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The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) today released new video of a fluid simulation scenario showing oil from the BP disaster moving into the Atlantic Ocean as early as 80 days after it was spilled, or sometime in July.

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Live video from Deepwater Horizon site

by Eric on May 26, 2010

BP is providing this live video from one of the ROV assisting in the “top kill” procedure.

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According to a email sent by the Alex Zwissler, Executive Director/CEO of the Chabot Space & Science Center to members of the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society, a proposed City of Oakland FY 2010-11 budget will include drastic cuts in the City of Oakland’s contribution to the Chabot.

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Post image for Northern CA rocked by magnitude 6.5 earthquake

At 4.27pm PST, a little piece of the Gorda plate some 30 miles west of Ferndale, CA decided to move to the north a little ahead of the rest of its plate. According to the Eureka Times-Standard, the resulting 30-second earthquake has knocked out power in Eureka and Ferndale, and while the damage is widespread it also appears to be relatively minor. There is no count of injuries or fatalities.

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Post image for Unidentified atmospheric phenomenon freaks out Norwegians, Photoshop users

From spaceweather.com comes word of what may go down in history as the weirdest atmospheric phenomenon in history. Sometime in the early morning in the skies over Norway, some unknown something left something, something in a beautiful and wholly artificial spiral pattern.
The best theory I’ve heard is that a missile launch, possibly Russian in origin, […]

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Post image for Prospects looking up for Mount Wilson Observatory

At 7:21, Hal McAlister received a full briefing from LA County Deputy Fire Chief Jim Powers, and things look very good.

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Mt. Wilson Observatory Threatened By Wildfire

by admin on August 30, 2009

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Smoke from the nearby Station fire has shut down operations at Mount Wilson Observatory and may even threaten the observatory itself.

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Post image for Possible Jupiter impact spotted by amateur astronomer

UPDATE: JPL observations confirm that a mysterious dark spot on Jupiter’s southern hemisphere first observed by Australian astronomer Anthony Wesley, is an impact mark.

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Post image for AAAS making historic 1970 “Moon Issue” available to the public

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (and score more potential mail addresses), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) is offering free access to the January 30, 1970 issue of Science magazine.

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Post image for Followup on recent Sarychev Peak eruption

A few weeks ago, we reported on how ISS astronauts serendipitously photographed the eruption of Sarychev Peak as it was occurring, capturing pyroclastic flows as they sped down the mountain’s slopes. This week, NASA’s Earth Observatory released images taken by the ASTER satellite showing in graphic detail the resulting devastation of over half the island.

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