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Of the “Trailing Sungrazer Suncruiser” Solar Crossing

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Dozens of pilot whales lay beached at Farewell Spit on the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island

SS: a sungrazer has appears and crossed under the sun .. many events lead up to this sungrazer crossing the sun .. it all started when two comets went into OUTBURST together for the first time since anyone can ever remember .. comet holmes* and the comet schwassmann-wachmann (the vanguard comet) went into outburst one after another forming two pearls in the sky . as the outbursts have mostly fading now here we have the sungrazer appear and crossed under the sun …

SS: and as it does so a suncruiser appears to come from behind the sun from the same general direction that the sungrazer had come as if following it . there is one small issue with the SOHO data in which the following frame the sun cruiser has been over layed out of the image. something is going on with that suncruiser following that sungrazer which is now a big secret . we need to continue to monitor the sungrazers progress through SOHO since it has survived the graze .

SS: UPDATE 02-21-15: the sun was flatlining (for six days) on the 18th as the comet was approaching the sun and soon after the sungrazers passage the sun began to erupt with solar flares as can see in soho image below. it seems pretty obvious to me that the sungrazer passage caused the solar flares and therefore there must be some interaction between the two objects that causes this phenomena.

THE SUN IS FLATLINING: For the 6th day in a row, solar activity remains very low. No sunspots are flaring, and the sun’s X-ray output has flatlined. NOAA forecasters estimate a scant 1% chance of significant solar flares on Feb. 18th. Solar flare alerts: text, voice

Dozens of pilot whales lie beached at Farewell Spit on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, in this February 13, 2015 handout courtesy of the Department of Conservation.  Picture taken February 13, 2015.    REUTERS/Department of Conservation/Handout via Reuters (NEW ZEALAND – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER ANIMALS)

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Of the Farewell Spit New Zealand Stranded Whales

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. Farewell Spit (New Zealand), 13/02/2015.- A handout picture released by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) on 14 February 2015 shows stranded pilot whales at Farewell Spit, a narrow sandbar at the northern tip of the South Island, New Zealand, 13 February 2015, after they had beached there. DOC staff and volunteers were trying to save dozens of whales from a pod of nearly 200 stranded pilot whales on 14 February, the New Zealand Department of Conservation said. More than 100 of the 198 whales had died on Farewell Spit, where they had beached early 13 February. Currently the remaining live whales are all upright and in good position for the refloating attempt at high tide later on 14 February. EFE/EPA/New Zealand DOC/Matt Nalder

Dozens of pilot whales lie beached at Farewell Spit on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, in this February 13, 2015 handout courtesy of the Department of Conservation.  Picture taken February 13, 2015.    REUTERS/Department of Conservation/Handout via Reuters (NEW ZEALAND – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Dozens of pilot whales lie beached at Farewell Spit on the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island

Of the Beaver Creek Alpine Skiing Championships

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The sun rises over a view stand before the men’s downhill race at the alpine skiing world championships, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

The sun shines brightly Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at the alpine skiing world championships prior to the men’s super-G competition, in Beaver Creek, Colo. The race was postponed Wednesday due to snow and wind conditions. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Of the Milky Way ‘Giant Gas Bubbles’

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A view of the Milky Way galaxy in microwaves, captured by the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite. The different colors correspond to different elements, including gas, dust, and energetic particles. (ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This NASA graphic shows how scientists used Hubble Space Telescope observations of a distant quasar to discover that two giant gas bubbles are erupting from the Milky Way’s core at 2 million mph. In this graphic, material shown in blue is moving toward the observer, while material in red is traveling away. (NASA, ESA and A. Field (STScI))

Caption: An artist’s rendition of the Milky Way galaxy shows the major arms that have been identified by scientists, though they’re not able to observe the galaxy face-on. (NASA/Adler/U. Chicago/Wesleyan/JPL-Caltech)

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Of the United Kingdom’s Beagle 2 Lander

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This illustration provides a comparison for how big the moons of Mars appear to be, as seen from the surface of Mars, in relation to the size that Earth’s moon appears to be when seen from the surface of Earth. Deimos, at far left, and Phobos, beside it, are shown together as they actually were photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Aug. 1, 2013. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ)

The effects of changing obliquity on Mars’ climate. Mars’ current 25-degree tilt is seen at top left. At top right is a Mars that has a high obliquity, leading to ice gather at its equator while the poles point sunwards. At bottom is Mars with low obliquity, which sees its polar caps grow in size. Image: (NASA/JPL–Caltech)

Components of Beagle 2 Flight System on Mars This annotated image shows where features seen in a 2014 observation by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have been interpreted as hardware from the Dec. 25, 2003, arrival at Mars of the United Kingdom’s Beagle 2 Lander. Beagle 2 was released by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter but never heard from after its expected landing.  Images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have been interpreted as showing the Beagle 2 did make a soft landing and at least partially deployed its solar panels. The 0.1-kilometer scale bar indicates a dimension of 328 feet.  The location is approximately 11.5 degrees north latitude, 90.4 degrees east latitude. The image is an excerpt from HiRISE observation ESP_037145_1915, taken June 29, 2014. Other image products from this observation are available at http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/ESP_037145_1915 . The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington.  Image Credit: (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/University of Leicester)

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took this photo of the Curiosity rover on Mars on Dec. 13, 2014. Image released Feb. 5, 2015 (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)

In February 2015, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity approached a cumulative driving distance on Mars equal to the length of a marathon race. Image released Feb. 10, 2015. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)

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Of the Sea Lion Flash Mobs

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A rescued California sea lion pup looks up from her holding pen at Sea World San Diego

Pup Rescue: Sea Lion Strandings on the Rise in California Sea lions are an institution in California. Tourists delight in their antics at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, hikers are rewarded with views of thousands of them in the wild at the National Park Service’s Channel Islands, and every spring good Samaritans call to report stranded sea lions in need of rescue. But this year, those calls are coming earlier and more rapidly. Only five weeks into 2015, more than 350 sea lions have been rescued. Marine biologists are worried that this year’s rescues could be on pace to match and maybe even exceed those 2013 when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME). More than 1,300 sea lions were rescued between January and May that year — five times the average rate. “During that year, we had rescued 19 California sea lions in January,” Sea World San Diego Senior Veterinarian Hendrick Nollens told NBC News. “This year we already rescued 87 pups in that same month. So this event seems to be much larger.”

Sea lion flash mobs prey on fishermen’s catch (with video)  FEBRUARY 10, 2015 Veteran commercial fisherman Derek Morton describes it as an oceanic “flash mob,” a sudden swarm of California sea lions that descends upon commercial seine boats as they haul in their herring catch in the Strait of Georgia. “That’s what it’s like. They show up fast, they’re there, and when it’s done, they’re gone.” What makes the experience so extraordinary is the fact the sea lions have learned to slip in and out of the seine nets to exploit the herring catch at will. “I think it’s in their genes now,” says Morton, who has fished various stocks on the B.C. coast for four decades. “They just hop over the cork line. They’ve got it down pretty good. Hundreds and hundreds of them.

The Marin County Marine Mammal Center has been receiving about ten additional sea lion pups per day. At that rate, the treatment center will be full in just a few weeks. Don Ford reports. (2/4/15) (CBS 5 Screen Capture)

A rescued California sea lion pup looks up from her holding pen at Sea World San Diego in San Diego, California January 28, 2015. Over 50 malnourished sea lion pups have had to be rescued along the coast in San Diego since the beginning of the year. REUTERS/Mike Blake  (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS SOCIETY)

A rescued California sea lion pup eats a fish during feeding time at Sea World San Diego in San Diego, California January 28, 2015. Over 50 malnourished sea lion pups have had to be rescued along the cost in San Diego since the beginning of the year.  REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS SOCIETY)

A rescued California sea lion pup enjoys a fish during feeding time at Sea World San Diego in San Diego, California January 28, 2015. Over 50 malnourished sea lion pups have had to be rescued along the cost in San Diego since the beginning of the year. REUTERS/Mike Blake  (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS SOCIETY)

A rescued California sea lion pup eats a fish during feeding time at Sea World San Diego

A rescued California sea lion pup enjoys a fish during feeding time at Sea World San Diego

Of the Piton de la Fournaise Volcano Eruption

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Lava erupts from the Piton de la Fournaise volcano Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. This is the second eruption in the past year at Piton de la Fournaise after 3-years of quiet. (AP Photo/Fabrice Wislez)

Lava erupts from the Piton de la Fournaise volcano Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. This is the second eruption in the past year at Piton de la Fournaise after 3-years of quiet. (AP Photo/Fabrice Wislez)

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Of the Colima ‘Volcano of Fire’ Eruption

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The Colima Volcano, also known as the Fire Volcano, erupted 14 times in 12 hours on Thursday, February 5, the latest in a string of eruptions at the most active volcano in the Colima Volcanic Complex. The youngest of the complex’s three volcanoes also erupted on January 3, 10, 14 and 25, as well as in November 2014. This timelapse video is described as showing Colima Volcano’s eruptions on February 5. Credit: YouTube/webcamsdemexico

The roof of houses is seen of ashes from the Fuego volcano in Antigua Guatemala municipality, Sacatepequez departament  45 km southwest Guatemala city on Febrary 7, 2015. Uthorities of civil defense of Guatemala declared orange alert (danger) for a powerful eruption of the volcano Fire located in the south-west of the country, which ash fell down in several populations, including the capital and the tourist Antigua Guatemala, reported this Saturday an official source. AFP PHOTO Johan ORDONEZ

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Of the East Harlem Bitter Cold Gusty Winds

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Trees sparkle in the sun with a coating of ice on their branches in the East Harlem section of New York, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Bitter cold and gusty winds overnight meant New Yorkers awoke Tuesday to some treacherous travel along roadways and sidewalks where winter’s precipitation had turned into an icy mess. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Icicles hang off a pedestrian tunnel in the East Harlem section of New York, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Bitter cold and gusty winds overnight meant New Yorkers awoke Tuesday to some treacherous travel along roadways and sidewalks where winter’s precipitation had turned into an icy mess. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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