– a virtual travel experience

By: Linda Wasylciw

Have extraterrestrials visited Earth?

Have you ever seen a light zip across the night sky and wonder what might have created it? UFOs have fascinated and puzzled people for decades. The first reported UFO abduction case — and to this day the most famous — was that of Barney and Betty Hill, an interracial couple who in 1961 claimed to have [ Read More … ]

Lighthouse of the Pacific – Mt Yasur

the most accessible volcano in the world, is only a 150m walk from the parking area to the crater’s rim where tourists can peer down into the rumbling, exploding lava storm  – a sight not soon forgettable. We arrived as the sun was setting, welcomed by the silhouette of people on the rim as bright [ Read More … ]

Palmerston – an island at the end of the earth

The tiny Pacific island of Palmerston is one of the most isolated island communities in the world, visited by a supply ship twice a year – at most. The only other way to reach Palmerston Island is by sailboat. Sailing vessel Wyntersea, and crew, were there in 2007. It is an island paradise that is [ Read More … ]

Rising seas swallowing neolithic ruins on Orkney Islands

Scotland’s 5,000-year-old structures from the Neolithic Period, have fallen fall victim to rising seas, increasingly powerful storms, coastal erosion as well as other events and won’t be around for too much longer. Stone Age people built their castles near the sea because of itheir need to live off the ocean. Now, due to global warming, [ Read More … ]

Tasmania’s stunning volcanic chain

Hidden below the waves off the east coast of Australian, about 250 miles east of Tasmania, is this newly discovered diverse chain of volcanic seamounts. Mountains rise up from an abyssal plain, looming as tall as 9,800 feet. Some of the peaks are more than six times taller than the Empire State Building – with the tallest [ Read More … ]

Gulf of St Larewnce – suffering from hypoxia

The Gulf is suffering from low-oxygen levels, hypoxia, threatening the future of the River. This silent killer was first identified in the mid-1980s. It is now confirmed that a large portion of the estuary is slowly but surely suffering from hypoxia and episodes of low temperature, causing starvation. The River is suffocating – dying 😥. [ Read More … ]

Are we alone?

Nestled between the constellations Cygnus and Lyra, sits a strange and intriguing star, CI Tau. Orbiting it are four giant gas-planets, similar to Jupiter and Saturn. CI Tau is sitauted about 500 light years away from Earth, within a very active part of the galaxy termed a ‘stellar nursery’. This newly found star is a mere [ Read More … ]

Earth has evolved into anthropocene,

the Human Epoch, an era in which humanity has altered the major physical systems of the planet by geoengineering the earth. This impact is worldwide, and began with the start of the industrial revolution in 1750 to 2010, creating a subsequent change in the Earth System – greenhouse gas levels, ocean acidification, deforestation and biodiversity deterioration. [ Read More … ]

Extomoon spotted orbiting alien planet

Exomoons are natural satellites of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system. There is tantalizing evidence suggesting that such a moon has been spotted, 8,000 light years from earth, by the Hubble space telescopes – identifying the first compelling evidence of an ‘exo-moon’. This moon is the size of Neptune, orbiting a planet the size of [ Read More … ]

Earth Day 2018

Mother Earth, is 4.5 billion years old and is home to an estimated 8.7 million species of life. This is a time to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place; to create a harmony with nature.  Take the time to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about fighting against [ Read More … ]

Neanderthals, the first true artists on the planet

Proves that they were not brutish at all. For to long the image of Neanderthals has been presented as a primitive and simple creature: a hulking mass of muscle, all brawn with no brains, brutish, dim and mannerless cretins. Maybe it is their famously protruding brow ridge that has portrayed the Neanderthals as too dumb to use language [ Read More … ]

Our planet’s magnetic field is weakening

Should you be worried? Yes, most certainly. Our planet’s magnetic field is what powers our compasses, while also giving us our north and south poles. Over the past 160 years, our planet’s magnetic field has been weakening at an alarming rate. Scientists are concerned that the earth is gearing up to flip its magnetic poles like it did 780-thousand years [ Read More … ]

Great Walk of the World

Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk, a 192 mile trek on an unsignposted footpath, begins on the Irish Sea and ends on the North Sea of northern England, taking in three contrasting national parks: the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park. Visit ancient stone circles, medieval castles and monasteries, [ Read More … ]

Melting Arctic unleashes deadly diseases

Diseases hidden in the ice are waking up! Melting ice could potentially open a Pandora’s box of diseases. Humans can catch a virus from a long-extinct Neanderthal. No viruses are permanently ‘eradicated’ from the planet. Permafrost has been a good preserver of microbes and viruses, because it is cold, there is no oxygen, and it is dark. Pathogenic viruses [ Read More … ]

Zealandia – Earth’s hidden continent

Australia’s smaller neighbour, New Zealand, is sitting on a massive new continent scientists have named Zealandia. 94 percent of Zealandia, 4.9 million square kilometres of land mass, is an underwater continent. The only parts of Zealandia not waterlogged are the islands of Caledonia and New Zealand – a haven to both volcanic and glacial activity. Studies reveal that Zealandia [ Read More … ]

A Piece of Canada lost in Auzzie Land

Canada is more than 7,000 miles away from the nearest point of Australia but it  has not always been that way. 1.7 billion years ago a piece of Canada broke off. It has been found in the very ancient sedimentary rocks in Georgetown, Australia. The Earth’s crust, made up of land masses and the ocean floors, isn’t [ Read More … ]

The dance of the spirits

Shafts or curtains of colored lights filled the night sky, dazzling the onlookers. This astronomical phenomena is the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere and charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. The colour variations are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding and the most common auroral colour [ Read More … ]

World Whale Day

These giants of the ocean are magnificent creatures. Whales belong to the order of cetacea – which includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. Of the whales there are two suborders: toothed whales and baleen. Baleen whales are the largest species of whale and have a comb-like fringe, called a baleen, on the upper jaw, used to filter [ Read More … ]

Escape to Fiji

Smoke from the evening fires blends with the rhythmic drumming, filling the hills and valleys. The air is electrified with a sense of tranquility and excitement. Figi’s islands are shrouded in mystery, old legends, mythology and beliefs and many of these that have passed through the generations. Old religions are still practised, worshiping a myriad of gods and [ Read More … ]

Zodiacal Light – false dawn

It’s back! The zodiacal light is practically a sign of spring as it  pokes up in the western sky like a ghost awoken. Keen sky-watchers can see this ‘false dawn’, the most elusive astronomical phenomena – the zodiacal light, starting February 2nd, about an hour after sunset, and for the two weeks that follow. This pyramid-shaped light is [ Read More … ]

Tonga – sea, sand and sun

The Kingdom of Tonga has over 170 islands that are full of unspoilt beauty, offering an experience that will never be forgotten. Each island is seeped in a mix of centuries-old culture, history and traditions. Say Malo e lelei (hello in Tongan) and sidestep the flashy resorts. Walk in the slow lane – where nothing is hurried. As [ Read More … ]

6th Mass Extinction

It is presumed that, about 65 million years ago, an extraterrestrial crater hit Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula creating massive climate change and the last mass extinction. A steady drumbeat of human activities has resulted in habitat losses, pollution and climate disruption crating a powerful assault on biodiversity. These actions paint a dismal picture regarding the future of life, [ Read More … ]

Hercules Beetle

This beetle, with its horn-like pincer claw, is the longest and strongest creature on Earth for its size and can carry 850 times its weight! That is like a person carrying seven elephants! Also known as a rhinoceros beetle it is native to the rainforests of Central America, South America, the Lesser Antilles, and been observed as far [ Read More … ]

Aurora borealis – Aurora australis

These bright dancing northern and southern lights, seen above the magnetic poles, are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere.  The lights of the northern hemisphere, aurora borealis, means ‘dawn of the north’. ‘Aurora australis’ means ‘dawn of the south’. The most common auroral color, a pale yellowish-green, is [ Read More … ]