Greek Island Shows Signs of Volcanic Activity

The volcanic caldera on the picturesque tourist island of Santorini is showing signs of unrest. But researchers detecting the caldera’s movement say it doesn’t necessarily mean an eruption is imminent. As says Georgia Tech associate professor Andrew Newman, who set up more than 20 GPS stations on the island in 2006, after decades of little activity, a series of earthquakes and deformation began within the Santorini caldera in January of 2011. Since then, the instruments on the northern part of the island have moved laterally between five and nine centimeters.

Powerful Solar Storm Triggered Weaker than Expected Disruptions

As scientists say powerful solar storm that slammed into Earth on March 8 triggered weaker than expected disruptions, but may still have a few more tricks up its sleeve. Two huge X-class solar flares that are the most powerful type of sun storm erupted from the sun late on March 6, hurling a wave of plasma and energetic particles toward Earth. This blast, called a coronal mass ejection, reached Earth at around 5:45 a.m. EST (1045 GMT) on March 8, according to officials at the Space Weather Prediction Center, which is jointly managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service.

New Exhibition Displays the Largest British Meteorite

A meteorite that fell from space some 30,000 years ago is likely Britain’s largest space rock. And after much sleuthing, researchers think they know where it came from and how it survived so long without weathering away. According to Colin Pillinger, a professor of planetary sciences at the Open University rthe giant rock, spanning about 1.6 feet (0.5 meters) across and weighing 205 pounds (93 kilograms), was likely discovered by an archaeologist about 200 years ago at a burial site created by the Druids (an ancient Celtic priesthood) near Stonehenge.

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