The Independence Day-Shaped Cloud Hovering In The Skies Over Moscow

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The pale halo-shaped cloud was hovering over Moscow on Wednesday

In what could have been a scene from the film Independence Day, a luminous ring-shaped cloud could be seen hovering over the city of Moscow last week.  The pale gold ‘halo’ could be seen above the Russian capital city’s Western District on Wednesday, and was captured on film by stunned Muscovites. (Video)

 

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Amazing NASA Photo Of A Volcanic Eruption

Amazing NASA Photo Of A Volcanic Eruption

Photo of volcanic eruption taken from space 

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, and it is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island. Prior to June 12, the last explosive eruption occurred in 1989, with eruptions in 1986, 1976, 1954, and 1946 also producing lava flows. Ash from the multi-day eruption has been detected 2,407 kilometers east-southeast and 926 kilometers west-northwest of the volcano, and commercial airline flights are being diverted away from the region to minimize the danger of engine failures from ash intake.

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Meteorologists Attempting To Have ‘Asperatus’ Clouds Officially Named

Meteoroligists Attempting To Have New Cloud Formations Named ‘Asperatus’

A unique type of storm cloud could become the first new variety of cloud to be officially identified in more than half a century.

Whipped into fantastical shapes, these clouds hang over the darkening landscape like the harbingers of a mighty storm.

But despite their stunning and frequent appearances, the formations have yet to be officially recognised with a name. (Pics)

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Robotic Weather Planes Could Improve Weather Forecasts

Robotic Weather Planes Could Improve Weather Forecasts 

 Small, unmanned aerial vehicles, such as this 18-kilogram Boeing ScanEagle, could provide more precise data about weather systems.

Weather forecasters may not have the best reputation for accuracy, but with today’s computational modeling, it’s possible to make pretty reliable weather predictions up to 48 hours in advance. Researchers at MIT, however, believe that autonomous aircraft running smart storm-chasing algorithms could get that figure up to four days. Better weather forecasting could help farmers and transportation authorities with planning and even save lives by providing earlier warnings about storms and severe weather, says Jonathan How, principal investigator at MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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