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Earth's moon wandered off axis billions of years ago

Planetary scientist Matt Siegler at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and colleagues discovered that Earth's moon slowly moved from its original axis roughly 3 billion years ago. The move would be as if Earth's axis relocated from Antarctica to...

March 23, 2016

Major winter storm underway from Central Rockies to High Plains, US

A major winter storm is well underway from the Central Rockies to the High Plains on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Blizzard warnings are in effect from across northeastern Colorado to southeastern Wyoming, southwestern Nebraska, and northwestern Kansas. The storm is...

March 23, 2016

Using supercomputers to predict severe tornadoes and large hail storms

A team of scientists based at the University of Oklahoma (OU) is using supercomputers to learn and predict how the biggest, most severe tornadoes and large hail form. When a hail storm moved through Fort Worth, Texas on May 5, 1995, it battered the highly populated...

March 23, 2016

Previously unknown, massive source of methanol identified

A team of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have identified the massive, previously unknown source of methanol in the ocean. According to the study, the phytoplankton, microscopic plant-like organisms, possess a surprising and unique...

March 23, 2016

Meteor mission launched to ISS

After two failed attempts, Meteor mission was successfully launched at 03:05 UTC on March 23, 2016. Instruments needed for the mission, along with more than 3 ½ tons of supplies were packed inside an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft and launched via the United...

March 23, 2016

Penumbral lunar eclipse on March 23, 2016

Observers located in the extreme eastern Asia, eastern Australia, the Pacific Ocean and the west coast of North America including Alaska will get to see a penumbral lunar eclipse on March 23, 2016, the first of three lunar eclipses in 2016. The eclipse will reach...

March 22, 2016

Analysis of St. Patrick's day fireball over the UK

A very large fireball illuminated the sky over London, UK for 4 seconds at 03:16 UTC on March 17, 2016. The event was observed from the UK, the Netherlands, France and Belgium and recorded by 5 stations and 7 cameras operated by the United Kingdom Meteor Observation...

March 22, 2016

Large landslide and egg-sized hailstones hit Hunan, China

A large landslide was captured on camera on March 18, 2016, as it buried a highway in Anhua County of China’s Hunan Province. Two days later, egg-sized hailstones hit Hunan's Chenzhou city. Footage shot by a driver shows a landslide took place at 09:10 and...

March 22, 2016

Large multiple-vortex waterspout filmed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A tornado formed in Fort Lauderdale, southeastern Florida on March 19, 2016, and soon turned into a large multiple-vortex waterspout. The rare event was filmed by several observers. The wind picked up boats, tossed garbage cans and left several cars damaged....

March 21, 2016

New Mars' gravity map released

A new map of Mars' gravity was released this month, providing a glimpse into the hidden interior of the planet. The map, most detailed to date, was derived using Doppler and range tracking data collected by NASA's Deep Space Network from three NASA...

March 21, 2016

Slow-moving natural disaster kills more than 350 000 animals, Mongolia

More than 350 000 farm animals have died in a slow-moving natural disaster known in Mongolia as a "dzud," International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports. "Dzud" is a clinical slow-onset disaster unique to Mongolia...

March 21, 2016

Colossal 'super spiral' galaxies discovered

Scientists using archived NASA data have discovered a strange new kind of galactic beast in the cosmic wilderness. Dubbed "super spirals," these unprecedented galaxies dwarf our own spiral galaxy, the Milky Way, and compete in size and brightness with the...

March 21, 2016

'Twin comets' to safely fly past Earth

Two Jupiter-family comets - 252P/LINEAR and P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) - will safely fly past Earth on March 21 and 22, 2016 at a distance of 5.2 million km (3.3 million miles) and 3.5 million km (2.2 million miles), respectively. The two comets have intriguingly...

March 21, 2016

Rare earthquake hits northern Sweden, largest in 100 years

A rare earthquake was registered about 45 km (28 miles) off the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia, northern Sweden late Saturday, March 19, 2016. Swedish national seismic network (SNSN) recorded it as a shallow M3.9 earthquake at 21:55 UTC. "This area of the Gulf...

March 21, 2016

Strong M6.4 earthquake hit near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia at 22:50 UTC on March 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 31.3 km (19.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 70 km (43.5 miles). According to the USGS,...

March 20, 2016

Rare natural phenomenon possible cause for the FlyDubai FZ981 crash

Evgeny Tishkovets, a leading specialist from the Fobos weather monitoring center, said a rare natural phenomenon might have been the cause of FlyDubai FZ981 crash on March 19, 2016, that killed all 62 people on board. "In the vicinity of the landing field,...

March 20, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hit off the coast of Antigua and Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit off the coast of Antigua and Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean at 11:26 UTC on March 19, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 24.5 km (15.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). The...

March 19, 2016