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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Bright fireball lights up night sky over Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

A brilliant fireball streaked across Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, leaving witnesses in awe as the meteor turned the night sky into a day. Authorities and experts said they will provide more information after the analysis. Footage of the event...

April 09, 2021

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Record cold invades parts of Europe following unusually warm weather in March

Parts of Europe are dealing with a significant cold snap since Wednesday, April 7, 2021, with many countries registering record lows. This comes after unusually warm weather, in many parts record-breaking, at end of March. A deep cyclonic vortex from North Atlantic...

April 09, 2021

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Antarctic cold blast to bring snow and subzero temperatures to southeast Australia

An Antarctic blast of icy air is forecast to bring snow and subzero temperatures to southeast Australia this weekend, with hail possible in some regions. According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), the first cold front will arrive Friday, April 9, followed by a...

April 08, 2021

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Rare April snow falls in Brussels after unusually warm weather, Belgium

Snow fell in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, which is considered an unusual weather event for this time of the year. The country, along with much of northwest Europe, previously experienced unusually warm weather and record temperatures at end of...

April 08, 2021

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Western Australia under rare weather threat of three strong tropical systems

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned residents living on the coast of Western Australia to brace for intense winds, rain, and possible flooding as Tropical Cyclone "Seroja" is expected to pass between Carnavon and Jurien Bay late Sunday or early...

April 08, 2021

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Floods and landslides leave at least 3 dead, hundreds affected in Colombia

Heavy rain has been impacting several departments in Colombia over the past days, causing floods and landslides that left at least three fatalities and hundreds of residents affected, the Civil Defense reported. The three victims lost their lives after heavy...

April 07, 2021

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At least 3 dead, thousands of homes flooded as torrential rains hit Haiti

Torrential rains have been affecting Haiti since April 2, 2021, resulting in extensive damage and at least three fatalities. At least 149 homes have been damaged, with more than 1 270 properties still submerged in floodwaters. Persistent heavy rains have been...

April 07, 2021

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Yukon sets new daily snow record, nearly 300 percent of normal, Canada

Whitehorse City in Yukon, Canada, registered 70 cm (27.5 inches) of snow on the ground on April 4, 2021 -- the area's most snowfall on record for the day and almost 300 percent of normal. The snowpack usually peaks around 30 cm (11.8 inches), and by late April,...

April 07, 2021

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Dusty winds and heavy rain hit north Qatar

Strong winds, rain, and dense dust hit Qatar over the weekend, leading to low visibility. According to the Qatar Meteorological Department, the wave of dust came from northwestern Arabia. The weather phenomenon was witnessed Saturday to Sunday, April 3 to 4. Heavy...

April 07, 2021

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Texas 2021 deep freeze left nearly 200 people dead, new analysis shows

Nearly 200 people died as a result of the unprecedented winter storm that lashed Texas in February 2021, a new analysis showed, making the disaster one of the worst in the state this past century. The toll is expected to grow in the coming days as investigations...

April 07, 2021

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Study shows correlation between solar variability and El Nino-La Nina events

A new study shows a link between the end of solar cycles and a switch from El Nino to La Nina events in the Pacific Ocean, indicating that solar variability can trigger seasonal weather variability on Earth. If the connection holds up, it could improve the...

April 06, 2021

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Earthquake swarm rattles Los Angeles area following M4.0 jolt, California

A swarm of earthquakes rattled the Los Angeles area in California early Monday, April 5, 2021, following an M4.0 earthquake 2 km (1.2 miles) east of Lennox. The USGS received more than 7 400 'I felt it' reports. The Lennox quake was 19.9 km (12.4 miles) deep...

April 06, 2021

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Deadly downpour triggers severe flooding in Queensland, Australia

Severe flooding lashed Queensland's southeast following heavy rains over the weekend, resulting in at least four fatalities. Up to 153 mm (6 inches) of rain fell in a 24-hour period to 23:00 UTC on Monday (09:00 LT on Tuesday, April 6), according to the Bureau...

April 06, 2021

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Switzerland sees unusually fatal avalanche season

Switzerland's winter season this year has been 50 percent deadlier than the average season, resulting in around 27 fatalities as of March 31. Around 296 people have been affected, which is a 67 percent increase, as the number of people caught in avalanches over...

April 05, 2021

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Violent thunderstorm kills 8 people as heatwave grips parts of Bangladesh

At least eight people lost their lives after a severe thunderstorm lashed much of Bangladesh on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Gale-force winds damaged houses and crops, uprooted trees and left many others injured. The severe weather came as some parts of the country are...

April 05, 2021

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NOAA study takes step closer to predicting meteotsunamis

A new study by NOAA shows the promise of forecasting meteotsunamis after scientists were able to reconstruct the first documented meteotsunami in the Great Lakes in 2018. On April 13, 2018, a huge wave surged across Lake Michigan, flooding the shores of Ludington...

April 02, 2021

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Sweden cancels controversial balloon test to artificially cool the Earth

The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has decided to cancel the controversial balloon test flight aimed to artificially cool the Earth due to growing concerns about its possible harmful effects on the ozone layer and the ecosystem. The flight was planned to launch in...

April 02, 2021

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Nepal shuts schools as air pollution hits alarming levels

The air quality of Kathmandu, Nepal, has reached hazardous levels on March 27, 2021, with the AQI hitting 421, according to the Real-Time Air Quality Index. The education ministry said about eight million students have been affected as schools were shut amid the...

April 02, 2021

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March temperature records tumble across Europe ahead of new widespread cold blast

Temperatures in much of northwest Europe have hit record levels as unusually warm weather gripped the region on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, starting with the UK, which registered its warmest March day in 53 years when the mercury soared above 24 °C (75.2 °F)....

April 02, 2021

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Large meteoritic event over Antarctica 430 000 years ago

An international team of scientists has found new evidence that a low-altitude meteoritic event occurred over Antarctica 430 000 years ago. Cosmic particles recovered on the summit of Walnumfjellet indicate that an unusual touchdown event reached the continent's...

April 01, 2021

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Large landslide hits important transit route at Düzce Zonguldak, Turkey

A large landslide due to a retaining slope failure occurred on a highway at Düzce Zonguldak, Turkey on March 26, 2021. The Düzce Zonguldak highway, which is one of the important transit routes connecting Düzce to the Black Sea, collapsed following a...

April 01, 2021

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New model replaces dark energy theory with magnetic forces

It has been long believed that 70 percent of the universe is composed of dark energy, which makes it expand at an ever-increasing rate. However, a new model by researchers from the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) suggests that the expansion is due to a dark...

April 01, 2021

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Elevated unrest continues at Taal volcano with 212 earthquakes in 24 hours, Philippines

Alert Level 2 remains in place over Taal volcano, Philippines, as of Wednesday, March 31, 2021. At this level, sudden phreatic explosions, minor ashfalls, volcanic tremors, and lethal accumulations of volcanic gas may threaten areas within the volcano. In 24 hours...

March 31, 2021

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Powerful storm brings heavy snow and destructive winds to Atlantic Canada and Prairies

A powerful storm brought heavy snow, damaging winds, and frozen precipitation across Atlantic Canada on Monday, March 29, 2021, resulting in travel disruptions, suspension of classes, and damaged homes. Wind gusts of up to 164 km/h (102 mph) were recorded in Nova...

March 31, 2021

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A tropical storm in 2018 produced the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth

A tropical storm just south of the equator in the southwestern Pacific Ocean on December 29, 2018, produced an unprecedented temperature of -111.2 °C (161.96 K / -168.1 °F), the lowest recorded on Earth, according to a recent scientific research paper. The...

March 31, 2021

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Worst drought in 40 years leads to rising hunger and severe food shortages in Angola

Severe food shortage and hunger are on the rise in Angola as the country is gripped by its worst drought in nearly four decades, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned on March 26, 2021. The rainy season in Angola, which typically runs from November to April, is...

March 30, 2021

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Up to 3 m (10 feet) of fresh snow hits Valcea, Romania

Up to 3 m (10 feet) of snow fell in a mountain resort in Valcea, Romania, in 7 days to March 28, 2021. This county usually sees the heaviest snow and precipitation around May. Heavy snow blanketed the mountain resort Varful Lui Roman in Valcea County. The owner...

March 30, 2021

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Hubble makes unexpected discovery on the process of star formation

New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope have changed our understanding of star formation as what scientists previously believed may have been an off-switch for the process does not work that way after all. The telescope shows that the powerful astrophysical...

March 29, 2021

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Unexpected strike-slip earthquake uncovers hidden mechanism

Researchers uncovered the reason for unexpected strike-slip earthquakes, where two pieces of crust slide past each other on a fault, in areas where subduction zone tremors are common. From July to October 2020, a series of earthquakes occurred in Shumagin Islands,...

March 27, 2021

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Kuwait registers hottest March temperature for entire Arabian Peninsula amid locust plague and dust storms

Kuwait registered a temperature of 44.6 °C (112.3 °F) on Thursday, March 25, 2021 -- the hottest March temperature for the country and the entire Arabian Peninsula. The heat came amid swarms of locust infesting the country, as well as dust storms, creating...

March 26, 2021

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Taiwan cuts water supply amid worst drought in 50 years

Taiwan has further reduced its water supplies as the country faces its worst drought in 50 years. The government has issued its first red alert on water supply in six years on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, warning that reservoirs in the central region are dropping at...

March 25, 2021

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Unseasonal snow grips Istanbul following mostly dry winter, Turkey

Heavy snowfall hit Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, after a mostly dry winter season the country's third-warmest winter in the last five decades. The snow was also an unusual occurrence for this time of the year in the city, which experienced two...

March 25, 2021

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Deadly downpour lashes Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Torrential rains hit parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan from Monday, March 22, 2021, resulting in severe material damages and at least two fatalities. About 48 homes were damaged or destroyed, while six people sustained injuries. Downpours accompanied...

March 24, 2021

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Severe weather leaves 45 people dead, more than 2 000 homes damaged in Colombia

As many as 45 people have died while more than 2 000 homes have been damaged as a result of severe weather in Colombia since March 1, 2021, according to a statement by the country's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) on Tuesday, March 23....

March 24, 2021

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Heavy rain and snowfall persist in Jammu and Kashmir, landslides leave hundreds stranded

The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, following heavy snowfall in the Jawahar Tunnel area that led to multiple landslides, stranding more than 300 vehicles. Heavy precipitation continued into Wednesday, March 24, for the fourth...

March 24, 2021

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Massive dust storm engulfs West Texas, causing near-zero visibility

A line of severe storms brought a massive amount of dust in West Texas on Monday afternoon, March 22, 2021. The dust storm turned skies into dark orange and left motorists with near-zero visibility. A massive dust storm kicked up by severe storms blanketed the skies...

March 23, 2021

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Persistent heavy rains trigger flooding and landslides, affecting more than 3 000 homes in Peru

Heavy rains have caused flooding and landslides in northern Peru over the past few days, affecting as many as 3 000 homes. Around 160 mm (6.2 inches) of rain fell in a 24-hour period in Yurimaguas, capital of Alto Amazonas Province in Loreto Region, which is more...

March 23, 2021

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Worst floods since 1971 hit parts of New South Wales, Australia

About 18 000 people have evacuated their homes after torrential rains hit New South Wales, Australia, causing severe flooding in many parts of the state on Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21, 2021. More evacuations are expected as the severe weather is forecast to...

March 22, 2021

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Deadly flash floods hit Luanda, Angola

Torrential rains triggered major flash floods in Luanda, Angola, from Monday, March 15, 2021. As many as 1 770 people have been affected and according to the National Civil Protection and Fire Service, at least four people died and three others went missing. Heavy...

March 19, 2021

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King Fire scorches 5 800 ha (14 300 acres) of land in Brooks County, Texas

A wildfire that started on the King Ranch in Brooks County, Texas, has burned around 5 800 ha (14 300 acres) of land as of Thursday, March 18, 2021, before being contained, according to the Texas Forest Service. The fire -- named King Fire -- began at the King...

March 19, 2021