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Mainstream media silent as NASA confirms world’s sea level has been falling for the past two years

NASA confirms world sea level falling, not rising...

As the global warming narrative unravels under revelations of scientific fraud, data alteration and faked “hockey stick” data models, the fake news media remains suspiciously silent over the fact that NASA now confirms ocean levels have been falling for nearly two years.

On a NASA page intended to spread climate alarmism (https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/), NASA’s own data reveal that world-wide ocean levels have been falling for nearly two years, dropping from a variation of roughly 87.5mm to below 85mm.

These data, of course, clearly contradict the false narrative of rapid, never-ending rising ocean levels that flood continents and drown cities — a key element of the climate change doomsday fiction that’s used to scare gullible youth into making Al Gore rich.

 

Al Gore still telling the same big lie

Check out the sea level chart for yourself, showing the downward trend across 2016 – 2017:

Even in the worst case, sea levels will rise only about a foot in a century

Global warming alarmists might say this is only a “pause” in the rising ocean levels, and that the long-term trend is clearly in the direction of rising oceans. However, these people wildly exaggerate the degree of ocean level increases to the point of absurdity.

If you zoom out on the NASA chart, you’ll see a long-term trend of sea levels rising 3.4mm per year on average, according to NASA’s own analysis. This means that over an entire century, the oceans would rise 340mm, or 13.4 inches … a little over a foot.

That’s about one foot in a century, a far cry from the doomsday predictions of “science scaremongers” like Al Gore who depict entire cities inundated with a 20-foot wall of water where millions of humans drown to death.

The delusional paranoia of climate change cultists like Al Gore is so far beyond rationality that Gore recently declared oceans were rising so quickly that fish were already “swimming in the streets of Miami.” Not long before that, Al Gore claimed God told him to fight global warming, so he’s now trying to get rich from the climate change scam because he’s only following orders from God.

Remember, Al Gore says he needs just $15 trillion (yes, trillion) to fight global warming and save humanity from rising ocean levels. Yet NASA tells us that oceans are only rising at 3.4mm per year, or about a foot per century.

This means that a hundred years from now the beaches in Florida will have about one foot deeper water on them. That’s hardly a global crisis that threatens human civilization. Cities won’t drown. Billions of humans won’t be displaced. The whole story is a total fraud.

 

[From an article written by Mike Adams and published by NATURAL NEWS]

 

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UPDATE: Asteroid TX68 passed safely by us…

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Asteroid 2013 TX68 safely passed by Earth on Monday morning. According to the Minor Planet Center, the space rock’s closest approach occurred on March 7 at 13:42 UTC (8:42 ET) at a distance of 2,542,960 miles (4,092,497 km) from Earth, just a bit closer than the nominal 3 million miles previously estimated. The space rock approached our planet a few hours earlier than expected. The previous estimate indicated asteroid 2013 TX68 was due to pass by Earth around March 7 at 7:06 pm ET (March 8 at 00:06 UTC).

The flyby distance was about 10.64 times the Earth-moon distance, and the next closest approach dates predictions may change again, as the asteroid’s orbit is better understood and more precisely defined using new observations.

In the days leading up to this pass by 2013 TX68, astronomers were highly uncertain as to the asteroid’s closest distance to us. They knew it would not strike Earth, but – prior to today’s pass – the most recent estimate indicated a nominal or most probable distance of 3,104,591 miles (4,996,355 km).

However, the space rock might have passed as closely as 19,000 miles (30,000 km) or as far as 10,722,990 miles (17,256,980 km).

Astronomers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said the variation in possible nearest distances for this asteroid was due to the wide range of possible trajectories for this object, which was tracked for only a short time after its discovery in 2013.

In the days leading up to its closest approach to us, Marco Micheli of the European Space Agency’s NEO Coordination Centre (NEOCC/SpaceDys) in Frascati, Italy, realized that this object – which was observed only briefly in 2013 before going into a region of the sky lit by the sun’s glare – was visible on some images a few days before it was officially detected on October 6, 2013. The new images let scientists roughly refine its trajectory, but just a bit.

Asteroid 2013 TX68 is travelling at a speed of 34,279 miles per hour (55,166 km/h).

According to the orbit predictions during the past two weeks, the asteroid may pass by our planet again on September 18, 2056. However, the next closest approach dates predictions will change again, now that it has swept past us.

Why has there been so much uncertainty about this object?

It’s the scenario that astronomers have always cautioned us about … the fact that asteroid 2013 TX68 approached Earth from the sun’s direction. In late February, the space rock was still approaching Earth from this direction, although the asteroid was actually at a greater distance from us than our star.

In other words, for most of the past few weeks, it has been in the daytime sky, where astronomers could not observe it.

The uncertainty of the exact date of closest approach, as well as the precise orbit, was due to the fact that asteroid 2013 TX68 was just observed during 10 days (including the newly found pre-discovery images). That is still a short time to define an orbit precisely.

On February 11, 2016, NASA removed asteroid 2013 TX68 from a list of space rocks with possibilities of future impact with Earth over the next 100 years.

Preliminary estimates of the size of asteroid 2013 TX68 suggest the space rock has a diameter of 30 meters (98 ft), which is about twice the size of the Chelyabinsk meteor that entered over Russian skies in February, 2013.

If a space rock of this size were to enter our atmosphere, it would produce a shock wave at least twice as intense as that of the Chelyabinsk meteor, which broke windows in six Russian cities – caused more than 1,500 people to seek medical care, mostly due to cuts from flying glass – and did other damage to thousands of buildings.

Orbit of asteroid 2013 TX68. The small arrow depicts the direction of the space rock, showing the asteroid is coming approximately

Orbit of asteroid 2013 TX68. The small arrow depicts the direction of the space rock, showing the asteroid is coming approximately from the sun’s direction, as seen from the perspective of Earth. Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Bottom line: Astronomers now know that asteroid 2013 TX68 safely passed by Earth on Monday morning, March 7, 2016. According to the Minor Planet Center, the space rock’s closest approach occurred on at 13:42 UTC (8:42 ET) at a distance of 2,542,960 miles (4,092,497 km) from Earth.

 

(Please visit a great site called EARTHSKY.ORG for additional info.)

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Whew! That was a close one. Glad we all made it! Next estimated close approach by this space rock to OUR space rock is in 2056. We’re planning to see that pass-by from a whole different vantage point…assuming there’s still a big space rock here for TX-68 to miss.

 

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Is this the same NASA that put men on the moon, built a space station, and knows how to bring men BACK from space, too?

NASA’s first prediction about a 100-foot-wide asteroid that is approaching Earth: “It will pass Earth as far out as 9 million miles, or as close as 11,000 miles.” (Feb. 2)

NASA’s new prediction: “It will fly by roughly 3 million miles from our planet, but no closer than 15,000 miles.”

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  No offense to NASA, but if they cannot tell the path of the asteroid with any more accuracy than “somewhere between 3 million miles and 15,000 miles” from the planet that EVERY HUMAN calls home, which is one extremely large range of distances (although thankfully not as large as the original “9 million to 11,000” mile range), then how can NASA tell us with any degree of certainty that the big rock heading for us is only a hundred-footer? Space rocks can cause mega-damage when hitting other space rocks (called planets), as we are reminded on any clear night when the moon shines brightly above us. So excuse us for mentioning it, but what if the hundred-footer turns out to be, say, a five-hundred-footer? Maybe even a quarter-miler? Or bigger?

 

NASA says it is “certain” that TX68 will not hit us — at least NASA wants to be sure we’re not wiped out by an unnamed asteroid — but also that “this asteroid’s orbit is quite uncertain, and it will be hard to predict where to look for it.”

Wow. Again, we have the greatest respect for NASA…but although the space folks are “certain” we are in no danger here on our sitting-duck space rock called Earth, they are also calling the asteroid’s orbit path so “uncertain” that “it’s hard to predict where to look for it.”

Somehow we do not feel comforted by these words. Any of them, in fact.

(We have a space telescope, or several, up there in outer space. Why don’t we use one of them to get a good look — a very good look — at ol’ TX68 while we still can? Worth a try, doncha think? Might even help to narrow the distance range for us a little…to, say, something usefully accurate, rather than the “from here to yonder” range we have gotten from the NASA folks so far.)

NASA knows how big the rock is that’s coming in our direction (they think), but they have no really good idea how close it’s going to come. Or when. (They think it will be tomorrow, March 8th, which is the reason we bring any of this up at all. If you do not hear from us later in the week, it may be because the space rock came down in or around the fine city of Minneapolis.)

Have a nice day.

 

(More information here.)

 

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Perhaps the Hubble Space Telescope’s greatest image…

Hubble Space Telescope is having a birthday...

The Hubble is about to turn 25. That’s an awesome milestone for a piece of hardware that’s vastly exceeded expectations.  We’re doing a story that will run between now and the anniversary of the launch next Friday. See also Rachel Feltman’s Speaking of Science blog for coverage. Here’s a verbatim e-mail exchange I had the other day with astrophysicist Mario Livio, about the “Mystic Mountain” pillar of dust and gas (above) that became the 20th anniversary image of the Hubble Space Telescope back in 2010:

JA: “How big is the Mystic Mountain? I mean, like, in hundreds of miles, billions of miles, light years?”

Mario Livio: “It is about 3 light-years tall, which is about 18 trillion miles.”

So here is one of the big insights about outer space: It’s big. And it’s full of big stuff. I know I’m threatening to go over everyone’s head here with the scientific and technical language. Sorry, it just makes me feel smarter to sling the jargon.

The other thing you see in Hubble images is the dynamism of the cosmos. Nothing out there is static. It’s roiling and rumbling. It’s exploding and exuding and entropically eroding. The whole thing is expanding, and thanks to the Hubble and some other telescopes we now know the expansion is accelerating. Hang on for dear life, folks.

I’ll have more to say on the Hubble after this brief intermission when I go find my gate (am at BWI again — my second home!).

[Muzak…]

I’m back. So I’ve already covered space is big and space is dynamic, my two major insights, and now here’s another bonus observation: The Hubble is a great story of human engineering, not only because it works so well but because for a while there it didn’t work very well at all. Spherical aberration: the two most dreaded words in any telescope’s vocabulary. [Mudge from the Boodle suggests two more: “bird poop.”] The flawed mirror threatened to render the whole project a disappointment, but in 1993 shuttle astronauts flew to Hubble, grabbed it, and put in an instrument [COSTAR, for “Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement”] that corrected the aberration. Hubble was off to the races.

 

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[by Joel Achenbach, who writes on science and politics for the Washington Post’s national desk and on the “Achenblog.”]

 

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Watching Earth from the surface of Mars…

Seeing Earth from Mars...

 

This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth. Two annotated versions of this image are also available in Figures 1 and 2.

Researchers used the left eye camera of Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) to capture this scene about 80 minutes after sunset on the 529th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work on Mars (Jan. 31, 2014). The image has been processed to remove effects of cosmic rays.

A human observer with normal vision, if standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the moon as two distinct, bright “evening stars.”

The distance between Earth and Mars when Curiosity took the photo was about 99 million miles (160 million kilometers).

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project’s Curiosity rover. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates the rover’s Mastcam.

More information about Curiosity is online at http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/.

Enlarged view...

 

[From NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory]

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