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Of the Bright Spots of Ceres Moon

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SS: as nasa dawn approaches the moon ceres (its a dwarf planet i call them moons) two bright spots appeared that i have not talked about… i did not want to speculate about it and instead wait for more data to come in…the first thing that comes to my mind: is that a more recent crater then the rest ?? … it looks like it might be ..and that could be something a recent impact exposed . i am for sure watching to see what this is because we are about to learn something new here…so lucky we are!

Destination Dwarf Planet: The Dawn Mission Nears Ceres Published on Mar 2, 2015 On March 6, the Dawn spacecraft will slip into orbit around Ceres, a dwarf planet located in the main asteroid belt. This mission marks the first time a dwarf planet has been visited by a spacecraft and scientists are eager to see its surface in detail. Ceres gets its name from the ancient Roman goddess of agriculture and grain crops.

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft heads toward the dwarf planet Ceres as seen in this undated artist’s conception released January 22, 2014. The Dawn science satellite on Friday will wrap on a 7.5-year journey to Ceres, an unexplored dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, scientists said on Monday. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via Reuters (OUTER SPACE – Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

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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 Popocatépetl Volcano Eruption

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Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano re-emerged to activity in 1994, after lying dormant for half a century. The volcano has experienced regular explosive activity since. As sunlight faded on February 27, this great new webcamsdemexico recording was captured from the nearby city of Puebla. The volcano continued to spew ash as orange hues drifted through the skies, creating a picturesque scene. (YouTube/webcamsdemexico)

The Popocatepetl volcano spews ash and steam, seen from the water canals of Xochimilco, as the sun rises in Mexico City, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The Popocatepetl volcano spews ash and steam, seen from the water canals of Xochimilco, as the sun rises in Mexico City, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Earlier in the week, the volcano forced the cancellation of flights at the nearby Puebla International Airport for two consecutive days. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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