HURRICANE “LANE” HEADS FOR HAWAII

Category 4 Hurricane Lane Prompts Hurricane Warnings for Hawaii’s Big Island, Maui and Oahu, Including Honolulu; Hurricane Watch for Kauai

Category 4 Hurricane Lane, while forecast to weaken, poses a danger to Hawaii Thursday through Saturday, with flooding rain, battering surf, coastal flooding and high winds possible.

At a Glance

  • Hurricane warnings have been issued for the Big Island, Maui and Oahu, including Honolulu.
  • A hurricane watch is in effect for Kauai County.
  • Lane is a Category 4 hurricane with 145 mph winds, less than 300 miles south of the Big Island.
  • Lane is curling northwestward toward Hawaii, and some weakening is expected as it does so.
  • Whether the core of Lane’s strongest winds affects parts of the islands Thursday through Saturday remains uncertain.
  • Regardless, dangerous flash flooding, mudslides, battering waves and coastal flooding are likely.

All this is sounding eerily familiar for this former resident of Hawaii. I recall a number of hurricane threats in 2013 and 2014 which this writer helped divert around the islands using the powers of shamanic connections to the spirit realm (see FLOSSIE: IN THE EYE OF THE STORM, July 2013, WAITING FOR ISELLE TO COME TO FRIDAY BREAKFAST, JULIO TO SUNDAY DINNER, Aug 2014), HAWAII TO BE SPARED AGAIN?. Oct 2014).

I am in Belgrade now, on the opposite side of the globe. And I don’t know how much my work as a Steward of the Earth can do for Hawaii from here. Nevertheless, I have just done a fire ceremony and sent my prayers and requests to the spirit realm.

But I need your help. Please pray that the beautiful islands of Hawaii be spared a direct hit by the hurricane Lane. Thank you.

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For more, see… https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2018-08-22-hurricane-lane-hawaii-forecast

Also Stormpulse, see…https://goo.gl/Z1d6xb

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DARK RIFT IN MILKY WAY: A CELESTIAL VAGINA

Standing under a dark sky? Look up! In August, you’ll notice a long, dark lane dividing the bright Milky Way. This Dark Rift is a place where new stars are forming.

As soon as I saw that first image In the Earth and Sky article, and turned it by 90 degrees, I thought, “so the Dark Rift is actually a Celestial Vagina. Or a Womb, if you prefer, where the new stars are formed.

You can see above also a spectacular shot of the Milky Way rise in June.Ancient cultures in Central and South America saw the dark areas of the Milky Way as constellations. These dark constellations had a variety of myths associated with them.

For example, one important dark constellation was Yacana the Llama. It rises above Cuzco, the ancient city of the Incas, every year in November.

And the Sacred Valley of the Incas, formed by the Urubamba river, was also seen that ancient culture as a mirror of the Milky Way.

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It is utterly stunning the Inca had this celestial view of their valley over 500 years ago, long before any modern telescopes, let alone satellite imagery like this one.

​For more, see… https://goo.gl/1tkUV2​ (Earth and Sky)

BLOOD MOON AND RED PLANET’S CELESTIAL DANCE

JULY 29, 2018

LONGEST LUNAR ECLIPSE OF THE CENTURY AS SEEN AROUND THE WORLD

Did you get to see this Moon-Mars celestial dance on Friday night? If not, here are some fascinating pictures from around the world of the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century and the simultaneous Mars opposition.

For my money, the one from Lisbon, Portugal, takes the cake. Henrique Feliciano Silva captured a commercial jetliner crashing the celestial party.

The second most fascinating and artistically the most beautiful is this image of Sacra di San Michelle with the Blood Moon hovering over it like a giant balloon.

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Here are some other interesting shots

For more, see… Beautiful photos! Full moon eclipse and Mars – https://go.shr.lc/2NT2E8d

As for ourselves in Belgrade, Serbia, we had heavy rain on and off Friday night. Thus, no moon to be seen. Still, a friend and I were able to catch a waning eclipse and Mars and five o’clock below from her balcony around 11:15 PM.

The Earth’s shadow covered about a third of the Moon at the time. It was not a Blood Moon but it was still a beautiful scene with silvery clouds and the golden steeple of the Saborna Crkva (Congregational Church) in the background.

And no, I did not take a picture. Or else I would not be describing the scene. 🙂

For more, see… Beautiful photos! Full moon eclipse and Mars – https://go.shr.lc/2NT2E8d


July 27, 2018

BLOOD MOON AND RED PLANET DANCE TONIGHT

A celestial date: Yin (feminine-Moon) and Yang (masculine-Mars) join up tonight at 10:20 pm (CET)

Don’t miss tonight the longest lunar eclipse of the century!

The full moon on the night of July 27-28, 2018, presents the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century (2001 to 2100). The total phase of the eclipse spans 1 hour 42 minutes and 57 seconds.

That’s in contrast to the shortest total lunar eclipse of this century, which occurred on April 4, 2015, and lasted only 4 minutes and 48 seconds. And it’s in contrast to 2018’s other total lunar eclipse – on January 31, 2018 – whose totality lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes (see below for my photos of it taken in Scottsdale, Arizona).

Adding to celestial excitement tonight … this lunar eclipse will happen just as Earth is passing between the sun and Mars, placing Mars at opposition in our sky.

\In one of the sky’s most unusual “coincidences,” the Mars opposition happens on July 27, too. It’s not just any Mars opposition, but the best Mars opposition since 2003.

Tonight, the sun, Earth and moon will be aligned – placing the moon opposite the sun in our sky – producing an eclipse as Earth’s shadow falls on the moon’s face.

On the same night, the sun, Earth and Mars are also aligned, bringing Mars also opposite the sun in our sky, just like the full moon.

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Here in Belgrade (and the rest of Europe), we should be lucky enough to see it all, rain and clouds-permitting. Not so much in North American and most of the Pacific where the eclipse will not be viewable.

For more, see… https://goo.gl/3NDzpC


Jan 31, 2018

EYEWITNESS REPORT: SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON

From beginning to end in Scottsdale, Arizona

Elizabeth and I got up early this morning to watch this significant celestial event. Here it is, the super blue blood moon from beginning to end, as seen in Scottsdale from two different vantage points.
The photos are taken with an ordinary iPhone camera so the quality leaves a lot to be desired. But at least you’ll be able to see that the blood moon was really that color.
That beautiful shot of early dawn, taken at the end of the lunar eclipse, is a bonus.

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“PLANETOVOROUS:” YOUNG STAR CAUGHT EATING ITS PLANET

New phenomena requires new words. Here’s one for you: PLANETOVOROUS.

Scientists have theorized that some young stars might devour their planets. Now astronomers have found the first solid evidence – from the Chandra X-ray Observatory – of just such an event caught in the act.


Stars give birth to planets. That’s part of the natural order of things in our universe. But did you know that stars can also sometimes eat their planets? Usually, planets will perish when their host star eventually dies and expands; such is the fate awaiting our own Earth and some of the other planets in our solar system.

But on July 18, 2018, astronomers at MIT announced the first evidence of a planet being devoured by its star, while the system is still quite young. The astronomers’ findings were published in the peer-reviewed Astronomical Journal.

READ MORE…] Young star caught eating its planet – https://go.shr.lc/2LRlcos

CANNIBALISM IS WIDESPREAD IN ANIMAL WORLD

Why should we be surprised to learn about such behavior in the universe where there are plenty of examples of cannibalism on our planet? Aren’t we part of the cosmos?

Eating your offspring may sound unthinkable, but animals from fish to birds are known to do it. Scientists have been unsure why such a behavior would have evolved, but a new study sheds light on the factors that may drive some parents to eat their young.

Zoologists have observed filial cannibalism, the act of eating one’s offspring, in many different types of animals, including bank voles, house finches, wolf spiders and many fish species. Paradoxically, all of the species also care for the young that they don’t eat.

Scientists were hard-pressed to explain how such seemingly opposing behaviors could co-exist in the same species and reasoned that there must be some evolutionary benefit to the practice.

“If it doesn’t confer some sort of benefit, you wouldn’t expect it to have evolved,” said the study’s lead author Hope Klug, a graduate student at the University of Florida.

For more, see… Why Some Animals Eat Their Offspring – https://www.livescience.com/2053-animals-eat-offspring.html

HAWAII GETS A NEW ISLAND

Mother Earth’s way of giving birth: Hawaii gets new island as erupting volcanic crater continues to spew lava into the ocean

‘Lava bomb’ from Hawaii volcano hits tour boat, injuring at least 22, one seriously

Six and a half years ago, I published a story that featured this video (see Volcanoes: Mother Earth’s Way of Giving Birth to New Life , Jan 19, 2012).  It included volcanic eruptions from around the world and live births by young mothers. It also featured  stunning landscapes of Hawaii and beautiful human babies which Mother Earth and the Earth Mothers created – all to the sounds of Bach’s majestic Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (his best work in my opinion),

Volcanoes: Mother Earth’s Way of Giving Birth to New Life (Jan 19, 2012)


I also said back then (2012) that the Big Island was the only part of the United States that’s actually growing without military conquests (see When Gaia Speaks We’d Better Listen, Jan 14, 2012 and Let’s Get Down to Earth in Order to Connect with Heaven (Jan 25, 2012).

I did not realize it at the time, but with these articles and videos I was also giving birth to a new organization – Stewards of the Earth – which I founded at the end of January 2012 with its own website. Five years later, we had nearly 10,000 members from virtually every country in the world.

At the time I made this video, I made my home in Hawaii. Now, we are witnessing this “prophecy” live and in action on the Big Island of Hawaii – Mother Earth’s way of giving birth. It is painful and can injure and even kill people. Just like human birth.

And now the latest news…

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been erupting for over two months, sparking evacuations and even forming new islands.

A crater’s explosion on Friday (July 13) destroyed hundreds of homes on the Big Island, with lava flows entering the ocean. As the hot masses cooled down, they revealed a new small island estimated to be about 20 to 30 feet in diameter.

 

‘Lava bomb’ from Hawaii volcano hits tour boat, injuring at least 22, one seriously

A ‘lava bomb’, a flying chunk of molten rock, hit an ocean tour boat near the Big Island of Hawaii, puncturing the vessel’s roof and injuring the people on board, the island’s fire department has confirmed.

At least 22 people were injured when the lava hit the boat, which carried 52 people in total. One of the tourists’ injuries were classed as severe. Ten people were treated on-the-spot when the boat arrived back to Wailoa Harbor, while the rest were sent to hospital.

While the tourists who ventured on the risky trip were probably not looking forward to being showered with lava, the company which organized the voyage had promised a “life-changing experience.”

A lava bomb is a natural phenomenon that occurs when hot flows of lava mixes with cold ocean waters, with the resulting reaction triggering an explosion.

Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources released a statement saying that initial reports indicate the boat had been sailing “outside the U.S. Coast Guard-established safety zone” at the moment it was bombarded by the lava. Which means it was abiding by the law.

For more, see… https://on.rt.com/9ag2

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11-million-ton Iceberg Threatens Tiny Greenland Village with “Ice-tsunami”

A huge iceberg has drifted close to a tiny village on the western coast of Greenland, causing fear that it could swamp the settlement with a tsunami if it calves.

At a Glance

  • An 11-million-ton iceberg has grounded out and parked itself near a tiny village in Greenland.
  • Researchers say there’s a risk a large chunk could break off and cause a tidal wave to blast into the village.
  • There’s hope a new moon will bring a rise in the tide and help dislodge the massive berg.

What happens to the gigantic mountain of ice, which a Danish meteorologist said is 650 feet wide—nearly the length of two football fields—and rises almost 300 feet into the air, depends largely on the weather.

A strong wind could push the iceberg into the nearby Baffin Bay, averting a crisis.

Alternatively, a large amount of warm precipitation could further destabilize the berg and cause a large piece to break off and create a wave that would flood the town.

Danish authorities have evacuated those living closest to the shoreline in Innaarsuit, a village of about 170 people.

Check out this video. It is mostly static except when a  large chunk of ice breaks off at about a 30-second mark.

For more, see… https://weather.com/news/news/2018-07-15-greenland-massive-iceberg-innaarsuit and https://fxn.ws/2uotmhL #FoxNews

 

Cosmic radiation from giant star system heading towards Earth – NASA [video, photo]

FROM BELGRADE, SERBIA

Eta Carinae, a double-star system around 7,500 light years away from Earth, is sending this energy to us on intergalactic winds

If this NASA news story sounds like something right out of Star Wars, it could be. Minus the intergalactic spaceships and Luke Skywalker.

A star system containing two gigantic suns is blasting cosmic rays into space and NASA scientists have found that the radiation is making its way towards Earth on intergalactic winds.

High-energy observations in the sprawling southern constellation of Carina had puzzled scientists for some time. But now a NASA orbital telescope has helped pin the energy source on Eta Carinae, a double-star system around 7,500 light years away from Earth.

It is already known that rays with energies greater than 1 billion electron volts are sprayed into our solar system. However, the erratic movement of the energy and sheer size of the great expanse previously made it difficult to locate some of the sources. Colliding stellar winds within Eta Carinae, which is surrounded by an hourglass dust nebula, have now been confirmed as a reason for the energy patterns in the region.

“We know the blast waves of exploded stars can accelerate cosmic rays to speeds comparable to that of light, an incredible energy boost,” said NASA astrophysicist Kenji Hamaguchi. “Similar processes must occur in other extreme environments. Our analysis indicates Eta Carinae is one of them.”

Using the NuStar telescope, NASA was able to collect data on violent shock waves from colliding winds that result in cosmic rays, some of which have been seen to bounce off the Earth’s magnetic field.

“We’ve known for some time that the region around Eta Carinae is the source of energetic emission in high-energy X-rays and gamma rays,” said Fiona Harrison, NuSTAR telescope researcher. “But until NuSTAR was able to pinpoint the radiation… the origin was mysterious.”

For more, see… https://on.rt.com/993t

 

 

WATCH SATURN AT OPPOSITION TONIGHT

Tonight is the “strawberry” full moon of 2018. It is also the best time of the year to see Saturn (with a telescope). Because Saturn will be “in opposition,” meaning at the closest point to our planet between the Sun and the Earth. Take a look at these images.

By the way, the reason this is called a “strawberry” full moon has nothing to do with its color. The Algonquin Indians named it that because it was time for them to pick strawberries when this June full moon happened. 🙂 No kidding.

The moon turns precisely full on June 28, 2018, at 4:53 (UTC, 9:53 PM PDT). That’s only 16 hours after Saturn reaches opposition, marking this the best time of year to see the ringed planet. Saturn reaches opposition on June 27, at 13:00 (UTC, 6:00 AM PDT), meaning it has already happened this morning.. Since Saturn’s opposition and the full moon occur in close proximity in 2018, the night of June 27-28 features the moon and Saturn together all night long.

Saturn is the most distant planet that can be seen with the naked eye.

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Saturn in Astrology

In astrology, Saturn is associated with restriction and limitation. Saturn is often associated with our fathers or father/authority figures. In childhood, the discipline, rules, and regulations imposed on us by our authority figures–from parents, teachers, and the like–were not always pleasant, but they actually helped us to understand the world around us. Similarly, Saturn’s lessons actually help us to grow.

In an astrology chart, the position of Saturn by sign and house reveals our own limitations, fears, and sense of responsibility. Saturn brings definition, and often limitation, to the plan.

Where Jupiter represents expansion, Saturn represents the opposite: reduction, limitation. Both are indispensable. Limits mark transitions and indicate what the extreme limit is. Saturn is the symbol of those limits in life that cannot be crossed.

Here’s also an image of Saturn with its rings in the sky over Scottsdale which I saw and photographed last year.

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WATCH A BLACK HOLE LURE AND SWALLOW A STAR LIKE QUICKSAND, AND THEN SPIT IT OUT IN SHREDS LIKE A VOLCANO

This black hole is 20 million times more massive than our sun

And the star it devoured was twice the size of our sun

First direct image showing the process of a supermassive black hole shredding a star. Expansion indicates a jet of particles moving outward. Image via Mattila, Perez-Torres, et al.; Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF.

Astronomers now have the first glimpse of a black hole shredding a star like a piece of paper. The star-stuff is lured by gravity and pulled into a disk surrounding the hole, and it’s then spat back out to space in like a giant volcanic eruption. There is no mercy in the universe for anything that comes near one of these horrendous black predators.

Black holes are surely one of the most incredible phenomena in the universe. Their masses are so concentrated and their gravitational pull so powerful that nothing, not even light, can escape once it is trapped inside them.

Being able to witness one of these black holes in action is a huge bonus for scientists, and it will help them better understand how black holes form and behave, since the “hole” itself (really an extremely dense small object) cannot be seen. For example, fast-moving jets of material are ejected from a disk surrounding a supermassive black hole.

We can see black holes only because the victims – the material being drawn into them – such as the stars that wander too close – typically form a rotating disk encircling the hole. Light and other radiation from this disk can be seen by telescopes, and there’s plenty to see.

Astronomers had already identified the supermassive black hole at the center of Arp 299 B galaxy. It is 20 million times more massive than our sun. The material around this black hole is now thought to originate from a passing star more than twice the mass of our sun, which got ripped apart by the black hole’s powerful gravity.

On June 15, 2018, NASA announced that astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving black hole jet for the first time. Miguel Pérez-Torres, of the Astrophysical Institute of Andalucia in Granada, Spain, and an author on a new study in the peer-reviewed journal Science, described the finding.

 For more, see… “Astronomers see a black hole eating a star” – https://go.shr.lc/2li7wYe

“HORROR PLANT” SPREADING THROUGH US FROM VIRGINIA

Giant hogweed that can give people third degree burns and cause blindness has now been also spotted in at least 8 states

Forget poison ivy. Want to fret about a real “horror plant?” Check out this story.

Giant hogweed, a noxious weed that can give people third degree burns and cause blindness, was spotted in Virginia for the first time. DO NOT TOUCH. This plant will give you third-degree burns!

  • When sap from the giant hogweed combines with moisture and sunlight, it can cause severe skin and eye irritation.
  • Sightings of the plant have been reported in Virginia, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and parts of the Pacific Northwest.

Contact with an invasive plant species could lead to serious burns and even blindness, environmental officials in Virginia and other states are warning.

Sightings of the giant hogweed have been reported in Virginia, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and parts of the Pacific Northwest, WTVD reports.

The plant is a member of the carrot family and can grow to more than 14 feet tall, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

The plant’s watery sap contains photosensitizing agentsWhen the sap combines with moisture and is exposed to sunlight, it can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering, permanent scarring and even blindness.

“Contact between the skin and the sap of this plant occurs either through brushing against the bristles on the stem or breaking the stem or leaves,” the agency notes.

If contact is made with the plant, immediately wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and keep the area away from sunlight for 48 hours, the agency recommends.

For more, check out… https://goo.gl/F8vv76