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He just wanted to make an amazing time-lapse of the Milky Way over Ashton-Wildwood County Park, Iowa. He ended up finally with a fireball explosion leaving behind a strange bright puff of red smoke – for more than 12 minutes!

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Was it a dragon? Or the mother-ship crashing? Not at all… It is a natural phenomenon called tails. According to the American Meteor Society, meteors can develop two types of tails: glowing trains, or smoke trails. “Most trains last only a few seconds, but on rare occasions a train may last up to several minutes. A train of this duration can often be seen to change shape over time as it is blown by upper atmospheric winds”, as in the video below:

Here the original Reddit post where the photograph posted Gifs of his amazing fireball discovery!

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Cerro de Pasco is a medium-size city in the high Peruvian sierra. And in the middle of the highest city in Peru, there is a giant pit… that is slowly swallowing the city.

In this mine – 1.2 miles wide and as deep as the Empire State Building – the rock-grinding machinery produces a low mechanical groan all day and all night. It is the sound of the city being eaten alive.

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Cerro de Pasco is an environmental and urban catastrophe. The pit, which opened in 1956, is in the middle of the city—not beside it but in it. As it grows, thousands of families have had to move into unplanned urban developments, most of which lack basic sanitation. Now the city is running out of space.

The pollution in Cerro de Pasco is absolute. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study from 2007 reported that 60 percent of soil samples from houses in Cerro and the surrounding towns had more than 1,200 parts per million of lead—three times what the US Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for children. A soil sample from a heavily used footpath clocked in at 20,000 parts per million.

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A densely populated section of the city surrounds a lake contaminated by mining residue. Terrible! by Arthur Holland Michel

Much of the pollution comes from tailings—a heavy-metal-laden mixture of rock and earth produced by this kind of mining—which are formed into giant (and colorful) man-made hills around the city. In the 1920s, the mining corporation started dumping tailings into nearby lakes, which remain untreated and open to the air above and the aquifer below. The big mess!

The pit hasn’t grown in two years, but lately, Volcan, the company that currently runs it, has resumed buying houses around the periphery and painting them a fluorescent green. As more of the city—including what remains of the colonial quarter—changes color, everyone is wondering what’s going to happen next, and nobody seems particularly optimistic.

Yes this town is literally being eaten by this monster pit.

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Like a person gasping for air when it’s in short supply, living trees make sounds when they are running out of water… A team of French scientists is trying to pinpoint the strange noises.

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Lab experiments at Grenoble University in France have isolated ultrasonic pops, which are 100 times faster than what a human can hear, in slivers of dead pine wood bathed in a hydrogel to simulate the conditions of a living tree. So yes, trees make noise when they are thirsty, when they are under drought stress:

So what is going on in those trees?

Listen to the singing plants at Damanhur.

Trees drink by absorbing ground water through vein-like structures called xylem. When the supply is short they have to work harder to pull up water. This stress can cause the water stream to rupture and produce air bubbles. Too many air bubbles can lead to the death of the tree. The scientists have discovered that about half of the sounds made by trees are due to their drinking process.

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It is easy to see that the sky is blue. Have you ever wondered why BLUE SKY AND RED SUNSET? A lot of other smart people have, too. And it took a long time to figure it out!

What makes a BLUE SKY?

The light from the Sun looks white. But it is really made up of all the colors of the rainbow.


A prism is a specially shaped crystal. When white light shines through a prism, the light is separated into all its colors.

The light from the Sun looks white. But it is really made up of all the colors of the rainbow. The light we see is just one tiny bit of all the kinds of light energy beaming around the Universe–and around you!

Like energy passing through the ocean, light energy travels in waves, too. Some light travels in short, “choppy” waves. Other light travels in long, lazy waves. Blue light waves are shorter than red light waves.


All light travels in a straight line unless something gets in the way to—

  • reflect it (like a mirror)
  • bend it (like a prism)
  • or scatter it (like molecules of the gases in the atmosphere)

Sunlight reaches Earth’s atmosphere and is scattered in all directions by all the gases and particles in the air. Blue light is scattered in all directions by the tiny molecules of air in Earth’s atmosphere. Blue is scattered more than other colors because it travels as shorter, smaller waves. This is why we see a blue sky most of the time.


Closer to the horizon, the sky fades to a lighter blue or white. The sunlight reaching us from low in the sky has passed through even more air than the sunlight reaching us from overhead. As the sunlight has passed through all this air, the air molecules have scattered and rescattered the blue light many times in many directions. Also, the surface of Earth has reflected and scattered the light. All this scattering mixes the colors together again so we see more white and less blue.

What Makes a Red Sunset?

As the Sun gets lower in the sky, its light is passing through more of the atmosphere to reach you. Even more of the blue light is scattered, allowing the reds and yellows to pass straight through to your eyes.


Sometimes the whole western sky seems to glow. The sky appears red because larger particles of dust, pollution, and water vapor in the atmosphere reflect and scatter more of the reds and yellows.

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Hi everybody,

I just received this message from someone living at Pinellas Park, Florida and asking about what could be the cause of this loud, roaring and booming noise that she heard yesterday afternoon. Did you also hear it? Do you have an explanation? My best guess is a jet sonic boom but I haven’t found anything in the news yet. Tell us if you have a solution to our Florida mystery noise! Thank You!

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Here the message:

This afternoon (Sunday, 10/19/2014) I was standing outside of my house, talking with my daughter at her car, which was NOT running. At one point, her friend got out of the car to stretch her legs, then got back in the car.

Suddenly, my daughter & I heard a really loud, weird noise; think sci-fi, wrenching, metallic noise hidden within a penetrating midrange electrical hum. We thought her friend had put something in the cd player, turned up loud.

However, in that same instant, we both turned toward the western horizon/tree line and together said, “Oh, it’s just a jet.” We “watched” the sound as it tavelled from several degrees below the treeline on that western horizon and came closer & closer & closer, then “watched” the sound as it roared right over our heads and continued toward the east, BUT WE NEVER SAW A PLANE!

I was facing the west while talking to her, from the moment she arrived 15 minutes prior and did see and hear a couple of Piper Cub type planes and had as well been following the progress of a high flying jet laying out a chem-trail, which was travelling from the northeast toward the south, when she pulled up (I always watch the sky), so I would’ve seen even a supersonic plane before a boom, had there been one.

We live about 8-10 miles away from Clearwater-St. Petersburg Airport and have large commercial, small private, USCG and Army “Hercules” planes passing overhead on various flight paths at all hrs. Many of the newer planes are quiet (we’ve also seen the large silent ones…weird) and of course the military cargo planes are deep-rumble loud enough to have to raise your voice to be heard.

But THIS jet sound was even louder than that…it actually did uncomfortable things to my heart…and with a background whine resembling one of those WWII Migg bombs as they were incoming.

The noise lasted for about 2 mins, west to east, ending as my cell phone alarm went off at 3:45. Now, I’ve thought and reasoned and pondered on this all day long (and now it’s Mon, Oct 20th, 3:15a.m.) and the only conclusion I can come to is that the so-called “cloaking” technology NASA & other entities have been testing may have been perfected…and they just “forgot” to update us with those results. Either that or the other “ET and mothership” and (hopefully not) “Final Trumpet” theories.

Either way, I’m with the rest of these posters…you have to be pretty careful about to whom you speak, but as these experiments have been ongoing, AND REPORTED ON, perhaps I’ll give the powers that be a call tomorrow.

Thank you for your help,

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This documentary named “Forest Man” tells the story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man, who has been planting hundreds of trees on an Indian island threatened by erosion since 1979.

This really touching short film features how this modern-day Johnny Appleseed turned an eroding desert – actually the largest river island in the world – into a wondrous oasis.

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Forest Man: A documentary film about a man that planted hundreds of trees to save his Majuli Island from erosion.

“Forest Man” was directed by William Douglas McMaster and won Best Documentary for the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.

Discover a real Tree Man – Half man, half tree

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