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Sky watchers - The Lyrid meteors passing by Earth!

 Every year in late April Earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), and the encounter causes a meteor shower--the Lyrids. This year the shower peaks on Friday morning, April 22nd. The best time to look, no matter where you live, is

April 22, 2011

Dead fish found on dam bank at Big Warrambool, Australia

An amount of European Carp fish in a dam at Big Warrambool alarmed the residents in Tuesday morning. There were thousands and thousands of dead fish on the water and line the banks metres deep.It is a mystery why they have all died, but a Lightning Ridge local

April 22, 2011

Impact of polar ozone depletion on subtropical precipitation

The ozone hole over Antarctica  has been rearranging rainfall patterns throughout the Southern Hemisphere for decades, a new modeling analysis shows.The idea that losing ozone in the cold stratosphere over the South Pole could affect weather in the lower

April 22, 2011

Mudslides and floods wreck havoc across Colombia

More than 200 families have been left homeless in the central Colombian town of Utica after a mudslide swept away their houses.Torrential rain unleashed by the La Nina weather system has flooded the country, killing hundreds and forcing millions from their

April 21, 2011

Greenpeace launched PolluterWatch site

 PolluterWatch is a project of Greenpeace that holds polluters accountable for the work they’re doing to block the transition from the dirty fossil fuels of the past to the clean energy sources of the future.The science is clear: We must take immediate

April 21, 2011

Texas fires: 828 structures and 1,779,788 acres consumed by 6,057 fires

Nightmarish wildfires in Texas have scorched almost two million acres and destroyed nearly thousand homes. The fires have now been raging for more than a week in Texas, so far burning through 1.4 million acres of land and racking up more than $8million in containment

April 21, 2011

February solar flare was sparked by five spinning sunspots

The giant solar flare unleashed in February was caused by five rotating sunspots working in concert, the UK's National Astronomy Meeting has heard.Images released from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) clearly show the sunspots, which are centres of magnetic

April 21, 2011

Toxic caterpillars invasion in UK

The Forestry Commission has issued a caution not to touch the caterpillars of the oak processionary moth. Residents in Pangbourne and parts of west London have been warned to steer clear of a toxic caterpillar. Their hairs contain a toxin that can cause itchy skin

April 21, 2011

657 New Islands Discovered Worldwide

The Earth has 657 more barrier islands than previously thought, according to a new global survey by researchers from Duke University and Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.The researchers identified a total of 2,149 barrier islands worldwide using satellite images,

April 21, 2011

Geomagnetic storm in progress (April 20, 2011)

Geomagnetic storm is in progress. K index showing level 5. Solar windspeed: 548.7 km/secdensity: 1.9 protons/cm3Planetary K-indexNow: Kp= 5 storm24-hr max: Kp= 5 stormThe K-index is a code that is related to the maximum fluctuations of horizontal

April 20, 2011

Earth tremor in Sri Lanka damaged seven houses

Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center (DMC) has reported that a minor earth tremor had occurred in the Kirinda area in the Hambantota District last night. The DMC said the tremor has occurred at around 10 pm on Monday night and that further investigations are being

April 20, 2011

Major damage in St Vincent from flash flooding

Flash flooding in parts of St Vincent has left millions of dollars in damage, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has reported. But the full extent of destruction caused by flash flooding in the north central area of the island on Monday and Tuesday

April 19, 2011

Extreme solar radation in Mexico!!

In two areas of the Valley of Mexico “extremely high” solar radiation is recorded, by which the system of monitoring atmospheric in the city of Mexico urged the population to take precautions to avoid damage to health. The body of the Secretariat of the environment

April 19, 2011

Hundreds of dead fish, dolphins and sea lions found in California

Hundreds of fish have been found dead in Ventura Harbor. This is the second large fish kill in Southern California this year. This time, hundreds of dead fish are floating in Ventura Harbor. Boaters were already noticing a large number of dead fish floating in the

April 19, 2011

2011 Skywatching Guide: Planets in the Solar System

The planets of our solar system are at tomes some of the most rewarding and simplest skywatching targets to spot, if you know when and where to look. Here's a look at how to observe the planets of the solar system in 2011:Tip: Astronomers measure distances in the sky

April 19, 2011

Fires burn across Texas with no end in sight

Since April 6, more than a million acres have burned throughout the state of Texas, according to the Texas Forest Service. This image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, shows conditions on April 15, 2011.

April 19, 2011

Caterpillars swarm over parts of Indonesia

Most renowned Indonesia's island Bali is under caterpillar attack in the past week. As a result, the local administration announced a state of emergency.Bali’s capital Denpasar, as well as six other regencies (districts) of Buleleng, Jembrana, Gianyar,

April 19, 2011

Gasoline spill likely killed thousands of Goldstream River salmon

Thousands of salmon are expected to have been killed by a large gasoline spill that poured into Goldstream River during the weekend.A Columbia Fuels truck smashed into the rock face and rolled, damaging the cab and one of the two tanks the engine was pulling. About

April 19, 2011

Can a tornado have more than one funnel?

A deadly three-day storm spawned a reported 267 tornadoes over the weekend, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. But not all of these were single funnel clouds — some were what you might call tornado twins and triplets.Storm chasers following

April 18, 2011

Mountain fire breaks out in east China, spreads toward Mount Tai

A mountain fire broke out in East China's Shandong province Monday morning, spreading toward Mount Tai, according to a report from local authorities. Fires broke out in several locations in the mountainous area near Shandong's capital city of Jinan around 9 am Monday.

April 18, 2011

Hailstorm hits SW China's Guizhou province

At least 17 people were killed and 155 injured in south China's Guangdong province as of Monday after hailstones, cloudburst and strong wind ravaged the region.Gales as strong as 45.5 meters per second, accompanied by hailstorm and lashing rain, battered cities

April 18, 2011

World is "one shock away from a full-blown crisis"

Driven in part by higher fuel costs connected to events in the Middle East and North Africa, global food prices are 36 percent above their levels a year ago and remain  volatile, pushing people deeper into poverty. According to the latest edition of the World

April 18, 2011

Landslide in East Java

Ten people died in a landslide at Pandansari village in Malang district, East Java on Sunday.The total number of casualties is at 10. The last victim died at Saiful Anwar Hospital after receiving treatments for his injuries, seven people remained hospitalized.The

April 18, 2011

Milky Way through a Saharan sandstorm

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011 by Terje Sorgjerd. He has the pleasure of visiting El Teide.Spain´s highest mountain (@3715m@Canary Island) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and

April 18, 2011

Rare sight: Mercury to meet Mars at dawn on Tuesday

Skywatchers set your alarm clocks: On Tuesday morning (April 19), Mercury will appear to have a close encounter with Mars.In reality, the two planets will actually be separated by about 161 million miles (259 million kilometers), but in Earth’s sky they will appear

April 18, 2011

Earthquake 6,6 hit volcanic arc south of Kermadec Islands

6.6 magnitude earthquake struck in the South Pacific on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter was south of the Kermadec Islands, about 340 miles (550 kilometers) east-northeast of Auckland, New Zealand, the survey said.The earthquake had a

April 18, 2011

Egtved virus caused marine mass death in Northern hemisphere

A virus likened to the human Ebola virus because it makes fish bleed to death has been identified as the mystery agent that caused thousands of dead fish to clog up Milwaukee harbour last month.The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on 1 April

April 17, 2011

Historic tornado outbreak: 241 tornadoes affected 14 states in just 3 days

From Thursday, April 14, 2011 to Saturday, April, 16, 2011, devastating tornadoes rampaged across communities of the southern United States. Cities and towns from Oklahoma to North Carolina were assaulted by the deadly twisters.The tornado outbreak led to a total of

April 17, 2011

Heating up of solar storms season

Sun woke up after three years of sleep. Several powerful solar flares occurred in recent months, with a February 14 blast as the strongest and  the most powerful outburst in more than four years. Considering surface of Sun dotted with sunspots and recent activity,

April 17, 2011

Earthquake 5.2 and several aftershocks hit north Queensland

Several aftershocks have been felt by residents in parts of north Queensland following a 5.2-magnitude earthquake. The quake, one of the largest to hit the state in many years, was recorded 60 kilometres west of Bowen just after 3.30pm (AEST) Saturday.The rumblings

April 17, 2011

Lyrids meteor shower

After 3,5 months of weak meteor activity, the Earth enters the drawn-out dusty tail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). Most years in April there are no more than 5 to 20 meteors per hour during the shower's peak. But sometimes, when Earth glides through an unusually dense

April 16, 2011

Hailstorms damage crops across states in India

As wheat harvesting picks up in Punjab and Haryana, recent rain and windy weather has left farmers in the states worried. Hailstorm lashed Jalandhar yesterday, while Amritsar, Phagwara, Nawanshahr and Balachaur received showers, which was accompanied by strong winds.

April 16, 2011

Air pollution worries Iran as sandstorms wreak havoc

Iranians are worried by crippling air pollution as "unprecedented" sandstorms mostly originating from neighbouring Iraq hit 20 provinces, forcing the shutdown of schools and government offices. The blinding sandstorms hit western, central and southern provinces on

April 16, 2011

Watch the Moon LIVE!

LIVE FROM THE MOON As the Moon waxes full this weekend, AstronomyLive.com is broadcasting live views of lunar terrain from telescopes in Europe and North America. Tune in for a lunar tour, or become a broadcaster yourself!AstronomyLive!Dutch Observatory E-Cosmos

April 16, 2011

Tropical Cyclone Errol Inching Toward Western Australia

Tropical Cyclone Errol formed off the northern coast of Western Australia Friday and gained strength throughout the day Sunday. It will have maximum sustained winds near 75 mph when it affects Indonesia. Errol is expected to cause strong winds and heavy rain over the

April 16, 2011