Archive for January 10, 2013


Timelapse views of Comet C/2012 K5 (LINEAR)

Mark Behrendt,  Cory Schmitz and Mike Rector created series of time lapses showing the Comet C/2012 K5 (LINEAR) on January 4/5.  The three timelapses were stitched together by Cory Schmitz into the composite video.Comet LINEAR is visible in the sky for the


Large AR 1654 rotating into direct Earth view, C8 solar flare generated

Sunspot 1654 produced a long duration C8.0 solar flare at 17:46 UTC on January 10, 2013. Besides C8 event, solar activity remained at low levels. There are currently 9 numbered sunspots with 1652 and 1654 as the largest active regions. Region 1652 is classified as a

Preliminary Significant Weather and Climate events US 2012

2012 was warmest and second most extreme year on record for the contiguous U.S.

According to National Climatic Data Center (NOAA, United States) 2012 was a historic year for extreme weather that included drought, wildfires, hurricanes and storms; however, tornado activity was below average2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous

Stromboli Italy Satellite image

Elevated volcanic activity at Mt. Stromboli, Italy - new powerful detonations heard

Elevated volcanic activity continues at Mt. Stromboli, Italy. During early hours of January 10, 2013 new lava overflows occurred on the northern and eastern side of the SE crater. Strong detonations from large exploding magma bubbles can be felt and heard in the

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LEON - microchips designed by ESA for future space missions

In an attempt to become self-reliant, ESA designed LEON series microprocessor chips for their future space missions. Engineered to operate within spacecraft computers, withstand extreme conditions during launch and in space, manufacturing was done Atmel in France

exoplant transit

Measuring a distant planet's transit (The Exoplant Transit Method)

Astronomers first discovered evidence of a new planet outside of our solar system in 1995. Since then astronomers have discovered 529 other planets. These planets outside our solar system, referred to as extra-solar planets or in short exoplanets, have been detected


Active volcanoes in the world: January 2 - January 8, 2013

New unrest has been noticed around 8 volcanoes, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world recorded from January 2 – January 8, 2013 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria.New activity/unrest: | Alaid, Kuril

Progressing toward solar max

The effects of solar variability on Earth's climate

A new report issued by the National Research Council (NRC), "The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth's Climate," lays out some of the surprisingly complex ways that solar activity can make itself felt on our planet.The luminosity of our own sun varies a 0.1% over