Monthly Archives: November 2014

Meteor Activity Outlook for November 22-28, 2014

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The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 5 as seen from the northern hemisphere (45N) and 3 as seen from southern tropical latitudes (25S). For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 20 for observers located in mid-northern…

The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 5 as seen from the northern hemisphere (45N) and 3 as seen from southern tropical latitudes (25S). For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 20 for observers located in mid-northern latitudes and 14 for south tropical observers. The actual rates will also depend on factors such as personal light and motion perception, local weather conditions, alertness and experience in watching meteor activity. Note that the hourly rates listed b Continue reading

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Lunar Transit Of The Sun

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Yesterday, Nov. 22nd, the Moon passed in front of the sun off-center, producing a beautiful partial eclipse. No one on Earth saw it, because the lunar transit was visible only from Earth orbit. More than 22,000 miles above the planet’s surface, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)…

Yesterday, Nov. 22nd, the Moon passed in front of the sun off-center, producing a beautiful partial eclipse. No one on Earth saw it, because the lunar transit was visible only from Earth orbit. More than 22,000 miles above the planet’s surface, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) snapped this picture.

Using a bank of 16-megapixel cameras, SDO observed the event at multiple extreme ultraviolet wavelengths. Scan the edge of the Moon in the 171 Å high-resolution image, shown below. The little bumps and irregularities you see are luna Continue reading

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Evacuations in Cape Verde After Volcano Erupts

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A volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago off the coast of West Africa erupted on Sunday morning, the prime minister said, calling for residents to evacuate.
A photograph posted on the local RTC TV station website showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the sky, visible from the capital Praia on…

A volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago off the coast of West Africa erupted on Sunday morning, the prime minister said, calling for residents to evacuate.

A photograph posted on the local RTC TV station website showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the sky, visible from the capital Praia on a neighbouring island.

“Things could deteriorate in the coming moments, in the coming hours,” Jose Maria Neves in a statement on the government website.

“We’ve called on people to heed the authorities&# Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: Mexico Volcano Erupts – Large Earthquake Hits Japan

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Below is my report of continued significant events consistent of reaching critical mass. But first, a point of clarification.
Point of Interest: It is important for me to convey there will be breaking news events and special report articles that may be disturbing. Since my Oct. 8th article on…

Below is my report of continued significant events consistent of reaching critical mass. But first, a point of clarification.

Point of Interest: It is important for me to convey there will be breaking news events and special report articles that may be disturbing. Since my Oct. 8th article on “reaching critical mass”, I have received a few emails telling of great concern over current events and my report of ‘critical mass’. Because of my concern of some getting a bit too panic Continue reading

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Milky Way’s Monster Black Hole Ignores Its ‘Snack,’ and Debate Swirls

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Earlier this year, astronomers watched eagerly as a cloud of gas moved dangerously close to the colossal black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy — like a wildebeest wandering toward a lion. Anticipation grew over whether or not part of the cloud would pass the point of no return and be p…

Earlier this year, astronomers watched eagerly as a cloud of gas moved dangerously close to the colossal black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy — like a wildebeest wandering toward a lion. Anticipation grew over whether or not part of the cloud would pass the point of no return and be pulled, helplessly, into that gaping black maw.

The destruction of the gas cloud G2 by the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole (which scientists call Sagittarius A*) was set to be one of the main eve Continue reading

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Binary Earth-Size Planets Possible Around Distant Stars

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Two Earth-size planets that orbit each other might exist around distant stars, researchers say.
The solar system has many examples of moons orbiting planets; Jupiter and Saturn both possess more than 60 satellites. However, these moons are usually much smaller than their planets — Earth is n…

Two Earth-size planets that orbit each other might exist around distant stars, researchers say.

The solar system has many examples of moons orbiting planets; Jupiter and Saturn both possess more than 60 satellites. However, these moons are usually much smaller than their planets — Earth is nearly four times wider than its moon and more than 80 times its mass.

Still, some moons are as large as planets. For instance, Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon, is larger than Mercury, and three-quarters Continue reading

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Strong Earthquake Shakes Japan’s Nagano Area

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Tokyo – A strong earthquake shook central Japan on Saturday night, injuring several people as their homes collapsed in a village west of Nagano, an official said.
Reports of the intensity of the quake, centered in the Nagano area at 10:08 p.m., differed. The Japan Meteorological Agency…

Tokyo – A strong earthquake shook central Japan on Saturday night, injuring several people as their homes collapsed in a village west of Nagano, an official said.

Reports of the intensity of the quake, centered in the Nagano area at 10:08 p.m., differed. The Japan Meteorological Agency reported it was a 6.8 magnitude temblor; the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said it was magnitude 6.2.

Near the epicenter, the quake caused at least five homes to collapse in the village of Hakuba, about 30 kilometers (less than 20 miles) Continue reading

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