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Long-standing space mystery revealed - origin of the 'theta aurora'

Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the Sun’s effect on Earth, but many aspects of these spectacular displays are still poorly understood. Thanks to ESA’s Cluster and NASA’s Image satellites working together, a particular type of very high-la

December 19, 2014

Strong M6.9 solar flare erupts from geoeffective Region 2241

A strong solar flare measuring M6.9 (R2-Moderate Radio blackout) at its peak time erupted from geoeffective Active Region 2241 at 21:58 UTC on December 18, 2014. The event started at 21:41 and ended at 22:25 UTC.This region is located at the center of the solar disk and

December 18, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: December 10 - 16, 2014

New activity/unrest was reported for 10 volcanoes from December 10 - December 16, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fogo, Cape Verde | Kusatsu-Shiranesan, Honshu (Ja

December 18, 2014

Asteroid impact exercise - preparing for an asteroid impact

In ESA's first-ever asteroid impact exercise, the agency and European disaster response offices recently rehearsed how to react if a threatening space rock is ever discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. They went through a countdown to an impact, practic

December 18, 2014

Curiosity rover finds active, ancient organic chemistry on Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill."This temporary increase in meth

December 18, 2014

Satellites measure increase of Sun’s energy absorbed in the Arctic

NASA satellite instruments have observed a marked increase in solar radiation absorbed in the Arctic since the year 2000 – a trend that aligns with the steady decrease in Arctic sea ice during the same period.While sea ice is mostly white and reflects the sun&rsqu

December 17, 2014

Kilauea lava flow about 5 days from Pahoa Marketplace, Hawaii

In their latest Kilauea status update issued 08:06 UTC today, HVO said that the June 27th flow remains active, with a new lobe advancing an average of 285 m/day (310 yd/day) between December 9 and 16.The leading edge is about 1.5 km (0.9 mi) from the Pahoa Marketplace,

December 17, 2014

Rapidly intensifying winter storm turns deadly, Japan

A rapidly intensifying low-pressure mass, which started in eastern China earlier this week, is causing heavy snow, strong winds and high waves across the northern Japan today. By Wednesday morning, extreme weather events already claimed lives of at least 3 people.Japan

December 17, 2014

Strong, long duration solar flare measuring M8.7 erupted from geoeffective region

A very strong solar flare measuring M8.7 at its peak time (R2 - Moderate Radio blackout) erupted from geoeffective Active Region 2242 ('beta-gamma-delta') at 04:50 UTC today. This was a long duration event which started at 04:25 and ended at 05:20 UTC. The event

December 17, 2014

Scientists identify mechanism that accelerated the 2011 Japan earthquake

The fault responsible for the 9.0 magnitude Tohoku earthquake had been relieving stress at a gradually accelerating rate for years before the 2011 quake.Stanford scientists have found evidence that sections of the fault responsible for the 9.0 magnitude Tohoku earthquak

December 16, 2014

NOAA and BGS update World Magnetic Model (WMM)

NOAA officials announced yesterday the World Magnetic Model (WMM), a representation of Earth’s large-scale magnetic field and an indispensable complement to GPS devices used by NATO, the United States and United Kingdom militaries, as well as civil applications ra

December 16, 2014

Major winter storm aims Japan, December 16 - 17, 2014

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said a rapidly developing low-pressure mass is expected to bring heavy rain, snow and strong winds which will affect almost entire Japan on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 16 and 17, 2014.Heavy storm conditions, high waves, floods,

December 16, 2014

Myanmar’s overshadowed sufferings

Problems in brief Myanmar’s struggling democracy and oppression on Rohingya minority have made the world media busy in covering the country, eventually hindering the news of numerous sufferings across the country. In most of the human development Myanmar ranks

December 16, 2014

Rosetta Mission Update - Comets may not be what we thought

The Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Perhaps the strangest solar system object ever observed up close in the course of the space age. It was the target of the Rosetta probe, whose 10-year journey began in March 2004, under the sponsorship of the European Space Agency.Th

December 15, 2014

MAVEN identifies links in chain leading to atmospheric loss

Early discoveries by NASA’s newest Mars orbiter are starting to reveal key features about the loss of the planet’s atmosphere to space over time. The findings are among the first returns from NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) missio

December 15, 2014

Scientists observe the Earth grow a new layer under an Icelandic volcano

New research into an Icelandic eruption has shed light on how the Earth's crust forms, according to a paper published today in Nature. When the Bárðarbunga volcano, which is buried beneath Iceland's Vatnajökull ice cap, reawakened in August

December 15, 2014

Strong eruption and major pyroclastic flow observed at Sinabung volcano, Indonesia

Darwin VAAC reported a high level eruption of Indonesian Sinabung volcano on December 14, 2014. Aviation Color Code was briefly set to Red and later downgraded to Orange as the eruption became less active.At 02:32 UTC today (09:32 local time) volcanic ash cloud reached

December 14, 2014

Geminids - the king of meteor showers peaks this weekend

Geminid meteor shower, the king of meteor showers, peaks during the night and early morning hours of December 13 and 14 as our planet passes through a debris field left by asteroid, or a possible "rock comet", named 3200 Phaethon.Geminids are considered by man

December 13, 2014

Impulsive M1.5 erupts off the east limb, Earth under the influence of CH HSS

An impulsive solar flare measuring M1.5 at its peak time erupted early on December 13, 2014, from a region just rotating around the SE limb. The event started at 05:13, peaked at 05:20 and ended at 05:25 UTC.This new region shows a good potential for increased solar act

December 13, 2014

Deadly landslide hits Jemblung village in Central Java, Indonesia

Indonesian officials said at least 18 people were killed and 90 are still missing after a landslide set of by heavy rains buried dozens of houses in Jemblung village, Banjanegara district of Indonesia's Central Java, on Friday, December 12, 2014.National Disaster Mi

December 13, 2014

Drought-stricken California battered with intense rain and winds

Drought-stricken California was battered with intense rain and winds since early Thursday morning, December 11, as well as parts of Oregon and Washington in what US National Weather Service (NWS) office in California forecasted as one of the strongest storms in terms

December 12, 2014

Hagupit weakens into tropical depression as it approaches southern Vietnam

Former Super Typhoon "Hagupit" weakened into a tropical depression as it approached southern Vietnam coast. During December 11 the system was moving to the west at 15 km/h (9 mph), developing maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h (34 mph).MTSAT visible/IR

December 12, 2014

Heavy floods bring chaos to Sao Paulo, Brazil

Violent storms and heavy rainfall hit Sao Paulo in Brazil on December 10, 2014, causing flooding and traffic chaos as authorities announced a state of alert in some parts of the city.Thunderstorm dumped more than two inches of rain in only a few hours. Streets turned

December 12, 2014

Oceans are laden with 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighning nearly 269 000 tons

After a six-year study of conditions across the globe, team of international researchers came upon shocking results that the world's ocean are laden with a minimum estimate of 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing 268 940 tons. Larger plastic debris around

December 11, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: December 3 - 9, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from December 3 - December 9, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fogo, Cape Verde | Sinarka, Shiashkotan Island (Russ

December 11, 2014

Biggest storm in nearly a decade to affect Northern California and Oregon, US

Biggest Pacific storm system in nearly a decade is about to bring flooding and mudslide danger for Northern California and Oregon. An atmospheric river of moisture, also known as "pineapple express", is tapping moisture from the tropics ahead of round of

December 11, 2014

'Weather Bomb' - Explosive cyclogenesis in the Atlantic

A low pressure system underwent what is known as "explosive cyclogenesis" - or less formally became a "weather bomb" - when it intensified rapidly with a steep decline in pressure, between Greenland and Iceland late on Monday and early on Tuesday. Th

December 10, 2014

Tropical Storm "Hagupit" continues to weaken as it exits the Philippines

Former Super Typhoon - now a Tropical Storm "Hagupit", also known as “Ruby” in the Philippines, continues to weaken as it makes its way out from the Philippines, into the open waters of the South China Sea. Hagupit lashed the Philippines leaving

December 10, 2014

Extreme close up of the Fogo volcano eruption, status update

Cape Verde's Fogo volcano violently erupted on November 23, 2014, after almost 20 years of sleep. The lava flow already destroyed Portela and Bangaeira villages and is now on its way toward Ferdinand Gomes (Fernão Gomes). This extreme close up footage shows l

December 09, 2014

New eruption of Turrialba volcano, Costa Rica

Another eruption of Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano occurred at 02:24 UTC today (21:24 local time on December 8). Ash fall and strong sulfur smell was reported in areas up to 40 km from the volcano.Gino Gonzalez, volcanologist at the National Seismological Network, s

December 09, 2014

Near-Earth asteroid 2014 UR116 represents no impact threat to our planet

A recently discovered Near-Earth Asteroid designated "2014 UR116" does not represent an impact threat to our planet, as some media reports claim, NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office said in a press release yesterday. "While this approximately 400-

December 09, 2014

European weather during November 2014 by EUMETSAT

Many countries in Europe reported unusually mild weather in November - with a surprising lack of frost for late autumn. There were several episodes of severe weather and extreme rainfall, however.Northern Italy and Switzerland had severe flooding in places, as well as l

December 09, 2014

New Horizons wakes up for historic Pluto encounter

New Horizons woke up from hibernation on December 6, 2014 after a 4.8 billion km voyage (3 billion miles) and almost nine years after launch. The spacecraft is now preparing for a six-month encounter with Pluto that begins in January 2015. This mission will complete

December 08, 2014

Very strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake off the coast of Panama

A very strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.6 (USGS) on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Punta de Burica in the Panama - Costa Rica border region at 08:54 UTC on December 8, 2014. This quake comes 2 days after M6.0 hit the same region.USGS reports

December 08, 2014

Fogo eruption intesifies - lava flow destroys Portela, reaches Bangaeira

Eruption of Fogo volcano intensified on Saturday, December 6, and destroyed almost the whole village of Portela. According to news reports, the lava flow has now reached Bangaeira, a village downslope of Portela.Authorities ordered full evacuation of the area, however,

December 07, 2014