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Comment on Scarred landscape in Oklahoma from May 20 tornado by Zack Snyder will not cut tornado scene from ‘Man of Steel’ despite Oklahoma … – TheCelebrityCafe.com | Around the World

On May 20, a mile-wide tornado with 210 mph winds whipped through Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people and injuring 377 others. Billions of dollars’ worth of damages were also left in its wake, reported Earth Sky.

2013-06-10 01:08:04

World Oceans Day is June 8 World Oceans Day is June 8

The ocean is one of Earth’s most precious resources. It covers
71% of the Earth’s surface
and holds 97% of our planets water. The ocean plays an integral role in regulating Earth’s climate and weather. Many diverse and beautiful creatures inhabit the ocean. The ocean provides us with food, medicine and various other economic and recreational opportunities. Much of the ocean remains unexplored. For all of these reasons, Saturday – June 8, 2013 – is World Oceans Day, an event aimed at celebrating the ocean and raising awareness about the need to protect ocean health.
Organizers are also urging people to wear blue on Saturday to help raise awareness about the ocean, and to commit to practicing simple steps that can protect the ocean such as picking up trash at your local beach and drinking fr

2013-06-08 13:23:02

Happy World Oceans Day Happy World Oceans Day

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| Morning mist over the beach and ocean, in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada. Photo by
EarthSky Facebook
friend Ryong Lee. Thank you, Ryong!
To help celebrate World Oceans Day, Ryong Lee of Canada posted this beautiful photo on
EarthSky’s Facebook page
. When we started talking about World Oceans Day on our social media pages on Friday, several people said they had never heard of it. In fact, Canada made the original proposal for World Oceans Day in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The day has been unofficially celebrated every June 8 since then, and, in 2008, the United Nations did officially recognize it. Since then, World Oceans Day has been coordinated internationally by The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network. These organizations say it has grea

2013-06-08 11:00:57

Comment on Video: Asteroid 2012 DA14′s safe passage near Earth on February 15 by Asteroid Makes Close Call: 2012 DA14 to Pass Earth Feb. 15 – ABC News

reminding us that sometimes outer space isn't quite as, well, spacious as we may like to think.Video: Asteroid 2012 DA14's safe passage near Earth on February 15EarthSky (blog)Double asteroid trouble may have wiped out dinosaursCNETHow close will the asteroid

2013-06-07 08:32:59

This morning’s moon This morning’s moon

Waning crescent moon on June 5, 2013 via EarthSky Facebook friend Tom Wildoner. Thanks, Tom!
If you’ve been looking for the moon and not finding it, that’s because the moon is now a
waning crescent
visible only shortly before dawn. Here’s this morning’s moon from our friend Tom Wildoner. Tom wrote:
June 5th, 2013 – early morning crescent moon, taken with a Canon T4i and Meade 12″ LX-90. Weatherly, PA.
You should be able to see the moon for another day or two, waning, rising closer to the sunrise.
New moon
comes June 8. After that, the moon will be back in the evening sky as a
waxing crescent
. It’ll wax larger each evening until the upcoming supermoon on June 22-23!
Most “super” supermoon of 2013 on June 22-23

2013-06-05 13:18:26

What’s the difference between comets and asteroids? What’s the difference between comets and asteroids?

Astronomers announcement yesterday (June 3, 2013) that the peculiar
asteroid P/2010 A2 has a tail much longer than previously supposed
once again blurs the line between asteroids and comets. What’s the difference between comets and asteroids?
Asteroids are generally considered to be made up of metals and rocky material, while comets are made up of ice, dust and rocky material. Both asteroids and comets were formed during the earliest history of the solar system, around 4.5 billion years ago. Asteroids formed much closer to the sun, where it was too warm for ices to remain solid. Comets formed farther from the sun where ices would not melt. Comets, which approach the sun, lose material with each orbit because some of their ice melts and vaporizes to form a tail. Asteroids typically remain

2013-06-04 17:49:29

Big Dipper high in north on June evenings Big Dipper high in north on June evenings

The chart at the top of this post shows the legendary
Big Dipper
, now high in the north during the evening hours. It’s one of the most familiar star patterns in the sky because its shape really resembles a dipper.
Less familiar – and tougher to find – is the Little Dipper. Here’s how you can find it.
First, locate the Big Dipper in the northern sky during the evening hours. Notice that the Big Dipper has two parts: a bowl and a handle. See the two outer stars in the bowl? They’re known as
The Pointers
because they point to the North Star, which is also known as Polaris.
Once you’ve found Polaris, you can find the Little Dipper. Polaris marks the end of the handle of the Little Dipper. You need a dark night to see the Little Dipper in full, because it’s so much fainter than its larger and

2013-06-03 09:01:02

Comment on Watch or participate as huge asteroid sails past Earth on May 31 by Allgemeines Live-Blog ab dem 28. Mai 2013 | Skyweek Zwei Punkt Null

(noch laufenden) JPL-Webcast verbreitet: Da kommt noch mehr aus dem Computer, s.a. hier, hier und hier und zu direkten Beobachtungsmöglichkeiten auch hier und hier. [20:10

2013-05-30 20:13:16

Watch or participate as huge asteroid sails past Earth on May 31 Watch or participate as huge asteroid sails past Earth on May 31

Tomorrow – May 31, 2013 – a 1.7-mile-long asteroid called 1998 QE2 will sail past Earth at a distance of about 3.6 million miles (5.8 million kilometers). That’s about 15 times the moon’s distance, so no worries. This object is
a hazardous asteroid, and the May 31 asteroid flyby is safe. But NASA will be watching with its Goldstone radar telescope, and NASA is inviting the public to online and television events beginning today (May 30) and tomorrow with NASA officials and experts discussing NASA’s asteroid initiative and the Earth flyby of asteroid 1998 QE2. Plus the Slooh Space Camera will be watching. Details on how you can participate below.
May 30 at 10:30am PDT / 1:30pm EDT / 1730 UTC from NASA
May 30 at 8-10 p.m. EDT / midnight-0200 UTC.
May 31 at 2-3 p.m. EDT / 1800-1900 UTC.

2013-05-30 18:34:39

This date in science: First space shuttle docking with ISS This date in science: First space shuttle docking with ISS

May 29, 1999
. The space shuttle Discovery became the first in the shuttle fleet to dock with the with the International Space Station (ISS) on today’s date in 1999. The ISS – today described by American prime contractor Boeing as the “largest, most complex scientific project ever undertaken” – spanned the size of a football field when it was completed in 2011. In 1999, though, the station consisted of only two bare modules, called Zarya and Unity. One of major tasks of the shuttle Discovery’s crew was to transfer more than 1.5 tons of equipment to the inside of ISS.
Space shuttle Discovery – mission STS-96 – at launch on May 27, 1999. This shuttle became the first to dock with ISS. Image via NASA.
A snapshot of the International Space Station after the STS-96 crew left it in 1999. Image c

2013-05-29 14:00:09

Moore, Oklahoma tornado May 20, 2013 Moore, Oklahoma tornado May 20, 2013

This devastating tornado grew to two miles across and stayed on the ground for 40 minutes in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore yesterday.
Read about the Moore, Oklahoma tornado and its tragic consequences
Donate to the Red Cross to help the tornado’s victims
or text ‘redcross’ to 90999 to donate $10 for Oklahoma disaster relief. You’ll receive a confirmation via text.

2013-05-21 10:01:30

Comment on 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck southern Iran May 11 by 6.5 earthquake hits Tonga – USA Today – USA TODAY | Earthquakes today

National Earthquake Information Center says the quake hit shortly after 20:46 GMT Saturday.6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes southern IranEarthSky (blog)Strong Earthquake Hits Iran's SouthRadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyIran Earthquake

2013-05-13 16:05:47

Comment on Great Square of Pegasus: Easy to see by Oph ‘Scopes 2013 ~ May

Moon in Pisces aligns with Alpha Andromeda/Delta Pegasus (Alpheratz) and Gamma Pegasus (Algenib) and then exits the Great Square of Pegasus.

2013-05-07 07:43:21

Bon dimanche à tous Bon dimanche à tous

Photo credit: Jean-Baptiste Feldmann
This beauty is by
EarthSKy Facebook
friend Jean-Baptiste Feldmann. He writes:
. Après la pluie, voici le retour de Dame Lune ce matin à Nuits-Saint-Georges.
For those of us whose French is a bit shaky:
Good Sunday to all. After the rain, here is the return of Lady Moon this morning in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
Happy Sunday to you Jean-Baptiste, and thanks for your photo!
You can see move of Jean-Baptiste’s photos
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, and/or e-mail:

2013-05-05 16:08:42

Eta Aquarid meteor shower radiant point Eta Aquarid meteor shower radiant point

The radiant point of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower is near the star Eta in the constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer.
The Eta Aquarid meteor shower follows so closely behind April’s Lyrid meteor shower that it tends to be overlooked each year. Don’t overlook it! The shower might be an even better one than the Lyrids since there will be less moon in the sky.
Plus it’s an awesome shower for the Southern Hemisphere with perhaps 50 meteors per hour visible at the peak – Sunday morning, May 5, 2013 – for observers on the southern part of Earth’s globe.
Meanwhile, Northern Hemisphere Observers might see half than many meteors – still a good meteor display.
More info on the meteor shower here: everything you need to know
Have to miss the Eta Aquarids? Check our meteor guide for showers later th

2013-05-04 14:19:06

See it! Photos of April 25-26 lunar eclipse See it! Photos of April 25-26 lunar eclipse

It was the third-shortest partial lunar eclipse of this century, only 27 minutes long. And North America could not see any part of it. But today’s eclipse – April 25, 2013 – was visible in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The photos are beginning to come in, and they are beautiful.
April 25, 2013 partial lunar eclipse from EarthSky Facebook friend Jean-Baptiste Feldmann in France. Thank you, Jean-Baptiste!
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April 25 partial lunar eclipse via our friend Sharon Williams in Guernsey. Thank you, Sharon!
Our friend Myriam Besso wrote, “The partial eclipse Moon setting in the dawn sky. Taken on the Apple in Sydney 6.15 am.” The date in Sydney would have been April 26, 2013.
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Our friend Andrew Brown captured this photo of the April 25 eclipse.
April 25 partial eclipse f

2013-04-25 23:00:11
2013-04-24 23:05:03

Comet ISON is coming Comet ISON is coming

Comet C/ISON was imaged with the Hubble Space telescope on April 10 using the Wide Field Camera 3, when the comet was 394 million miles from Earth. Image via NASA, ESA, J.-Y. Li (Planetary Science Institute), and the Hubble Comet ISON Imaging Science Team
The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) on April 10, 2013 when the comet was slightly closer than Jupiter’s orbit at a distance of 386 million miles from the sun (394 million miles from Earth). This comet is expected to put on a spectacular display in Earth’s sky – visible from both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere – in late 2013. It might even become a daytime comet!
Viewing guide: Big sun-diving Comet ISON might be spectacular in late 2013
According to the
Hubble Space Telescope Newscenter
Even at it

2013-04-24 12:27:18

6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes near Guatemala City 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes near Guatemala City

March 25, 2013 earthquake in Guatemala
The USGS has reported a 6.2-magnitude earthquake, which struck just six miles from Guatemala City today – March 25, 2013 – at 23:02 UTC, or 6:02 p.m. Central Daylight Time in the U.S. There are no immediate reports of casualties or deaths, and residents of Guatemala City told reporters for the Associated Press that they “barely felt the quake.” There was no Pacific-wide tsunami warning.
Here are the details of today’s earthquake, from USGS:
Event Time
2013-03-25 23:02:14 UTC
2013-03-25 17:02:14 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
14.599°N 90.428°W depth=200.5km (124.6mi)
Nearby Cities
6km (4mi) NNW of San Jose Pinula, Guatemala
8km (5mi) ENE of Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala
10km (6mi) ESE of Guatemala City, Guatemala
10km (6mi) SW of Palencia, Guatemal

2013-03-26 02:13:05

Comment on Video: Comet PANSTARRS closest to the sun in early March by Allgemeines Live-Blog ab dem 26. März 2013 | Skyweek Zwei Punkt Null

hier, hier, hier, hier, hier, hier, hier (eine Zeichnung!) und hier, eine weitere Sammlung und STEREO’s finest. Auch Diskussion über ISON (don’t trust the experts!) und Bilder von McNaught und Iwamoto.

2013-03-26 01:53:41

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