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First close-up images of Ganymede in more than 20 years

The first two images from Juno spacecraft's June 7, 2021, flyby of Jupiter’s giant moon Ganymede have been received on Earth. This was the closest any spacecraft has come to this moon in a generation. The photos – one from the Jupiter orbiter’s...

June 09, 2021

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Hurricane-force winds hit Shagonar, Tuva, Russia

Hurricane-force winds swept through the Ulug-Khem region of Tuva, Russia on June 5, 2021, damaging numerous homes and leaving many people without power. According to Tuva civil defense and emergency service, wind gusts reached 140 km/h (87 mph) in Shagonar, damaging...

June 09, 2021

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Situational awareness for potentially hazardous comets last near-Earth as far back as 4 000 years ago

SETI Institute researchers are reporting that they can now detect showers from the debris in the path of comets that pass close to Earth orbit and are known to return as infrequent as once every 4 000 years. "This creates a situational awareness for potentially...

May 21, 2021

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Second-earliest rainy season start on record in SW Japan

This year's rainy season in SW Japan has started almost a full month earlier than normal, becoming the 2nd earliest rainy season on record. "It's definitely interesting to watch because the earlier the rainy season front gets toward the north, the...

May 12, 2021

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Severe thunderstorm hits Wuhan, turning day into night, China

At least 2 people have been killed after a severe thunderstorm hit the city of Wuhan, capital of China's Hubei province on May 10, 2021, turning day into night. According to the Wuhan Emergency Management Bureau, parts of the city encountered a level 10...

May 12, 2021

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Eruption in Fagradalsfjall producing mesmerizing red skies during a cloudy night, Iceland

Sigfús Steindórsson from Reykjavik, Iceland brings us another amazing video of an eruption in Fagradalsfjall with mesmerizing red skies during a recent cloudy night. Captured from Hafnarfjörður, Reykjavík on May 10, 2021. Here's...

May 11, 2021

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Venus' ionosphere undergoes puzzling changes over the 11-year solar cycle

A new study published today in Geophysical Research Letters confirms that Venus' upper atmosphere undergoes puzzling changes over the Sun's 11-year activity cycle. The scientists studied data provided by Parker Solar Probe's first direct measurement of...

May 03, 2021

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Huge lava fountains at Fagradalsfjall, biggest since the eruption start, Iceland

New fissure openings have formed several times since the eruption at Fagradalsfjall, Iceland began on March 19, 2021. On May 2, the activity at the volcano changed, producing huge lava fountains -- the biggest since the eruption started. The video was captured by...

May 03, 2021

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Tornado outbreak: Destructive tornadoes sweep through Mississippi, U.S.

Several destructive tornadoes swept through Mississippi late Sunday night (LT), May 2, 2021, damaging buildings and downing trees and power lines. A tornado emergency was declared for Tupelo and surrounding areas, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. ...

May 03, 2021

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Tornado west of Jena, Louisiana to begin tornado outbreak in U.S.

A tornado was intercepted by Reed Timmer's Dominator Drone just west of Jena, Louisiana at 17:50 LT on May 2, 2021. A tornado outbreak unfolded after this across Mississippi including a tornado that just passed through the Tupelo, Mississippi area with a tornado...

May 03, 2021

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Great auroral storms occur every 40 to 60 years, new historical study shows

A new study published in the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate suggests that great auroral storms occur about every 40 - 60 years, although the distribution of such events is far from even. Space weather storms typically have solar, interplanetary,...

May 02, 2021

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Laguna del Farallón in Veracruz lost 75 percent of its water in several months, Mexico

Laguna del Farallón -- a 180 ha (445 acres) lagoon in Veracruz, Mexico -- has lost 75% of its water over the past several months due to lack of rain and drought. As of April 22, drought conditions are covering 85 percent of Mexico. In Veracruz, 32 of the...

April 26, 2021

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Peter Mungo Jupp: The Black Death and Cosmic Chaos

Archaeologist and Thunderbolts colleague Peter Mungo Jupp presents a radical idea that civilization-destroying plagues may be governed by electromagnetism such as cosmic rays. Nature often uses triggers based on hard to pinpoint factors when losing its newest...

April 14, 2021

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Severe heat wave hits Delhi with highest March temperatures since 1945

The Safdarjung Observatory in New Delhi, India registered a maximum temperature of 40.1 °C (104.1 °F) on Monday, March 29, 2021, making it the city's hottest March day since 1945. This is 8 °C (14.4 °F) higher than normal, said Kuldeep...

March 30, 2021

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Schroeder wildfire threatens Rapid City fire suppression, South Dakota

Multiple National Guard helicopters were in full aerial suppression mode on March 29, 2021, as the Schroeder Fire burned multiple homes and threatened thousands more west of Rapid City, South Dakota. Approximately 500 homes were ordered to evacuate the area as high...

March 30, 2021

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Artificial bolide produced by the re-entry of the second stage of Falcon 9 rocket

A bright and slow-moving artificial bolide -- designated SPMN160221ART -- was recorded over the Mediterranean Sea at 05:57 UTC on February 16, 2021, by the SPanish Meteor Network (SPMN). The source of the event was atmospheric re-entry of the second stage of the...

February 22, 2021

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Hubble discovers concentration of small black holes at the heart of globular cluster NGC 6397

Astronomers on the hunt for an intermediate-mass black hole at the heart of the globular cluster NGC 6397, found something they weren’t expecting -- a concentration of smaller black holes lurking there instead of one massive black hole. Image credits: NASA,...

February 11, 2021

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Study identifies second alignment plane of solar system

According to a new study published in The Astronomical Journal, comet motions indicate that the solar system has a second alignment plane. The discovery has significant implications for models of how comets originally formed in the solar system. The study, led by...

September 29, 2020

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Solar storm hits Earth, sparking active geomagnetic conditions

Our Sun launched two solar storms this week, one of which was Earth-directed, Space Weather Physicist Dr. Tamitha Skov reports in her latest space weather forecast released July 14, 2020. The storm has hit, right on time, and all through the night people have been...

July 15, 2020

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Geomagnetic effects on Earth's biology – Electricity of Life

Scientific research into the Sun's effects on life on Earth has yielded results that may surprise you. Over a century ago, the Soviet-era scientist Alexander Chizhevsky conducted exhaustive studies demonstrating an apparent correlation between solar activity and...

April 03, 2020

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Supernovas, neutron stars and black holes 'break the rules'

In an interview with Wal Thornhill, Chief Science Advisor of The Thunderbolts Project, we explore a number of intriguing space science discoveries, including supernovae, "neutron stars," "black holes" and "white dwarf" stars which...

March 09, 2020

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Donald Scott: Parker Solar Probe and the Electric Sun

The first scientific papers were published on the NASA Parker Solar Probe mission’s earliest findings in December 2019. The first four papers have suggested a number of "surprising" discoveries, including the speed of the solar wind rotating around...

December 15, 2019

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Fast wind storms and Europa plumes - Solar Storm Forecast by Dr. Tamitha Skov

A coronal hole that has brought us up to storm levels multiple times before is back and is sending us some fast solar wind yet again, Dr. Tamitha Skov said in her latest Solar Storm Forecast video. We have already bumped up to unsettled conditions and could hit...

November 22, 2019

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Strong positive Indian Ocean Dipole persists, second-highest weekly value on record

The strong positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) event continues, while the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) remains neutral, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reports in its monthly ENSO Wrap-Up. The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) remains strongly...

November 05, 2019

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Ev Cochrane: Did ancient man see a different Sun?

The parent star of planet Earth holds a strange and special place in countless ancient traditions around the world. The celestial body identified as the Sun in myth, religion, ancient astronomies and rock art routinely bares no resemblance at all to our familiar...

November 03, 2019

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Top farmer warns: Forces at work to hide massive crop losses

Paul, a top 1% producer of commodities and specialty crops on over 4000 acres (1 600 ha), joins Christian to voice his concerns after the catastrophic growing season in the US and blow the whistle on “a force, an energy” that is working to keep people...

October 24, 2019

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Ev Cochrane: The Many Faces of Venus

Why did ancient cultures around the world identify the planet Venus as a great comet? One of the leading comparative mythologists to explore this question is Ev Cochrane, a colleague for several decades of David Talbott and the late Dwardu Cardona. As Cochrane...

October 06, 2019

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Bright meteor event over southern Spain

This amazing meteor overflew the south of Spain at 02:05 UTC on September 7, 2019 (04:05 LT). It was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 120 000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 84 km (52 miles) over the region of Murcia and...

September 08, 2019

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Extreme monsoon rains in western India and Myanmar, more than 250 people killed

Extreme monsoon rains hit western India and Myanmar in early August 2019, causing dramatic flooding and landslides and leaving at least 258 people dead. The animation below depicts satellite-based measurements of rainfall from August 1 - 12, 2019. The darkest reds...

August 15, 2019

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Likely state of Colorado record diameter hailstone

Members of the National Weather Service office in Goodland, CO and the Colorado State University Climate Center visited a family north of Bethune, Colorado on August 14 afternoon to measure a hailstone which was reported August 13 as being the largest in the state...

August 15, 2019

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1 million evacuated, more than 190 killed after exceptionally heavy rains hit parts of India

At least 193 people have been killed across parts of India in floods and landslides caused by exceptionally heavy monsoon rains since August 1, 2019. Dozens of people are still missing and the death toll is expected to continue rising in the days ahead. In addition,...

August 12, 2019

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Heavy rains hit central China, leaving 29 people dead and 4 missing

Heavy rain affecting parts of central China this week caused deadly flash floods in which at least 32 people lost their lives. As reported by state broadcaster CCTV, dozens of tourists were trapped or washed away Sunday night at Duobi Gorge in Hubei Province, after...

August 09, 2019

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At least 12 killed after heavy rain and flash floods hit Yemen

Heavy monsoon rains affecting parts of Yemen on August 6 and 7, 2019, displaced hundreds of people and left at least 12 people dead. The worst-hit was the northwestern province of Mahweet, affected by southwest monsoon each year from June to September. "Nine...

August 08, 2019

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10 dead, 7 missing after rescue boat capsizes in Maharashtra, India

At least 10 persons drowned and 7 more are missing after a rescue boat carrying at least 30 people capsized during a rescue operation near Brahmnal village in Maharashtra's Sangli district on Thursday morning, August 8, 2019. Local police said rescue operations...

August 08, 2019

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Valentina Zharkova on the upcoming Grand Solar Minimum

Valentina Zharkova's article confirming the next Grand Solar Minimum titled, 'Oscillations of the baseline of solar magnetic field and solar irradiance on a millennial timescale' has been accepted for publishing in Nature. Her team predicts the upcoming...

July 01, 2019

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African swine fever outbreak in China altering global crop and livestock patterns

At least 130 African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks were reported across China since August 2018. The virus is killing pigs across the globe and could alter global crop and livestock patterns. China Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) reported April 23...

May 23, 2019

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Mississippi River above flood stage for 137 days

As of May 21, 2019, the Mississippi River at Natchez, MS has been above the flood stage of 14.63 m (48 feet) for 137 consecutive days. This is well longer than any time since 1927 when the previous record of 77 days was set. "The Mississippi River has been...

May 22, 2019

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: May 8 - 14, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes from May 8 - 14, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Sangay, Ecuador | Sinabung, Indonesia. Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali...

May 17, 2019

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Wettest 12-month period in recorded history, U.S.

With 919.48 mm (36.20 inches) recorded from April 2018 to May 2019, the United States has set its new year-long rainfall record. The previous record was 908.81 mm (35.78 inches) recorded from April 2015 to March 2016. "Averages across the contiguous U.S., the...

May 10, 2019

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117-year-old May snowfall record broken in Minnesota

Several snowfall records have been broken in Duluth area, Minnesota this week as severe storms continue dropping very heavy on the already saturated ground across the southcentral United States. Duluth area has already broken several snowfall records, NWS office in...

May 10, 2019