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Longest Recorded Sunshine

Polar daylight record of 69 days of continuous sunshine in 2020. Ny-Ålesund is a small research community on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago, located in the Arctic Circle. During summer months at this high latitude location, the sun does not set below the horizon due to the effects of polar daylight.

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What is "Indian summer"?

What is “Indian summer” and when does it happen? Mid-autumn is the time for the “return of summer”. Though all of us understand pretty well that a couple of warm and sunny autumn weeks will soon be replaced by the first frost, we continue calling this short period as summer.

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Largest Full Moon in 2023

On the evening of August 31, 2023, we will have the opportunity to witness one of the most significant astronomical events - a supermoon. On this evening, the full moon will approach the Earth at its closest distance this year, offering a mesmerizing celestial spectacle. Our natural satellite will be accompanied by two great planets - Saturn and Jupiter.

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What Goes Together With A Sunny Weather?

These weather parameters are usually related to sunny weather conditions: High pressure - Sunny weather typically occurs when high pressure dominates the atmosphere. High pressure brings sinking air which suppresses cloud formation. Low humidity - With high pressure and sinking air comes lower humidity. Clear skies allow more sunlight to reach the surface, heating and drying the air.

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Perseids Starfall

Perseids starfall from 10 to 20 August. Already next week, starting from August 10, it will be possible to observe the famous Perseids starfall in the night sky. The Perseids are numerous tail particles of the Swift-Tuttle Comet. It last approached the Earth in 1992. The peak of the starfall activity will take place on August 12-13.

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Astronomical Autumn vs. Meteorological Autumn

Meteorological Autumn and Astronomical Autumn are two different ways of defining the seasons: Meteorological Autumn: Meteorological seasons are based on the calendar months and are primarily used by meteorologists and climatologists for consistent and simplified record-keeping and forecasting. In the meteorological definition, autumn is considered to be the three calendar months of September, October, and November in the Northern Hemisphere, and March, April, and May in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Track Local Wet-Bulb Temperature With an iPhone📱 App

The wet-bulb temperature is an important measure of the Earth’s climate and is used to determine the risk of heat stress and heat-related illness in humans and animals. The wet-bulb temperature is the temperature that a thermometer would show if it were covered in a wet cloth and exposed to the air.

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Have You Seen Daytime Moon? 🌕

It is considered that the Moon can be observed only at night. 🌖 However, in fact, it can easily be seen in the afternoon. And by the way, this very question “why the Moon is in the sky during the day” is often asked by children who are much more observant than adults.

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Hottest Place on Earth 🏜️

This year the heat is breaking records in both temperature and duration. Thus we decided to find out where the hottest point of our planet is. It turned out to be the Deshte-Lut desert in the Middle East. 🏜️This sandy-saline desert is located in Iran, its length is about 550 km, and its width is from 100 to 200 km.

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