Saturday, July 13, 2013

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Iceberg Antarctica - Ice Mass Size Of Chicago Breaks Off Pine Island Glacier!

July 13, 2013 - ANTARCTICAAn iceberg in Antarctica recently broke off a glacier and is now floating freely in the ocean. What makes this so incredible is that the size of this icy mass is reportedly bigger than the city of Chicago.

Iceberg (Photo : Wikipedia/Facebook )

According to German scientists, this gigantic iceberg broke off Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier Monday, with the body of ice floating throughout parts of the Amundsen Sea.

The scientists said the iceberg was spotted floating in the area by an earth-observing satellite operated by the German Space Agency. The satellite, referred to as TerraSAR-X, further identified a crack forming in the iceberg, which was originally spotted back in October by NASA.

When the space agency did a fly over the Pine Island Glacier to investigate a survey of the crack, they studied the fracture that was 15 miles in length and 164 miles wide. A second fissure formed soon after near the top side of the first crack, which was discovered back in May via satellite images.

Yet researchers note that icebergs breaking off of the Pine Island Glacier is nothing new or rare. In fact, back in 2007 and 2008, the glacier saw two large icebergs severe and float away, making this Icelandic mace the fastest-changing on the West Antarctic Sheet.

However, researchers caution that rapid ecological changes can come from the Glacier's rapid flow, as it "acts as a plug, holding back part of the immense West Antarctic Ice Sheet whose melting ice contributes to rising sea levels." - Science World Report.

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: NASA Finds Deep Blue Lifeless Planet Where It Rains Glass Sideways - 63 Light Years From Earth; Daytime Temperature Is Nearly 1,093°C With 7,242 kmph Winds; The First Time An Exoplanet's True Colour Has Been Determined!

July 13, 2013 - SPACE - NASA scientists have discovered a blue planet that possibly rains glass, orbiting a star 63 light years away, marking the first time an exoplanet’s true colour has been determined.

This July 12, 2013 screenshot from the NASA website shows an artist’s view of extrasolar planet HD 189733b, orbiting a star 63 light years away, marking the first time an exoplanet’s true colour has been determined.

Astronomers making visible-light observations with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope spotted the planet HD 189733b which is one of the closest exoplanets that can be seen crossing the face of its star.

Scientists measured changes in the colour of light from the planet before, during and after a pass behind its star.

There was a small drop in light and a slight change in the colour of the light.

“We saw the light becoming less bright in the blue but not in the green or red. Light was missing in the blue but not in the red when it was hidden,” said researcher Frederic Pont of the University of Exeter in South West England.

“This means that the object that disappeared was blue,” Mr. Pont said.

Earlier observations have reported evidence for scattering of blue light on the planet. The latest Hubble observation confirms the evidence.

If seen directly, this planet would look like a deep blue dot, reminiscent of Earth’s colour as seen from space.

On this turbulent alien world, the daytime temperature is nearly 1,093°C, and it possibly rains glass — sideways — in howling, 7,242 kmph winds.

The cobalt blue colour comes not from the reflection of a tropical ocean as it does on Earth, but rather a hazy, blow-torched atmosphere containing high clouds laced with silicate particles.

Silicates condensing in the heat could form very small drops of glass that scatter blue light more than red light.

Hubble and other observatories have made intensive studies of HD 189733b and found its atmosphere to be changeable and exotic.

HD 189733b is among a bizarre class of planets called hot Jupiters, which orbit precariously close to their parent stars. The observations yield new insights into the chemical composition and cloud structure of the entire class.

WATCH: Blue planet that rains glass.

Clouds often play key roles in planetary atmospheres.

Detecting the presence and importance of clouds in hot Jupiters is crucial to astronomers’ understanding of the physics and climatology of other planets.

HD 189733b was discovered in 2005. It is only 4.6 million km from its parent star, so close that it is gravitationally locked. One side always faces the star and the other side is always dark.

In 2007, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope measured the infrared light, or heat, from the planet, leading to one of the first temperature maps for an exoplanet. - The Hindu.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: MERS Contagion - United Arab Emirates Reports Its First MERS Case As WHO Issues Advisory For Hajj Pilgrimage!

July 13, 2013 - MIDDLE EAST - An 82-year-old man from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been hospitalized in Abu Dhabi with a Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, the first patient to be diagnosed and treated within the UAE, according to reports from local media.

United Arab Emirates Reports Its First MERS Case.

The UAE’s state news agency Wam said the man was being treated for multiple myeloma when he was diagnosed, The National, an English-language newspaper based in Abu Dhabi. reported today. The latest illness raises the global total to 82 cases, of which 45 have been fatal. Though most MERS-CoV cases have been reported from Saudi Arabia, one patient was an Emirati man who died in Germany in late March after he was diagnosed and treated there. That patient was a 73-year-old man who had an underlying illness.

A 65-year-old Frenchman who had traveled to the UAE died in May after his return to France. In other developments, Saudi Arabia’s health ministry today updated its health advice for people making Umrah and Hajj pilgrimages, according to report in Arabic flagged by FluTrackers, an international infectious disease message board. The health ministry urged older people and those with underlying medical conditions such as heart or kidney disease to postpone their visits this year as a precaution in response to the emergence of MERS-CoV.

The ministry also urged pregnant women and children to postpone making the pilgrimages. Earlier this year the country asked domestic and foreign Muslim pilgrims to postpone their Hajj and Umrah visits this year due to construction at Mecca’s Grand Mosque. The move sparked speculation that MERS-CoV may have played a role in the government’s request. - CIDRAP.

WHO Issues Advisory For Hajj Pilgrimage.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the Fijian Ministry of Health in monitoring the deadly MERS corona virus in Saudi Arabia. Showing similar symptoms to the SARS virus, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has killed 45 people and infected 80 people in 9 different countries since April 2012. It is not known however exactly how people become infected with the virus.

There’s concern that the MERS virus could spread further, with tens of millions of Muslims from around the world to gather in Mecca, Saudi Arabia this month for the Hajj, the biggest religious pilgrimage of Islam. The WHO is advising Fijians planning to travel to Mecca or even to the Middle East to avoid close contact, when possible, with anyone who shows symptoms of illness, either coughing or sneezing, and to maintain good hand hygiene. Other useful tips are to adhere to food safety and hygiene rules and avoid undercooked meats and raw fruits and vegetables unless they’re peeled.

The WHO says travelers to the Middle East who develops symptoms either during travel or after their return must seek medical attention and to share their history of travel. The World Health Organization also says that based on the information available, it does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event nor does it currently recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions. Saudi Arabia has issued a series of rules to pilgrims travelling to Mecca for the Hajj that will ban the elderly and force others to wear respiratory masks to prevent the Mers coronavirus turning into an epidemic. - Island Business.