Sep 272011

NASA has scheduled a press conference this Thursday, Sept 29th to discuss what their latest research has uncovered regarding near-Earth approaching objects like asteroids and comets. In June 2011 an asteroid came within 7,500 miles from Earth for one of the closest encounters in years. Earth’s own gravity actually prevented it from colliding into us. Another close encounter happened last night passing 0.6 LD from Earth and was visible as it passed by. 2 more close encounters are due in mid-October and early November.

Sep 262011

GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm is in progress (Level 8 Class M) following the impact of a coronal mass ejection (CME) at approximately 12:15 UT on Sept. 26th. The Goddard Space Weather Lab reports a “strong compression of Earth’s magnetosphere. Simulations indicate that solar wind plasma [has penetrated] close to geosynchronous orbit starting at 13:00UT.” Geosynchronous satellites could therefore be directly exposed to solar wind plasma and magnetic fields. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for Northern and Southern Lights after nightfall.

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Denver, Colorado
September 23, 2011

Similar exercises will be occurring simultaneously at Fort Campbell KY and will coordinate with several local agencies from surrounding communities including Clarksville, Montgomery and Stewart counties in Tennessee and Oak Grove and Trigg County in Kentucky.

Sep 182011
Towns of Sikkim, India Names in green are the ...

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A 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck in the vicinity of Sikkim, India this morning occurring at approximately 8:40 AM (EDT). The quake epicenter is located at 27.723°N, 88.064°E and was approximately 12.2 miles deep. The quake was approximately 42 miles NW of Gangtok, Sikkim, India. Initially reported as a 6.8 magnitude quake, the USGS has upgraded it to 6.9. There are no reports of damage or injuries at this time with the quake happening in a mountainous and sparsely populated region of the country.

UPDATE: 11 have been reported killed (6 in India, 5 in Nepal). Part of British Embassy collapses.