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JPL movie shows flyby calculation of Asteroid 2005 YU55

NASA radars are monitoring 2005 YU55, an asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier, as it heads for a Nov. 8th flyby of the Earth-Moon system. There is no danger to our planet. At closest approach on Tuesday at 3:28 pm PST, the 400m-wide space rock will be 324,600

November 06, 2011

Misterious creatures washed up on Wellington beach in Lyall Bay, New Zealand

Thousands of the tiny creatures were spotted washed up Thursday afternoon on beach in Lyall Bay in New Zealand. Puzzled expert are trying to identify misterious creatures with black eyes and little legs. They guess that it could be from deeper water as they were

November 05, 2011

Strong harmonic tremors and rockslides at El Hierro

Pevolca has declared closing (until further notice) of the Los Roquillos tunnel because great risk of rockfall and landslides. The tunnel was already closed during the nightly hours, re-opened during the morning and awaiting a final verdict from Pevolca.  The strong

November 05, 2011

A Guide for Solar Watchers - Part 1

A Guide for Solar Watchers pt.1 - Sun basics For all those who don't quit understand what is happening with our Sun and what is space weather we decided to make A Guide for Solar Watchers. We will start with solar basics - structure, characteristics, solar

November 05, 2011

Eruptions this weekend could be Earth-directed as Sunspot 1339 turns toward our planet

Sunspot 1339 has quieted since Nov. 3rd when it unleashed an X2-class solar flare. Nevertheless, it still poses a threat for powerful eruptions. The behemoth sunspot has a "beta-gamma-delta" magnetic field that harbors energy for more X-flares. Eruptions this weekend

November 05, 2011

Haze along the Himalaya

Haze hugged the southern slopes of the Himalaya in early November 2011. At about 10:45 a.m. on November 3, 2011, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of haze stretching from Pakistan

November 05, 2011

Earthquakes killed 780,000 in past decade

Earthquakes claimed more than 780,000 lives in the past decade, accounting for nearly 60 percent of all disaster-related deaths, according to a study published in The Lancet on Friday. The study was conducted by Susan Bartels of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical

November 05, 2011

Hundreds of foreigners stranded in Everest region

Heavy fog has halted flights from the only airstrip serving the area causing around 1500 foreign tourists stranding in the Everest region."The hotels are running out of food because of the pressure. Hundreds of people are living in tents," Utsab Kharel, manager of

November 05, 2011

Europe’s nuclear reactor safety tests leave many unanswered questions

The European Commission ordered that all nuclear reactors in Europe undergo ‘stress tests’ to identify nuclear reactor safety concerns.  The European Council of 24/25 March, 2011, requested that the safety of all EU nuclear plants should be reviewed, on the basis

November 05, 2011

Dust storm off Alaska

Dust blew over the Gulf of Alaska in early November 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on November 2, 2011.Blowing toward the south-southwest, the dust plume remains

November 04, 2011

X1.9 Class Flare / Solar Watch Nov 4, 2011 (Video)

X-FLARE: Earth-orbiting satellites have just detected an X2-class solar flare. The source is huge sunspot AR11339. The strong X1.9 Solar Flare was recorded at 20:46 UTC Thursday evening. Associated with this flare was an R3 Level Radio Blackout and a 10cm Radio Burst

November 04, 2011

Asteroid 2005 YU55 facts & figures

Ok, people. We survived flyby of most popular "doomsday" Comet Elenin, now we facing another potential threat. Scientists assure us that we have nothing to worry about. Asteroid 2005 YU55 is the third close fly-by of a large asteroid to the Earth this year.

November 04, 2011

Big sunspot starting to release X-class solar flares

NOAA forecasters have upgraded the chance of X-class solar flares today to 20%. The source would be AR1339, one of the biggest sunspots in many years. The active region rotated over the sun's eastern limb two days ago and now it is turning toward Earth.The Radio

November 04, 2011

Report: US topsoil contains levels of radioactive cesium up to 10,000 percent higher than previously believed

Few in the mainstream media are talking about it these days, but radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is still spewing into and contaminating the environment. And a professional engineer from Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Department of

November 04, 2011

Government response to ongoing Fukushima radiation? Deafening silence

The silence of governments and the world press about the radiation dangers from Fukushima is alarming to say the least. We have an open nuclear sore on the planet, a radioactive boil that continues to burst casting a toxic shadow on the people of Japan and a few other

November 04, 2011

Frequent Mediterranean droughts caused by human impact on climate change

Wintertime droughts are increasingly common in the Mediterranean region, and human-caused climate change is partly responsible, according to a new analysis by NOAA scientists and colleagues at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).

November 03, 2011

Oman hit by flashfloods

Heavy rainfall causing flooding of usually dry wadis hit Oman and bring down the temperature thanks to a depression in the Arabian Sea. The regions of southern Dhofar, central Al Wusta and eastern Al Sharqiyah are regions directly facing the Arabian sea and they got

November 03, 2011

ISS night flight over Middle East and Southern Asia

While passing over Middle East and South Asia crew of International Space Station took another amazing images and video of nigh shining city lights on October 21st. Expedition 29 crew made an animation from dozens still images assembled by the Image Science and

November 03, 2011

Increased carbon dioxide emissions at El Hierro

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of  4.4  (initially reported as magnitude 3.8 by EMSC) occurred at 18:10 UTC at a depth of 23 km.  Epicenter was in the El Golfo bay. It was felt by the islanders.AVCAM has counted 85 quakes since midnight UTC today. The IGN

November 02, 2011

Lessons from 2011 Christchurch earthquake experience

Seismological Research Letters published yesterday, on November 1st issued a special research focused on the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Erol Kalkan, a research structural engineer and manager of the National Strong Motion Network with the U.S. Geological

November 02, 2011

Magnitude 6.2 - Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck at Atlantic-Pacific Ridge at  14:59:26 UTC. Location of epicenter is 1764 km (1096 miles) W of Swain's Island, 2011 km (1249 miles) N of Mt. Siple, Antarctica, 3384 km (2102 miles) S of Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands (55.303°S,

November 02, 2011

La Niña is back

La Niña is defined as cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific ocean that impact global weather patterns. La Niña conditions recur every few years and can persist for as long as two years.A sea surface anomaly, or

November 02, 2011

Large sunspot group harbors energy for M-class solar flares

A large sunspot group is rotating over the sun's northeastern limb, possibly signaling an uptick in solar activity. Measuring some 40,000 km wide and at least twice that in length, the behemoth active region is an easy target for backyard solar

November 02, 2011

Volcano/Earthquake watch Nov 2-4, 2011 (Video)

Targeting a significant Coronal Hole (CH482). After analysis I have located 8-11° N Latitude. Best fit regions for a possible 6.5 Magnitude are: Costa Rica, Panama, Carlsberg Ridge, Owen Fracture Zone or Mindanao PhilippinesAnother significant coronal hole located

November 02, 2011

Flooding in Southeast Asia

Thailand and Cambodia continued to cope with widespread flooding at the beginning of November 2011.  Barely discernible in 2008, Thailand’s Chao Phraya River and its tributaries have spilled onto floodplains in 2011. Meanwhile, in neighboring Cambodia, Tônlé Sab

November 02, 2011

Landslide leaves caravans dangling over 60 meters high cliff in South Wales

A geologist was brought in last week after cracks appeared at the top of the cliff at Porthkerry near Barry in South Wales.  But at about 8pm on Monday a 55 meters (60-yard) section collapsed. Witnesses said it sounded like fireworks going off.There are more than

November 02, 2011

NASA conference about asteroid 2005 YU55 close flyby + Live stream!

NASA scientists will have a unique observing opportunity with asteroid 2005 YU55, as the space rock "safely flies past Earth" at a distance slightly closer than the moon on Nov. 8, 2011.At the point of closest approach, the asteroid will be no closer than 201,700

November 02, 2011

Minor geomagnetic storm subsiding

The solar wind was at increased levels Tuesday morning and combined with a south tilting Bz, it stirred up a minor geomagnetic storm at high latitudes. Things have since returned to quieter levels.Solar activity increased to moderate levels Monday with three M-Class

November 01, 2011

G1 geomagnetic storm in progress (Video)

Solar activity picking up: sunspot is emerging over the sun's NE limb. Yesterday it unleashed three M-class solar flares and hurled a coronal mass ejections into space. Geoeffective solar activity could increase in the days ahead as the sun's rotation turns the sunspot

November 01, 2011

Level 3 emergency at the San Onofre nuclear plant, US

A level 3 emergency is being reported at the San Onofre nuclear plant Tuesday. Alarms and sirens were activated at the plant earlier this afternoon, possibly by an ammonia leak, SCE officials say. Edison officials say the leak occurred in a non-nuclear area at the

November 01, 2011

Magnitude 6.3 - Revilla Gigedo Island region, Mexico

Strong and shallow magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Revilla Gigedo Island region at 12:32:00 UTC 227 km (141 miles) NE of Socorro Island, 333 km (206 miles) SSE of Cabo San Lucas, Baja Calif. Sur, 419 km (260 miles) W of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexic0 (19.891°N,

November 01, 2011

Magnitude 6.2 - Xinjiang, China

USGS has recalculated the magnitude and reports now a 5.4 magnitude earthquake located 95 km (59 miles) ESE of Yining, 289 km (179 miles) SW of Karamay, Xinjiang, 302 km (187 miles) WSW of Shihezi, Xinjiang, China at depth of 27.9 km (17.3 miles).EMSC

November 01, 2011

Newly discovered cell properties could revolutionize disease research

Biologists at the University of Alberta accidentally stumbled upon a newly discovered cell property that could change the way scientists approach disease research and how we look for cures. The study was published in early October in the Public Library of Science

November 01, 2011

Small eruptions continue intermittendly at Lokon volcano (North Sulawesi)

Lokon volcano near Manado town in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, continues to erupt sporadically.  Andi Rosadi from VolcanoDiscovery Indonesian team climbed the volcano on 24 Oct and saw 2 eruptions on 26 Oct. Lokon is located near the popular Tomohon resort town in the

October 31, 2011

Jupiter in opposition closeup and a transiting Great Red Spot

Jupiter has been putting on quite a show in the night sky lately as it officially reached opposition on October 28, 2011, making it a target of many astrophotographers as the gas giant shows itself off big and bright in the night sky. This animation from amateur

October 31, 2011