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Super Moon 14 Nov 2016: Closest Full Moon to Earth Since 1948 and until 2034


The Supermoon on November 14, 2016, will be the closest a Full Moon has been to Earth since January 26, 1948. The next time a Full Moon is even closer to Earth will be on November 25, 2034 (dates based on UTC time).

The best time to view the Super Moon is at Moonrise, weather permitting, of course. At this time, illusion mixes with reality to make a low-hanging Moon look unnaturally large when compared to foreground objects.

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This image of asteroid 2015 TB145, a dead comet, was generated using radar data collected by the National Science Foundation's 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The radar image was taken on Oct. 30, 2015, and the image resolution is 25 feet (7.5 meters) per pixel.
Credits: NAIC-Arecibo/NSF

“Spooky” The Halloween Space Rock Bears An Eerie Resemblance To A Skull


Asteroid 2015 TB145, which has been nicknamed “Spooky” and the “Great Pumpkin” by some, was first discovered by astronomers with the University of Hawaii’s PANSTARRS-1 survey on Oct. 10. According to NASA, the asteroid is about the size of a football stadium, and could be up to 2,130 feet across. The asteroid poses no danger to Earth, and has missed our planet on Halloween (Oct. 31) at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT, 17:00 UTC), by a distance of 300,000 miles (480,000 kilometers), which is just beyond the orbit of the moon.

The large space rock is most likely a dead comet that, fittingly, bears an eerie resemblance to a skull.

The face, which is roughly 7-feet-tall, is hidden in a cliff on one of the islands, blocked by trees and very difficult to find unless the exact coordinates are known ahead of time.

The Mysterious ‘Rock Face’ on Reeks Broken Island


A mysterious, “large” face on the cliffside of an island in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve has recently been re-discovered by a man who has been searching for the face for over two years. Hidden on Reeks island on Canada’s west coast, a First Nation community is now looking in to the significance of the giant face found on the mountain, to discover whether the visage, surrounded by a rugged shoreline and rough waters, is a natural phenomenon, or the product of ancient civilisation.
The ‘Rock Face’ could be an example of pareidolia or may be a carved face on a rock from an ancient and long-forgotten society, but for those of us who love a good old fashioned mystery it’s a treat.

Sunspot Prediction for Solar Cycle 24 (Revised Jan. 2015)  A sunspot prediction for solar cycle 24. Planning for satellite orbits and space missions often require knowledge of solar activity levels years in advance. Current prediction for the next sunspot cycle maximum gives a smoothed sunspot number maximum of about 58 in July of 2013. As of March 2011, we are over two years into Cycle 24. The predicted size would make this the smallest sunspot cycle in nearly 200 years. Credit: NASA/ARC/Hathaway

Mini Ice Age expected: Solar activity is predicted to fall 60% in 2030s, to ‘mini ice age’ levels, according a new study


The Earth could be headed for a ‘mini ice age’.
A new study claims to have cracked predicting solar cycles – expecting that between 2020 and 2030 solar cycles will cancel each other out.
This will lead to a phenomenon known as the ‘Maunder minimum’ – which has previously been known as ‘The Little Ice Age’ which hit between 1646 and 1715, causing London’s River Thames to freeze over.

New Horizons Pluto Approach animated

#PlutoFlyby: Closest Approach to Pluto on Tuesday July 14 2015 at 7:49 AM EDT (Livestream included)


#PlutoFlyby: Closest Approach at 7:49 AM EDT on Tuesday, July 14 2015.
New Horizons will zip past Pluto at 30,800 miles per hour (49,600 kilometers per hour), with a suite of seven science instruments busily gathering data. The mission will complete the initial reconnaissance of the solar system with the first-ever look at the icy dwarf planet.

Watch this historic Flyby LIVE via Livestream! (included)