Noctilucent clouds sighted in Germany

For the second time in just a few days, noctilucent clouds (also known as NLCs) have been sighted in Germany, SpaceWeather reports. Although their northern season is just getting underway, researchers aren’t sure why these early NLCs seem to favor German longitudes.This morning shortly before sunrise, Chris Kranich spotted the telltale electric-blue ripples over Kiel:Image credit: Chris Kranich on June 3, 2014 @ Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (via SpaceWeather)”These second noctilucent clouds of the season appeared shortly after astronomic midnight and rose over the horizon for about two hours before disappearing in the morning twilight,” says Kranich.Noctilucent cloud season, which begins every year in late spring and stretches into summer, i… »

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Impulsive M1.3 solar flare erupted from Region 2077

An impulsive solar flare measuring M1.3 at its peak time erupted on June 3, 2014. The event started at 03:58, peaked at 04:09 and ended at 04:17 UTC.The source was AR 2077 (S09E15, Cso/beta-gamma) which exhibited growth in its intermediate spots just south of the leader spot, and increased in magnetic complexity to a beta-gamma group in last 24 hours.Lack of coronagraph imagery is hindering analysis of any potential Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs). However, due to lack of significant radio emissions and Region 2077’s position on the visible disk, any associated CME is not likely to have major impacts on Earth. Further analysis will be conducted as imagery becomes available to confirm or correct this prognosis, SWPC said.Solar activity is expected to be very low w… »

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Watch near-Earth asteroid 2014 KH39 close fly-by today

A 22 meters wide asteroid named “2014 KH39” will make a very close approach with the Earth on June 3, 2014, reaching a minimum distance of less than 440 000 km (1.14 lunar distances, 438 460 miles). The closest approach is expected at 20:07 UTC today.This is a very safe distance, but still a very spectacular circumstance and the Virtual Telescope Project will offer us a live, online event sharing real-time images of the asteroid along with live commentary by their scientific staff.The online, free session will start at 19:45 UTC. This asteroid is comparable in size to Chelyabinsk asteroid which exploded over Russia on February 15, 2013.The orbit of 2014 KH39. Yellow shows the portion of its orbit above the plane of Earth’s orbit (grey disk); blue is below the plane. Im… »

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Fukushima elementary school infirmary reported in summer of 2011 “Unusual number of children had nosebleed”

A Fukushima citizen posted on twitter that an elementary school infirmary reported that unusual number of children had nosebleed in 2011.

The citizen was a mother of 8 ~ 10 years old children in Da-te city of Fukushima prefecture. The report was about the first semester in 2011, which was from April to July.

The report reads,

“There were two concerns in the first semester. One is that a lot of children had nosebleed. The second one is that school infectious diseases such as influenza, hemolytic streptococcal infection and erythema infectiosum etc.. unusually prevailed until July. It is not clear if these have anything to do with radiation, but it’s quite concerning. We would love to emphasize the importance of physical condition management.”

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[Support by eating] Fukushima gov to pay 72 million yen to the youth to fight “harmful rumor”

The final review presentation of anti-harmful rumor projects

Fukushima prefectural government announced they are going to pay 8 million yen for each project to fight “harmful rumor”.

Fukushima prefectural government expects for the ideas to increase the demand in their agricultural products. Mostly they focus on the young people’s organizations such as university students etc..

On 5/31/2014, they announced they have already chosen 9 organizations from 61 candidates. Each of these 9 organizations are going to be paid up to 8 million yen. The contract term will be until the end of February 2015.

From the report of Fukushima prefectural government, 9 organizations chosen featured how to spread Fukushima products to all over the world and Japan.

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