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Dynamic auroras visible for the fifth day in a row

For the 5th day in a row a crack in the Earth's magnetosphere is allowing solar wind to reach Earth. Although a full geomagnetic storm is not required to generate auroras at this time of the year, coronal hole effects and multiple solar sector changes currently affe

October 01, 2014

Night sky guide for October 2014

A total lunar eclipse will be visible on October 8 throughout most of North America, South America, Asia, and Australia. The Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. It is the latter of two total lunar eclipses in 2014, and the second

October 01, 2014

Observing temperature variability across the world

Daily and nightly differences in temperatures worldwide are fast approaching yearly differences between summer and winter temperatures, according to the new study published in Nature Climate Change.George Wang (Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biol

October 01, 2014

Three to four-week extreme weather forecasting the new norm

As part of the climate plan announced at the UN summit, the Obama Administration said it would begin a coordinated US effort, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to develop better extreme-weather risk outlooks. This year, NOAA will issue w

October 01, 2014

Mount St. Helens 2004-2008 eruption: A volcano reawakens

Mount St. Helens reawakened in late September 2004. Small magnitude earthquakes beneath the 1980-1986 lava dome increased in frequency and size, and a growing welt formed on the southeast margin of the previous lava dome and nearby portions of Crater Glacier.On October

October 01, 2014

Swift observes mega flares from a mini star

On April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star. The initial blast from this record-setting series of explosions was as much as 10 000 times more powerful than

September 30, 2014

Prehistoric volcanic eruption leaves intercontinental footprint

A new study led by University of Alberta researchers has shown that a volcanic eruption 1 200 years ago scattered ash from Alaska to Europe - a discovery that will help researchers understand how future eruptions could affect the world.Britta Jensen and Duane Froese in

September 30, 2014

NASA and partners target megacities' carbon emissions

As world leaders attended the UN Climate Summit 2014, NASA has joined others in an international initiative to monitor the greenhouse gas emissions of Earth's most populous cities.NASA recently launched Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite which can detec

September 30, 2014

Humanity's first attempt to soft-land on a comet scheduled for November 12, 2014

Launched on March 2, 2004, from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, ESA's comet chaser Rosetta is scheduled to deploy it's lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014. This will be humanity's fi

September 30, 2014

Large sinkhole opens near the Crimean capital of Simferopol

A huge sinkhole opened up in the middle of the highway near the Crimean capital of Simferopol on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The hole appears to be 6 meters deep and 8 meters wide.Emergencies Ministry’s press service in Crimea said the car with eight passengers

September 29, 2014

Turning International Space Station into a giant Earth observer

With the inclusion of six new Earth science instruments NASA wants to take the earth watching capability of ISS to a whole new level. The upgrading process started on September 20th when a SpaceX resupply rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral carrying the first NASA Ea

September 29, 2014

The Aral Sea disaster - South Aral Sea loses its Eastern lobe

Summer 2014 marked the first time the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried. The once-extensive lake in Central Asia has been shrinking markedly since the 1960s. The main causative factor until the 1960s was the periodic westward diversion of the Amu

September 29, 2014

Deadly M5.1 earthquake hits central Peru, leaves 60 collapsed houses

A very shallow earthquake measuring M5.1 (IGP) on the Richter scale hit central Peru on September 28, 2014, at 02:35 UTC (September 27 at 21:35 local time). Peruvian Civil Defense service said the quake struck at depth of 8 km (INDECI) . USGS is reporting M4.9 at depth

September 29, 2014

Large earthquake swarm rattles Long Valley caldera, California U.S.

A large earthquake swarm is currently underway in Long Valley caldera, Mammoth Lake region of California U.S., east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The swarm started on Thursday, September 25, 2014, and it is one of the largest earthquake swarms in this region in the pa

September 29, 2014

Tropical Storm "Kammuri" continues to track off the coast of Honshu, Japan

An area of low pressure that produced showers and thunderstorms near the Mariana Islands has strengthened into Tropical Storm "Kammuri" on September 26, 2014. Kammuri continues to stir off the eastern sea board of Honshu bringing gusty winds to the Izu and

September 28, 2014

Moderately strong M5.1 solar flare erupted

A moderately strong M5.1 solar flared erupted around Sunspots 2172 and 2173 at 02:58 UTC on September 28, 2014. The event was associated with a Type II and Type IV Radio Emissions, along with a 10cm Radio Burst (TenFlare). GOES X-Ray flux and SDO's AIA 094 image

September 28, 2014

Curiosity rover takes first sample of Mount Sharp

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first sample of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site.Late Wednesday, September 24, the rover's hammering drill chewed about 6.7 centimeters (2.6

September 27, 2014

Electric sparks shape lunar surface

According to a recent paper, scientists are now exploring whether so-called “electrical sparking may occur on the moon, altering the lunar soil. The scientists have developed computer models to explore how strong electric fields might accumulate in permanently sha

September 27, 2014

Powerful and deadly eruption of Mount Ontake, Japan

Japan's Mount Ontake volcano suddenly erupted shortly before noon local time today (03:00 UTC) spewing ash high into the sky and down the mountains' slope for more than 3 km. Tokyo VAAC reported ash plume rising up to 11 km (37 000 feet) and drifting East at 03:

September 27, 2014

ISERV Viewer - New online tool for viewing images of Earth from ISS

A new user-friendly online resource interface - ISERV Viewer - with nearly two years of Earth images taken from a space station camera was recently released to the public. The interface is a world map that links to thousands of images made by the ISERV camera.ISERV (Int

September 27, 2014

Many views of a massive CME - July 23, 2012

On July 23, 2012, a massive cloud of solar material erupted off the sun's right side, zooming out into space. It soon passed one of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, spacecraft, which clocked the CME as traveling between 2 900 - 3 500 km

September 26, 2014

MAVEN returns its first Mars observations

Just after arrival, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), the first spacecraft sent to explore the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars, has started working on it's mission. Within 24 hours of being placed in the Red Planet's orbit, the spacec

September 26, 2014

Monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known

A supermassive blackhole has been found inside the tiniest galaxy ever found, the M60-UCD1, located about 54 million light years away from Earth. Researchers used NASA’s Hubble and the Gemini North 8-meter optical and infrared telescope on Hawaii to observe and

September 26, 2014

Sierra Leone announces indefinite citizen lockdown: two million people forced into endless quarantine as food prices skyrocket

High-density population areas of Sierra Leone have just been locked down in the largest pandemic quarantine in history, and it's already causing a collapse of the food delivery infrastructure. The local government says forced isolation orders will remain in effect u

September 26, 2014

An anomaly in satellites' flybys baffles scientists

Scientists have found anomalies in the speed of space probes such as Rosetta and Cassini, as they fly over certain planets, something they haven't been able to explain. Noticed for the first time during a careful inspection of DSN Doppler data shortly after the Eart

September 26, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: September 17 - 23, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from September 17 - 23, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 12 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bardarbunga, Iceland | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | Rabaul, New Britian (Papua New Guinea) | Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Ric

September 25, 2014

Very strong earthquake M6.2 rattles Alaska, USA

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale hit Cook Inlet region of Alaska​, USA at 17:51 UTC (09:51 local time) on September 25, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 101.7 km (63.2 miles).Epicenter was located 95 km (59 miles) WNW of Willow, 130 km (81

September 25, 2014

Groundwater chemistry as a precursor for earthquakes: The Iceland experience

Even during ancient times, our predecessors have used numerous precursor signals for upcoming natural disasters. Groundwater chemistry is one of them and according to latest scientific researches it has been observed to change before earthquakes. Alasdair Skelton from

September 25, 2014

Shallow M6.0 earthquake registered off the coast of Solomon Islands

A shallow earthquake measuring M6.0 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Solomon Islands at 09:13 UTC on September 25, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC reported M6.0 at depth of 15 km.Epicenter was located 160 km (99 miles) SSW of

September 25, 2014

Mount Sinabung erupts again, Indonesia

After 3 months of being relatively quiet Indonesian Mount Sinabung erupted again on September 23, 2014, spewing hot ash up to two km to the southeast, official said. The eruption started at 13:43 local time on September 24 (06:43 UTC) and lasted for a full 907 seconds,

September 25, 2014

Powerful eruption observed at Shiveluch, Kamchatka - Russia

A powerful eruption was observed at Russian Shiveluch volcano at 00:41 UTC on September 24, 2014. Ash plume rose up to 11 km (38 000 feet) altitude.The eruption generated several pyroclastic flows, some of which surpassed the 350 m high western caldera wall.The explosio

September 25, 2014

India's first Mars satellite 'Mangalyaan' enters orbit

India's first interplanetary mission to planet Mars, Mars Orbiter Mission, arrived in the Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 making India the first nation to enter the Mars's orbit in it’s first attempt and the first Asian nation to reach the Red planet.I

September 24, 2014

The statistics of natural disasters: A 2013 review

According to the "Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2013" published this month by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), 2013 is a year with 330 registered natural disasters. This is less than the average annual disaster frequency ob

September 24, 2014

Strong and deep M6.2 earthquake hits Argentina

A strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale hit Argentina-Chile-Bolivia border region at 11:16 UTC on September 24, 2014 (08:16 local time). Preliminary USGS report mentions depth of 189.3 km (117.6 miles).EMSC also reported M6.2 but at depth of 179

September 24, 2014

High-resolution global topographic data to be released

High-resolution topographic data generated from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in 2000, previously only available for the United States, will be released globally over the next year, the White House announced yesterday. The announcement was made at t

September 24, 2014