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Of the Northern Pole Solar Eclipse

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File photo of the Northern Lights as seen above the ash plume of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano in the evening

SS: the first eclipse of 2015 will be crossing the North Pole of 20 Mar …  in the starmap the eclipse is in pisces ….. the volcano eruption in iceland (dubbed the largest iceland eruption ever) has just subsided in the last week .. as always i give one week windows on both sides of an eclipse for possible earthquake activity .. the eclipse will be followed in two weeks by a lunar eclipse. …the moon will likely be red blood moon as it is going through a sequence of red moons atm.

Iceland’s Largest Eruption Ends…Maybe March 02 2015 Iceland’s biggest volcanic eruption in more than 200 years has ended for now. The huge Holuhraun lava field is still pocked by steaming craters, but no glowing lava was seen from the air or detected by satellites on Friday (Feb. 27). Scientists with the Icelandic Meteorological Office declared an end to the six-month-long eruption on Saturday (Feb. 28). However, scientists will still watch for signs that magma is building pressure beneath Bardarbunga volcano, the source of Holuhraun’s lava. A series of eruptions could take place in the coming months to years either underneath the volcano or in a different location, or Bardarbunga could go back to sleep.

Iceland Building First Pagan Temple in 1,000 Years FEB 8, 2015 Hilmarsson said Thor, Ordin and Frigg are important deities in the religion. Thor is the protector of mankind, Ordin is the god of wisdom and poetry, and Frigg is the goddess of domestic and love. If names like Thor ring a bell, it might be because some Asatru gods have recently seen a surge in America thanks to Marvel’s blockbuster films about them. “There is a skewed vision because the Marvel version is like a Shakespeare,” Hilmarsson said. “We certainly enjoy them but don’t see them as religious in any sense.” The priest said the gods are viewed as mystical and symbolic. Most modern worshipers don’t consider them to be living beings that are capable of flying down from the clouds. “We don’t tend to be literal in our beliefs in Iceland, not even the Christian ones,” Hilmarsson said.

The Northern Lights are seen above the ash plume of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano in the evening in this April 22, 2010 file photo.  Lucas Jackson: The ash cloud brought the greatest disruption to European air travel since World War Two, and the only way to get to Iceland was to fly from North America. I travelled overnight, arriving at Keflavik airport at 6:30 a.m. on April 17. In a rented car I drove east towards the ash plume on the horizon. The scale of the assignment had begun to sink in, and I realized it would require careful thinking, rather than instant reaction. For images of the eruption itself I was dependent on the weather. The plume would be invisible if it was overcast, and if the wind died the ash would turn to a haze. For a photograph of lightning flashing inside the ash cloud I had to wait for several hours on a washed-out road, and physically hold my shutter open for more than two minutes.  To show vehicle-size chunks of lava exploding out of the volcano I had to drive through eight different rivers and up a mountain to angle a 300 mm lens at the crater. On my last evening I was blessed with a show from the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) while lava illuminated the ash plume from below. I will always remember this assignment fondly. I feel lucky to have been able to document the eruption so others could share in the amazement – watching Mother Nature negate centuries of human technology and progress with one of the most beautiful sights on earth.     REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files (ICELAND – Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

ABC News’ Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee reports from base camp for a closer look at an active volcano. (ABC News Screen Capture)

The canyon that holds Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Detifoss in Iceland, may have formed in a matter of days, new research suggests. (Edwin Baynes)

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    Of the Siding Spring Mars Eclipse X-Flares

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    SS: the sun started x-flaring during the Siding Spring Mars flyby and continued with multiple x-flares through the solar eclipse. the latest X3 flare did not produce a coronal mass ejection.. the siding spring mars eclipse sequence ends with a x-flare storm .

    X1-CLASS SOLAR FLARE: This comes as no surprise. Behemoth sunspot AR2192 has unleashed an X1-class solar flare. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the blast in this extreme UV image of the sun on Oct. 19th (0500 UT):

    MONSTER SUNSPOT: The biggest sunspot of the current solar cycle is turning toward Earth. This morning when astronomer Karzaman Ahmad of Malaysia’s Langkawi Nagtional Observatory looked through the eyepiece of his solar telescope, he declared AR2192 a “monster” and snapped this picture:

    LOTS OF SOLAR FLARES: Solar activity is high. During the past 48 hours, monster sunspot AR2192 has produced a series of seven M-class solar flares of increasing intensity. The eruptions crossed the threshold into X-territory with an X1-class flare on Oct. 22nd. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a powerful flash of extreme UV radiation in the sunspot’s magnetic canopy at 14:30 UT:

    ANOTHER X-FLARE: Giant sunspot AR2192 erupted again on Oct. 24th (21:40 UT), producing a powerful X3-class solar flare. Using a backyard solar telescope, Sergio Castillo of Corona, California, was monitoring the sunspot when it exploded, and he snapped this picture:

    GIANT SUNSPOT CRACKLING WITH FLARES: AR2192 is the biggest sunspot in nearly 25 years, and it is still growing. The active region now covers 2750 millionths of the solar disk, an area equivalent to more than 16 planet Earths skinned and spread out flat. It is so large that sky watchers are seeing it with the naked eye when the sun is dimmed by low-hanging clouds or, in this case, dense fog:

    A partial solar eclipse is pictured through cloud cover in Bellingham, Washington October 23, 2014. The eclipse was expected to have been visible through much of North America, according to NASA. REUTERS/Jason Redmond (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

    A total lunar eclipse, also known as a “blood moon”, is pictured from Encinitas, California October 8, 2014. The coppery, reddish color the moon takes is made as it passes into Earth’s shadow. The total eclipse is the second of four over a two-year period that began April 15 and concludes on Sept. 28, 2015. The total eclipse is the second of four over a two-year period that began April 15 and concludes on Sept. 28, 2015. The so-called tetrad is unusual because the full eclipses are visible in all or parts of the United States, according to retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES – Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

    Sun reflects off of an instrument panel in a b-29 bomber before its flight from Baton Rouge, La., to New Orleans, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The bomber will spend the weekend at the WWII AirPower Expo put on by the Commemorative Air Force and the National World War II Museum. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    The sun reflects on a gun turret atop a B-29 bomber, as it flies enroute from Baton Rouge, La., en route to New Orleans, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The bomber will spend the weekend at the WWII AirPower Expo put on by the Commemorative Air Force and the National World War II Museum. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Sun ‘n Fun 2011 will be remembered for the storm, but there was a lot more to it. Flying captures the power and the glory of Sun ‘n Fun. (bonnier Videos)

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      Of the Siding Spring Mars Passage

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      SS: we are now only three weeks away from the Siding Spring close passage to mars. the comet should be a whopping -6 magnitude or brighter if viewed from mars.  the view from earth is +8 magnitude. who is going to get the best image of siding spring is what we are all wondering.?? will comet dust and fragments impacts the martian atmosphere and/or surface ?? will there be dust storms from any impacts that will be viewable from earth ?? these are all questions that no one knows the answers to right now. on 27 October the moon will align with siding spring in the mayan hunab ku after the passage while on 04 october before the passage siding spring will be near the “Sting of the Scorpion” star Shaula Scorpii.

      SS: UPDATE 10-01-14: imediatly following the Lunar Mars Antares Siding Spring alignment on the 29 September the vanguard come Schwassmann Wachmann went into OUTBURST on 30 September 2014. SW1 happens to be very near Antares as well .. this can be seen in the new starmap i have added. SW1 outbursts usually last about two weeks unless it is a mega-outburst which could last two months. likely this outburst will last two weeks which means it will be in OUTBURST during the lunar eclipse in october. outbursting comet means more cometary x-rays and scalar activity.

      What’s Up for October 2014 Published on Oct 1, 2014 What’s Up for October? A lunar eclipse, a solar eclipse and Mars has a close encounter with a comet. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

      Caterpillar Comet Poses for Pictures En Route to Mars August 30, 2014 As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring sidles towards its October 19th encounter with Mars, it’s passing a trio of sumptuous deep sky objects near the south celestial pole this week. Astrophotographers weren’t going to let the comet’s picturesque alignments pass without notice. Rolando Ligustri captured this remarkable view using a remote, computer-controlled telescope on August 29th. It shows the rich assemblage of stars and star clusters that comprise the Small Magellanic Cloud, one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies located 200,000 light years away.

      NASA Mars Spacecraft Prepare for Close Comet Flyby July 25, 2014 In the days before and after the comet’s flyby, NASA will study the comet by taking advantage of how close it comes to Mars. Researchers plan to use several instruments on the Mars orbiters to study the nucleus, the coma surrounding the nucleus, and the tail of Siding Spring, as well as the possible effects on the Martian atmosphere. This particular comet has never before entered the inner solar system, so it will provide a fresh source of clues to our solar system’s earliest days.

      Mars’ atmosphere, though much thinner than Earth’s, is thick enough that NASA does not anticipate any hazard to the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers on the planet’s surface, even if dust particles from the comet hit the atmosphere and form into meteors. Rover cameras may be used to observe the comet before the flyby, and to monitor the atmosphere for meteors while the comet’s dust trail is closest to the planet.

      NASA’s Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production of Mars-bound Comet June 19, 2014 The comet makes its closest approach to Mars on Oct. 19, passing just 86,000 miles (138,000 km) from the Red Planet — so close that gas and dust in the outermost reaches of the comet’s atmosphere, or coma, will interact with the atmosphere of Mars.

      Mars Express team readies for Siding Spring 02/07/2014 While we know the comet will not hit Mars, nor our spacecraft, Mars Express, initial observation data lead us to expect that the coma (the cloud of dust particles surrounding the comet’s nucleus) will be big enough to envelop Mars and therefore the spacecraft orbiting it.

      Serqet /ˈsɜrˌkɛt/, also known as Selket, Serket or Selcis /ˈsɛlsɨs/, is the goddess of healing venomous stings and bites in Egyptian mythology, originally the deification of the scorpion.[2] Scorpion stings lead to paralysis and Serket’s name describes this, as it means (she who) tightens the throat, however, Serket’s name also can be read as meaning (she who) causes the throat to breathe, and so, as well as being seen as stinging the unrighteous, Serket was seen as one who could cure scorpion stings and the effects of other venoms such as snake bites. In Ancient Egyptian art, Serket was shown as a scorpion (a symbol found on the earliest artifacts of the culture, such as the protodynastic period), or as a woman with a scorpion on her head. Although Serket does not appear to have had any temples, she had a sizable number of priests in many communities.

      Theta Scorpii (θ Sco, θ Scorpii) is a star in the southern zodiac constellation of Scorpius. It has the traditional name Sargas, of Sumerian origin.[10] In Chinese, it is referred to as 尾宿五 (Mandarin: wěi xiù wǔ), the Fifth Star of the Tail.[citation needed] The apparent visual magnitude of this star is +1.87,[2] making it readily visible to the naked eye and one of the brightest stars in the night sky. It is sufficiently near that the distance can be measured directly using the parallax technique, which yields an estimate of roughly 300 light years (90 parsecs).[1]

      Lambda Scorpii (λ Sco, λ Scorpii) is a blue star and the second brightest star system in the constellation Scorpius, and one of the brightest stars in the nighttime sky. It has the Bayer designation λ despite being the second brightest in its constellation. It has the traditional name Shaula, which comes from the Arabic الشولاء al-šawlā´ meaning the raised [tail], as it is found in the tail of the scorpion (Scorpius). It is known as Wei Xiu Ba 尾宿八 (the Eighth Star of the Tail) in Chinese.

      Shaula: The Sting of Scorpius November 25, 2013 Shaula, also known as Lambda Scorpii, is the second-brightest star in the southern constellation Scorpius (which is visible in much of the Northern Hemisphere). Like many of the bright stars close to Earth, Shaula is actually more than one star. Astronomers have confirmed it is made up of two stars, and there could be a third one given that the star system is producing more X-rays than expected, according to astronomer David Darling. The star’s name is an Arabic word that means “the stinger.” Indeed, it forms the end of the hook-shaped stinger in the Zodiac constellation.

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      Total Lunar Eclipse of October 08 The second lunar eclipse of 2014 is also total and is best seen from the Pacific Ocean and bordering regions. The eclipse occurs at the Moon’s descending node in southern Pisces, two days after perigee (October 06 at 09:41 UT). This means that the Moon will appear 5.3% larger than it did during the April 15 eclipse (32.7 vs. 31.3 arc-minutes).

      Partial Solar Eclipse of October 23 the final event of 2014 occurs at the Moon’s ascending node in southern Virgo. Although it is only a partial solar eclipse, it is of particular interest because the event is widely visible from Canada and the USA (Figure 4).

      A seagull flies in front of a total lunar eclipse, also known as a “blood moon”, in Sydney October 8, 2014. The coppery, reddish color the moon takes is made as it passes into Earth’s shadow. The total eclipse is the second of four over a two-year period that began April 15 and concludes on Sept. 28, 2015. The total eclipse is the second of four over a two-year period that began April 15 and concludes on Sept. 28, 2015. The so-called tetrad is unusual because the full eclipses are visible in all or parts of the United States, according to retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak. REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA – Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY ANIMALS)

      A partial solar eclipse is pictured through cloud cover in Bellingham, Washington October 23, 2014. The eclipse was expected to have been visible through much of North America, according to NASA. REUTERS/Jason Redmond (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

      Spica is believed to be the star that provided Hipparchus with the data that enabled him to discover precession of the equinoxes.[9] A temple to Menat (an early Hathor) at Thebes was oriented with reference to Spica when it was constructed in 3200 BC, and, over time, precession resulted in a slow but noticeable change in the location of Spica relative to the temple.[10]

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        Of the Bardarbunga Iceland Eruption

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        SS: iceland is active again. the last time we saw iceland volcanic activity was in 2010 when Eyjafjallajokull erupted. this latest activity appears to be an effect from recent solar activity. when the sun interacts with the earth’s magnetosphere then this causes the earth’s core to heat which in turn causes magma to expand.  due to the recent x-flare and auroras i think this eruption will likely increase. usually we see this within about one week after the auroras.

        EARTH-DIRECTED X-FLARE AND CME: Sunspot AR2158 erupted on Sept. 10th at 17:46 UT, producing an X1.6-class solar flare. A flash of ultraviolet radiation from the explosion ionized the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere, disturbing HF radio communications for more than an hour. More importantly, the explosion hurled a CME directly toward Earth. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory photographed the expanding cloud:

        DOUBLE CME IMPACT SPARKS GEOMAGNETIC STORM: As predicted, a pair of CMEs hit Earth’s magnetic field in quick succession on Sept. 11th and 12th. The result was a G3-class geomagnetic storm, the most intense of the year so far. At the peak of the storm on Sept 12-13, bright auroras ringed the Arctic Circle and spilled down over several northern-tier US states. The sky over Maine exploded in a rainbow of colors:

        Watch Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano erupt under Northern Lights Tuesday 16 September 2014 Iceland’s largest volcanic system, which measures 118 miles across the country, has been hit by thousands of small tremors and eruptions over the last month, placing scientists on high alert. The Icelandic Met Office has been regularly changing the aviation warning over the volcanic region prompting fears from the airline industry of a repeat of the disastrous 2010 eruption.

        Lava Erupts at Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano August 28, 2014 Lava is streaming from an eruption north of Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano, the Icelandic Met Office has confirmed. Magma broke through a rift in an older lava flow around midnight local time (about 8 p.m. ET). The new fissure is 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) long, according to early estimates. The lava field is 5.5 miles (9 km) north of Dyngjujokull glacier, in a region between Bardarbunga volcano and the nearby Askja volcano. Scientists monitoring Bardarbunga’s activity are camped near the eruption and confirmed the fiery lava has emerged. Small lava fountains and an orange glow also appeared on the region’s live webcams here and here.

        Close up of Icelandic volcano A fearless cameraman ventured within 15m of molten lava to capture these apocalyptic scenes from the recent Icelandic eruptions aftermath. Despite the fast-flowing lava trickling down from the crater, Valdimar Leifsson, 61, risked his life to get the stunning close-ups. A giant burning mass of molten remains can be smouldering in the foreground as the lava continues to spurt from the crater behind. (Caters News) Photography by Valdimar Leifsson

        Earthquakes and lava flows are continuing at Iceland’s Bárdarbunga volcano. With the Icelandic Met Office warning of eruption concerns earlier in the week, the northern rim of the volcano was seen spewing lava on September 11. The Institute of Earth Sciences, based in Reykjavík, released a video via its Facebook page on September 12 showing “lava blowout” at the site. Credit: Facebook/Jarðvísindastofnun Háskólans

        The lava flows on the the ground after the Bardabunga volcano erupted again on August 31, 2014. Scientists estimate the fissure to be at least 1.5 kilometres long. The lava is estimated to be six to eight metres thick and flowing at a rate of about 1,000 cubic metres per second. Iceland cut its ash warning level for aviation to orange from red on Sunday, saying a fresh fissure eruption in Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano system was not creating ash. Iceland’s largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190 km long and up to 25 km wide (118 miles by 15.5 miles) swathe across the North Atlantic island, has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks and scientists have been on high alert. (REUTERS/Armann Hoskuldsson)

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          Of the Comet Swarm Sungrazer X-Flare Solar Storm

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          SS: in these NASA SOHO images there is a sungrazer coming in from behind the sun and after it slams into the sun several x-flares are emitted by the sun .. the sungrazer is very dim in the images and appears to be approaching the sun on the opposite side from below the sun. looking closely though the sungrazer can be seen. there might be more. they do sometimes come in multiples. sungrazer into the sun and x-flares follow within hours . the comet swarm can be seen in the starmap above too.

          INCOMING CME: Yesterday’s double X-flare may have produced a geoeffective CME after all. At first it appeared that Earth was outside the line of fire, but a closer look at the CME reveals an Earth-directed component. Click to view a movie of the explosion from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory:

          ANOTHER X-FLARE: Solar activity remains high. Active sunspot AR2087 unleashed another X-flare on June 11th (X1.0), following two X-flares (X2.1 and X1.5) on June 10th. The latest blast was intense but short-lived, and it is not expected to have significant Earth-effects. Solar flare alerts: text, voice

          PRAESAEPE A cluster of stars better known by the name the “Beehive Cluster”, or the Latin equivalent, Praesepe, which not only means a “hive” but also a “Manger”, or “Crib”. The name Beehive derives from the appearance of a swarm of stars in a dance of activity. In Orphic teaching, souls were symbolized by bees, not only because of the association with honey but also because they migrate from the hive in swarms, since it was held that souls ‘swarm’.

          Ancient Egyptians and the Constellations The Ancient Egyptians’ knowledge of geometry and Precession is clearly demonstrated on the Nermer Plate. The centre point is the tip of the White Leo/Gemini Crown. Line One is through the Club. Line Two bisects the Crown. This creates four angles each of 90 degrees. Line Three is the horizontal at the tip of the Crown. Line Four is the vertical through the tip of the Crown. Already the formation of angles of 30 degrees can be observed. The tip of the White Leo/Gemini Crown becomes a dot within a circle; the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph for Ra and the concept of Precession. It is the pinnacle of the Axis Munde around which the heavens appear to revolve. (See Part 5) A revolution through the heavens of twelve 30-degree segments can take one year or, in the case of Precession of the Ages of the Zodiac, 25920 years. The division of the heavens into twelve 30-degree segments gives the appearance of a starburst. A further division into 15-degree segments creates the 24-hour day.

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            Of the “Siding Spring in the Furnace” Solar Eclipse

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            SS: an eclipse has happened in the aries zero point node .. it is called the zero point because it is the first point in the ecliptic which the sun and moon travel. zero point is also hyperdimensional etheric as in scalar physics the “zero point vaccum” is NO SPACE NO TIME in which the “scalar potential” vibrate.. aries is the altar in which the ram is sacrificed for it’s fleece. the siding spring comet is still in the furnace .

            SS: 05-03-14 UPDATE: wanted to update this blog so that we can remember that this giant crucifix collapsed just days prior to this solar eclipse .. and to show the location of the k1 panstarrs comet swarm during the eclipse. we can see the k1 panstarrs comet is near the whirlpool galaxy during the eclipse .

            That’s a bad sign: 100ft crucifix built in honour of John Paul II collapses and crushes a man to death just two days before he is declared a saint  24 April 2014 A young pilgrim has been crushed to death by a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II. The 100ft curved wooden cross collapsed during a ceremony in northern Italy days before the former Pope’s canonisation. Marco Gusmini, 21, on a visit with other young Catholics to the Alpine village of Cevo, was killed instantly.

            First Point of Aries The Zero Degree Aries Point What is the ZERO Degree Aries Point? The Aries point, or vernal equinox in the tropical zodiac, is a NODE. It marks the place where the sun crosses the equatorial plain going north. Think of it as a Sun/earth node, as opposed to the Lunar nodes which involve the Sun/earth/Moon).

            Annular Solar Eclipse of April 29 The first solar eclipse of 2014 occurs at the Moon’s descending node in southern Aries. This particular eclipse is rather unusual because the central axis of the Moon’s antumbral shadow misses Earth entirely while the shadow edge grazes the planet. Classified as a non-central annular eclipse, such events are rare. Out of the 3,956 annular eclipses occurring during the 5,000-year period -2000 to +3000, only 68 of them or 1.7% are non-central (Espenak and Meeus, 2006).

            A solar eclipse is shown in this multiple exposure sequence as seen from the Australian Antarctic Division’s Casey Station at Vincennes Bay in Antarctica in this picture taken April 29, 2014. An annular eclipse was visible from Antarctica and some areas in the southern Indian Ocean, with just a partial eclipse visible in Australia. It was one of just two solar eclipses in 2014. (REUTERS/Australian Antarctic Division)

            The B-31 Iceberg is seen before separating from a rift in Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier in this NASA Earth Observatory handout image acquired on October 28, 2013. Scientists are monitoring an unusually large iceberg – roughly six times the size of Manhattan – that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the open ocean, although not in an area heavily navigated by ships. REUTERS/NASA Earth Observatory/Holli Riebeek/Handout via Reuters. (ANTARCTICA – Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)

            The B-31 Iceberg is seen after separating from a rift in Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier in this NASA Earth Observatory handout image acquired on November 13, 2013. Scientists are monitoring an unusually large iceberg – roughly six times the size of Manhattan – that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the open ocean, although not in an area heavily navigated by ships. REUTERS/NASA Earth Observatory/Holli Riebeek/Handout via Reuters. (ANTARCTICA – Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

            This combination of Dec. 10, 2013, left, and March 11, 2014 photos provided by NASA shows a large iceberg separating from the Pine Island Glacier and traveling across Pine Island Bay in Antarctica. Scientists are watching the iceberg, which is bigger than the island of Guam, as it slowly moves away from the glacier, bottom right in December, upper left center in March. NASA scientist Kelly Brunt said it is more a wonder than a worry and is not a threat to shipping or sea level rise. (AP Photo/NASA)

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              Of the Teotihuacan Pyramid of the Sun Spring Equinox

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              A man looks at the Pyramid of the Sun during spring equinox celebrations at the Teotihuacan archeological site, in Mexico, Friday, March 21, 2014. Although the official vernal equinox occurred on Thursday, thousands of visitors were expected to climb the ancient pyramid on Friday to greet the sun and celebrate the beginning of spring. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

              A hot air balloon rises alongside the Pyramid of the Sun shortly after sunrise, during spring equinox celebrations at the Teotihuacan archeological site, in Mexico, Friday, March 21, 2014. Although the official vernal equinox occurred on Thursday, thousands of visitors were expected to climb the ancient pyramid on Friday to greet the sun and celebrate the beginning of spring. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

              In this Friday, March 21, 2014 photo, visitors celebrating the spring equinox greet the sun as it rises over the Pyramid of the Sun at the Teotihuacan archeological site, in Mexico. Although the official vernal equinox occurred on Thursday, thousands of visitors were expected to climb the ancient pyramid on Friday to greet the sun and celebrate the beginning of spring. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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                Of the ‘Observation Deck’ White Sun

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                The morning sun is framed by ice crusted on a barrier on the Observation Deck of New York’s Empire State Building, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The latest winter storm to pummel the country was moving off the East Coast by Friday morning after slamming the Southeast with traffic jams and power outages and dropping a foot or more of snow on parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

                The sun shines though icicles that have formed on the grates of a fence on the roof of the Empire State Building in the Manhattan borough of New York February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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                  Putin Brought His Own Dog to Sochi Feb 8, 2014 Yume, a two year-old Akita, was a gift from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a sign of thanks for Russia’s assistance after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in 2011. Her name means “Dream” in Japanese. Putin and Abe met today at the presidential residence outside Sochi on the margins of the Winter Olympics. Abe petted Yume and said “good dog” in Russian, according to RIA Novosti. “Yes, but she can bite sometimes,” Putin reportedly replied.

                  The sun rises above the Caucasus Mountains beyond a set of Olympic Rings Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Rosa Khutor, Russia. The area will host the alpine events at the 2014 Winter Olympics which opens Friday, Feb. 7. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

                  The sun shines over the Olympic flame at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 8, 2014. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (RUSSIA – Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

                  The sun sets over the Olympic Park before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

                  Russian President Vladimir Putin waits for arrival of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he has his dog Yume, an Akita-Inu, on a leash in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

                  Russian President Vladimir Putin pats his dog Yume, an Akita-Inu, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on during a meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

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                    Of the ‘Snow Rollers’ White Sun

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                    SS: we are starting to see some really wild winter weather ever since that polar vortex phenomena. if it continues we will have to start considering the Louisianan sinkhole catastrophe releasing tons of methane into the atmosphere as a possible cause of the extreme weather.  we might have had a global warming problem but this methane sinkhole might have put the problem into fast motion.  and people try to remember that when u go play in the snow that it is radioactive.. it will stay radioactive until usa does something.

                    A “sun dog” atmospheric phenomenon appears over a farm in southern Minnesota, January 27, 2014. Chicago, Minneapolis and other parts of the Upper Midwest will have two consecutive days of subzero highs on Monday through Tuesday, according to forecasters. Highs will be held to the single digits and teens Tuesday and Wednesday across most of the Northeast, according to Accuweather.com. Officials closed schools in Chicago, Cincinnati and the Cleveland area on Monday due to the biting cold, and most districts were closed across Minnesota. The halo around the sun is caused by the refraction of sunlight by small ice crystal in the atmosphere. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

                    A “sun dog” atmospheric phenomenon appears as the sun rises in southern Minnesota, January 27, 2014. Chicago, Minneapolis and other parts of the Upper Midwest will have two consecutive days of subzero highs on Monday through Tuesday, according to forecasters. Highs will be held to the single digits and teens Tuesday and Wednesday across most of the Northeast, according to Accuweather.com. Officials closed schools in Chicago, Cincinnati and the Cleveland area on Monday due to the biting cold, and most districts were closed across Minnesota. The halo around the sun is caused by the refraction of sunlight by small ice crystal in the atmosphere. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

                    Snow rollers dot a field at the Cleveland Metroparks Mastic picnic area Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Fairview Park, Ohio. The snowballs are formed when high winds roll accumulated snow across open areas. The National Weather Service has placed most of Ohio under a wind chill warning until Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

                    A snow roller sits in a field Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Fairview Park, Ohio. The natural snowballs form when high winds roll snow over open areas. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

                    A snow roller sits in a field Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Fairview Park, Ohio. The natural snowballs form when high winds roll snow over open areas. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

                    A snow roller sits in a field Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Fairview Park, Ohio. The natural snowballs form when high winds roll snow over open areas. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

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