Wednesday, November 11, 2015

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Newly Discovered Object V774104​, Revives Speculation Of Planet X - Dwarf Planet Adds To Mounting Evidence Of A Dark Super Earth At The Boundary Of Our Solar System!

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November 11, 2015 - SPACE
- Move aside, Sedna and 2012 VP113. There's a new most distant object in our solar system, and it strengthens the hypothetical case for an unseen large planet at the outer boundaries of our solar system.

The object, V774104​, was announced today at the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institute characterized the potential planet as between 300 and 600 miles in diameter, on par with a medium-sized moon.

This makes it a likely dwarf planet, as it's roughly the size of Ceres in the Asteroid Belt.

At 103 astronomical units out (or 103 times the distance of the sun to the Earth), this is the most distant object ever recorded, besting Eris, Sedna, and 2012 VP113.

It also adds on to a case built on the discovery of the latter, whose unusual orbit points to the tug of a distant planetary-mass object.

Though previous surveys have ruled out anything above the size of Saturn, there still could be a Neptune-sized world or a super-Earth (or even two) farther out, too dark and distant to detect. For now, though, this is just speculation that can't be ruled out.

There's also the possibility that the objects were tugged into their present orbits by a passing star around the time of the formation of the solar system.

V774104 may be part of the Inner Oort Cloud, a region farther out than the Kuiper Belt where Pluto and Eris live. It's where most long-period comets are believed to have originated.

A dozen smaller objects were discovered along with the new object, but little else is known of it, including its orbit. It could be oblong, like that of Sedna, another Inner Oort Cloud object. That one comes as close as 86 AU and goes as far out as 937 AU, giving it one of the strangest orbits in our solar system.

If this newly discovered object ends up being an Inner Oort Cloud object, it could prove valuable in helping astronomers understand the solar system.

Sheppard and co-author Chadwick Trujillo plan on studying the object in more detail to correctly determine its orbit.

Trujillo already has a few new objects under his belt, having co-discovered Eris and two other dwarf planets, Makemake and Haumea, as well as Sedna. - Popular Mechanics.

 

EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: "Unprecedented Weather Pattern" - Rivers Of Hail Run Through The Desert After Freak Storm In Iraq; State Of Emergency Declared! [VIDEO]

Screen capture - YouTube.

November 11, 2015 - IRAQ
- It's known for its hot, dry summers and short, cool winters but not this year as Iraq was hit by a torrential rain and ice storm which led to meltdown in the war-torn country.

This incredible footage shows the extent of an unprecedented weather pattern that's caused chaos in the Middle East.

A frozen river of ice water is seen raging through the desert as these Iraqi men watch on in disbelief.

The region - renowned for its arid climate - has been hit by ice storms, strong winds and heavy rain in recent days leading to the Iraqi government declaring a state of emergency.

Emergency services may have experience of sand storms but they were left unprepared for the sudden onset of the icy downpour which left hospitals and governmental institutions swamped and buckling under the strain of demands.

Iraqi residents reported hailstones the size of golf balls which rained down causing icy streams to feed into the swollen Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

The clip shows huge chunks of ice moving at speed as the river of hail sweeps through a flat desert landscape.

This is the second major freak weather episode to hit the country of Iraq since the summer.

In August the country was given a mandatory four-day holiday after scorching weather brought dangerous temperatures of 52C to the capital Baghdad. - Mirror.

 WATCH: Ice river flowing in the desert in Iraq.




 

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Monster 20-FOOT Waves Possible On Lake Michigan - Will Result In Downed Trees And Power Outages!

As winds increase to 60 mph gusts, isolated waves on Lake Michigan could reach 20 ft offshore.(Photo: WZZM)

November 11, 2015 - LAKE MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES
- An intense low pressure system is still projected to slam into the western Great Lakes on Wednesday night.

National Weather Service in Grand Rapids meteorologists are warning of dangerous conditions along Lake Michigan for Thursday because of gusting winds.

The main hazard with this storm will be incredibly strong winds in excess to 45 m.p.h. at times. This will cause numerous issues, including downed trees and the potential for power outages.

In addition to impacts on land, Lake Michigan will also suffer the wrath of this strong fall storm, where waves could reach as high as 20 feet offshore.

A gale watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids for the Lakeshore and will be in effect from Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon.

Waves could be 12-20 feet high as winds are predicted to gust to 60 mph at times.


A Lake Michigan wave crashes into Grand Haven's south pier Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

Meteorologists say the weather could bring beach and dune erosion because of high lake levels.

They warn to "steer clear of the piers" because the waves will make for "incredibly dangerous" conditions.

Forecasters expect waves to build to six to 10 feet Wednesday night, then reach their maximum height Thursday.

Inland, the winds may bring downed limbs and power lines.

Consumers Energy on Tuesday, Nov. 10, introduced a new service for customers that provides automatic outage alerts via computers, mobile phones and tablets.


Predicted wind speeds (gusts) for Thursday, Nov. 12. Courtesy: National Weather Service

To sign up, visit the Consumers website.

The alerts provide estimated restoration times.

Gale watches are issued when there is an elevated risk for gale force winds of approximately 38 to 55 m.p.h.

Watch live cam: St. Joseph Lighthouse

Watch live cam: Grand Haven live stream

Impacts starting Wednesday night:
  • Sustained winds near 45 m.p.h.

    • Wind gusts near 60 m.p.h.
  • Waves building 12 to 18 feet by Thursday afternoon

    • Isolated waves may reach 20 feet
  • Coastal flooding possible

    • Beach erosion expected
  • Piers will be extremely dangerous -- stay off!

- Detroit Free Press | MLive.


 

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: "Volcano Of Fire" - Mexico's Colima Volcano Has Another Double Eruption!

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November 11, 2015 - MEXICO - Less than a week after a pair of eruptions, Mexicos Colima or Fire volcano pulled of the feat again on Tuesday (10 November) morning, as its period of activity continues.

According to officials, the first eruption occurred at 7.03am local time, sending a column of ash and smoke some 2,500m into the sky.

National Civil Protection coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said on his Twitter account that ash and smoke rose 2,000m above the crater of the volcano during the second explosion, which occurred at 9.02am local time.

Located in the south-western Mexican state of Colima, the Fire Volcano has been exhibiting continuous activity since 9 July.

Over the past months, nearby villages have been blanketed with thick coats of ash, prompting evacuations.

Officially known as the Colima Volcano, it was previously active in January and February and is part of the Pacifics Ring of Fire.

Mexico contains over 3,000 volcanoes but only 14 are considered active. - IBT.

 WATCH: Colima volcano has another double eruption.





EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: Rare Tropical Cyclone Megh Ravages Yemen - Second Freak Storm System In The Same Week; 14 Killed On Socotra island, Dozens Injured; Thousands Of Houses Collapsed Or Damaged; "AN ABSOLUTELY EXTRAORDINARY EVENT"!

A NASA satellite on Nov. 10, 2015, shows Tropical Cyclone Megh making landfall over Yemen.(Photo: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team)

November 11, 2015 - YEMEN
- Cyclone Megh has killed 14 people on war-ravaged Yemen's Socotra island, the second rare tropical storm to hit the Arabian Peninsula country in a week, officials said.

Two women and two children were among the 14 people who died on the island, around 350 km off Yemen's mainland. Dozens more were injured.

The UN's humanitarian agency OCHA said Megh appeared to be getting weaker as it made landfall on Yemen's coast early onTuesday.

"A thousand houses collapsed and some 2,000 others were damaged" on Socotra, and hundreds of fishing boats were damaged and many livestock animals killed, officials said.

Heavy rain and strong winds also took Socotra's port out of service and caused extensive damage to the island's roads, 80 percent of which became impassable.

Around 800 residents of a small island near Socotra were evacuated to the neighbouring province of Hadramout on the mainland, a rights activist told AFP.


 A Dragon's blood tree is seen on the ground after Megh hits Socotra Island on Tuesday (AA)


Cyclone Megh caused panic and prompted appeals for help for residents on Socotra, already badly battered by last week's cyclone Chapala.

Fisheries Minister Fahd Kavieen, who is from Socotra, urged the UN and neighbouring Oman on Sunday to "urgently intervene with emergency teams to save residents" on the island "which is now facing a cyclone stronger than Chapala".

World Meteorological Organization spokeswoman Clare Nullis said on Friday that tropical cyclones are extremely rare over the Arabian Peninsula, and two back-to-back was "an absolutely extraordinary event".

Chapala killed eight people in southeastern Hadramout province and left extensive damage. Residents in the province told MEE this week that Yemen's government has not announced a plan to help in the aftermath of the cyclone and has largely left the task to local and regional charities.

OCHA said on Tuesday that Gulf monarchies had sent at least 17 planeloads of humanitarian aide to Socotra in the wake of the storms. - MEE.



GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: "Vibrating And Shaking" - Enormous Icebergs Break Off From Svinafellsjokull Glacier In Iceland! [INCREDIBLE VIDEO]

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November 11, 2015 - ICELAND - A video of enormous chunks of ancient ice covered in dark volcanic ash breaking off from a glacier, captured by a tourist in Iceland, has taken YouTube by storm.

Don Olen and his wife were on a trip to Svinafellsjokull Glacier when they shot the stunning clip. They were away from their group when they heard noises that sounded like an iceberg starting to break up.

"Everybody else says, 'I would have run in the other direction,' but I felt that we were up high enough not to worry about it but literally the ledge was vibrating and shaking," Don Olen said, as cited by WMTV.

They managed to capture the moment the iceberg started to break into large pieces. Olen said the video didn't convey the grandness of the event.

"That piece that breaks off is probably the size of four houses put together," he said.

Svinafellsjokull is a popular destination for filmmakers. The Glacier was featured in the Games of Thrones series. - RT.

WATCH: Iceberg covered with volcanic ash breaking off from Svinafellsjokull Glacier in Iceland.





 

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Increasing Eruptions At Guatemala's Fuego Volcano - Orange Alert Issued! [VIDEOS]

The Fuego volcano, seen from San Juan Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez departament, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, erupts on November 10, 2015.
© AFP

November 11, 2015 - GUATEMALA
- Emergency service officials in Guatemala on Tuesday issued an orange alert over increasing eruptions from the country's southeastern Fuego volcano and ordered the evacuation of a nearby hotel.

The 12,346-foot high colossus, whose name means "fire" in Spanish , showed heightened activity overnight, sending columns of ash high into the sky, spilling lava down its side and provoking small tremors.

Fine ash was falling on at least six villages and on the town of San Pedro Yepocapa, in the indigenous province of Chimaltenango, a state spokesman for the Disaster Reduction National Coordination Committee, David de Leon, told reporters.

The country's Seismology and Vulcanology Institute urged authorities to consider taking precautionary measures for air traffic.

Thick, airborne ash can clog planes' engines and cause them to fail. In February, the volcano erupted with such force and so much ash that Guatemala was forced to close the airport serving its capital.

Guatemala and neighboring countries lie on what is known as the Central American Volcanic Arc, a chain of hundreds of volcanoes that forms part of the Pacific "Rim of Fire". Most are dormant, but some spectacular, and dangerous, eruptions do happen.

The Fuego volcano lies near Guatemala's colonial-era city of Antigua Guatemala and is about 40 kilometers southwest of the capital Guatemala City. - The Express Tribune.


WATCH: Eruption at Fuego volcano.







KNOWING, THE BLACK CELESTIAL EVENT: It's Official, The Obama White House Is Preparing For CATASTROPHIC SOLAR FLARES Which Could WIPE OUT POWER Around The World For Months - Bringing An End To Modern Civilization As We Know It!

The U.S. government are preparing for a catastrophic solar flare (pictured is a flare) which could wipe out power across the world for months

November 11, 2015 - THE WHITE HOUSE, UNITED STATES
- The U.S. government are preparing for a catastrophic solar flare which could wipe out power across the world for months.

The last powerful geomagnetic solar storm which hit the earth was in 1859 which caused telegraph lines to explode, setting fire to some telegraph offices, and power to fail across Europe and North America.

In today's far more advanced and technological world, experts the effects would be devastating.

The massive electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from solar flares could wipe out power grids, bringing an end to modern civilization as we know it as cellphones, credit cards and the internet were rendered useless.

In the U.S, alone researchers estimate the cost on the fragile economy would be up to $2.6 trillion, according to a 2008 National Academy of Sciences study.

The report warned that power outages after an extreme solar storm could last months or even longer if it wiped out the transformers.

A catastrophic solar storm came terrifyingly close in 2012 but passed the Earth's orbit without striking the planet.

With scientists predicting a 12 per cent chance that one could hit by 2022, the White House is preparing a contingency plan.

'Frankly, this could be one of the most severe natural disasters that the country, and major portions of the world, could face,' space weather consultant John Kappenman told Gizmodo.


The last powerful geomagnetic solar storm which hit the earth was in 1859 which caused telegraph lines to explode, setting fire to some telegraph offices,
and power to fail across Europe and North America.

John P. Holdren Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, admitted the solar storms posed a 'significant challenge'.

'Space weather is a naturally occurring phenomenon that has the potential to cause substantial detrimental effects on the Nation's economic and social well-being,' he said.

'This is a real and present danger, this is a real threat,' added Bill Murtagh, assistant director to the Washington Post.

A space weather action plan and strategy have now been drawn up which will focus on preparing the United States for the disaster.

The six-step plan includes establishing a benchmark to accurately measure the threat of events, such as the Richter magnitude scale used for earthquakes and focus on improving forecasting technologies.

One of the big dangers of space weather is that forecasters currently have just 15 to 60 minutes warning time before an extreme event.

The plan would allow for new satellites in space and new technologies on the ground to give a more adequate warning of the disaster.


Aurora Borealis, also known as the northern lights, like those shown above Norway, are caused by the flow of electrically charged particle that are thrown out by the
sun during solar storms. Solar events like the one that caused this aurora are relatively minor compared to the one that hit the Earth in 1859.

Research will also be carried out into the potential effects a weather event would have on America and its critical infrastructure, which will allow the government to create a response and recovery plan.

Schools, academia, government agencies, the media, the insurance industry, nonprofits, and the private sector will all be involved if the worst does happen, according to the strategy.

The government has already taken steps towards their goals such as replacing old satellites which are crucial to forecasting the solar storms.

They are also working on a way to protect and regulate the electric grids from a space storm, to stop power being wiped out completely, and are assessing a proposal to replace Extra High Voltage (EHV) transformers destroyed by a solar event.

But the strategy warned that 'much more needs to be done' to protect America from the threat. 

The U.S. government are also taking a global view and the last step involves working with other countries to prepare for such an event.

The steps are similar to contingency plans for natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts and wild forest fires. 

HOW SOLAR FLARES IMPACT EARTH

Solar flares can damage satellites and have an enormous financial cost.

Astronauts are not in immediate danger because of the relatively low orbit of this manned mission.

They do have to be concerned about cumulative exposure during space walks. The charged particles can also threaten airlines by disturbing the Earth's magnetic field.

 Very large flares can even create currents within electricity grids and knock out energy supplies.

A positive aspect, from an aesthetic point of view, is that the auroras are enhanced.

Geomagnetic storms are more disruptive now than in the past because of our greater dependence on technical systems that can be affected by electric currents.

 Major solar flares are caused by a build-up of magnetic energy that releases blasts of radiation across the solar system.

While there is a steady stream of particles buffeting the planets of the solar system from the sun – known as the solar wind – flares and eruptions send intense blasts of radiation and particles.


The image above shows the numerous effects a solar flare could have on the world


These vary in frequency with the activity of the sun and often blast off in directions far away from the Earth. However, severe solar events are thought to threaten the Earth every 100 years or so.

The last major coronal mass ejection to hit the Earth, known as the Carrington event, was a powerful geomagnetic solar storm in 1859 and is thought to have been the biggest in 500 years.

While a large solar flare in March this year knocked out radio transmissions in some parts of the world.

A massive solar phenomenon would disrupt transport networks, cause blackouts and disrupt satellites, according to studies.

GPS systems could go down leaving train networks and shipping badly affected, while satellite communication and high frequency radio communication used by aircraft, could also go down meaning global transport would be hit. 

Oil drilling also relies heavily on GPS for accuracy and could result in a fall in oil production and dry up of fuel for motorists at the tanks

Power grids could also be effected, leading to blackouts in some areas.

Experts warn individuals to be prepared by stashing an emergency kit with enough fresh water, food and medication to last for the first 72 hours.

While some extreme doomsday preppers put aside several years worth of food, water and medication and have even invested their money in gold rather than banks.

Others suggest using a Faraday cage - a conductive, grounded, metal container that shields its contents from electrostatic and electromagnetic influences. - Daily Mail.



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