Believe what you want… global warming, global cooling, natural cycles of climate change… but, when it comes to weather, whatever is happening around the globe is pretty much real. There is basically no country in the world that didn’t experience some form of major change in weather patterns during last couple of years.Focusing on the Balkans and the Mediterranean, people there are joking they had a nice Spring this Winter… and now when the so called Summer is supposed to be in full effect the joke will continue with just a slight variation… we had a rough Fall this Summer.All jokes aside, the shift in weather patterns across the region is very much real. After worst-ever flooding that devastated parts of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in May 2014 … Read more »

The challenge is, to respond in the most efficient manner to the largest, impending, physical event in the history of civilization, in the form of the start of the next Ice Age with the Sun going inactive sometime in the 2050s timeframe. The challenge is so great that it will determine the future existence of all the northern nations on Earth, like Canada, Russia, most nations of Europe, some parts of Asia, and to a large measure the USA.Video transcripts:#1: Indexed by graphic image#2: Combined onto a single page#3: Text onlyVideo by Rolf A.F. Witzsche… Read more »

A decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky was recently resolved. Thanks to refurbished detectors first flown on a NASA sounding rocket in the 1970s, astronomers have now confirmed the long-held suspicion that much of this glow stems from a region of million-degree interstellar plasma known as the local hot bubble, or LHB.At the same time, the study also establishes upper limits on the amount of low-energy, or soft, X-rays produced within our planetary system by the solar wind, a gusty outflow of charged particles emanating from the sun.”Interactions between the solar wind and neutral atoms in comets, the outer atmospheres of planets, and even interstellar gas produce soft X-rays,” explained team member Steve Snowden, an astrophysicist at N… Read more »

A favorable new moon will help darken the skies for 2014 Delta Aquarid meteor shower (the Southern Delta Aquarids) on the night of July 29-30, 2014. If weather permits NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will offer a live Ustream view of the sky over Huntsville, Alabama.Although Delta Aquarids are considered a minor meteor shower with projected peak rates at 15-20 meteors/hour, the darker skies will help even faint meteors shine more brightly.Most of the world can see them, with best viewing in the southern hemisphere and northern hemisphere tropics. With clear, dark skies away from city lights, you can see meteors any time after full dark, with peak viewing times in the two hours before dawn (your local time).The live stream from Marshall Space Flight Center will begin on Ju… Read more »