Julie Celestial

Julie Celestial

I'm fascinated with skies, stars, and every speck of dust in the universe. You can contact me at julie@watchers.news.


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Madagascar declares national emergency as massive floods claim 31 lives and inundate more than 10 000 homes

The government of Madagascar has declared a national emergency on Monday, January 27, 2020, following days of intense downpour that triggered widespread flooding and devastations across the country. The severe weather has so far claimed 31 lives, displaced more than...

January 28, 2020

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China coronavirus death toll rises sharply to 82, Beijing confirms first fatality

Authorities confirmed on Monday, January 27, 2020, that the death toll from China's coronavirus has hit 82 while the number of confirmed cases has reached more than 2 700. Beijing officials also reported the capital's first fatality who was a 50-year-old man...

January 27, 2020

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Capital Nur-Sultan under state of emergency as powerful winter storm hits Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kazakhstan's capital city Nur-Sultan (previously named Astana) have declared a state of emergency on Monday, January 27, 2020, due to a powerful winter storm that has been battering the country since Thursday, January 23, unleashing strong winds...

January 27, 2020

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Severe hailstorm hits Malaga, causing major tailbacks and power disruptions, Spain

A severe hailstorm hit Malaga, Spain on Thursday, January 23, 2020, causing chaos in parts of the province as heavy rain and hail trapped commuters in tailbacks. In addition, flash floods swept away numerous vehicles, leaving them piled up. The event came just...

January 27, 2020

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Taal volcano alert down to level 3, PHIVOLCS warns the threat of a dangerous explosion is not over, Philippines

Taal Volcano in Batangas province, Philippines, was downgraded from Alert Level 4 to 3 on Sunday morning, January 26, 2020-- two weeks after its devastating ash eruption on January 12. However, PHIVOLCS warned that this does not indicate that the threat of a...

January 27, 2020

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Major floods and landslides leave at least 57 people dead after heaviest rains since records began, Brazil

At least 57 people were confirmed dead on Monday, January 27, 2020, after days of intense downpour struck southeastern Brazil, triggering massive floods and landslides. Belo Horizonte city registered 171.8 mm (6.7 inches) of rain on Friday, January 24-- the highest...

January 27, 2020

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Storm Gloria: Death toll rises to 13, over 1 500 evacuated in France after two months' worth of rain in 48 hours

At least 13 people have died in Spain and more than 1 500 were evacuated in southwest France, authorities confirmed on January 24, 2020, after powerful Storm Gloria caused widespread flooding and left a trail of destruction in its wake. In parts of France, Gloria...

January 24, 2020

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China coronavirus death toll hits 26 with 830 infected, more than 33 million people in lockdown

China's coronavirus has killed 26 people and infected 830 as of Friday, January 24, 2020, the National Health Commission (NHC) confirmed. The worsening case prompted more cities in Hubei province to restrict travel, following the lockdown of Wuhan-- the center...

January 24, 2020

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ISS astronaut shares her view of Quadrantid meteor shower and aurora over Edmonton, Canada

NASA astronaut Christina Koch shared a stunning photo of the Quadrantid meteor shower-- this year's first meteor shower-- from her view aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The majestic view also features green bands of the aurora borealis or northern...

January 24, 2020

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More than 200 evacuated as floods hit northwest Argentina

More than 200 people were evacuated in Tucuman province, northwest Argentina after storms and heavy rain sparked flooding, authorities confirmed on January 22, 2020. 60 people were evacuated in La Reduccion, 28 in La Madrid and 5 in Los Ralos. Downpours from January...

January 24, 2020

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Flash floods and landslides wreak havoc in Peru

Heavy rains triggered several floods and landslides in Peru on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, particularly affecting the departments of Arequipa and Huanuco. As a result, houses were left damaged and many roads had to be closed. Authorities said damage assessments...

January 24, 2020

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Heavy snow hits Hokkaido after below-average December, Japan

Residents of Sapporo city in Hokkaido prefecture, Japan, woke up to the largest amount of snowfall this winter on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 39 cm (15 inches) by 02:00 UTC (11:00 LT). The snow came as parts of the nation, including the island, were experiencing a...

January 23, 2020

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Widespread floods hit Mozambique, leaving at least 28 dead and more than 58 000 affected

Heavy rains affecting Mozambique since December 2019 caused widespread floods, killing at least 28 people, injuring 66 and affecting more than 58 000. The number of affected people has reached 17 432 in Zambezia, 13 169 in Cabo Delgado, and 6 328 in Sofala-- the top...

January 23, 2020

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Cosmic gamma-ray source map unveils origins of high-energy particles

The galactic sources of nine extremely high-energy gamma rays have been identified by scientists from Penn State and members of the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory. All of the sources generate gamma rays with powers more than 56 trillion...

January 23, 2020

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Floods and landslides leave at least 6 dead, widespread damage in Madagascar

Persistent heavy rains since the start of January 2020 has triggered floods and landslides in several areas of Madagascar, leading to at least six fatalities and widespread damage. The severe weather is forecast to continue agonizing parts of the country as more...

January 23, 2020

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Spain storm produces record high wave in Mediterranean, storm surge up to 3 km (1.8 mi) inland

Authorities on January 23, 2020, confirmed five more fatalities from storm Gloria, bringing the death toll to nine. The fierce storm-- which lashed parts of Spain beginning Sunday, January 19-- has generated the biggest wave ever recorded in the Mediterranean at...

January 23, 2020

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45 million people across Southern Africa face hunger following natural disasters and economic disarray

45 million people in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community are facing worsening hunger following calamities such as drought and flooding, as well as economic disarray, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said on Thursday, January 16, 2020. ...

January 23, 2020

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Major Chinese city goes into lockdown as new virus death toll rises to at least 17 - Wuhan, Hubei

The death toll from China's coronavirus has jumped to at least 17 as of Thursday, January 23, 2020. Amid heightening concerns, officials in Wuhan-- the outbreak's epicenter-- announced a partial lockdown of the city in efforts to contain the outbreak. Wuhan...

January 23, 2020

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Bright fireball explodes over Cyprus

A brilliant fireball was spotted across the island of Cyprus on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at around 20:00 UTC (22:00 LT). The American Meteor Society (AMS) said they received around 144 eyewitness reports. The fireball was seen over Ammochostos, Beirut Governorate,...

January 22, 2020

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Mass fish kill after ash and sludge from bushfires wash out into Macleay River, Australia

Hundreds of thousands of fish died in New South Wales, Australia after rains washed out ash and sludge from bushfires into the Macleay River. According to an ecologist, the impact of the fish kill may be felt for decades, with long-lived species such as the...

January 22, 2020

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Two interconnected deep cyclones form over the North Pacific Ocean

Two deep cyclones were spotted forming over the North Pacific Ocean on January 20, 2020-- simultaneously occurring between Asian and North American continents. The twins are expected to head towards the northwestern US and southwest Canada, bringing severe winds and...

January 22, 2020

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China's SARS-like virus spreads to U.S., heightens fears of worldwide spread

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on January 21, 2020, the first case of the new SARS-like virus in the United States. This raised concerns about the epidemic spreading worldwide as China also confirmed that the infection can be...

January 22, 2020

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London records highest atmospheric pressure in more than 300 years, UK

With 1 049.6 hPa registered at Heathrow Airport Sunday into Monday, January 19 to 20, 2020, London has set its new atmospheric pressure record -- the highest since records began in 1692. The barometer reached 1 049.6 hPa overnight, breaking the previous record of 1...

January 22, 2020

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Dengue cases rise in Sri Lanka due to previously latent serotype 3 and changing weather patterns

The Sri Lanka National Dengue Control Unit's (NDCU) released a report on January 19, 2020, stating that the rise of dengue cases in the country-- especially during the last two months of 2019-- is due to the previously latent serotype 3 (DENV3) being active, as...

January 22, 2020

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Widespread flooding continues in Southern Africa, significantly affecting crops and livestock

Incessant rains have been battering parts of Southern Africa particularly Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, resulting in widespread flooding that has significantly affected crops and livestock. In Mozambique, 19 people have lost their lives in seven districts due to...

January 22, 2020

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UAE: Research underway to help make artificial clouds

Research is now underway to help make artificial clouds as a new method of generating rainfall in the UAE, said National Center of Meteorology (NCM) director Dr. Omar Al Yazeedi on January 19, 2020. Speaking at the International Rain Enhancement Forum in Abu Dhabi...

January 22, 2020

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New evidence suggests active volcanoes still present on Venus

Research led by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) showed evidence indicating the surprising probability that there are still active volcanoes on Venus. If confirmed this would make Venus and Earth the only planets in our solar system with recent...

January 22, 2020

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Explosive activity at Sangay volcano, ash plume to 7 000 m (23 000 feet) a.s.l., Ecuador

Explosive activity continues at Sangay volcano in Ecuador. On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the Washington VAAC warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to approximately 7 000 m (23 000 feet) above sea level. On January 20, the center issued a report saying they...

January 21, 2020

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China confirms new SARS-like virus can be spread through human contact

A new, SARS-like virus in China has claimed at least six lives and infected more than 300 people as of Tuesday, January 21, 2020. It was also confirmed that the infection can spread between humans and that the virus has been reported beyond the country. Zhong...

January 21, 2020

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New mud volcanoes form in Trinidad and Tobago

Six new mud volcanoes were spotted in southern Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, January 20, 2020. Geologist and researcher Xavier Moonan took to social media to share the new formations in Los Iros, as further geological activity was also discovered. According to...

January 21, 2020

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'Catastrophic' Canberra hailstorm destroys decades of CSIRO research, Australia

The catastrophic hailstorm that hit Australia's capital city Canberra on Monday, January 20, 2020, has caused widespread damage, including decades of glasshouse drought research by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the...

January 21, 2020

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Record daily snowfall in capital Ottawa, Canada

Heavy in capital Ottawa, Canada, on January 18, 2020, set a new snowfall record for the date, beating the previous one set four decades ago. A total of 21 cm (8.2 inches) fell at the Ottawa Airport between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday afternoon, January 18 to...

January 21, 2020

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4 dead as powerful storm triggers strong winds, heavy snowfall, and record waves in Spain

At least four people died as powerful Storm Gloria wreaked havoc across parts of Spain, producing strong winds, heavy snowfall, and record-breaking waves on Sunday and Monday, January 19 and 20, 2020. The Spanish meteorological agency placed 33 of its 55 provinces...

January 21, 2020

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Stormy activity and rippling ice at Mars' north pole

The European Space Agency (ESA) shared a stunning image captured by Mars Express' High-Resolution Stereo Camera on the red planet, showing a stormy activity on the icy cap at the north pole, with swathes of ice, dark troughs, depressions, and signs of strong...

January 21, 2020

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Intense storm hits parts of Sydney, downing power lines and causing major traffic chaos

An intense storm smashed parts of Sydney, Australia on Monday afternoon (LT), January 20, 2020, downing trees and power lines, and causing major traffic chaos across the city. The storms started hitting the south and southwest portions, with three drivers left stuck...

January 21, 2020

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Massive dust storm smothers Central West NSW, Australia

A massive dust storm has engulfed parts of New South Wales' Central West, with wind gusts of over 100 km/h (62 mph) on Sunday night, January 19, 2020. After hitting Dubbo, the storm moved towards Parkes before heading to the Central Ranges, affecting several...

January 20, 2020

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9 dead after bridge collapses over swollen river in Bengkulu, Indonesia

Nine people died in Bengkulu, Indonesia after a suspension bridge collapsed over a swollen river on Sunday afternoon, January 19, 2020. Aside from the fatalities, one other person went missing, according to the search and rescue team. In a statement from the...

January 20, 2020

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Arctic air moves to Metro Detroit after record snowfall

After the snowiest January 18 in Detroit's history, with 17 cm (6.8 inches) recorded at Detroit Metro Airport, the region has moved to a cold stage as most parts of southeast Michigan plummeted into cool temperatures overnight, January 19, 2020. The snowfall...

January 20, 2020

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Bright daylight fireball over Puerto Rico

A bright ball of fire was seen flashing across the sky over Puerto Rico at 21:27 UTC (17:27 local time) on Friday, January 17, 2020. Some of the residents reported loud noise associated with the event. The American Meteor Society (AMS) receiver 31 reports from...

January 20, 2020

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Extreme desert locust outbreak threatens food security across East Africa

The most serious locust outbreak in decades is spreading across East Africa after recent massive floods, posing a threat to food security in some of the world's vulnerable countries. In India, Iran and Pakistan numerous Desert Locust swarms have been present...

January 20, 2020