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Has Comet ISON stopped brightening?

Comet ISON is expected to become one of the most dazzling skywatching events while making a passage around the Sun later this year. In October of 2012 NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) stated that Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) could reach magnitude -11.6, which

June 01, 2013

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NOAA predicts very active Atlantic hurricane season - 3 to 6 major hurricanes

June 1 marks the beginning of Atlantic hurricane season. On May 23, 2013 NOAA's Climate Prediction Center released its 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast, predicting an active season. NOAA classifies 12 of the 18 seasons since 1995 as above normal,

May 26, 2013

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Does your bottled water contain nicotine? How about pharmaceuticals?

Research published last year determined that commercial bottled water in Spain had over 50 pharmaceutically-active chemicals in it, as well as the highly addictive drug nicotine. Is your (or your children's) bottled water polluted with addictive

May 25, 2013

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Massive and deep earthquake M 8.3 struck Sea of Okhotsk

A massive but deep earthquake M 8.3 struck Sea of Okhotsk on May 24, 2013 at 05:49 UTC. By preliminary reports, USGS has measured depth od 601 km, EMSC 599 km. The epicenter was about 403 km WNW of area previously reported for strong earthquake swarm,

May 24, 2013

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Penumbral lunar eclipse on May 25, 2013

The second lunar eclipse of 2013 occurs at the Moon's ascending node in Scorpius about 7° northwest of Antares (mv = +1.07). With a penumbral eclipse magnitude  of 0.0158, just 0.5 arc-minutes of the Moon's southern limb will pass into Earth's pale

May 20, 2013

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Swarm of strong earthquakes shakes Kamchatka Peninsula

A swarm of strong earthquakes is currently shaking Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Far East. The strongest in series was M 5.9 (USGS), M 6.0 (EMSC), recorded at 20:44 UTC on May 19, 2013. Data for depth of this earthquake is still uncertain. USGS measured 16.5 km

May 19, 2013

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2.7 km wide Asteroid 1998 QE2 will fly past Earth on May 31, 2013

Asteroid 1998 QE2 will fly past Earth at end of May at a distance of 5.8 million kilometers, or about 15 times the distance between Earth and the moon. The asteroid's size is estimated to be about 2.7 kilometers. It will make its closest approach on May

May 19, 2013

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Mass evacuation in Bangladesh and Myanmar ahead of Tropical Cyclone Mahasen

Tropical Cyclone Mahasen (01B) is now centered several hundred miles south of Kolkata, India, and will impact areas from northeastern India to Bangladesh and Myanmar over the next few days. The system is about to enter  into an area of warm sea surface

May 15, 2013

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Quantum computer outperforms regular PC

A series of tests between a regular PC and a commercially available quantum computer showed great potential of the quantum machine, leaving the PC trailing behind. The difference between classical bits and quantum bits, or qubits is that the latter can take the

May 14, 2013

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Intro to space weather vocabulary - video

Heliophysics scientists study energy transformation from one event to the other and which electromagnetic waves create which conditions near Earth. Space weather effects can disrupt satellites in space, so scientists need to understand the system in even more detail.

May 06, 2013

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Is Comet ISON just an ordinary comet?

Well, if you ask the question from the title, most people who are even remotely interested in astronomy and comets will most likely answer – NO - Comet ISON ( Comet C/2012 S1) is not an ordinary comet! In fact, it is a very interesting comet with

May 05, 2013

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The annual Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks on May 6, 2013

The Eta Aquarid meteors usually provide a solid display at the beginning of May. Few annual meteor showers provide a decent show for the southern hemisphere observers as the Eta Aquarid do. That is because the radiant is very near a Y-shaped asterism in northern

May 03, 2013

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Strong and shallow M 5.9 earthquake struck Azores Islands, Portugal

A strong and shallow earthquake magnitude M 5.9 struck Azores Islands, Portugal on April 30, 2013 at 06:25 UTC.  Epicenter was located in between Sao Miguel and Santa Maria islands; 29 km (18 miles) ESE of Furnas, Portugal and 58 km (36 miles) E

April 30, 2013

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Pars Aerial rescue robot - rescuing drowning individuals close to coastlines

Pars is an aerial rescue robot designed and built for saving human lives. According to RTS Lab, which designed it, Pars uses new technologies that help guide and navigate it, including sound and image processing, autopilot, artificial intelligence and an

April 27, 2013

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Solar Dynamics Observatory: Three Years of Sun in Three Minutes

In the three years since it first provided images of the sun in the spring of 2010, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has had virtually unbroken coverage of the sun's rise toward solar maximum, the peak of solar activity in its regular 11-year cycle. This video

April 22, 2013

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Earth could enter into dusty meteor shower from Comet ISON's tail

As comet ISON is approaching for its close encounter with the sun in November, 2013, excitement and anticipation are rising. Already being named the potential "Comet of the century" by some, because of the show it might put on for stargazers all over our

April 20, 2013

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Kepler mission finds 2 most Earth-like planets

Continuing its hunt for habitable planets, Kepler mission has discovered 3 new planets in "habitable zones" of their solar system, NASA revealed on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Two of the newly discovered planets are most Earth-like planets found to date. They belong to

April 18, 2013