Watch near-Earth asteroid 2014 HQ124 - "The Beast" fly-by Earth live

A newly discovered near-Earth asteroid “2014 HQ124” now dubbed “The Beast” will make its closest approach to the Earth on June 8, 2014. Just before 06:00 UTC “The Beast” will fly-by our planet at a close but safe distance of 0.0084 AU (3.3 LD, 1.25 million km). You can watch this rare fly-by event live on June 5 and 10, 2014.2014 HQ124 is on the list of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA). An asteroid is considered a PHA if its minimum orbit intersection distance with respect to Earth is less than 0.05 AU (7.5 million km, 4.6 million miles, approximately 19.5 LD) and its diameter is at least 100 to 150 meters (330 to 490 ft).This is big enough to cause regional devastation to human settlements unprecedented in human history… »

Source: Solar News

Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS becomes an easy target for mid-sized backyard telescopes

A hyperbolic comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS will make its closest approach to the Sun on August 27, 2014. On that day, it will approach the Sun at the distance of 1.05 AU (157 million km, 98 million miles) and buzz Earth’s orbit only 0.05 AU (7.5 million km) away.Our planet itself will be on the other side of the Sun at the time of comet’s closest approach, some 293 million km away, which comes as a disappointment for skywatchers around the world as we will definitely miss what could have been the spectacular show here on Earth.However, SOHO’s C3 coronagraph will track the comet as it passes behind the Sun from August 2 until August 16. When the time comes, visit this page for almost real time imagery of the Sun and th… »

Source: Solar News

[Video] Tepco’s building frozen water underground wall

Following up this article.. Tepco to start building frozen water underground wall tomorrow (6/2/2014) / 1.5 km, 30m deep, 1550 pipes [URL]

On 6/2/2014, Tepco released the video and pictures of their building frozen water underground wall.

In the video, they are installing the vertical pipe. One pipe is 30m long and takes 5 days to install. They are going to install 1,550 pipes like this.

http://photo.tepco.co.jp/date/2014/201406-j/140602-01j.html

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Source: Fukushima

NRA Discovers Major Radioactive Tank Leak At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO missed it but NRA officials that were at the plant found a 4 ton leak of radioactive water. Not only did the water leak out of a set of tanks, it leaked out of the barrier intended to contain it. Apparently a drain valve was left open on the barrier. This is how the first major tank leak at the H4 tank farm happened. TEPCO had insisted they cleaned up their act and had made sure drain valves for tank barriers wouldn’t be left open anymore.
This new leak has contaminated nearby soil. TEPCO is taking soil samples to determine how the water may have migrated into the soil. The water contains 9,800 bq/liter of beta radiation. It was not stated what other contaminants or the levels were in the water.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140604_41.html

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Huge solar filament collapses - Hyder flare - June 4, 2014

A huge solar filament, located in the southeast quadrant and stretching across more than 500 000 km, collapsed around 14:30 UTC on June 4, 2014 and hit the solar surface causing a “Hyder flare” – a type of solar flare that occurs without the aid of sunspots.Coronal Mass Ejection produced by this event does not appear to be Earth directed.Other than that, solar activity was low during last 24 hours and is likely to remain low with a slight chance for an M-class flare (NOAA Scale R1-Minor) in next two days.This giant filament filled with dark plasma rotated into Earth view on May 31, 2014. You can see it on this SDO AIA 304 image from June 3, 2014. Its collapse is visible on the video below.Solar filament as seen on June 3, 2014. Image c… »

Source: Solar News