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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

Strong eruption of Turrialba prompts evacuations, causes flight disruptions, Costa Rica

A new strong eruption of Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano started around 16:50 UTC on March 12, 2015. Volcanic material reached some 500 meters above the summit. This is the second major eruption of this volcano in the last five years.Raúl Mora, volcanologist w

March 13, 2015

Massive flash floods hit Angolan city of Lobito

Massive flash floods caused by torrential rains hit Angolan city of Lobito destroying dozens of homes and city structures and causing the death of at least 62 people, according to initial reports from local authorities.The Angop state-run news agency reported that the f

March 13, 2015

Rare subtropical storm formed off the southeast coast of Brazil, South Atlantic Ocean

A rare subtropical storm, with characteristics of both a tropical and a non-tropical system, formed on March 11, 2015 near east of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, the southeastern most state in Brazil.NOAA's GOES-East satellite provided imagery of the Atla

March 13, 2015

The top 6 climate change problems

In this data-driven video presentation, Ben Davidson of the SuspiciousObservers.org presents and explains 6 climate change problems.From (un)expected climate change and the difficulty to trust in what we hear to the shifting of the entire Solar System and more. Citation

March 12, 2015

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" triggers red alerts in Vanuatu

At 02:00 UTC on March 12, Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" (Category 4) was located about 950 km (590 miles) Northwest of Nadi, Fiji, RSMC Nadi Tropical Cyclone Center said. It had a central pressure of 935 hPa and average wind speeds of 185 km/h (114.9 mph) clos

March 12, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: March 4 - 10, 2015

New activity was observed at 5 volcanoes from March 4 - 10, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Fuego, Guatemala | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Soputan, Sulawesi (Indonesia) | Villarrica, Ch

March 12, 2015

New long-term earthquake forecast for California

A new California earthquake forecast by the USGS and partners revises scientific estimates for the chances of having large earthquakes over the next several decades. The Third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast, or UCERF3, improves upon previous models by in

March 12, 2015

Tropical cyclones "Olwyn" and "Nathan" threatening Australia

Two tropical cyclones are currently threatening Australia, Tropical Cyclone "Olwyn" and "Nathan". While Olwyn is expected to make landfall early Friday, March 13 (local time), "Nathan" is making a cyclonic loop near the eastern coast of Que

March 11, 2015

Severe sandstorm hits United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates (UAE) was hit by a severe sandstorm on March 10 and 11, 2015.Rainfall is also expected today and tomorrow across parts of the UAE, with the wet weather blowing in fresh winds that will raise dust and sand over open areas and reduce visibility, Emira

March 11, 2015

Powerful solar flare measuring X2.1 erupts from Region 2297

A major solar flare measuring X2.1 (R3-Strong radio blackout) erupted from Region 2297 at 16:22 UTC on March 11, 2015. The event started at 16:11 and ended at 16:29 UTC.A Type II (estimated velocity 1 461 km/s) and IV radio emissions were associated with the event. Type

March 11, 2015

USGS: Reawakened Oklahoma faults could produce larger future events

Reactivated faults that have produced thousands of Oklahoma earthquakes are capable of causing larger seismic events, according to USGS research conducted in cooperation with the Oklahoma Geological Survey.Since late 2009 the rate of magnitude 3 or larger earthquakes in

March 11, 2015

Strong M6.2 earthquake registered in northern Colombia

A strong M6.2 earthquake hit northern Colombia at 20:55 UTC on March 10, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 147.2 km (91.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 124 km (77 miles). Colombian seismological agency is reporting M6.6.Epicenter was located 14 km (9 miles

March 10, 2015

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" intensifies on its way to Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone "Pam" formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9, 2015 prompting tropical cyclone watch for all of the Solomon Islands.At 15:00 UTC on March 9, Pam's maximum sustained winds were near 83.3 km/h (51.7 mph).

March 10, 2015

Solar-powered plane takes off on a historic round-the-world flight

Swiss-made, 100% solar-powered airplane took off from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Monday, March 9, 2015 in a first ever attempt to fly around the world in a plane powered entirely by energy received from the Sun.On the same day, the plane successfully completed t

March 10, 2015

Increased solar activity continues, Region 2297 crackling with solar flares

Region 2297, currently the only numbered sunspot region on the Earth side of the Sun, is crackling with solar flares for the fifth day in a row. After 3 low level M-class flares on March 5 and 6, a long duration M9.2 on March 7 and impulsive M4.5 at 14:33 UTC on March 9

March 10, 2015

Water levels near Sao Paulo still dropping, Brazil

Southeastern and eastern Brazil is already 100 to 200 millimeters (4 to 8 inches) below normal rainfall for the calendar year, following 400 millimeter deficits for 2014, NASA's Earth Observatory writes. According to news reports, the Cantareira reservoir system, wh

March 09, 2015

Impulsive M4.5 solar flare erupts from Region 2297

An impulsive solar flare measuring M4.5 at its peak time erupted from Region 2297 at 14:33 on March 9, 2015. The event started at 14:22 and ended at 14:37 UTC.There were no radio signatures that would suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection was produced.This region is rotating

March 09, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Haliba" affecting portions of the Mascarene Islands

Tropical Cyclone "Haliba" formed in the southern Indian Ocean and is affecting portions of the Mascarene Islands (mainly Reunion Island). Inhabitants of this area should monitor the progress of this system, RSMC La Reunion said.Haliba is currently a Moderate t

March 09, 2015

Italy sets new world one-day snowfall record

Capracotta and Pescocostanzo, between Abruzzo and Molise in central Italy are officially the snowiest places in the world, Meteoweb.eu writes.While Capracotta, in the province of Isernia, has set the new world one-day snowfall record with 256 cm (8.34 feet) of snow in a

March 09, 2015

Scientists question rush to build controversial Nicaragua canal

A consortium of environmental scientists has expressed strong concern about the impact of a controversial Central American canal to be built across Nicaragua. The 172-mile long (276 km) Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal is suppose to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oc

March 09, 2015

Mysterious Lovejoy comets

In the last few years, several of the comets discovered by astronomer Terry Lovejoy have provided astronomers on Earth with dramatic and unexpected displays.From the astonishing 2011 journey of comet c/2011 W3, which survived perihelion just 140,000 km above the Sun&rsq

March 09, 2015

Inuit elders tell NASA Earth axis shifted

The Inuit Tribe are indigenous people who live in the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Siberia and Alaska. Their elders have written to the National Space and Aeronautics Administration (NASA) to tell them that the Earth's axis has shifted. The elders do not believe that

March 08, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake registered off the coast of New Britain, PNG

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake was registered off the coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 22:18 UTC on March 7, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 23.4 km (14.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 59 km (36.6 miles).Epicenter was located

March 07, 2015

Strong, long duration M9.2 solar flare erupts from Region 2297

Strong and long duration solar flare measuring M9.2 (R2 - Moderate) at its peak time erupted from Region 2297 at 22:22 UTC on March 7, 2015. The event started at 21:59 and ended at 22:49 UTC.A Type II (estimated velocity 704 km/s) and Type IV radio sweeps were associate

March 07, 2015

Mount Soputan erupts, volcanic ash up to 9.1 km, Indonesia

Indonesian Soputan volcano erupted at 09:09 UTC on March 7, 2015, PVMBG advised.Aviation Color Code was raised to Red.Volcanic ash was first estimated reaching an altitude of 3.6 km and drifting SW, but was later revised to 9.1 km based on MTSAT-2 IR satellite image.#So

March 07, 2015

Research suggests Mars had an ocean that covered approximately 20% of the planet

Isotopic measurements by researchers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center reveal that Mars once had an ocean that covered approximately twenty percent of the planet.Geronimo Villanueva, scientists at Goddard, said their study provides a solid estimate of how much w

March 06, 2015

Dawn spacecraft arrives at dwarf planet Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has reached dwarf planet Ceres and achieved orbit around it on Friday, March 6, 2015. Dawn was approximately 61 000 km (38 000 miles) away from Ceres when it was captured by its gravity at about 12:39 UTC.Mission controllers at NASA’s Je

March 06, 2015

Active region rotating onto the southeastern limb crackling with solar flares

Unnumbered region just rotating onto the southeastern limb produced 3 M-class (R1-Minor radio blackout) and several C-class solar flares in last 24 hours. The largest was a M3.0 that peaked at 04:57 UTC today, with the two M1 flares reaching their peaks at 18:11 UTC (M1

March 06, 2015

New tropical cyclone threatens Mozambique and Madagascar

A new tropical cyclone in the Mozambique Channel is threatening Mozambique and Madagascar with heavy rainfall. The system will likely make landfall on Monday, March 9 on the central western coast of Madagascar as a Severe tropical storm (Haliba).According to RSMC La Reu

March 06, 2015

Record-breaking cold from the US Midwest to the South and the Northeast

As arctic air continues to surge southward behind a cold front sweeping across the Southeast US, forecasters are warning that all-time March record lows are likely to be broken Friday morning.In addition to monthly record lows, dozens of daily record lows will be threat

March 06, 2015