Archive | December 13, 2016

Four Fireballs Streak Across Irish Sky

One of 4 fireballs seen over Bodyke, Ireland this morning © Sharon Owens
On Tuesday, December 13th 2016, Sharon Owens, a resident of Bodyke, Co.Clare, Ireland, reported seeing not one but four fireballs streak across the morning sky. 
 
Not long after sunrise, Mrs Owens spotted the first of four very bright meteors from a window of her home. Speaking to Sott.net, Mrs. Owens stated:
“I was actually pulling the curtains in the morning at the windows at the back of my sitting room and saw [the first fireball] between the trees. I then got my phone camera and ran outside with my daughter and stood at the side of the garden taking photos. I was able to get a clearer picture from there so was sure what I was seeing. 
I’ve watched enough videos about meteors/fireballs, so I knew what these were. I was excited to see one, but then to see 3 more straight after was amazing. They came in one after the other. They were white and had a brighter front. The end of the tails were sort of wiggly and breaking up. They were going really fast and I heard a bang, but only from one of them.”
Another image of one of four fireballs seen over Bodyke Ireland this morning © Sharon Owens
Courtesy of sott.net

Final chance of 2016 to see a ‘supermoon’ – but will UK weather block it again?

Skygazers are hoping for a gap in the clouds tonight as the last “supermoon” of the year makes an appearance.
 
For the third time this year the moon will look about 14% bigger and brighter as it reaches its closest point to Earth.
 
The Royal Observatory Greenwich said: “So long as there’s not too much cloud, the full moon will be an unmistakable white orb in the sky.”
 
The observatory said the best hours to see the “supermoon” will be from midnight until dawn.
 
Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said the moon appears to change size and brightness because of its orbit.
 
He said: “The moon’s distance from Earth varies because it has an elliptical rather than circular orbit, as do all planetary and satellite orbits.
 
“If the Earth and moon were the only objects in the universe and we were totally flexible and solid, every closest point (perigee) and every farthest point (apogee) would be identical for eternity.
 
“But in the real universe, there are many more forces acting on the two bodies, notably the direction of the sun, so the perigee and apogee distances change slightly.”
 
The last “supermoon”, the biggest in 70 years, appeared on 14 November but in many parts of the UK it was blocked out by a blanket of cloud.
 
And it looks like the weather is going to repeat itself with cloud getting in the way again.
 
Sky News weather forecaster Kirsty McCabe said: “The third and final ‘supermoon’ of 2016 will reach the closest point to the Earth about half an hour before midnight.
 
“But it’s unlikely you’ll see it as it’s going to be cloudy pretty much everywhere with hill fog too, not to mention outbreaks of rain for parts of Ireland, Northern Ireland, northern England and southern Scotland.
 
“The best chance of clear spells will be in the far north of Scotland.”
 
The first “supermoon” of the year appeared on 16 October and the next one is not due until 25 November 2034, according to NASA.
 
Courtesy of Sky News

MEGA UPPER AND LOWER DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 21:00, 21:15, 21:30, 21:45, 22:00, 22:15 HRS UTC

***VERY URGENT***
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MEGA UPPER AND LOWER DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 21:00, 21:15, 21:30, 21:45, 22:00, 22:15 HRS UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE
***BE ALERT***

MAGNITUDE 3.0 PYRENEES

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Subject To Change

Depth: 2 km

Distances: 166 km NW of Andorra la Vella, Andorra / pop: 20,500 / local time: 19:05:51.8 2016-12-13
110 km E of Pamplona, Spain / pop: 199,000 / local time: 19:05:51.8 2016-12-13
23 km S of Pau, France / pop: 82,700 / local time: 19:05:51.8 2016-12-13
6 km E of Louvie-Juzon, France / pop: 1,100 / local time: 19:05:51.8 2016-12-13

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 SOLOMON ISLANDS

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Subject To Change

Depth: 29 km

Distances: 181 km SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,300 / local time: 02:50:30.5 2016-12-14
83 km W of Kirakira, Solomon Islands / pop: 1,200 / local time: 02:50:30.5 2016-12-14

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MAGNITUDE 2.6 NORTH CAROLINA, USA

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Subject To Change

Depth: 6 km

Distances: 625 km SW of Washington, D. C., United States / pop: 602,000 / local time: 06:37:31.2 2016-12-13
252 km NW of Columbia, United States / pop: 130,000 / local time: 06:37:31.2 2016-12-13
28 km NE of Waynesville, United States / pop: 9,900 / local time: 06:37:31.2 2016-12-13
19 km NE of Cove Creek, United States / pop: 1,200 / local time: 06:37:31.2 2016-12-13

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YELLOWSTONE REGION MAGNITUDE 2.7 UTAH, USA

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Subject To Change

Depth: 0 km

Distances: 532 km N of Phoenix, United States / pop: 1,446,000 / local time: 03:26:12.1 2016-12-13
282 km S of Salt Lake City, United States / pop: 187,000 / local time: 03:26:12.1 2016-12-13
29 km E of Beaver, United States / pop: 3,200 / local time: 03:26:12.1 2016-12-13

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MAGNITUDE 5.2 PAPUA, INDONESIA

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Subject To Change

Depth: 40 km

Distances: 1138 km NE of Dili, Timor-Leste / pop: 150,000 / local time: 18:46:42.3 2016-12-13
172 km S of Manokwari, Indonesia / pop: 53,200 / local time: 18:46:42.3 2016-12-13

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YELLOWSTONE REGION MAGNITUDE 2.2 YELLOWSTONE NAT. PARK, WYOMING, USA

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Subject To Change

Depth: 6 km

Distances: 744 km S of Calgary, Canada / pop: 1,020,000 / local time: 22:49:55.5 2016-12-12
228 km SE of Helena, United States / pop: 28,200 / local time: 22:49:55.5 2016-12-12
104 km S of Livingston, United States / pop: 7,100 / local time: 22:49:55.5 2016-12-12
28 km E of West Yellowstone, United States / pop: 1,300 / local time: 22:49:55.5 2016-12-12

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