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News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids
LYRID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is approaching a stream of debris from ancient Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid Meteor Shower. Usually the shower is mild (10-20 meteors per hour) but unmapped filaments of dust in the comet's tail sometimes trigger outbursts ten times stronger. Forecasters expect this year's peak, however strong it may be, to occur on April 22nd. [meteor gallery] M7-CLASS SOLAR FLARE (UPDATED): Sunspot AR2036 erupted on April 18th at 1307 UT, producing a strong M7-class solar flare. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash:

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A Galah to help capture millions of rainbows to map the history of the Milky Way Our galaxy, the Milky Way, contains at least 100 billion stars. Over the centuries, astronomers have scoured the skies, developing a thorough understanding of the lives of those stars, from their formation in vast nebulae to their fiery and spectacular deaths. But how has our galaxy changed over time? » Why Are Preppers Hated So Much? Alex Jones Michael SnyderAmerican Dream Dec 11, 2012 Have you noticed that it has become trendy to bash preppers? For a long time the prepper movement was ignored, but now it has become so large that it is getting very difficult for the mainstream media to pretend that it is not there. In fact, it has been estimated that there are now approximately 3 million preppers in the United States alone. So now the mainstream media has decided that mocking the movement is the best strategy, and lots of “critics” and “skeptics” out there have picked up on this trend. Instead of addressing the very real issues that have caused millions of Americans to prepare for the worst, those criticizing the prepper movement attempt to put the focus on individual personalities.

Strange plants of Socotra Island Imagine waking up on the Socotra Island < > and taking a good look around you. After a yelp of disbelief, you'd be inclined to think you were transported to another planet - or traveled to another era of Earth's history. The second would be closer to the truth for this island, which is part of a group of four islands, has been geographically isolated from mainland Africa for the last 6 or 7 million years. Like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with 700 extremely rare species of flora and fauna, a full 1/3 of which are endemic, i.e. found nowhere else on Earth. The climate is harsh, hot, and dry, and yet - the most amazing plant life thrives there.

NASA Releases New WISE Mission Catalog of Entire Infrared Sky NASA Releases New WISE Mission Catalog of Entire Infrared Sky This is a mosaic of the images covering the entire sky as observed by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), part of its All-Sky Data Release. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA › Full image and caption › Rectangular view PASADENA -- NASA unveiled a new atlas and catalog of the entire infrared sky today showing more than a half billion stars, galaxies and other objects captured by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. "Today, WISE delivers the fruit of 14 years of effort to the astronomical community," said Edward Wright, WISE principal investigator at UCLA, who first began working on the mission with other team members in 1998. WISE launched Dec. 14, 2009, and mapped the entire sky in 2010 with vastly better sensitivity than its predecessors.

High-speed electrons have been spotted outside Earth's magnetic field, and NASA can't explain it In the region of space just outside Earth’s magnetic field, NASA has detected electrons that are being accelerated to almost the speed of light - and no one can explain why. In fact, our current understanding of particle physics says this kind of acceleration should be impossible so far out from the magnetosphere, and now physicists are trying to figure out what kind of force can be pushing them to such speeds. "This is a puzzling case because we're seeing energetic electrons where we don't think they should be, and no model fits them," says one of the researchers, David Sibeck from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre. "There is a gap in our knowledge, something basic is missing."

So,What Really Happens When The SHTF?(excellent reading) So What Really Happens When the SHTF? By Douglas Herman 3-10-11 "Believe me, the next step is a currency crisis because there will be a rejection of the dollar, the rejection of the dollar is a big, big event, and then your personal liberties are going to be severely threatened." -Ron Paul We live in an exciting, scary time. But then collapsing empires, much like imploding skyscrapers, are visually compelling events, complete with dozens of theories about how and why they collapsed and who profits and who loses by that collapse. 25 must-see examples of kinetic typography Kinetic typography can come in all shapes and forms. Whether it's a homage to a famous movie speech or song or an exploration of the typography itself, these creations are a feast for the eyes. Here, we've picked our favourite kinetic typography animations including music videos, movie tributes and more...

Sun Shadow Applet More details: "Azimuth and Elevation Diagrams" Sun Azimuth at Rise and Set How to get this applet The length and the direction of the shadow depend on the elevation (altitude) and azimuth angle of the sun: In nautics, the azimuth is measured eastwards from the North point, in astronomy westwards from the South point. l'univers et ses mystères au COMPLET en haute definition Les plus grandes explosions HD 720p / Nouveau documentaire science complet en francais by DocMeFiLDraGoN3 47,053 views Documentaire science issu de : l'univers et ses mystères ceci est l'episode 47Science documentary : the universe and its mysteries this is episode 47 Full documentary subscribe and like please thx With all the documentaries available on my channel, you can learn more about astronomy, space, time, matter and many answers to questions that may arise are all like: is it possible to see black holes, and then how the big bang emerged from the first moment (because that triggered ca can not be a supreme deity) scientists will tell you (the majority), the role of supernovae, constellations , nebulae, the speed of light, the moon, the galaxy, the Milky Way, the solar system, atoms, dark matter, dark energy (black), gravity (gravity), asteroids, stars, star clusters, the discoveries of Albert Einstein, the hubble satellite imagery and many others .

Physicists just discovered a second state of liquid water It’s one of the most fundamental compounds on Earth, and it makes up roughly 60 percent of the human body, and yet water is turning out to be stranger than we could have ever imagined. Researchers have been investigating the physical properties of water, and found that when it’s heated to between 40 and 60 degrees Celsius, it hits a 'crossover temperature', and appears to start switching between two different states of liquid. As a chemical compound, water is so vital to life on Earth, we’ve been underestimating how legitimately weird it is. We’ve all gotten so used to it, it’s hard to imagine things getting any more complex than the three basic states: solid, liquid, gas.

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