156 Years Ago, on September 2nd, 1859, A Geomagnetic Mega-Storm, The Carrington Event, Struck Earth’s Magnetic Field

Posted in 2015, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , on September 2, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Today is the anniversary of an historic solar storm, the Carrington Event. On Sept. 2, 1859, a CME struck Earth’s
magnetic field with such power that telegraph stations caught fire and people in Cuba read their morning newspapers by the red light of the aurora borealis.

If a similar storm struck our planet today, it might cause trillions of dollars of damage to society’s high-tech infrastructure. Could the Carrington Event happen again? It almost did just a few years ago.

Extreme solar storms–past, present and future–are highlighted on today’s edition of Space Weather Website

http://spaceweather.com/

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‘Supermoon’ Lunar Eclipse on September 28, lucky viewers will see a full moon that looks larger and brighter than usual, with a red tinge

Posted in 2015, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , , , , on September 1, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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The first ‘supermoon’ lunar eclipse in over 30 years will grace our skies later this month.

Depending on weather conditions on September 28, lucky viewers will see a full moon that looks larger and brighter than usual, with a red tinge.

It will be first ‘supermoon’ lunar eclipse since 1982 and there won’t be another until 2033, according to Nasa.

The Awesome Devil’s Bathtub is located in Southwest Virginia

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , on September 1, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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They named it the Devil’s bathtub because no one can find where the water that drains out the bottom it goes! They have tried several different ways of finding where the water goes, but none have been able to find the outlet.

Benjamin Von Wong Captures Beauty, Grace and Fantasy around a Sunken Ship in Bali

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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See the amazing results of Benjamin’s photo shoot

http://www.vonwong.com/

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Motivated by the desire to be creatively challenged and overcome impossibilities, Benjamin Von Wong has become notorious for his epic photography. His hyper-realistic art style captures viewers in a fusion of special effects and innovative concepts. Benjamin’s background in engineering gives him a unique edge for creative problem solving, where technical challenges become friendly competition. Fueled by his passion to connect people, Benjamin has an affinity for finding unique talent to bring his complex stories to life. He is also highly engaged in the photographic society by sharing his experiences and techniques through blogs, social media, workshops and videos.

A Nail in Our Coffins: Shell, finally about to complete 2 wells in the ocean Arctic; drilling, digging lifting the ban in the oil layers underwater

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , , on August 29, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Photo © Day Donaldson

Monday, August 17, 2015, the Anglo-Dutch company, Shell, has finally fulfilled the conditions to complete two wells in the ocean Arctic for the first time in the last two decades.

This is the result of a long adventure began in 2009, with some $ 7 billion, after George W. Bush has agreed that Shell has concessions in the Chukchi Sea. The works were stopped in 2012 following the loss of control of a platform, resulting in the evacuation of 18 workers and the degradation of an icebreaker. Following this episode, in 2013, the government of Obamawithdrew his permission – a rendered permission conditional on 11 May Monday, August 17 ​​and a ship equipped with a system to close the well if required arrived on the zone drilling, digging lifting the ban in the oil layers underwater on one of the wells.

This polar quest is an important issue for Shell because it is estimated that the region has 13% of world resources of oilundiscovered and 30% of that of natural gas. However this is a risky bet for the environment. This part of the world is already hard hit by global warming – the Arctic is warming almost twice as fast as the rest of the globe – an oil spill would be a disaster.But for the US Department of Interior estimates that this risk is 75% in case of oil exploitation, as appropriate cleaning interventions would be almost impossible by the difficult terrain.

Such a decision of Obama contrasts with its government policies and announcements like that of August 3, where he had offered to reduce by 32% by 2030 Co2 emissions of US electricity production. However, in a press conference late May, President justified his choice: we desire to be autonomous in terms of energy. Despite the dangers of drilling in the area, he explained that such a solution is the best for America. With existing standards and the prohibition to operate both platforms simultaneously, he prefers to produce oil and gas on American soil rather than importing them, especially from countries with poorer environmental standards that States States.

One last word that seems to me very important 4 million people are at home in the Arctic, their lives and their cities are already threatened by melting ice, what will become of these people in the near future?

The best landscape photographs in the world

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , , , on August 29, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Over 2600 entries were submitted to the world-wide competition with the judges narrowing it down to Top 101; Australians won a number of top spots at the competition, taking home the crown for photographer of the year

Perth man Luke Austin won the top prize taking home the US$5000 prize money; Mr Austin has spent years taking stunning scenic shots in Australia, Canada and New Zealand; He also came second in the competition for International Landscape photograph of the Year

http://www.internationallandscapephotographer.com/

The mystery of the ‘alien plughole’ on Mars

Posted in 2015, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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An ‘alien plughole’ on Mars that has baffled scientists could have a simple explanation.

Astronomers claim the strange crater, which has a terraced rather than bowl pattern, has been created by water ice.

To confirm their theory, researchers found an enormous slab of water ice just beneath the crater, measuring 130ft (40 metre) thick.

The slab, which covers an area equivalent to that of California and Texas combined, was spotted by Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO. ‘Craters should be bowl shaped, but this one had terraces in the wall,’ says Ali Bramson, a graduate student in the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.

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Terraces can form when there are layers of different materials in the planet’s subsurface, such as dirt, ice or rock. ‘When the crater is forming, the shock wave from an object hitting a planet’s surface propagates differently depending on what substrates are beneath the area of impact,’ Bramson says.

‘If you have a weaker material in one layer, the shock wave can push out that material more easily, and the result is terracing at the interface between the weaker and stronger materials.’ ‘It’s worth mentioning that terraced craters of this size are quite rare,’ added Shane Byrne, associate professor in LPL.

In this area of Mars, named Arcadia Planitia, scientists have discovered a number of other terraced craters.

‘The craters may have formed at different times, but they all have terraces, which indicates something weird is going on in the subsurface,’ said Byrne. Thanks to Mars’ unstable obliquity – the degree the planet tilts on its axis – its climate changes often.

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