Archive for November, 2013

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Nov
13

Look out! Comet ahead!

I remember almost a year ago, reading about an exciting event to come this very month. A newly discovered comet was going to come very close to our orbit, making for anything from a “spectacular” to a “too close for comfort” pass to Earth. Well, as time has passed, astronomers have found they’ve miscalculated a bit, and it’s not quite as close as they thought. But, it is still something to behold in the night skies…and it’s peak for viewing is this week into next week…

Here are a couple articles on it, so rather than repeat details on it, please do feel free to read on.
http://earthsky.org/todays-image/comet-ison-on-november-10-2013
http://earthsky.org/tonight/comet-ison-brightening-in-front-of-virgo-in-predawn-sky

Details on viewing

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12
Nov
13

Typhoon Haiyan, strongest ever?

Last week, I mentioned that a monster “Super-Typhoon” was about to crush the Philippines, and that’s exactly what happened the next 2 days…devastating the entire region.
It doesn’t matter from a humanity point of view, but this article goes into the difficulty of determining if the storm was the strongest on record.
It’s important to point out, that when you hear the word, “ever”, that is a very very bad to use. There are stories of bad storms going back through Biblical days, but there is no data available to measure storms pre-1775, so to use “worst ever”, is really bad science and bad reporting. What can be said is “worst ON RECORD”.

Nevertheless, here’s the article, detailing the issue:
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/weather/Typhoon-Was-it-strongest-ever.html
hurricanes/typhoons