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Geminids of the North

Earth’s annual Geminid meteor shower did not disappoint as our fair planet plowed through dust from active asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Captured in this northern hemisphere nightscape, the meteors stream away from the shower’s radiant in Gemini. To create the image, 37 individual frames recording meteor streaks were taken over period of 8.5 hours during the night of December 12/13. In the final composite they were selected and registered against the starry sky above a radio telescope dish of MUSER, a solar-dedicated radio telescope array at astronomically-named Mingantu Station in Inner Mongolia, China, about 400 kilometers from Beijing. Sirius, alpha star of Canis Major, shines brightly just above the radio dish and the Milky Way stretches toward the zenith. Yellowish Betelgeuse is a standout in Orion to the right of the northen Milky Way. The shower’s radiant is at top left, high above the horizon near Castor and Pollux the twin stars of Gemini. The radiant effect is due to perspective as the parallel meteor tracks appear to converge in the distance. Gemini’s meteors enter Earth’s atmosphere traveling at about 22 kilometers per second. via NASA
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‘Slow-moving crisis’ as Beijing bolsters South China Sea war platform

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US thinktank reveals satellite images showing new munitions depots, radar systems and fighter jet deployments to disputed region in 2017

China has created military facilities about four times the size of Buckingham palace on contested islands in the South China Sea, a new report has said, calling the build-up a “slow-moving crisis” in one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints.

China built about 29 hectares (290,000 square metres) of new facilities on contested islands in 2017, including munitions depots, sensor arrays, radar systems and missile shelters, according to an analysis by US thinktank the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/15/militarisation-beijing-south-china-sea-islands

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#Earthquake Detected! – M 4.5 – 14km SSE of Kimitsu, Japan

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Time
2017-12-15 02:42:26 UTC
2017-12-15 11:42:26 +09:00 at epicenter
Location
35.199°N 139.927°E
Depth
91.66 km (56.95 mi)

#Earthquake Detected! – M 4.5 – 14km SSE of Kimitsu, Japan

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USGS Magnitude 4.5+ Earthquakes, Past Hour