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Solar Probe Plus to fly into the Sun's upper atmosphere and touch the star

NASA's Solar Probe Plus mission has moved one step closer to its launch, scheduled for summer 2018, after passing a design review. After the successful review, the mission will transition to final assembly and implementation. It is the first mission into the...

August 09, 2016

Venus' early climate could have sustained life

New research, led by scientists from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, suggests Venus and Earth closely resembled each other during the early days of the Solar System, between one and two billion years ago. Venus, now the hottest planet in our Solar...

August 09, 2016

Strong winds and heavy rainfall threaten Baja California as Tropical Storm "Javier" eyes Mexico

After Earl lashed parts of Mexico with abundant rainfall and triggered numerous deadly landslides, another tropical storm is aiming the region. Newly formed Tropical Storm "Javier" is nearing the southern tip of Baja California Sur, and another spell of...

August 08, 2016

State of emergency declared after worst flooding since 1962 hits Skopje, Macedonia

At least 21 people were killed in flash floods caused by an extremely powerful storm that hit the country late Saturday evening, August 6, 2016. A state of emergency was declared in capital Skopje and neighboring districts. Hundreds of homes and vehicles were...

August 08, 2016

40 people killed as Tropical Storm "Earl" triggers severe flash floods and mudslides in Mexico

Tropical Storm "Earl" accompanied by intense rainfall caused flash floods and mudslides in mountainous regions of Mexico during the weekend of August 6, 2016. At least 40 people were killed, and the damage from the storm affected at least 200 people,...

August 08, 2016

Perseids to peak in outburst mode on August 11 and 12, 2016

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most prolific annual meteor showers and this year it is expected to peak in outburst mode on the night of August 11 and the morning of August 12 (UTC). This means the shower has a great potential to be spectacular, with up to...

August 07, 2016

New form of light created

A new study performed by the scientists from the Imperial College London suggests it is possible to bind light to a single electron and create a new form of light. The new light form's properties would lead to circuits that work with packages of photons instead...

August 06, 2016

Tropical Storm "Omais" to become a typhoon and affect Japan with high waves

Omais, the seventh tropical cyclone of the 2016 Pacific typhoon season, developed on August 4, 2016. The system will intensify and become a typhoon over the next 48 hours, and begin to weaken afterward. No watches or warnings have been issued. The storm may bring...

August 05, 2016

Tropical Storm "Earl" causes flooding and traffic disruptions in Belize, flash floods and mudslides expected in Mexico

After making landfall over Belize, Tropical Storm "Earl" continues to move inland, lashing southern Mexico with heavy rainfall. Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for parts of Mexico, as intense winds and heavy rainfall may induce life-threatening...

August 05, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: July 27 - August 2, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes between July 27 and August 2, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) |...

August 05, 2016

Strong and deep M6.3 earthquake hits near Iwo Jima, Japan

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.3 hit near the island of Iwo Jima, Japan at 16:24 UTC on August 4, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 530 km (329 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 516.7 km (321 km). According to the USGS,...

August 04, 2016

Strong M6.1 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Jujuy, Argentina

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Jujuy, Argentina at 14:15 UTC on August 4, 2016. The agency reported a depth of 254 km (158 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 48.6 km (30.2 miles) WSW of La Quiaca (Population: 14 751),...

August 04, 2016

Bright Kreutz sungrazer plunges into the Sun

A new Kreutz family sungrazing comet appeared in SOHO's LASCO C3 coronagraph imagery around 00:40 UTC on August 2, 2016. The comet made its closest approach to the Sun around 05:15 UTC on August 4, becoming one of SOHO's top 10 brightest sungrazers. Its...

August 04, 2016

Anomaly places Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in inertial mode

Following a lunar transit from 11:13 to 12:18 UTC on August 2, 2016, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) did not go back into Science mode. More than 24 hours after the anomaly occurred, mission managers said the spacecraft is currently in inertial mode....

August 04, 2016

Earl becomes a hurricane hours before Belize landfall

Tropical Storm "Earl" formed on August 2 near Jamaica and strengthened into a hurricane by 21:00 UTC on August 3. Earl will make landfall over Belize within a couple of hours, and start weakening as it moves toward Mexico. Earl is bringing strong winds and...

August 03, 2016

Deadly floods in Bihar claim further 22 lives, India

The flooding in Bihar, India worsened since August 1, 2016, leaving 22 people dead, the Department of Disaster Management in Bihar reported. In total, 60 people died in flood-related incidents since the mid-July. Since late July, the districts Saharsa, Gopalganj,...

August 03, 2016

NOAA: State of the Climate in 2015

The year 2015 is now officially the warmest year since the mid-to-late 19th century, according to a newly released annual State of the Climate report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate. The record-breaking heat is likely the result of a...

August 03, 2016