The Arctic Sky Has Turned Red! And suddenly the night sky became red… blood red! Awesome picture by Ruslan Merzyakov in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.
Ruslan Merzyakov explains ’Night till Monday was totally mind-blowing. Never have I ever seen such red Aurora, but magical Svalbard made it happen.‘ The aurora is a natural light display that occurs in the polar regions. It is caused by charged particles from space catapulted down magnetic field lines into our upper atmosphere, where they collide with oxygen and nitrogen atoms to produce light. This process is driven by energy from the sun, which comes as a stream of charged particles called the solar wind that interacts with Earth’s magnetic field. The aurora is most often seen as a green color, perhaps rippling or twisting. To achieve a brilliant red or the fabled violets or crimsons, the aurora generally requires more energy and is much rarer.
The light from the aurora stretches up hundreds of kilometers in the a…
NASA has shared an image of a weird rectangle iceberg that appeared floating off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, near the Larsen C ice shelf. The image was taken during an IceBridge flight—an airborne survey of the planet’s polar ice. The mission aims to provide a 3D view of the ice that makes up the Arctic and Antarctic, providing vital information on how it changes over time. In an interview with LiveScience, NASA ice scientist Kelly Brunt explained how the rectangle iceberg formed: "We get two types of icebergs: We get the type that everyone can envision in their head that sank the Titanic, and they look like prisms or triangles at the surface and you know they have a crazy subsurface. And then you have what is called 'tabular icebergs.'" The latter, she said, split off the edges of ice shelves in the same way a fingernail that grows too long ends up cracking off. This is why they have sharp edges. Brunt did acknowledge that this particular iceberg was a “…
China Plans to Launch an 'Artificial Moon' to Light Up the Night SkiesMoonlit skies over the Chinese city of Chengdu may soon get a boost from a second moon.
City officials recently announced plans to build an artificial moon, launching it to hang over Sichuan province's capital city by 2020, Chinese news site People's Daily Online (PDO) reported.
The illuminated orb is intended to complement the light of Earth's existing moon, and will be eight times brighter than the natural satellite, Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co. Ltd. (CASC) — the primary contractor for the Chinese space program — told PDO. [Photos: Mysterious Objects Spotted on the Moon]
In fact, light from the artificial moon is expected to save the city money by doing away with the need for streetlights, Chunfeng added. The new moon will be capable of illuminating an area of up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) in diameter, accordin…
Willa Rapidly Intensifies Into a Hurricane and Will Threaten Mexico
Willa has rapidly intensified into a hurricane in the eastern Pacific and will threaten Mexico by midweek with damaging winds, flooding rain and storm surge. Tropical Storm Vicente also poses a heavy rain threat to Mexico this week.
Vicente and Willa have helped clinch a record-breaking hurricane season in the eastern Pacific. At a Glance Hurricane Willa has intensified rapidly off the Mexican coast. Willa is forecast to make landfall in Mexico by Wednesday. Moisture from Willa could eventually enhance rainfall in Texas and possibly along the Gulf Coast. Tropical Storm Vicente is also forecast to make landfall in Mexico later this week.Hurricane WillaWilla is tracking northwestward but is expected to slowly recurve toward the northeast by Tuesday and should make landfall in northern Mexico on Wednesday. Landfall of the circulation center is expected anywhere from near or north of Mazatlán to near Puerto Vallarta. Low wind s…
Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Strikes Cascadia Subduction Zone 10/22/18 PORT HARDY, BRITISH COLUMBIA —10/22/18
Three powerful earthquakes struck late Sunday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, near Vancouver Island, the U.S. Geological Survey is reporting.
Less than 40 minutes later, a second quake with a recorded magnitude of 6.8 struck nearby, about 122 miles (197 kilometers) southwest of Port Hardy. It occurred at a depth of about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers.)
A third 6.5-magnitude quake was reported at 11:22 p.m. PDT about 138 miles (223 kilometers) southwest of Port Hardy. Its depth was also about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).
Metal object that fell from sky in Hanford identified
Folks in Hanford have some answers for what fell out of the sky last Saturday.
Kings County sheriff's deputies were called out to the area of 8th and Houston avenues on Oct. 13.
The owner of a walnut orchard found a metal object in his orchard.
Detectives eventually reached out to Vandenberg Air Force Base and learned the object was likely to be a fuel tank from a communications satellite owned by Iridium.
According to Iridium, the tank was identified coming from Iridium satellite No. 70.
That satellite was launched into space sometime in late 1997 or early 1998.
It is the first piece recovered from an Iridium satellite re-entering Earth's atmosphere and will be closely examined.
China's space industry is preparing to launch the world's first artificial moon to help with urban illumination at night, a leading scientist said.
China plans to put an artificial moon in orbit above Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan by 2020. If the launch proves successful, three more such objects will be launched in 2022, Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society in Chengdu, told China Daily in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
The artificial moon will have a reflective coating that can reflect sunlight back to Earth, similar to how the moon shines, he said.
China plans to put an artificial moon in orbit above Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan by 2020. If the launch proves successful, three more such objects will be launched in 2022, Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society in Chengdu. Astronom…
Yellowstone Geyser’s Eruption tosses up decades of human trash, some ‘historic’
On Sept. 15, Yellowstone National Park’s Ear Spring geyser erupted in its most violent display since 1957. For several minutes, sprays of steaming water leaped up to 30 feet in the air, chunks of rock and dirt spewed forth onto the ground, and about 60 years of wishes were promptly reversed when the geyser gave up nearly 100 coins that had previously been tossed in.
Some coins were to be expected: Who among us hasn’t flipped a good-luck penny into a thermal vent? But park officials were more surprised to find that decades of man-made garbage had also burst forth from Ear Spring — some of which dated back to the 1930s.
“After Ear Spring erupted on September 15, employees found a strange assortment of items strewn across the landscape around its vent,” officials wrote on the Yellowstone National Park Facebook page. “Some are clearly historic: they’ll be inventoried by curators and may end up in Yellowstone…
That's a lot of water.
As a test of its "Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression water deluge system," NASA on Oct. 15 released a deluge of water -- 450,000 gallons to be precise -- in just over one minute.
The water goes up about 100 feet into the air.
The system is used to reduce extreme heat and energy generated by a rocket launch, according to NASA.
This test was at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B in Florida in preparation for Exploration Mission-1, which is set to launch in June 2020.
It will be the first uncrewed flight of the Space Launch System, a huge rocket arrangement NASA has worked on for years, set to be the most powerful booster ever built. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com
Very bright meteor illuminates the night sky over Hokkaido, Japan A very bright meteor was seen and recorded over Hokkaido, Japan at 11:56 UTC (20:56 local time) on October 19, 2018. The event lasted several seconds before the object disintegrated.
Fumitake Watanabe, an engineer at an observatory in the city of Nayoro, said the fireball appears to have been caused by an object such as a fragment of an asteroid burning up in the Earth's atmosphere.
"Judging from the light, the object appears to have burned up before reaching the Earth's surface," Watanabe said. Very bright fireball over Hokkaido, Japan on October 19, 2018. All images courtesy NHK