New activity/unrest was observed at 1 volcano from August 20 - August 26, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 20 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bardarbunga, IcelandOngoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan)  | Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea)  | Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia)  | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia)  | Fuego, Guatemala  | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA)  | Kuchinoerabujima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan)  | Kusatsu-Shiranesan, Honshu (Japan)  | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines)  | Pacaya, Guatemala  | Popocatepetl, Mexico  | Reventador, Ecuador  | Sabancaya, Peru  | San Miguel, El Salvador  | Santa Maria, Guatemala  |… Read more » http://dlvr.it/6lXxzZ

Plasma cloud unleashed by M-class solar flare on August 22 reached our planed early Wednesday, August 27. Wind speeds increased from near 280 km/s to 340 km/s while density remained primarily between 5-10 p/cc (protons per cubic centimeter).Active to minor storm (G1) conditions are expected throughout the day with a chance for a major geomagnetic storm level (G2). CME effects are expected to wane by the end of the day, replaced by the arrival of a positive polarity CH/HSS on August 29. Unsettled to active conditions are expected on August 29. Quiet  to unsettled conditions are forecast for August 30 ad the CH/HSS impacts subside.Potential impacts: area of impact primarily poleward of 60 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude, weak power grid fluctuations can occur, minor impact o… Read more » http://dlvr.it/6lG9bG

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate. The discovery was made possible through combined observations from NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, the W.M. Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the European Space Agency’s Herschel space observatory..A fully developed elliptical galaxy is a gas-deficient gathering of ancient stars theorized to develop from the inside out, with a compact core marking its beginnings.Although only a fraction of the size of the Milky Way, the tiny powerhouse galactic core already contains about twice as many stars … Read more » http://dlvr.it/6l6WkP

Marie formed off of Mexico’s southwestern coast at 03:00 UTC on August 22 consolidating into Tropical Depression 13-E and strengthened into a tropical storm by 09:00 UTC. Over the next two days Marie rapidly intensified and reached Category 4 hurricane status by 20:40 UTC on August 24 causing dangerous surf along the west coast of Mexico.Swells generated by this massive system will continue to affect much of the west coast of the Baja California, the extreme southern Gulf of California and southern California through Thursday, August 28. Life-threatening surf and rip current conditions are likely as a result of these swells as well as minor coastal flooding. National Hurricane Center (NHC) noted on August 25, “Marie has an impressive concentric eyewall structure in … Read more » http://dlvr.it/6l1hgH