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Primordial plasma: Hot gas or streams of charged particles?

Complex rings, knots, and twisted streamers are often ejected from stars (and other celestial objects). The overall shape of so-called “planetary nebula” sometimes reveal gigantic, bifurcated jets emerging from the central star, indicating the beginnings of

March 27, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: March 18 - 24, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 9 volcanoes from March 18 - 24, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 10 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Lewotobi, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Moyorod

March 26, 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

Unexplained warm layer discovered in Venus’ atmosphere

A group of Russian, European and American scientists have found a warm layer in Venus’ atmosphere, the nature of which is still unknown. The researchers made the discovery when compiling a temperature map of the upper atmosphere on the planet’s night side ba

March 26, 2015

Increased seismic activity at Semisopochnoi volcano, Aleutian Islands

Earthquake activity at Semisopochnoi volcano, Aleutian Islands that began in January continues, and has increased in intensity over the past few days, Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reports.In addition, AVO detected brief periods of seismic tremor, which can indicate

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

Total solar eclipse of March 20, 2015 as seen from Svalbard, Arctic Ocean

This video of March 20, 2015 total solar eclipse was made by eclipse-chaser Nick James who was in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, for the event."The weather was perfect and the corona was amazing in a very transparent deep blue sky," James said."There were intere

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

World's largest asteroid impacts found in central Australia

A 400 km-wide impact zone from a huge meteorite that broke in two moments before it slammed into the Earth has been found in central Australia. The crater from the impact millions of years ago has long disappeared, but a team of geophysicists has found the twin scars of

March 23, 2015

Dawn of a new era: the revolutionary ion engine that took spacecraft to Ceres

The NASA spacecraft Dawn has spent more than seven years travelling across the Solar System to intercept the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. Now in orbit around Ceres, the probe has returned the first images and data from these distant objects. But inside

March 23, 2015

United Nations urged to ensure open plant genomes

A plant scientist from The Australian National University (ANU) has called for the United Nations to guarantee free and open access to plant DNA sequences to enable scientists to continue work to sustainably intensify world food production. Dr Norman Warthmann, a plant

March 23, 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

It is a Magnetic Universe Genius

Part one: Cosmic Accelerators Current physics cannot explain the intense galactic magnetic fields in spiral galaxies and also the source of high energy particles, both charged and neutral particles (Cosmic Rays and Neutrinos) because of the major defects in the fundamen

March 22, 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

Large underground ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon

Hubble Space Telescope has the best evidence yet for an underground saltwater ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. The subterranean ocean is thought to have more water than all the water on Earth's surface. Identifying liquid water is crucial in the

March 21, 2015

Rosetta makes first detection of molecular nitrogen at a comet

ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made the first measurement of molecular nitrogen at a comet, providing clues about the temperature environment in which Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko formed, the agency reports.The in situ detection of molecular nitrogen has long been

March 20, 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

The mystery of solar nanoflares

Nanoflares are eruptions on the Sun which are billion times less energetic than ordinary flares but still have the power that belies their name. They appear as little brightenings of the solar surface at extreme ultraviolet and X-ray wavelengths and they might solve a l

March 20, 2015

High air pollution currently being measured across England and Wales

High air pollution is currently (March 19, 2015) being measured across a number of regions in England and Wales. This is due to pollution brought in via winds from the continent and particulate matter from a combination of local sources, the Department for Environment,

March 19, 2015

MAVEN detects unexpected aurora and mysterious dust cloud around Mars

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.The presence of the dust at orbital altitudes from

March 19, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: March 11 - 17, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from March 11 - 17, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Fuego, Guatemala | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Ruang, Sangihe Islands (Indonesia) | Turrialba, Costa Rica | Ub

March 19, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits off the coast of Concepcion, Chile

A strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake was registered off the coast of Concepcion, Bio Bio region, Chile at 18:27 UTC on March 18, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles).CSN Chile is reporting the same mag

March 18, 2015

Strongest geomagnetic storm of SC24 sparks spectacular aurora display

The strongest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle (Solar Cycle 24) reached G4 Severe levels (Kp=8) on March 17, 2015 and sparked spectacular auroras in both hemispheres of our planet. The event was identified as the combined effects of CMEs which erupted on Mar

March 18, 2015

Strong M6.6 earthquake registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia

A strong M6.6 earthquake was registered in Molucca Sea (Halmahera), Indonesia at 22:12 UTC on March 17, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 41.7 km. Geoscience Australia is also reporting M6.6, but at a depth of 66 km. Epicenter was located 134 km (83 miles) NW of Kota Ter

March 17, 2015

Supermoon, total solar eclipse and March equinox on March 20, 2015

​A supermoon, total solar eclipse and March equinox will all occur during March 20, 2015. The Moon will turn new at 09:36 UTC which is about 13.5 hours after reaching its closest point to our planet (lunar perigee) and will thus appear larger in size and have a larger

March 17, 2015

CMEs impact, geomagnetic storms reaching G4 Severe in progress

A sequence of events led to an Earth-directed asymmetric halo CME on March 15, 2015. The events began with a 14 degree long filament eruption, centered near S24W38, lifting off between 00:45 to 02:00 UTC. This was followed by C2.4 flare at 00:41 UTC and a long duration

March 17, 2015

New desktop app with potential to increase asteroid detection now available to public

A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge with the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers is now available to the public. The analysis of images using this algorithm showed a 15% increase in pos

March 16, 2015

Large green fireball accompanied by sonic booms observed over Europe

A large green fireball accompanied by sonic booms was observed over European countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland at 19:44 UTC on March 15, 2015.Markus Griesser from the Eschenberg Observatory in Switzerland said the information they received clearly indicates

March 16, 2015

Space weather highlights for March 5 - 15, 2015

Region 2297 rotated onto the SE limb on March 5, 2015 and by March 15 it managed to produce a total of 99 C-flares, 24 M-flares and 1 X-flare. From March 8 to 12, it was the only numbered sunspot region on the solar disk and from the end of March 5 to March 16, with jus

March 16, 2015

Saturn's moon Enceladus exhibits signs of hydrothermal activity

Data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft provided first clear evidence that Saturn's moon Enceladus exhibits signs of present-day hydrothermal activity which may resemble that seen in the deep oceans on Earth. The implications of such activity on a world

March 15, 2015

"Baffling" Mars plumes are electric

Science news headlines around the world tell of a baffling mystery on the planet Mars. In March of 2012, amateur astronomers spotted enormous plumes jetting from the Martian surface. The plumes were more than 250 km high and several hundreds of kilometers in length.Simi

March 15, 2015

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" devastates Vanuatu, dozens feared dead in one of region's worst weather disasters

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" was a massive and destructive Category 5 storm packing sustained winds of about 270 km/h (167 mph) and wind gusts of 320 km/h (198 mph) when it hit Vanuatu on Friday, March 13, 2015.The storm changed course at the last minute and

March 14, 2015

MMS spacecraft in Earth’s Orbit, preparing to study magnetic reconnection phenomenon

Following a successful launch at 02:44 UTC on March 13, 2015, NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft are now positioned in Earth’s orbit and ready to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconne

March 13, 2015