On November 3, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a disaster declaration for the area impacted by the Kilauea lava flow. The new lava has been slowly making its way across the Big Island of Hawaii since June 27. So far, the lava has destroyed one home.
November 14 1963. On this date, a cook aboard a trawler called Ísleifur II – sailing south of Iceland – spotted a column of dark smoke rising from the surface of the sea. The ship’s captain thought it be a boat on fire and turned his vessel to investigate. What they found was an island in the process of being born: explosive volcanic eruptions originating from below the sea surface, belching black columns of ash. The new island was later named Surtsey, for Surtur, a fire jötunn (a mythological race of Norse giants). Click inside for its story.
As of Thursday morning, November 13 – after initially failing to attach to the surface – Philae is now stable and is sending back pictures.
Question: Will Earth experience six (or three) days of darkness in December, 2014?
We at EarthSky have received many questions already about the so-called days of darkness supposedly announced by NASA and supposedly coming up in December, 2014. This rumor has spread like wildfire, as did the same rumor in 2011, which called for days of darkness caused by the erstwhile Comet Elenin. Is it true? Of course not.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 7, 2014. Nevada Seismological Laboratory at University of Nevada, Reno joins with other federal, Washington and Oregon agencies to provide this update:
A swarm of earthquakes in a sparsely populated area of far northwest Nevada that began on July 12, 2014, has increased in intensity over the past several days. This activity is located about 40 miles southeast of Lakeview, Ore., and 40 miles northeast of Cedarville, Calif. During the past three months the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey and seismic networks in Washington and Oregon, has recorded 42 earthquakes larger than magnitude 3, and about 550 earthquakes larger than magnitude 2.
The recently upgraded ALMA telescope in Chile has obtained what they say is the best-ever image of a planet-forming disk, around the sunlike star HL Tau, located 450 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Taurus the Bull. It is an impressive image and gives us a glimpse of the process by which planets are born in orbit around their stars.
Typhoon Nuri in the Western Pacific will likely cause extreme weather for the Northern Pacific and North America in the next 5-10 days.
Of the things that my colleagues and I hoped to see on our trek in Bhutan, only one was missing: Ice.
How many times have you watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind, or Independence Day and wondered if what happened in those films could ever really occur? That day may be getting closer as things start to get interesting in the search for extraterrestrial life.
After a rare night of comfortable camping sleep, you are prematurely awakened by a repetitive drumming sound. Not loud enough to be a jackhammer, too rhythmic to be other campers assembling their tent – what could be the cause? In more parts of the world than not, the culprit is likely a woodpecker, a bird that makes a living drilling holes with its beak, primarily in wood.
How do these feathered lightweights carve out dents large enough to nest in without the aid of power tools and with no apparent damage to their bird brains? It turns out it’s all in their heads.