Condition of the forests, damaged by sleet – June 2014

After the sleet at the beginning of this year, satellite imagery shows large brown patches of the land, where last year they were green and covered in vegetation. To assess the extent of the damage, we went to the most affected area.

From the images bellow it is clearly visible that the only things still standing are bare tree trunks without any canopy. It is slowly starting to regrow where the branches were broken off, but it will take at least 5-10 years for canopy to grow to its previous state. Many man hours were and will still be spent on cleaning the undergrowth to prevent the European spruce bark beetle from destroying the remaining coniferous trees.

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Solar prominences 8 June 2014

In the last few days three new (AR2080, AR2082, AR2085) large sunspot groups have materialized. All three regions have unstable magnetic fields that pose a threat for significant eruptions. There is high possibility for M-class and X-class flares in the following days.

Object: Sun filaments
Date: 8 June 2014 09:59 UT
Equipment: Basler acA640-100gm, Lunt 60 mm
Capture and processing : FireCapture, AutoStakkert2
Object: Solar prominence
Date: 8 June 2014 10:13 UT
Equipment: Basler acA640-100gm, Lunt 60 mm + 2xBarlow
Capture and processing : FireCapture, AutoStakkert2
Object: Solar prominences
Date: 8 June 2014 10:11 UT
Equipment: Basler acA640-100gm, Lunt 60 mm + 2xBarlow
Capture and processing : FireCapture, AutoStakkert2

Sky this month – June 2014

Here is a list of astronomical events for given month. Location dependent events listed here are visible from central Europe.

JUNE 2014:

03 – A tripple shadow transit of Jupiter’s moons occurs from 18:05-19:44 UT.

10 – The Moon occults Saturn for the southern Indian Ocean at ~18:48 UT.

13 – New Moon at 04:11 UT.

13 – Asteroid (45) Eugenia occults a +12.4 magnitude star at 23:44 UT for 27.0 s and magnitude drops for 0.3, detailed info.

13 – Occultation of bright star ρ Sgr (magnitude +3.9) by Moon at ~ 00:28 UT, depending on the location of the observer – detailed info.

21 – The Northward Summer Solstice occurs at ~10:51 UT.

23 – Asteroid (198) Ampella occults a +11.9 magnitude star at 23:44 UT for 5.8 s and magnitude drops for 0.5, detailed info.

24 – Asteroid 29 Amphitrite reaches opposition, shining at magnitude +9.5.

27 – Full Moon at 08:08 UT.

27 – The June Boötid meteor shower peaks at 15h UT, ZHR predictions are variable from 0 to 100+.

 

Recent stellar events in previous months:

Supernova SN 2014bc near the galactic center of M106 discovered in May 21st, shining at magnitude +13.5.