A solar eclipse swept across parts of United States, Africa and Europe, temporarily blocking the sun.
The eclipse was a “hybrid” eclipse, where some parts of the world saw an annular or partial eclipse, while others were expected to see a total eclipse where the moon appears to completely block out the sun.
An annular eclipse occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its furthest point from the Earth and closer to the much larger sun. That juxtaposition allows the moon to block more than 90 percent of the sun’s rays when the two orbs slide into alignment in space.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and the earth, blocking out the sun from the areas in the moon’s shadow. Without the sun’s light, the sky darkens enough for stars to be seen and the sun’s corona makes a spectacular halo around the moon.
Millions of U.K. commuters were told to stay at home and more than 220,000 properties lost power as southern England’s worst storm since 2008 blocked rail tracks, severed electricity cables and closed a nuclear power plant. Winds peaked at 99 miles per hour at 6 a.m. today on the Isle of Wight, according to the Met Office, which issued amber weather warnings,… Read more →
A magnetic filament of solar material erupted on the sun in late September, breaking the quiet conditions in a spectacular fashion. The 200,000 mile long filament ripped through the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, leaving behind what looks like a canyon of fire. The glowing canyon traces the channel where magnetic fields held the filament aloft before the explosion. Visualizers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. combined two days of satellite data to create a short movie of this gigantic event on the sun.
Is there a link between oarfish and earthquakes?
With two oarfish washing ashore in Southern California last week, scientists are wondering why and if an urban legend that they could be predictors of the next big earthquake is true.
Hurricaine Raymond swirls off Mexico, dumping the southern Pacific coastal area of Acapulco with rain. Sarah Toms reports.
Australian firefighters worked desperately to try and contain a series of massive wildfires burning in mountains west of Sydney ahead of a storm bringing with it high winds and lightning.
The town of Lithgow, Australia has already seen some rain, but the new weather development is adding to the danger for firefighters battling huge fires in the area.
“We’re tracking a fairly active storm cell or some storm activity near Bathurst heading towards the back end of the Blue Mountains,” said Shane Fitzsimmons, New South Wales’s Rural Fire Service Commissioner.
“It’s tracking toward the Blackheath area, which is where they’re doing that very critically important back burning.”
(CNN) – As scores of fierce bush fires threatened communities near Sydney on Monday, Australian officials warned that the hot, dry and windy conditions could create a possible “megafire.” The fires are swallowing up large areas of bush in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, where authorities have declared a state of emergency. More than 200 homes have been damaged… Read more →
(Reuters) – A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 struck islands popular with tourists in the Philippines on Tuesday, killing at least 74 people, some as they prayed in a centuries-old church, and causing widespread damage to infrastructure, officials said.
Low-rise buildings collapsed on at least two islands and historic churches in the predominantly Catholic country cracked and crumbled during the quake, which sparked panic, cut power and transport links and forced hospitals to evacuate patients.
At least 65 people died in collapsed structures and landslides on the island of Bohol, 630 km (390 miles) south of the capital, according to a report from the region 7 office of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
A tornado touched down in Washington, causing building damage and lifting a car off the ground.
Scientists and researchers may one day be able to manipulate rain and lightning using lasers. “CBS This Morning” contributor Michio Kaku, a physics professor at City College of New York, talks to Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell about the potential future of weather.