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Unusual Cape Town lightning storm

Weird weather took hold this past weekend as both Saturday and Sunday evening saw the skies over the Mother City light up due to thunder and lightning storms.

Many in Cape Town took to social media to document the unusual weather, saying they felt as if they were in Joburg or Durban.

Following are seven shots we thought completely nailed the stunning occurrence.

The South African Weather Service confirmed in an update on Sunday afternoon that there was a 30% chance of rainfall for Sunday evening with similar conditions for the Western Cape continuing into Monday and Tuesday.

Mild conditions can be expected in Cape Town on Monday with maximum temperatures reaching a 17°C, while cold conditions could be expected in the Northern Cape with Sutherland reaching a low of 2°C.

Weather conditions for Joburg, Pretoria and Vereeniging would be fine and warm with maximum temperatures of 25°C but the SA Weather Service warned of extremely high fire dangers over the western interior of the Eastern Cape.
Lightning Storm Cape Town_1
© Instagram

Bizarro Earth

Rare "fire rainbow" seen in skies over South Carolina

© Twitter/@TiffanyBJenks

A rare 'fire rainbow' has been sighted in the sky over South Carolina, dazzling viewers for about an hour before fading away.

The display, known as circumhorizontal arcs, occurs when light hits tiny ice crystals in high-level cirrus clouds. The photo was taken by Tiffany B Jenks and posted on Twitter.

Despite the popular name of 'fire rainbow', it has nothing to do with fire. It is the lower part of a large halo of the sun and runs parallel to the horizon.

It only occurs when the sun is high in the sky - above 58 degrees. The display was seen in the skies over Isle of Palms in South Carolina.

The unusual natural phenomena inspired onlookers, with channel 14 News quoting one woman as saying the display reminded her of a dear friend. "I'm sure she came to visit us on the beach we all love!" said Tracey Smith.


Giant mystery ring of galaxies should not exist

Ring of Galaxies
© L. Balazs
An image of the distribution of GRBs on the sky at a distance of 7 billion light years, centred on the newly discovered ring. The positions of the GRBs are marked by blue dots and the Milky Way is indicated for reference, running from left to right across the image.
Astronomers are constantly uncovering the "most distant," "most massive" or "most energetic" objects in our universe, but today, researchers have announced the discovery of a truly monstrous structure consisting of a ring of galaxies around 5 billion light-years across.

The galactic ring, which was revealed by 9 gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), is located 7 billion light-years away and spans an area of the sky more than 70 times the diameter of a full moon.

GRBs are thought to be detonated when a massive star reaches the end of its life. As the star implodes after running out of fuel, a black hole is formed and vast quantities of energy are blasted in collimated beams. Should Earth be aligned with these beams, an incredibly luminous signal can be observed and these beacons can be used to precisely gauge the distance to the GRB and the location of the galaxy that hosts it.

The GRBs are all cataloged in the Gamma Ray Burst Online Index, which precisely records each GRB distance and location, like pins on a cosmic map.

Astronomers believe these GRBs (and therefore the galaxies they inhabit) are somehow associated as all 9 are located at a similar distance from Earth. According to its discoverers, there's a 1 in 20,000 probability of the GRBs being in this distribution by chance — in other words, they are very likely associated with the same structure, a structure that, according to cosmological models, should not exist.


Mysterious light seen in the sky in Deane, UK

Deane sky light
© Martin Fawkes
A colourful light in the sky over Haslam Park in Deane was snapped by resident Martin Fawkes.
A glaring light in the sky caught the attention of a resident who thought it was part of the Northern Lights.

The bright colored light appeared in the sky on Wednesday and caught Martin Fawkes by surprise as he was putting his daughter to bed at their home in Deane.

After taking a picture of the strange red orange and blue light, which was hovering over Haslam Park, the dad of one sent the pictures to The Met Office.

Staff there confirmed that it wasn't part of the Northern Lights but that he had in fact just witnessed a very rare occurrence.

Comment: These displays of strange plasma lights and clouds in the sky are becoming more and more common:


Dormant monster black hole just woke up

Black hole with stellar companion
Black hole with stellar companion.
What you're seeing is V404 Cygni, a binary system consisting of a star and a black hole, some 7800 light-years away. It has laid quiet for the last 25 years, but a week ago, NASA's Swift satellite noticed a burst of new activity.

V404 is a binary system, consisting of a star and a black hole orbiting one another. Matter flows from the star to the black hole, where it heats up and lets off all sorts of x-ray and gamma-ray waves, before vanishing into the black hole.

The last time V404 was active was way back in 1989, but NASA's Swift satellite started picking up renewed bursts of gamma rays on June 15.


Northern Lights making 'rare' appearance in the skies above Cornwall, UK

© Geoff Robinson
Beautiful: Incredible aurora appears over Bude beach
A photographer taking night time beach shots could not believe his eyes as he spotted the natural phenomenon

This stunning time-lapse footage shows the beautiful sight of the Northern Lights appearing in the skies over Cornwall.

A photographer taking night time beach shots could not believe his eyes as he spotted the natural phenomenon.

Chris Small was on the beach at Bude around 1.30am on Tuesday when the eerie ribbons of purple light appeared in the star strewn sky above.

The Northern Lights are frequently sighted in the Arctic Circle and Scandinavia and sometimes even Scotland but very rarely seen as far south as Cornwall.

And Mr Small was delighted.

"I've never seen them before although I've always wanted to," he said.


All New Zealand flights grounded over radar glitch - reports

AKL Airport
© NZ Herald
All commercial flights across New Zealand have been grounded due to a radar fault that affected the country's entire airspace, according to local media.

All the already-airborne flights are allowed to land routinely, but due to the radar fault no jets are currently allowed to take off, Radio New Zealand reports.

"We were informed by Airways New Zealand of a radar fault which is affecting all flights nationally," an Auckland Airport spokesman told the NZ Herald.


'Fire rainbow' spotted over Saint John, New Brunswick

© Misty Dawn/Facebook
Fire rainbow - taken over east Saint John.
A rare weather phenomenon known as "fire rainbow" was spotted over Saint John from several people in the region.

Peter Coade, a CBC meteorologist, said fire rainbow is a rare phenomenon that is formally known as circumhorizontal arc.

Coade said the colourful cloud formation requires very specific conditions to be in place.

"When the sun is very high in the sky, sunlight entering flat, hexagon shaped ice crystals gets split into individual colours just like in a prism," he said.

"The conditions required are very precise - the sun has to be at an elevation of 58° or greater, there must be high altitude cirrus clouds with plate-shaped ice crystals and sunlight has to enter the ice crystals at a specific angle."

Cloud Grey

Unusual 'night-shining' clouds seen as far south as the U.S.

Noctilucent clouds
© NASA's Earth Observatory
The polar, high-altitude clouds appear in various shades of light blue and white.

Data suggests night-shining clouds are increasingly common and occurring lower and lower in the atmosphere.

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- A strange weather phenomenon spawned high in the polar atmosphere was recently seen as far south as the contiguous United States.

On June 10, both on-the-ground observers and NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft spotted noctilucent clouds, or "night-shining" clouds. The high-altitude clouds form in the spring and summer as the warming lower atmosphere sucks heat from above.

The cooling upper atmosphere causes ice crystals to take hold of meteor dust and other high-altitude particles. Occasionally, enough ice crystals accumulate to form visible clouds -- long blue and white sparkling wisps.

Noctilucent clouds were first documented in the mid-1800s after the eruption of Indonesia's Krakatau volcano sent ash throughout the atmosphere. In addition to vivid sunsets, skywatchers observed thin, glowing clouds, high in the sky. Even after the ash subsided, observers continued to note the phenomenon.

Comment: 'Rare' sightings of noctilucent clouds have also been observed in parts of England and Scotland recently.

SOTT Exclusive: NASA blowing meteor smoke as noctilucent clouds intensify


Earthquake lights? Mysterious blue rays seen in skies over Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia

blue rays seen over Mount Kinabalu

Images of the blue rays seen over Mount Kinabalu.
KOTA KINABALU: The blue rays seen in the skies over Mount Kinabalu are believed to be a phenomenon usually associated with areas hit by earthquakes.

The photo and video of the blue rays over Mount Kinabalu went viral Thursday evening, a week after the earthquake.

Geologists describe it as a "blue brush stroke light".

They say the generation of lights involved ionization of oxygen in some types of rocks due to high stress before, during and after earthquake and other seismic activities.

The villagers in Ranau living at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu said that the blue rays lasted for a short while and they recorded a video the phenomenon for several minutes.

blue rays over mt Kinabalu

Comment: In the chapter, Earth 'opening up', in Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection, Pierre Lescaudron discusses various factors pertaining to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, including the Earth's minute slowdown exerting mechanical stress on the crust and electromagnetism.
Precursors that indicate alerts of this potential rise also include increases in: low frequency electromagnetic emission, magnetic field anomalies, earthquake lights from ridges and mountain tops, temperature anomalies over wide areas and changes in plasma density of the ionosphere
As seismic and volcanic activity increases across the planet, such 'earthquake lights' and plasma discharges will likely become more common. For a recent probable plasma (not HAARP - see articles below) discharge activity, check out this youtube video (contains some strong language) published on June 12, 2015 which happened in Greenwood, Indiana USA.

Read the following articles to learn more about HAARP:

HAARP and The Canary in the Mine

Mind Control and HAARP