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Powerful M6.9 earthquake hits Hindu Kush region, Afghanistan

A powerful earthquake registered by Pakistan's National Seismic Monitoring Centre (NSMC) as M6.9 at a depth of 197 km (122 miles) hit Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region at 19:14 UTC on December 25, 2015. USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 203 km (126 miles)....

December 25, 2015

Using maths to reveal the Sun's magnetic field mysteries

An important research project, led by the UK's University of Dundee, aims to improve knowledge of Sun's complex magnetic fields using mathematics. The goal is to find out the effects of space weather caused by the Sun and its magnetic structures origins....

December 25, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: December 16 - 22, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from December 16 - 22, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Egon, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Kanlaon, Philippines | Masaya, Nicaragua |...

December 24, 2015

Severe storm spawns a series of devastating tornadoes across South and Midwest US

A major storm accompanied with a series of deadly tornadoes battered the South and Midwest US on December 23, 2015. At least 7 people have been reported dead and many more injured. According to preliminary reports at least 14 tornadoes have touched the grounds...

December 24, 2015

Landslide buries a pick-up truck in Peru's Ayachuco region

A large landslide caused by days of heavy rain occurred in Peru's Ayachuco region on December 22, 2015. The event took place about 320 kilometers (200 miles) east of country's capital Lima. Report with the video says that there were, at least, two people...

December 24, 2015

Rare full moon to decorate the skies on Christmas Day

A rare celestial event will take place on December 25, 2015. A bright full moon, although not unusual phenomena per se, rarely coincides with Christmas date and will for sure make a nice contribution to the holiday atmosphere. The full moon of December, the...

December 24, 2015

Asteroid 2003 SD220 to flyby Earth on Christmas Eve

The year 2015 seems to have another festive surprise in store for astronomy lovers across the globe. After the Halloween asteroid's close flyby in October, another object will pass by our planet on Christmas Eve. Asteroid 2003 SD220 will fly by Earth at a safe...

December 24, 2015

Ceres imaged from the lowest orbital altitude ever

NASA's Dawn spacecraft collected new detailed images of the cratered and fractured southern hemisphere surface of the dwarf planet Ceres on December 10, 2015. The spacecraft took the images while cruising in the lowest and final orbit of the small planet. Dawn...

December 23, 2015

A step closer to 3-D printed rocket engine

A team of NASA scientists has moved a step closer to building a completely 3-D printed, high-performance rocket engine. They manufactured engine parts and test fired them with oxygen and cryogenic liquid hydrogen to produce about 9 tons (20 000 pounds) of thrust....

December 23, 2015

First amateur radio in geosynchronous orbit to improve communications in disaster areas

An amateur radio transponder is being prepared to be sent into geosynchronous orbit in 2017 to help, according to Virgina Tech News. Researchers at the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology say that it will allow great development in...

December 23, 2015

Strong M4.7 solar flare erupts from Region 2473

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M4.7 at its peak erupted from Region 2473 at 00:40 UTC on December 23, 2015. The event started at 00:23 and ended at 00:52 UTC. A Type II radio sweep with estimated velocity of 1318 km/s as well as a Type IV radio sweep...

December 23, 2015

NASA releases their future concept of Martian expedition

This video is concept animation of Martian Exploration mission, which shows one of many potential human landing sites on Mars and how it could evolve through time. It shows through many animations, where and how could possibly be human landing sites and how the...

December 23, 2015

Lake Poopo on the verge of drying out, Bolivia

Lake Poopo, the second largest lake in Bolivia, after Titicaca has almost dried up. The event prompted Victor Hugo Vasquez, the Governor of Oruro province to declare a state of natural disaster on December 19, 2015. The lake which used to extend over more than 4 610...

December 22, 2015

Massive earth crack swallows 6 km of road, Paraguay

A massive earth crack swallowed approximately 6 km (3.7 miles) of the road along the Route III connecting the districts Yby Yaú and Azotey in Paraguay on December 10, 2015. Video credit: Concepción al Día Video credit: Diario HOY According to...

December 22, 2015

Giant comets pose a much greater hazard to life than asteroids

The discovery of hundreds of giant comets in the outer planetary system over the last two decades means that these objects pose a much greater hazard to life than asteroids, a team of astronomers from Armagh Observatory and the University of Buckingham report. The...

December 22, 2015

Cassini makes final close flyby images of Saturn's moon Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its 22nd and the final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus on December 19, 2015 at 17:49 UTC and will now continue to observe the moon from a much greater distance. The spacecraft passed Enceladus at a distance of 4 999 km...

December 22, 2015

Beijing issues a red alert for hazardous smog pollution for the second time ever

Residents of China are experiencing another wave of severe smog pollution since December 18, 2015. The smog conditions have prompted Beijing authorities to issued its second red alert in the history, as hazardous conditions have been expected to last more than three...

December 21, 2015