to

April 04, 2015

Total lunar eclipse on April 4, 2015

A total lunar eclipse will occur on April 4, 2015. This is the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century and third of four total lunar eclipses separated by approximately 6 months, a rare phenomenon astronomers call a 'tetrad.' The first two were on April 15 a

April 03, 2015

Massive sandstorm hits Arabian Peninsula

A massive sandstorm has swept through Arabian Peninsula on April 1 and 2, 2015 severely reducing visibility, disrupting traffic and causing residents to suffer breathing difficulties. In many places the visibility was turned to zero.The sandstorm of the intensity never

April 02, 2015

Night sky guide for April 2015

This month is marked by the third of four total lunar eclipses separated by approximately 6 months - tetrad - which will occur at 12:00 UTC on April 4, 2015. The Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible thro

April 01, 2015

Record breaking Maysak becomes a Super Typhoon, heading toward Philippines

Typhoon "Maysak" has intensified into a Super Typhoon on March 31, 2015 reaching Category 5 hurricane status on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Maysak is a rare, record breaking Super Typhoon which is expected to peak at 287.1 km/h (178.4 mph) on April 1 or 2, befor

March 31, 2015

Deadly landslide destroys more than 600 houses leaving unknown number of missing, Burundi

Mud and rocks loosened by heavy rains swept down the Kijejete Hill located in the western Gitaza town near Lake Tanganyika, Burundi (Africa) on March 29, 2015 destroying hundreds of homes and killing at least 10 people.The landslide destroyed bridges, two schools, a cli

March 30, 2015

Two very strong and shallow earthquakes M6.4 and M6.5 hit Samoa Islands region

Two very strong and shallow earthquakes with recorded magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.5 (USGS) were registered in Samoa Islands region on March 30, 2015 at 08:18 and 08:48 UTC, respectively. USGS is reporting depths of 11.5 and 15.5 km.Geoscience Australia's preliminary rep

March 30, 2015

Major M7.5 earthquake hits New Britain region generating small tsunami, Papua New Guinea

A major earthquake with recorded magnitude of 7.5 (USGS) hit off the coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 23:48 UTC on March 29, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M7.7 at a depth of 72 km (44.7 miles).Epicenter w

March 30, 2015

Typhoon "Maysak" impacts Chuuk, heading toward Yap and Philippines

A low-pressure area which formed on March 24, 2015 near the Marshal Islands in Pacific Ocean organized into a tropical storm by March 27 and was named Maysak. The system was tracking westward and rapidly intensified into a typhoon on March 28. This is now the fourth nam

March 29, 2015

Atacama Desert flooded after 7 years of rain fell in just 12 hours

At least 10 people have been killed by catastrophic floods in northern regions of Chile after thunderstorms brought the equivalent of 7 years of rain in just 12 hours on March 26. Search and rescue operations are still in progress and authorities fear the number of casu

March 28, 2015

Strong eruption of Colima volcano accompanied by pyroclastic flows, Mexico

Mexico's Colima volcano is still very active with an average of 10 - 15 low to moderate explosions per day. An eruption which occurred at 15:17 UTC on March 27 (08:17 local time) generated ash plume which reached an estimated height of about 3 - 4 km and produced

March 28, 2015

Large solar prominence erupts, CME produced

A large solar prominence dubbed "the Great Wall of Plasma" erupted off the northeast limb of the Sun at approximately 13:00 UTC on March 27, 2015. This spectacular structure was more than 6x taller and 30x wider than Earth before it erupted. A Coronal Mass Eje

March 27, 2015

Asteroid 2014 YB35 to safely flyby Earth on Friday, March 27, 2015

A large asteroid named 2014 YB35 will flyby Earth at a safe distance of 11.6 LD (lunar distances) or about 4.45 million km (2.7 million miles) at 06:20 UTC on Friday, March 27, 2015. This asteroid is approximately 440 - 990 meters in diameter and is traveling at a relat

March 26, 2015

Landmark study proves magnets can control heat and sound

Scientists from the The Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with a magnetic field and presented their findings in the March 23 issue of the journal Nature Materials. The study is the first ever to prove that acoustic phonons - the elemental particl

March 25, 2015

Massive landslide buried parts of Chosica, Peru

A massive landslide caused by heavy rains buried parts of Chosica, Peru killing at least 9 people on March 24, 2015.Alfredo Murgueytio, the head of the National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci), said yesterday six people were missing and 25 were injured in the disaster

March 25, 2015

Hundreds more starving sea lions continue to wash up on West Coast

According to Shawn Johnson, the director of veterinary science at Sausalito's Marine Mammal Center, for the third year out of five, thousands of sea lion pups have beached themselves in an effort to survive. The sea lions are too young to be without their mothers an

March 24, 2015

Increased seismic activity detected around Ngauruhoe volcano, New Zealand

Seismic activity around Ngauruhoe, the highest peak of the Tongariro volcanic center, has increased above the typical background level, indicating minor volcanic unrest, GNS Science reports. The agency has raised the Volcanic Alert Level to level 1 (minor volcanic

March 24, 2015

Very strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile

A very strong and deep, M6.4 (USGS) earthquake was registered in Tarapaca region, northern Chile on March 23, 2015 at 04:51 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 120.9 km (75.1 miles). CSN Chile is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 121 km.Epicenter was located 48 km (30 miles) ESE

March 23, 2015

How is Mars rover Opportunity still alive?

Today, we review one of the great ongoing mysteries in the history of Mars exploration. In January of 2004, the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity arrived at the red planet about three weeks apart.Due to the extreme dustiness of the Martian environment, it was believed

March 21, 2015

Massive amounts of fresh water, glacial melt pouring into Gulf of Alaska

Incessant mountain rain, snow and melting glaciers in a comparatively small region of land that hugs the southern Alaska coast and empties fresh water into the Gulf of Alaska would create the sixth largest coastal river in the world if it emerged as a single stream, a r

March 20, 2015