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Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight

Leonid meteor shower peaks during the night and early morning hours of November 17 and 18. Waning-crescent moon is favorable for this year's Leonids peak and will provide dark enough skies for night sky watchers. Leonids will radiate from the constelation Leo, but c

November 17, 2014

Unprecedented amounts of rainfall devastate parts of France, Switzerland and Italy

Unprecedented amounts of rainfall battered parts of France, Switzerland and northern Italy in the last two weeks causing severe flooding and landslides throughout the region. The second round of powerful storms and widespread flooding hit the region over the weekend wit

November 17, 2014

M6.1 earthquake registered in D'entrecasteaux Islands region, PNG

A strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake was registered in D'entrecasteaux Islands region, Papua New Guinea on November 17, 2014 at 01:06 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 25.2 km (15.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at depth of 45 km.Epicenter was located 245 km (152 mil

November 17, 2014

Strong M6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of North Island, New Zealand

A strong earthquake measuring M6.5 (Geonet) on the Richter scale struck off the East Coast of North Island, New Zealand on November 16, 2014 at 22:33 UTC (November 17 at 11:33 local time). Geonet is reporting depth of 31 km. USGS is reporting M6.7 at depth of 22.0 km (1

November 17, 2014

Aurora flyover in HD as seen from the International Space Station

The following video was compiled from time-lapse videos recorded from the International Space Station, courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Centre.

November 16, 2014

Strong M5.7 solar flare erupted from Region 2209

A strong solar flare measuring M5.7 at its peak time erupted from Region 2209 on November 16, 2014. The event started at 17:35, peaked at 17:48 and ended at 17:57 UTC.Region 2209 ('beta-gamma-delta') is Old Region 2192, source of six X-class solar flares during

November 16, 2014

Pavlof eruption intensifies, ash cloud reaching 9.1 km a.s.l.

The eruption of Pavlof Volcano that began on November 12, 2014 has intensified, Alaska Volcano Observatory reported at 20:35 UTC today. Ash cloud height at 20:00 UTC was estimated at 7 620 meters (25 000 ft) above sea level. Thus, the Aviation Color Code has been raise

November 15, 2014

Old Region 2192 returns with moderate M3.2 and M3.7 solar flares

Old Region 2192, now numbered 2209 ('beta-gamma'), has returned on the Earth side of the Sun, with moderately strong M3.2 solar flare on November 15, 2014. The latest event from this region started at 11:40, peaked at 12:03 and ended at 12:10 UTC.A 10cm Radio Bu

November 15, 2014

Philae completes it primary mission before hibernation

Rosetta's lander Philae has completed its primary science mission after nearly 57 hours on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, ESA proudly announced today. With its batteries now depleted and without enough sunlight available to recharge, Philae has fallen into

November 15, 2014

Newly released map shows frequency of small asteroid impacts

A map released yesterday by NASA's Near Earth Object (NEO) Observation Program reveals that small asteroids frequently enter and disintegrate in the Earth's atmosphere with random distribution around the globe. Released to the scientific community, the map visua

November 15, 2014

Very strong M7.3 earthquake registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia

A very strong earthquake measuring M7.3 (Geoscience Australia) on the Richter scale was registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia on November 15, 2014 at 02:31 UTC. USGS initially reported M7.3 at depth of 35 km (21.7 miles) but later downgraded to M7.1. Geoscience Australia

November 15, 2014

How do active volcanoes change clouds?

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientist Andrew Sayer talks about how emissions from volcanoes can affect clouds. This video provides an overview of research published in the Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Research: Systematic satellite observations of

November 14, 2014

New solar monitoring instrument "EXIS" passes final review

EXIS, the new solar monitoring instrument that will fly aboard new NOAA's GOES-S satellite has completed its final review, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center said yesterday.The Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) Flight Model 2 instrument that will

November 14, 2014

Large quantities of gases emitted to the atmosphere associated with the Holuhraun eruption

Large quantities of gases are emitted to the atmosphere associated with the Holuhraun eruption, Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Among the gases are SO2 that can convert to sulfuric acid causing acid rain.Rainwater samples have been co

November 14, 2014

Philae alive, sends first images from a comet 511 million km away from Earth

In a media briefing held at ESOC today, ESA confirmed "Philae" lander is alive and operational after three touchdowns on Comet 67/P, located some 511 million kilometers away from Earth. First analysis of the touchdown data suggests that the lander bounced twic

November 13, 2014

Intense earthquake swarm in Nevada continues with M4.6 on November 13

An intense swarm of earthquakes that started on July 12, 2014, is still shaking sparsely populated region of northwest Nevada, USA and is intensifying. The latest in series was a shallow M4.6 (USGS) earthquake registered at 06:36 UTC today. Its epicenter was 63 km (39 m

November 13, 2014

Pavlof enters a new phase of eruptive activity, Alaska

According to latest Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) activity update for Pavlof issued 03:57 UTC today, the volcano has entered a new phase of eruptive activity. The Aviation Color Code has been increased to Orange and the Volcano Alert Level to Watch. A ground observer

November 13, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: November 5 - 11, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from November 5 - 11, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Cerro Negro de Mayasquer, Colombia-Ecuador | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Turrialba, Costa Rica

November 13, 2014

A timelapse of the late October solar activity

Awesome time-lapse video features show 15 days of solar action from October 14th to 30th, 2014, showing sunspot AR 2192, the largest sunspot of the last two solar cycles or more than two decades. During the transition time Sunspot 2192 produced six X-class and 37 M-clas

November 13, 2014

Landing success! Philae makes history with first-ever landing on a comet

ESA Operations have just confirmed - Rosetta's lander named "Philae" successfully landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014. The touch down happened about 15:34 UTC, while the confirmation signal, as expected, arrived shortly aft

November 12, 2014

"Toxic leak" causes massive cloud covering parts of Moscow

Authorities have urged residents of Moscow to stay indoors with their windows closed, after a smelly noxious fog was reportedly spreading through the parts of the city on Monday, November 10, 2014.The smell has been detected in the south, east, and south-eastern parts o

November 12, 2014

3D-printing a lunar base

In 2013 ESA, working with industrial partners, proved that 3D printing using lunar material was feasible in principle. Since then, work continues to investigate the technique. The shielding against radiation provided by a 3D-printed block of simulated lunar regolith was

November 11, 2014

Kilauea's lava flow burns its first house in Pahoa, Hawaii

According to Hawaii County Civil Defense update issued 22:15 UTC on November 10, the front of Kilauea's lava flow remains approximately 150 meters (480 feet) from the Pahoa Village Road. ​An upslope breakout in the area of Apa’a Street near the cemetery had

November 11, 2014

Live events scheduled for first-ever landing attempt on a comet - November 11/12, 2014

After a ten-year journey through the Solar System ESA's Rosetta spacecraft arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on August 6, 2014. The mission’s lander, Philae, will be deployed on Wednesday, November 12 at 08:35 UTC from a distance of 22.5 km

November 11, 2014

Geomagnetic storm (G1) in progress, severe levels at high latitudes

Solar wind parameters indicated the arrival of the November 7 CME earlier today. At approximately 01:37 UTC, when CME arrived, total field increased from around 10 nT to a maximum of 23 nT at 01:46 UTC. The Bz component increased to +21 nT before briefly going southward

November 10, 2014

New lobe of lava along Cemetery Road / Apaʻa Street, Pahoa - Hawaii

The leading edge of Kilauea's June 27th lava flow has not advanced since October 30, HVO reported on Monday, November 10. The closest active lava to Pāhoa Village Road is located on the north margin of the flow field between the cemetery and private property. Altho

November 10, 2014

Strong M6.1 earthquake registered east of New Caledonia

A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.1 on the Richter scale was registered east of New Caledonia at 10:04 UTC on November 10, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M5.9 at depth of 59 km.Epicenter was located 74 k

November 10, 2014

CME generated by X1.6 solar flare to arrive on November 10

A partial halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was generated by major X1.6 solar flare on November 7, 2014.WSA/ENLIL modeling of the event shows a partially Earth-directed component that is expected to impact the geomagnetic field early to midday on November 10 causing acti

November 08, 2014

Still chasing the ghost of dark matter

Scientists using the Fermi Large Area Telescope have come up empty handed in their quest to prove their theories about dark matter.Tom Wilson explores why institutional science remains determined in its pursuit to prove dark matter's existence.Video courtesy of The

November 08, 2014

Remnants of Super Typhoon "Nuri" affecting Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Remnants of Super Typhoon "Nuri" have moved across the Pacific and are now bringing hurricane-force wind gusts to Western Aleutian Islands, Alaska. What's left of Nuri has combined with polar jet and on November 8th became the strongest low-pressure system

November 07, 2014

Siding Spring's flyby effects on Martian atmosphere revealed

Two NASA and one European spacecraft that obtained the first up-close observations of a comet flyby of Mars on October 19, 2014 have gathered new information about the basic properties of the comet’s nucleus and directly detected the effects on the Martian atmosph

November 07, 2014

Major solar flare measuring X1.6 erupted from Region 2205, Earth-directed CME

A major solar flare measuring X1.6 (R3 - Strong radio blackout) at its peak time erupted from Region 2205 ('beta-gamma-delta') on November 7, 2014. The event started at 16:53, peaked at 17:26 and ended at 17:34 UTC.This region already produced several moderate t

November 07, 2014

Rocket experiment redefines what scientists think of as galaxies

NASA's sounding rocket experiment has detected a surprising surplus of infrared light in the dark space between galaxies, a diffuse cosmic glow as bright as all known galaxies combined. The glow is thought to be from orphaned stars flung out of galaxies. The finding

November 07, 2014

Southcentral Europe hit by severe weather, heavy rain and floods

Parts of southern and central Europe were hit by severe weather over the last 5 days. The storm system already delivered heavy rainfall to parts of southern France, southern Switzerland, northern Italy, western Austria, western Slovenia and northwestern Croatia.

November 07, 2014

Very strong earthquake M6.6 hit Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.6 (downgraded from M6.9) on the Richter scale hit Papua New Guinea on November 7, 2014 at 03:33 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 43.2 km (26.8 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.6 at depth of 69 km.Epicenter was located 72

November 07, 2014