Unidentified Moving Spiral of Light Photographed in Crop Formation

Olympus digital camera photograph of unidentified light spiral taken on July 21, 2000 between 8 to 9 PM inside the White Hill crop formation in Lockeridge, Wiltshire, England © 2000 by Amica Kusaka, Okyamaa, Japan.
Olympus digital camera photograph of unidentified light spiral taken on July 21, 2000 between 8 to 9 PM inside the White Hill crop formation in Lockeridge, Wiltshire, England © 2000 by Amica Kusaka, Okyamaa, Japan.

September 30, 2000 Lockeridge, Wiltshire, England - Recently I received the above photograph from Amica Kusaka, a resident of Kusaka, Okyamaa, Japan. Before sending the color print, she e-mailed me the following information:

 

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Asteroid Eros: Up Close, and Then A Landing?

This color image of Eros was acquired by NEAR's multispectral imager on February 12, 2000 at a range of 1800 kilometers (1100 miles). Eros is 34 kilometers (21 miles) long, about 11 kilometers (7 miles) wide and a hundred million miles from Earth in the asteroid belt between Earth and Mars. The butterscotch hue is typical of a wide variety of minerals thought to be major components of asteroids such as Eros which has very little metal. Photograph from NEAR satellite courtesy of JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland.
This color image of Eros was acquired by NEAR's multispectral imager on February 12, 2000 at a range of 1800 kilometers (1100 miles). Eros is 34 kilometers (21 miles) long, about 11 kilometers (7 miles) wide and a hundred million miles from Earth in the asteroid belt between Earth and Mars. The butterscotch hue is typical of a wide variety of minerals thought to be major components of asteroids such as Eros which has very little metal. Photograph from NEAR satellite courtesy of JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland.

September 24, 2000  Laurel, Maryland - Scientists at the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission in Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory are recommending to NASA that the NEAR satellite now orbiting asteroid 433 Eros dive down to within five kilometers (3 miles) of the asteroid surface in late October. The South Pole of Eros, which has been pointed away from the sun until now, will be lighted and is the likely target area. There are also many features on Eros that scientists would like to see more closely, including ridges, troughs, large boulders and craters that are square. Detailed survey data has been published inScience and one of the puzzles for geologists and astronomers are many loose boulders laying around on the surface. Eros is a relatively small mass, so it was logical to expect a smoother surface from which debris would have been knocked off into space over its 4.5 billion year evolution from the beginning of the solar system.

 

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Infectious Diseases – A Global Threat

Influenza virus under microscope.
Influenza virus under microscope.


September 24, 2000  Atlanta, Georgia - Last week, epidemiologists from around the United States gathered in Atlanta with Center for Disease Control officials to come up with a plan to cope with the possibility of a worldwide flu epidemic. New flu strains emerge every thirty to forty years on average. The last major one was the Hong Kong flu in 1968, thirty-two years ago. So health officials are afraid the stage is set for another major influenza epidemic, or pandemic. The 1968 flu killed about 34,000 Americans.

 

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Evidence of 7000 Year Old Flood and Human Habitation Discovered Beneath Black Sea

Black ring indicates Sinop, Turkey and the area twelve miles north where marine geologist, Robert Ballard and his research team discovered "remains of an ancient structure that was apparently flooded in a deluge of biblical proportions."
Black ring indicates Sinop, Turkey and the area twelve miles north where marine geologist, Robert Ballard and his research team discovered "remains of an ancient structure that was apparently flooded in a deluge of biblical proportions."

September 17, 2000  Sinop, Turkey - This week a discovery twelve miles off the northern coast of Turkey near the town of Sinop (SIN-op) was announced that could force archaeologists and anthropologists to rewrite history about the relationship of Neolithic cultures in Europe, Asia and Mesopotamia seven thousand years ago.

 

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Black Holes – A Surprising Mass in the M82 Galaxy

Bright, near-white, oval X-ray image at center of frame on right is recent of the central region of a galaxy called M82 compared to image on left taken in June 2000. The anomalous V-shaped brightening in the left frame is a transitory intensity of x-rays that are unidentified but typical of x-ray fluctuations. Chandra X-ray Observatory images courtesy of NASA/SAO/CXC.
Bright, near-white, oval X-ray image at center of frame on right is recent of the central region of a galaxy called M82 compared to image on left taken in June 2000. The anomalous V-shaped brightening in the left frame is a transitory intensity of x-rays that are unidentified but typical of x-ray fluctuations. Chandra X-ray Observatory images courtesy of NASA/SAO/CXC.

September 12, 2000 Washington, D. C. - Today at NASA headquarters in the nation's capitol, astrophysicists presented new x-ray images by the Chandra X-ray Observatory that indicate something with the mass of at least 500 of our suns is packed into a region about the size of our moon in a nearby galaxy called M82. Such concentrated mass is probably a black hole. And if so, it is the first discovery of such a large black hole outside galactic centers. Until now, scientists have found evidence of small black holes only ten to twenty times bigger than our sun (one solar mass) or massive ones millions of times more massive than our sun, but only at the center of galaxies. This new discovery is at least 600 light years from the center of M82 and could be a new type of black hole that evolves and grows from the merger of many black holes. Further, the scientists reported that the intensity of the X-rays was rising and falling every 600 seconds, a ten minute cycle. Cycles are more consistent with matter falling into a black hole than the collapse of one gigantic star.

 

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Largest-Ever Antarctic Ozone Hole

 

September 2000 Antarctic ozone depletion rates are unprecedented. NASA's Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) data shows huge white hole over the South Pole devoid of ozone and severe thinning over the entire Antarctic continent and the tip of South America. Graphic courtesy NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.
September 2000 Antarctic ozone depletion rates are unprecedented. NASA's Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) data shows huge white hole over the South Pole devoid of ozone and severe thinning over the entire Antarctic continent and the tip of South America. Graphic courtesy NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.

September 10, 2000  Greenbelt, Maryland - The ozone hole over the Antarctic is the biggest it's ever been and it's only the beginning of September. Usually Antarctic ozone depletion starts in July during the South Pole's winter. That's when extremely cold air intensifies ozone destruction, reaching a peak by the end of September and into October. But this year, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland reports that already the ozone hole is larger than all of the Antarctic and extends over the southern tip of South America. That's 11 million square miles and breaks all previous records. A spokesman at the United Nations World Meteorological Observation agency in Geneva, Switzerland told reporters: "It is remarkable to find these low values so early in September, perhaps one or two weeks earlier than in any previous year."

 

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Arctic Ice Melt Threatens Polar Bears

"If the prediction of total Arctic ice melt by 2030 is correct, then it is truly frightening because I think it would result in huge ecological changes to the polar oceans, the loss of species, changes of balance. The effects on climate change around the Northern Hemisphere particularly could be quite dramatic."

- Ian Sterling, Ph.D., Zoologist and Research Scientist

 Polar bear near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada on the western edge of Hudson Bay. Photograph © 2000 by Travel Manitoba.
Polar bear near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada on the western edge of Hudson Bay. Photograph © 2000 by Travel Manitoba.

September 10, 2000  Churchill, Manitoba, Canada - The Arctic and northern latitudes have been singled out by the World Widelife Fund as the most vulnerable to the rapid rate of global warming. Their sobering statistic is that 20 percent of all species in northern environments could die out as melting ice and tundra completely change the habitats.

 

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Hubble Photographs Mystery Object in Centaurus Constellation

"I have used the Hubble quite extensively to look at many dying stars and we've seen many mysterious and beautiful shapes and structures, but we've never seen such a jet-like structure."

- Raghvendra Sahai, Ph.D., Astrophysicist, Jet Propulsion Lab

In the top Hubble photo, the longest, nearly horizontal, jets of hot gas pulse outward from both sides of a mysterious object called He2-90. (The x-shaped streaks are reflections in the telescope). In the bottom Hubble photo, enhancement of the mysterious bright object is bisected by a large, vertical disk of gas and dust. Photographs in August 2000 courtesy NASA.
In the top Hubble photo, the longest, nearly horizontal, jets of hot gas pulse outward from both sides of a mysterious object called He2-90. (The x-shaped streaks are reflections in the telescope). In the bottom Hubble photo, enhancement of the mysterious bright object is bisected by a large, vertical disk of gas and dust. Photographs in August 2000 courtesy NASA.

September 6, 2000  Pasadena, California - At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, astrophysicists are puzzled by a bright object about 8,000 light years from earth in the constellation Centaurus. It is giving off large jet pulses that are more typical of star births. But there is also an accretion disk of gas and dust often associated with a dying star. The paradox of birth and death characteristics is forcing a re-evaluation of what has been considered a planetary nebula since the 1990s.

 

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Environmental Updates and 79 Cattle Die in Saskatchewan

 

Culex pipiens mosquito which can carry the Kunjin West Nile Fever virus.
Culex pipiens mosquito which can carry the Kunjin West Nile Fever virus.

September 3, 2000 -

West Nile Virus in New Jersey Crows

This past week, 165 more birds - mostly crows - in central and northern New Jersey have been confirmed to be infected with the West Nile Fever virus. One was found on the campus of Princeton University. This brings the total in New Jersey this year to 322 infected birds.

 

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Second Wheat Formation in Whitefish, Montana

August 28, 2000, pilot Gil Johnson of Kalispell, Montana flew over this second wheat formation in Whitefish, Montana and took this photograph showing no entry or exit tracks. Aerial photograph © 2000 by Gilbert Johnson.
August 28, 2000, pilot Gil Johnson of Kalispell, Montana flew over this second wheat formation in Whitefish, Montana and took this photograph showing no entry or exit tracks. Aerial photograph © 2000 by Gilbert Johnson.

August 30, 2000  Whitefish, Montana - Today I talked with Gilbert Johnson who has been a pilot since 1957 and runs a charter service and flight school out of Kalispell, Montana. He was flying with two others on August 28, 2000 when they saw a second new wheat formation in Whitefish only about 600 feet from the first formation discovered in mid-August. Flying over that first formation, Mr. Johnson and watched his compass shift fifteen degrees while traveling straight south to north, then shift another ten degrees flying north to south. So he tried the compass over this new formation.

 

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