Tag: phenomena

Dec 9, 2014

Picture of the Day: Bizarre Cloud with Razor Sharp Edges

Picture of the Day: Bizarre Cloud with Razor Sharp Edges

Photograph by ZormLeahcim on reddit Can’t say I’ve ever seen this before. Reddit user ZormLeahcim snapped this photo of a strange cloud with two very straight edges. The photo was taken on 29 November at 2:30 ET at Hanscom AFB in Bedford, Massachusetts. If anyone can explain this phenomenon please let us know in…

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Dec 5, 2014

Just an Owl Going for a Swim

Just an Owl Going for a Swim

Apparently this owl retreated to the water for a swim to escape two peregrine falcons. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an owl swimming before, but the form looks good! The video was taken at Loyola Park Beach in Rogers Park, Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Dec 4, 2014

There’s a 225 ft Gas Crater in Turkmenistan That’s Been Burning Since 1971

There’s a 225 ft Gas Crater in Turkmenistan That’s Been Burning Since 1971

© Tormod Sandtorv / Darvasa gas crater panorama / CC BY-SA 2.0 Nicknamed the ‘door to hell’, the Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan has been burning for over 40 years. The 225 ft wide (69 meters) and 98 ft deep (30 meters) crater is located in the middle of the Karakum Desert which occupies…

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Nov 27, 2014

Picture of the Day: The Star Dunes of Algeria

Picture of the Day: The Star Dunes of Algeria

Photograph by NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team In some areas, winds tend to blow in roughly the same general direction all year. The Grand Erg Oriental, a sprawling sea of sand dunes in the Saharan Desert, is not one of them. The winds in northeastern Algeria tend to be complex and changing.…

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Nov 24, 2014

This Frozen Pond Looks Like a Japanese Rock Garden

This Frozen Pond Looks Like a Japanese Rock Garden

Reddit user odstane recently shared a series of photos of his backyard frozen pond. The frozen water created some interesting patterns drawing comparisons to a Japanese rock garden or the contour lines on a map (used to show elevation). If any of our knowledgeable readers can explain why this occurs (in simple terms!), let…

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Nov 20, 2014

Picture of the Day: The Snow Wall

Picture of the Day: The Snow Wall

Photograph by Joseph DeBenedictis (@Joseph_Video on Twitter) Western New York is currently experiencing a historic snowstorm with another 2 – 3 ft of snow expected to fall in the Buffalo area by late Thursday. Driven by the lake effect, a massive snowstorm dumped upwards of 60 inches (152 cm) on parts of Western New…

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Nov 18, 2014

Huge Fiery Flash in the Sky Seen in Russia

Huge Fiery Flash in the Sky Seen in Russia

Residents in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia witnessed a huge fiery flash in the sky on 14 November 2014 around 6:39 pm local time. Thankfully the prevalence of dash cams meant there was plenty of amateur footage to capture the event. I’ve included a second video below for another view of the fiery phenomenon.…

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