Julie Celestial

Julie Celestial

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


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atlas may 12 2020 2

ESA's Solar Orbiter to pass through the tail of Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) in a rare encounter

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that its Solar Orbiter probe will have a rare encounter with the Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS), passing through the object's ion tail on May 31, 2020 into June 1. Solar Orbiter’s upcoming crossing is the first to be...

May 30, 2020

ethiopia severe weather may 29 2020

Landslide claims 10 lives in Ethiopia as number off flood-affected people rises to 470 000

At least 10 people lost their lives after a landslide caused by heavy rainfall hit the Gamo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) in southern Ethiopia on May 28, 2020. Since the beginning of the rainy season, floods and...

May 30, 2020

hailstorm texas may 28 2020

Intense hailstorm and strong winds leave a trail of damage in Texas, U.S.

Strong winds of up to 97 km/h (60 mph) and hail up to 2.5 cm (1 inch) pounded Williamson County in Texas Wednesday evening into Thursday morning, May 27 to 28, 2020, causing damage to properties. The storm fell late Wednesday, bringing hail and strong winds into...

May 29, 2020

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Widespread flash floods claim 4 lives in Sharjah, UAE

Widespread flash floods caused by heavy rains hit the Emirate of Sharjah in UAE on May 26, 2020, killing four people and injuring several others near Wadi Al Helo. The victims were initially reported to be missing after three vehicles were washed away by floods. The...

May 29, 2020

locust iran may 28 2020

Iran faces worst locust plague in 50 years, recent attacks unprecedented

Iran is under its worst desert locust outbreak in the past 50 years and for the second year in a row. Compared with last year, the swarms of desert locusts are much larger, and it is safe to claim that the recent attacks are unprecedented, officials said. According...

May 29, 2020

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Floods kill 285, affect more than 800 000 in Kenya -- crop loss may lead to food insecurity

The death toll from floods that have been pounding Kenya since April has risen to 285 and the number of people affected to 810 655, the government reported in a nationwide briefing​ on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Intense downpours caused havoc across the nation,...

May 28, 2020

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Spectacular fireball explodes over northern Turkey

A bright fireball exploded over northern Turkey around 17:35 UTC (20:35 LT) on Wednesday evening, May 27, 2020. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received three reports, including from a witness in Tbilisi, Georgia. Based on the AMS' trajectory, the fireball...

May 28, 2020

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Dam failure causes flooding, stranding homeowners in Lenroot, Wisconsin, U.S.

A flash flood due to dam failure blocked roads and stranded residents of eight homes in the town of Lenroot in Sawyer County, Wisconsin, Wednesday to Thursday, May 27 to 28, 2020. Roads turned into rivers following the dam failure which took place at 23:20 UTC...

May 28, 2020

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Severe flooding hits Nicaragua, life-threatening flash floods expected across Central America into the next week

Heavy rains caused major flooding in several sectors of Esteli, Nicaragua, on Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2020. Rivers and streams overflowed, damaging streets and submerging buildings. Heavy rain and life-threatening flash floods are expected across Central America...

May 28, 2020

india locust swarm may 27 2020

India under worst locust attack in nearly 30 years

Massive swarms of locusts are wreaking havoc across western and central India, already destroying almost 50 000 ha (124 000 acres) of cropland. The outbreak has affected Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and has also begun impacting Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi district on...

May 28, 2020

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Tornado hits San Carlos in Tamaulipas, Mexico

A tornado struck the municipality of San Carlos in Tamaulipas, Mexico, on Sunday, May 24, 2020. Prior to the storm's formation, the National Water Commission warned of tornado and rains with gusts exceeding 70 km/h (43 mph) in the states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo...

May 28, 2020

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Hurricane-force winds and heavy rains wreak havoc across Yekaterinburg, leave at least 3 people dead, Russia

Hurricane-force winds and heavy rains wreaked havoc across Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Monday afternoon, May 25, 2020. Numerous trees were downed, many properties sustained extensive damages, roofs and portions of buildings were sent flying, and at least three people...

May 27, 2020

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Delhi records warmest May day since 2002 as North India becomes hottest region worldwide

The capital city of Delhi recorded its warmest May day since 2002, with temperatures hitting 46 °C (114.8 °F) on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. During the same day, North India became the world's hottest region as Rajasthan hit a scorching 50 °C (122...

May 27, 2020

Florida flood may 27 2020

Record heavy rains trigger severe flooding in Florida, U.S.

Persistent heavy rains over the weekend triggered severe flooding in parts of Florida, with a total of 185.4 mm (7.3 inches) recorded in Miami over a 48-hour period to Monday, May 25-- the city's heaviest two-day rainfall since 2012. Another bout of intense...

May 27, 2020

indonesia samarinda flood may 26 2020

More than 30 000 affected by flooding in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Floods in Samarinda City, East Kalimantan Province, Indonesia over the past couple of days affected 30 894 people, the disaster management (BPBD) reported on May 25. Inundations started from around May 22, following a period of heavy rain, affecting four...

May 27, 2020

turkey snow may 26 2020

Turkey's eastern provinces hit by disruptive snowstorm and strong winds

A cold front accompanied by snow and strong winds caused disruptions to Turkey's eastern provinces beginning Sunday, May 24, 2020. The storm led to extensive damage to properties, power blackouts, traffic interruptions, and at least one person dead. In the...

May 26, 2020

cuba severe weather may 26 2020

Heavy rains and damaging tornado hit central Cuba

Heavy rains hit central Cuba provinces on Monday, May 25, 2020, flooding low areas of the main cities and forcing evacuations. The storm was accompanied by a tornado with winds of up to 120 km/h (75 mph) which left three people injured. The affected provinces were...

May 26, 2020

india severe weather may 26 2020

Days of extremely heavy rains trigger floods and landslides, affecting 30 000 in northeastern India

Extremely heavy rains have been impacting India's northeastern states since May 20, 2020, causing flooding and landslides that killed at least one person in Sikkim and affected around 30 000 in Assam, where a severe flood situation alert has been issued by the...

May 26, 2020

damaged fruits israel may 25 2020

Historic heatwave expected to cause millions' worth of damage to crops in Israel

The past weeks' extreme and prolonged heatwave in Israel is expected to cause agricultural damage worth more than 8.5 million dollars or 30 million shekels, a spokesperson for the KANAT Insurance Fund for Natural Risks in Agriculture said. The Israel...

May 26, 2020

cicadas may 25 2020 5

Millions of cicadas expected to emerge in parts of eastern U.S. after 17 years underground

After spending 17 years underground, as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre may emerge in parts of the eastern U.S. this year, Virginia Tech said in a news release. Residents in Southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina, and West Virginia could witness such a...

May 26, 2020

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Record late May snowfall hits Idaho Falls, U.S.

Several inches of snow fell in Idaho Falls on Saturday, May 23, 2020, with preliminary totals showing that the area accumulated 51 to 102 mm (2 to 4 inches)-- the most snow recorded this late in spring, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). "While...

May 25, 2020

tornado australia may 20 2020

Rare tornado rips through Geelong, damaging more than 100 homes, Australia

A rare tornado ripped through Geelong, Victoria on May 20, 2020, damaging more than 100 houses, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) confirmed. An investigation was launched by the BOM after intense storms caused havoc near Geelong on Wednesday, May 20....

May 25, 2020

texas hailstorm may 23 2020

Incredibly rare, massive hail strikes Texas, damaging cars and leaving craters in the ground, U.S.

Severe thunderstorms dropped hailstones as much as 13.5 cm (5.33 inches) in diameter on Burkburnett, Texas, on May 22, 2020, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed. It caused extensive damage to roofs and cars, and left craters in the ground. Residents took to...

May 25, 2020

brisbane queensland cold snap may 23 2020

Brisbane sees coldest May day in nearly a century as record cold snap hits much of Queensland, Australia

Much of Queensland was hit by a record-breaking cold snap over the weekend, including Brisbane-- the city reached a maximum of 15.1 °C (59.2 °F) on Saturday, May 23, 2020, marking its coldest daytime May temperature since 1922. Frost patches are forecast in...

May 25, 2020

wa rare storm may 25 2020

Extreme 'once-in-a-decade' storm brings destructive winds and rain to Western Australia

An extreme weather event described as a "once-in-a-decade" brought destructive winds and rain to a wide stretch of Western Australia on May 24 and 25, 2020. Wind speed of up to 132 km/h (82 mph) was recorded at Cape Leeuwin, the state's strongest May...

May 25, 2020

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SWARM data suggests north magnetic pole accelerates towards Siberia due to tussling magnetic blobs deep below Earth’s surface

For several years now, scientists have been puzzled as to why the Earth's north magnetic pole has been moving rapidly from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia. After studying 20 years of satellite data, researchers from the University of Leeds in the UK and the...

May 25, 2020

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Cold war nuclear bomb tests impacted rainfall patterns across the world

Nuclear bomb tests conducted during the Cold War caused patterns of electrical disturbance that were evident thousands of kilometers away-- from Japan to the UK. Researchers at the universities of Reading, Bath, and Bristol, have studied how the electric charge...

May 24, 2020

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Study identifies 85 previously unknown submarine landslides in Gulf of Mexico from 2008 to 2015

Researchers from Florida State University have found 85 previously unknown submarine landslides in the Gulf of Mexico from 2008 to 2015. The discovery raised concerns about the stability of structures, such as oil rigs and pipelines, built in the region. Here we...

May 24, 2020

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ESO's VLT spots first direct evidence of planet birth

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) have revealed possible signs of a star system being born. Around young star, AB Aurigae lies a dense disc of gas and dust, where astronomers have spotted a prominent spiral structure with a...

May 24, 2020

indian ocean tectonic plate splitting apart

Tectonic plate under Indian Ocean splitting apart, research finds

A giant tectonic plate under the Indian Ocean, known as the India-Australia Capricorn plate, is breaking apart at about 1.7 mm (0.07 mm) per year, according to a new study. At this pace, it would take a million years for the two broken pieces to be 1.7 km (1 mile)...

May 24, 2020

india bangladesh cyclone amphan may 22 2020

More than 100 people dead, millions affected by Tropical Cyclone "Amphan" in India and Bangladesh

Tropical Cyclone "Amphan" has left more than more than 100 people dead and thousands more homeless in India and Bangladesh after it made landfall on May 20, 2020. The storm left a path of destruction in both of the countries' coastal areas, affecting...

May 22, 2020

indonesia tornado may 20 2020

Rare tornado hits Sumatra, killing 2 people and damaging 245 homes

A rare tornado tore through several villages on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. At least two fatalities, 6 people injured, and 245 damaged homes were confirmed on Thursday, May 21. The storm hit the Tulang Bawang district of Lampung...

May 22, 2020

au severe weather may 20 2020

Early winter blast, record rain hit much of the eastern seaboard of Australia, severe weather to continue into weekend

Much of the eastern seaboard of Australia was hit by wet weather overnight into May 20, 2020, as a cold front generated rains across Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. The severe weather conditions are forecast to last until the weekend as the country...

May 21, 2020

chicago flood may 19 2020

May 2020 is now Chicago's wettest on record in 150 years of official rainfall observations, U.S.

Following a week of continuous heavy rainfall, Chicago set a record on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, for the city's wettest May in history. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), 2.79 mm (0.11 inches) of rainfall was recorded overnight at the O'Hare...

May 21, 2020

pakistan snow may 19 2020

Rare May snow hits Ayubia for the first time in 100 years, Pakistan

Rare May snowfall hit the province of Ayubia in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020-- a rare occurrence in the month of May after a 100-year hiatus in the province's Abbottabad district. Nearby areas also received light snowfall, including the...

May 21, 2020

fireball russia may 18 2020

Very bright fireball streaks across the night sky over central Russia

A brilliant fireball streaked across the night sky in central Russia at around 15:40 UTC (22:40 LT) on May 18, 2020. The spectacular event was seen in the southern part of the Krasnoyarsk region, as well as in the republics of Khakassia and Tyva. Eyewitnesses said...

May 21, 2020

moon 3 may 17 2020

Scientists solve the mystery behind Moon's monthslong disappearance in the year 1100

In the year 1100, the Moon vanished from the night sky, leaving people in full darkness for several consecutive months. 920 years later, researchers at the University of Geneva in Switzerland believe they may have finally solved the mystery as their findings showed...

May 20, 2020

california snow may 19 2020

Late-season storm brings snow to Sierra Nevada, California

An unseasonal storm system brought snow to higher elevations of California on Monday, May 18, 2020, while thunderstorms developed through the foothills, as well as the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys on Tuesday, May 19. According to the National Weather Service...

May 20, 2020

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ESA's SWARM investigates weakening of Earth's magnetic field, possible split up of South Atlantic Anomaly

Over the past 200 years, Earth's magnetic field has lost around 9% of its strength. Meanwhile, a large region of reduced magnetic intensity has developed between Africa and South America -- known as South Atlantic Anomaly. Over the past 5 years, however, a...

May 20, 2020

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Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm "Amphan" hits India and Bangladesh, leaving a trail of destruction

Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm "Amphan" has left a trail of destruction in the state of Odisha before making landfall between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya island in Bangladesh around 09:00 UTC (14:30 LT) on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Around three million...

May 20, 2020