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World Lightning Capital

Do you know where the “World Lightning Capital” is? To visit it, you will have to go to Venezuela, to the municipality of Catatumbo. It was this area that got the title of the “World Lightning Capital” after the Guinness Book of Records recorded the world’s highest concentration of lightning in this region.

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Have You Seen Ice Needles?

Ice needles instead of snow. Did you know that sometimes, instead of ordinary snowflakes, real ice needles can fall from the sky? These are small and very sharp ice crystals that can even cut the skin. They are formed from solidified water droplets and are usually found in Siberia and the Far North.

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Coldest Place on Earth

In 2018, record cold temperature was registered at -98.6 °C. This happened in the eastern part of the Queen Maud Land in Antarctica. Several cracks from 2 to 4 meters deep are located there accumulating icy air. If you breathe at this temperature it may easily provoke rather serious burns.

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Shining Circle Around the Sun or Moon: What is it?

Sometimes we can see a brightly shining circle around the Sun, the Moon, or even an artificial light source (for example, a lantern). This natural phenomenon is called “halo”. It appears because of the refraction of light in ice crystals in the upper atmosphere at an altitude of 5-10 km.

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Have You Seen Polar Lights?

Polar lights are one of the most beautiful natural phenomena on Earth If we were to rank the most beautiful atmospheric phenomena, we would definitely give one of the highest places to polar lights. The ideal time for them is clear frosty nights from September to March at latitudes of about 67–70°.

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Have You Seen These Underwater Bubbles?

Icy underwater bubbles are one of the most curious natural phenomena. In the Canadian province of Alberta, there is Lake Abraham, which is known among scientists and nature lovers because of an unusual phenomenon: a large number of ice bubbles that have frozen under water.

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Leonid Meteor Shower

Watching the Leonid meteor shower on November 16-18 The Leonids are a starfall known for its bright and abundant flashes. Every year it can be seen in November, and this year is not an exception. This time the peak of the meteor shower will take place on November 16-18.

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Can an island move?

Can an island move? Yes, but only if it’s an unusual floating island located in the Lake Pond in Massachusetts. This football-sized island is made up of moss and stays afloat because of the gases these very mosses produce.

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