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The Electric Comet II - Best Evidence

This video is the first segment of Episode 4 Symbol of an Alien Sky documentary series. It provides an update of comet science, starting where the earlier documentary made by The Thunderbolts Project titled "The Electric Comet" left off. The objective of...

November 23, 2015

The largest November snowstorm in 122 years hits Chicago

An intense snow storm hit Chicago on November 20, 2015. Heavy storm brought large amount of snowfall across parts of Chicago, causing traffic delays across the city. According to the National Weather Service (NWS) this snow event was for the record book. The first...

November 22, 2015

Large filament erupts on the southeast quadrant of the Sun

A large filament erupted on the southeast quadrant of the Sun during the early morning UTC hours of November 22, 2015. The eruption began at approximately 07:30 UTC and launched a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. Although LASCO coronagraph imagery is still...

November 22, 2015

Massive landslide in Myanmar kills at least 90 people, more than 100 missing

A massive landslide near a jade mine in the state of Kachin, northern Myanmar killed at least 90 people and left more than 100 missing on November 21, 2015. Most of them were scavengers sifting through a huge mountain of tailings and waste in the hope of finding...

November 22, 2015

Erta Ale's lava lake close to overflowing, Ethiopia

The active lava lake in the southern pit of the Ethiopian Erta Ale volcano, 30 - 40 m (100 - 130 feet) in diameter, remains very active and approaches levels close to overflowing the margins of the pit again, being only a few meters below the floor of the caldera,...

November 21, 2015

M6.1 earthquake hits Tanimbar Islands region, Indonesia

A strong earthquake registered as M6.1 (USGS) hit Tanimbar Islands region, Banda Sea, Indonesia at 09:06 UTC on November 21, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 67.3 km (41.8 mi). Geoscience Australia is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles). According to the...

November 21, 2015

Thick layer of ash blankets local communities as Tungurahua erupts again, Ecuador

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, situated about 135 km (80 miles) south of capital Quito, is showing signs of increased activity since November 9, 2015 and covering local houses and crops of the nearby communities with smoke and thick layers of ash. Instituto...

November 20, 2015

Tropical Storm "Rick" develops off the Mexican shore

A new tropical storm, named Rick, formed off the coast of Mexico, in the eastern Pacific ocean, on November 19, 2015. The storm poses no threat to Mexico residents, according to current advisories, and will most likely diminish into a remnant low over the next three...

November 20, 2015

Typhoon "In-Fa" to become violent while passing Guam

Tropical Storm "In-Fa" transitioned into a very strong typhoon on November 18, 2015, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). The system is still intensifying and is expected to become of violent strength as it passes south of Guam on November...

November 20, 2015

STEREO-A solar observatory resumes normal operations

As of November 17, NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft (Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory Ahead), has once again resumed its science operations and began transmitting data at its full rate. For the previous year, STEREO-A was transmitting only a weak signal,...

November 19, 2015

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

New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes from November 11 - 17, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Fuego, Guatemala | Rinjani, Lombok Island (Indonesia) | Yasur, Vanuatu. Ongoing activity:...

November 19, 2015

Antarctic Ice contributed to the historic dry up and re-flooding of the Mediterranean Sea

International team of scientists conducted an in-depth research which has finally shed light on my the processes responsible for the dry up of the Mediterranean Sea, about 5.6 million years ago. Research results imply that future melting of large ice masses will...

November 19, 2015

CME hits Earth sparking geomagnetic storm

Two solar filaments erupted from the SW quadrant of the Sun late November 15 and early November 16 producing a Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) that arrived at Earth at 20:10 UTC on November 18. A G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm is currently in progress. This, combined...

November 19, 2015

Chilly November temperatures observed in Alaska

A spell of extremely cold and frosty weather swept Fairbanks, Alaska on November 16, 2015. The lowest recorded temperature reached -32.8 °C (- 27 °F), while on average - 20 °C (- 4 °F) prevailed across the state. Alaska: statewide average temp of...

November 18, 2015

Very strong and shallow M7.1 earthquake hits near the coast of Solomon Islands

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M7.1 hit near the coast of Solomon Islands at 18:31 UTC on November 18, 2015. The agency is reporting depth of 3 km (1.9 miles). USGS is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 10.8 km (6.7 miles). ...

November 18, 2015

Earth's groundwater supplies mapped for the first time

An international team of scientists has for the first time succeeded in producing the map of Earth's total groundwater supplies, Canadian University of Victoria announced on November 17, 2015. This pioneering attempt managed to provide significant information in...

November 18, 2015

Strong flash floods batter Saudi Arabia

Heavy rainfall battered western, northern and central Saudi Arabia on November 17, 2015, causing strong flash floods across the affected areas. So far, 8 people died and one person, presumably a child, remains missing. A spell of unusually severe rainstorms and...

November 18, 2015

Tropical Storm "In-Fa" forms near Pohnpei Island, Micronesia

Tropical Storm "In-Fa" formed over the waters of northwest Pacific, near Pohnpei Island, on November 17, 2015, according to the Join Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). The storm is currently located in a very favorable environment supporting its...

November 18, 2015

Astronomers create the first weather map of a giant Jupiter-like exoplanet

For the first time, astronomers have actually mapped the weather of an exoplanet beyond our Solar System. Astronomers have found that gas giant HD 189733b has winds swirling at 8690 km/h (5400 mph). This is due to the planets extremely close orbit around its host...

November 18, 2015

Violent strombolian activity observed at Rinjani volcano, Indonesia

Rinjani volcano in Lombok, Indonesia, active since October 25, 2015 is now continually erupting. Although ashes from the volcano caused the Denpasar airport on Bali to close down on November 2, only smaller ash plumes have been reported over the last few days, no...

November 17, 2015

Colima volcano showing signs of increased activity, Mexico

The Colima volcano in Mexico exhibited signs of increased activity over the last two days. The volcano, also known as the Fire Volcano, erupted on November 16, 2015, followed by another eruption on the morning of November 17 (local time). Colima has been constantly...

November 17, 2015

Dangerous weather wreaks havoc across US Plains, almost 40 tornadoes reported

Almost 40 unconfirmed tornadoes were reported to batter the US Plains, as of November 17, 2015. Major damage has been reported in Texas, while extreme conditions persisted in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, as well. Devastated homes, blown cars, traffic disruptions...

November 17, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits near the west coast of Greece

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by EMSC as M6.5 hit near the west coast of Greece at 07:10 UTC on November 17, 2015. The agency is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 mile). USGS is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 11.1 km (6.9 miles). According to the USGS,...

November 17, 2015

WT1190F burns into a spectacular fireball on its journey through Earth's atmosphere

NASA's researchers observed space debris named WT1190F fall to Earth on November 13, 2015. According to their report the object was more fragile than originally thought and it quickly burned into a fireball brighter than Venus, providing a spectacular view on...

November 17, 2015

Small asteroid makes a close Earth flyby at 0.09 LD

A small asteroid discovered on November 14, 2015, made a close flyby to Earth only a couple of hours after it was observed. The asteroid named 2015 VY105 came as close to our planet as an average geostationary satellite. However, good news is that 2015 VY105 was so...

November 16, 2015

Annual Leonid meteor shower peaks this week

As we approach the end of the year, it is time to welcome the annual Leonid meteor shower. This shower is associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle and is considered to be one of the most beautiful meteor showers in existence. This year, the Leonid meteor shower is...

November 16, 2015

Deep low over the Bay of Bengal inundates Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu

Severe rainstorms brought by a deep low over the Bay of Bengal that battered Tamil Nadu last week, have also been affecting Sri Lanka since November 15, 2015. Almost 20 000 people have been affected by flooding conditions while 2 600 were forced to leave their...

November 16, 2015

Rare tornado touch-down causes damage in Denair, California

A rare tornado touch-down was observed near Zeering Road in Denair, Stanislaus County, California on the afternoon (local time) of November 15, 2015. The tornado damaged houses and trees, as well as a roof of the nearby church, according to the Stanislaus County...

November 16, 2015

Storm "Abigail" and remnants of Ex-hurricane "Kate" flood parts of UK and Ireland

Storm "Abigail" and remnants of Ex-hurricane "Kate" have brought heavy rainfall to parts of UK and Ireland during November 14 and 15, 2015. Overflowing rivers flooded parts of England, Wales and Ireland. Luckily, no victims have been reported....

November 16, 2015

Historic winter floods leave parts of China under water

Heavy rainfalls have triggered torrential flooding across parts of southern, eastern and central China as of November 13, 2015. A huge landslide in eastern China killed 25 people and left 21 missing while, in total, over 200 000 people have been affected by extreme...

November 16, 2015

Electric comets in action

The ThunderBolts started a series of reports on groundbreaking scientific data from the ESA Rosetta mission to Comet 67P. In previous Space News', Dr. Franklin Anariba, a lecturer at Singapore University of Technology and Design, has presented a scientific...

November 16, 2015

Large landslide hits the village of Lidong, eastern China

​A large landslide triggered by heavy rains burried nearly 30 homes in China's Zhejiang Province on the evening of November 13, 2015. On Sunday, November 15, local authorities said the death toll has risen to 21, with 16 people still missing. Only one person...

November 15, 2015

Increased unrest recorded at Bromo volcano, Tengger caldera, Indonesia

A phase of increased unrest has started at Tengger caldera's Bromo cone, East Java, Indonesia, one of Java's most active and most frequently visited volcanoes. The last known eruption of this volcano occurred in 2012. On November 1, the local volcano...

November 15, 2015

Mars' moon Phobos is slowly disintegrating

The long shallow grooves on Phobos are likely early signs of structural damage. Scientists now believe that Phobos is not solid but instead is a pile of rubble covered by a thick layer of dust which makes it look solid. Scientists expect the moon to be pulled apart...

November 14, 2015

New coronagraph design to be tested in an upcoming CubeSat mission

A team of scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center plan to send a ball sized spherical titanium occulter to study the Sun's corona. This mission is expected to help scientists understand Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) much more clearly. The spherical...

November 14, 2015