SOLAR flares can affect the Earth's magnetic field and bring geomagnetic storms.A flare coming from a hole in the sun's atmosphere can whip up a strong storm which can last for days.A solar flare is a sudden, rapid and intense variation in brightness and occurs when magnetic energy built up in the solar atmosphere is suddenly releaspacesed.Radiation is emitted across the electromagnetic spectrum.The amount of energy released is the equivalent of millions of 100-megaton hydrogen bombs exploding at the same time.The first solar flare recorded in astronomical literature was on September 1, 1859.Two scientists, Richard C. Carrington and Richard Hodgson, were independently observing sunspots when they saw a large flare in white light.Bursts of electromagnetic energy that come from the sun can cause worry that a gigantic flare could hurl enough energy to destroy earth, but NASA says this is not possible.Solar energy has a cycle called a solar maximum, which occurs every 11 years.So therefore … [Read more...] about What is a solar flare and how can the storms they cause affect planet Earth?
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A DECADE after the first Planet Earth series was filmed and Sir David Attenborough has brought back his epic series with the aptly labelled Planet Earth II.Exploring how animals meet the challenges of surviving in the most iconic habitats on earth, the series includes clips which, at times, can be a difficult watch for us humans.None more so than the heart breaking clip of this leopard on the hunt just outside of Mumbai, India.The dramatic scene was all caught on night vision video and, as with the rest of the series, is narrated by Sir David Attenborough.In the harrowing scene the hungry leopard can be seen crouching low and making a stealthy approach towards its prey.He gets very close to the pig before it realised that it is being hunted but rather than go for the large mother, the leopard lunges down beneath her.As the leopard raises its head it becomes clear that it has snatched a baby piglet from underneath the mother.Once its has the baby pig between its jaws the … [Read more...] about Heartbreaking Planet Earth II clip sees Leopard snatch piglet from its mother who chases after the cat to try and save her baby
BRIT space man Tim Peake made an emotional phone call to his family after landing safely back on Earth today - and admitted he can't wait for "pizza and cold beer".The UK's first official astronaut left the International Space Station after six months early this morning in a Soyuz TMA-19M space capsule.After it parachuted down in a desert in Kazakhstan he said it was the "best ride I've ever been on".Technicians surrounded the capsule before the space travellers were pulled out one-by-one from the Soyuz.Major Peake, 44, and his crew mates, Tim Kopra and Yuir Malenchenko, were placed in comfy chairs because they are not yet allowed to walk after six months in zero gravity.Asked how he felt after landing, Maj Peake said: "Great, thanks. It was incredible - the best ride I've been on ever."I'm just truly elated. The smells of Earth are just so strong, it's just wonderful to feel the fresh air."I'm look forward to seeing the family now."He added that spending 186 … [Read more...] about UK astronaut Tim Peake makes emotional call on return to Earth and admits he can’t wait for PIZZA and BEER
FOR as long as mankind has walked the earth, the human race has been predicting when and how the world will end.Recently, conspiracy theorists focussed on a mysterious planet called Nibiru which would smash into the Earth on September 23, 2017. Let’s take a closer look at the different “End of Days” theories – both crackpot and rational.David Meade, a Christian numerologist, first predicted that Planet X or Nibiru was hurtling towards the Earth and would wipe out humanity on September 23, 2017.But after his ridiculous prediction, based on hidden numerical codes supposedly hidden within the Bible, failed to happen, Meade has changed his barmy claims.Meade told The Sun Online that people have misunderstood his prophecy and the doomsday will take place over a period of seven years starting in October.The seven-year transition period will include solar flares that could destroy electricity grids, nuclear attacks, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, … [Read more...] about When is the end of the world? Planet X and other doomsday theories explained – plus what scientific evidence tells us
NASA maintains a constant monitoring programme on asteroids, gigantic space rocks that can come close to Earth and even strike the planet.Earlier today (October 12) an asteroid approximately 30-metre-long called Asteroid 2012 TC4 passed close to our planet. But what would happen if one struck Earth.An asteroid is a small, airless rocky mass which orbits the sun, but is too small to be classed as a planet.Most of them are found in the Asteroid Belt - a ring which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.It's thought that asteroids are debris left over at the formation of the universe about 4.6 billion years ago.Some can be very large, but others can be tiny - even as small as a grain of sand - because of their smaller size, asteroids lack the gravitational pull to shape themselves into a sphere - meaning they usually have a rocky, irregular appearance.The asteroid dubbed 2012 TC4 first flitted past our planet in October 2012 at about double the distance before disappearing from … [Read more...] about What are asteroids, when did Asteroid 2012 TC4 fly past Earth and could a meteor strike destroy the planet?
THE Yorkshire Ripper has a new best pal in jail — Soham killer Ian Huntley.Peter Sutcliffe, 70, says he and the evil caretaker have become bosom buddies — over a shared love of BBC nature show Planet Earth II.Sutcliffe says he and his new best friend are huge fans of David Attenborough’s hit programme and have long chats about it — even though he is almost completely blind. The 70-year-old serial killer became buddies with Soham murderer Huntley after being transferred to Frankland prison from Broadmoor during the summer.And the ex-school caretaker is now said to be helping him find his way around the prison wing.“I wouldn’t go back to Broadmoor if they gave me a million pounds.“We’ve started watching a lot of documentaries together about animals in the wild.“There’s 100 inmates on this wing, that’s where Ian Huntley is — and he’s friendly, you know.“They’ve all been OK, pretty … [Read more...] about Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe bonds with child killer Ian Huntley over David Attenborough’s BBC show Planet Earth II
WASPS cemented their place as one of the nation's most hated creatures in tonight's episode of Planet Earth II as one preyed on tadpoles before they'd even hatched.Thankfully the unborn youngsters were saved by their dad, whose Kung Fu-style moves saw off the pesky insect.Narrator Sir David Attenborough told how the wasps are attracted to the wriggling tadpoles and feed off the youngest eggs.But as it went in for the kill, the male glass frog bravely put itself in the way of the stinging insect, defending its vulnerable brood.Some eagle-eyed viewers also joked it looked like the amphibian 'flicked the bird' at the wasp before kicking it away.The glass frog, which is no bigger than fingernail and almost entirely transparent, won an army of fans on social media.A bemused viewer tweeted: "I've seen a frog kick a wasp in the face. My life is complete" while another wrote: "That frog is a hero".One joked: "#planetearth2 Male frog is a stay at home Dad, that's 2016 for … [Read more...] about Planet Earth II viewers praise ‘hero’ frog dad as it defends its unborn babies from a killer wasp – and flicks it the bird
YOUR eyes are glued to the screen; your fingers dig into the couch and your heart is beating through your chest. No, you’re not watching the latest instalment of Saw but rather BBC’s animal documentary Planet Earth II, where not even Sir David Attenborough’s dulcet voice can comfort you as a baby meerkat is ripped from its mothers tiny arms by a hungry eagle – ok we made that last bit up.But, like it or not, the animal kingdom is cut-throat and this gripping series - now in it’s second season - is only too happy to give us a front row seat.We’ve dug out the most outrageous moments so far.Baby iguana vs. pack of snakesViewers were on the edge of their seat in season two as they watched a freshly hatched iguana make a life or death dash across a valley on Fernandina Island. The sea iguana raced its little heart out as dozens of snakes emerged from the rocks, their tongues licking at the terrified creature’s feet. If you’re one of the … [Read more...] about The craziest moments from BBC hit show Planet Earth II so far…
On January 27, 2017, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the arms of its doomsday clock to 2.5 minutes to midnight – the closest it has been since 1953. Meanwhile, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels now hover above 400 parts per million.Why are these two facts related? Because they illustrate the two factors that could transport us beyond the Anthropocene – the geological epoch marked by humankind’s fingerprint on the planet – and into yet another new, even more hostile era of our own making.My new book, titled The Plutocene: Blueprints for a post-Anthropocene Greenhouse Earth, describes the future world we are on course to inhabit, now that it has become clear that we are still busy building nuclear weapons rather than working together to defend our planet.I have coined the term Plutocene to describe a post-Anthropocene period marked by a plutonium-rich sedimentary layer in the oceans.The Anthropocene is very short, having begun (depending on your … [Read more...] about Here’s what Planet Earth will be like in the ‘Plutocene’ era following an apocalyptic nuclear war
This Monday, May 9, 2016 Mercury passes right in front of the sun. Between roughly 11:12 a.m. and 6:24 p.m. UTC the planet will be visible as a small black dot on the surface of the sun. The last such "May transit" took place 13 years ago. Other transits occur in November. Solar eclipse glasses are not enough! First of all a warning: As with solar eclipses, you should never look directly at the sun without proper protection. If you do, you risk serious damage to your eye sight. But in the case of the Mercury transit special glasses made for watching a solar eclipse are insufficient protection - it is not advised to use them. In contrast to a solar eclipse, which is triggered by the moon, a Mercury transit allows the sun to continue shining with its full intensity. This also means the tiny planet can not be seen without the correct protection and a little help. You'll need a telescope Mercury is visible in transit with a special telescope - don't use an ordinary one, it is not … [Read more...] about 8 facts about the tiny planet Mercury and its rare transit across the sun