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asteroid 2017 uj2

Asteroid 2017 UJ2 flew past Earth at 0.05 LD, second closest of the year

A small asteroid designated 2017 UJ2 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.05 LD or 0.00012 AU (~17 951 km / 11 154 miles) from the center of Earth on October 20, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 40th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1...

October 22, 2017

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Moderate M1.1 solar flare off eastern limb, old Region 2673 returns

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.1 at its peak erupted at 23:28 UTC on October 20, 2017 from the vicinity of old Region 2682, numbered 2673 two rotations ago. Radio signatures suggested and coronagraph imagery confirmed, a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was...

October 21, 2017

waves off ireland produced by ex hurricane ophelia october 16 2017

Ophelia created biggest waves ever recorded off Irish coast

The M5 buoy off the southeast coast of Ireland recorded one individual wave reached a startling height of 17.81 m (58.4 feet) on Monday, October 16, 2017, the Irish Weather Buoy Network (IWBN) confirms. This is now the biggest individual wave ever recorded off the...

October 20, 2017

new york fireball october 18 2017

Bright daylight meteor recorded over Long Island, New York

A bright daylight meteor was observed and recorded disintegrating over Long Island, New York at around 19:00 UTC (15:00 EDT) on October 18, 2017. The event reportedly lasted from 3.5 to 7.5 seconds. One user reported seeing it for about 20 seconds. Although the...

October 19, 2017

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Study estimates about 2.1 million people in United States use wells high in arsenic

A new study by the US Geological Survey and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 2.1 million people in the United States. may be getting their drinking water from private domestic wells considered to have high concentrations of arsenic,...

October 19, 2017

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The missing mass — what is causing a geoid low in the Indian Ocean?

The Earth’s interior is still a mystery to us. While we have sent missions to probe the outer reaches of our solar system, the deepest boreholes on Earth go down to only a few kilometers. The only way to learn what’s going on deep inside our planet, in...

October 17, 2017

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Death toll mounts to 72 as another rainmaker nears flood-ravaged Vietnam

The death toll caused by worst floods to hit Vietnam in decades has reached 72, Vietnamese officials said Monday, October 16, 2017. 30 people are still unaccounted for, including 13 in Yen Bai and 10 in Hoa Binh. The announcement comes on the same day the country...

October 16, 2017

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ESO: Merging neutron stars scatter gold and platinum into space

ESO’s fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind...

October 16, 2017

asteroid 2017 tf5

Asteroid 2017 TF5 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD, 4 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 TF5 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD (~280 320 km / 174 182 miles) at 07:40 UTC on October 10, 2017, 4 days before it was discovered. This is the 36th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

October 16, 2017

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Sudden onset disasters to make 14 million people homeless every year

Research findings released October 13 on International Day for Disaster Reduction forecast a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster-prone countries unless significant progress is made in managing disaster risk. A unique...

October 14, 2017

hurricane ophelia forecast track october 12 2017

Ophelia is 10th consecutive Atlantic hurricane - tying the all-time record set in 1878

Ophelia became a hurricane on October 11, 2017 thus becoming the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to reach hurricane status, tying the all-time record set in 1878 and equaled in 1886 and 1893, according to Dr. Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at CSU...

October 12, 2017

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2017 EU wine harvest at historic low due to extreme weather

New estimates show that 2017 EU wine harvest is at historic low due to extreme weather events ranging from frost to drought. According to figures released by Copa and Cogeca in Brussels on October 10, 2017, the European Union suffered one of the lowest wine harvests...

October 12, 2017

record breaking rain hits durban south africa

Durban, South Africa receives record-breaking rain, 8 people dead

A supercell thunderstorm swept through South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province on October 10, 2017, dropping unprecedented rain on Durban, the region's main city and home to one of the busiest ports in Africa. At least 6 people were killed in Durban and 2 in...

October 11, 2017

asteroid 2012 tc4 by mike olason on october 10 2017

Asteroid 2012 TC4 to flyby Earth at 0.13 LD on October 12

Asteroid 2012 TC4, discovered in 2012 by PanSTARRS-1, will fly past our planet at a very close distance of 0.13 LD (~50 100 km / 31 140 miles) at 05:40 UTC on October 12, 2017. Current estimates suggest it should peak around mag +12.8 at closest approach and be...

October 11, 2017

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Earthquake swarm detected under Cumbre Vieja volcano, Canary Islands

​A seismic swarm started under Cumbre Vieja volcano (La Palma) in the Canary Islands on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Authorities said they will increase monitoring the volcano starting October 10 and assign 5 scientists to keep track of the earthquakes. The last...

October 09, 2017

madison tornado october 7 2017

Late-season tornado hits east side of Madison, Wisconsin

A late-season tornado swept through the east side of Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, October 7, 2017, damaging dozens of businesses and cutting off power to at least 600 people. After surveying the damage, the National Weather Service's Milwaukee region office...

October 09, 2017

france fireball october 5 2017

Very bright fireball streaks over western France

A very bright fireball streaked across the night sky over western France at 03:36 UTC (05:36 local time) on October 5, 2017 and was recorded by REFORME's all-sky camera. It lasted between 3 and 7 seconds and was much brighter than the Moon. REFORME is asking all...

October 06, 2017