World of Phenomena

Aurora above the Earth

Aurora above the Earth – Photo Credit: NASA

The world and universe are filled with tremendously diverse and amazing natural wonders and events, often referred to as phenomena. These wonders and events are observed and experienced by us every day, even though we may not be noticing them. The goal of this website is to explore them and attempt to explain how and why they occur, and what significance they have in the natural world.

News

  • Donald Trump: ‘NASA’S back’ 20 Jul 2019 07:55 US President Donald Trump has marked the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing by briefing the surviving Apollo 11 astronauts on his administration’s plans to return to the Moon by 2024. Mr Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met …
  • Medford schools to become earthquake resilient 20 Jul 2019 07:53  MEDFORD, Ore. — With the recent earthquakes along the West Coast and concerns about the Cascadia Subduction Zone, preparedness is a focus of many organizations in the Rogue Valley. In an effort to be more prepared for a disaster, local schools like Hoover …
  • Monsoon flooding death toll rises to 152 in South Asia 20 Jul 2019 07:32 Updated 2:17 am CDT, Saturday, July 20, 2019 A one-horned rhinoceros walks in floodwaters in Pobitora wildlife sanctuary, east of Gauhati, India, Friday, July 19, 2019. The sanctuary has the highest density of the one-horned Rhinoceros in the world. A one- …

Definitions

1. Phenomena can be defined as events, occurrences or happenings in the world around us. These events can be either spiritual or natural, and can also refer to physical sensations felt by a person.

2. Another definition relates to exceptional occurrences or people. An example of this would be to state “Babe Ruth was a baseball phenomenon.”

3. A third definition is related to several types of illnesses. The primary instance is Reynaud’s Disease, which is also known as Reynaud’s Phenomenon.

This website focuses on the first definition listed above; specifically those types of events that are found in the natural world.

Phenomena vs. Phenomenon

Phenomena is simply the plural form of Phenomenon, meaning more than one. Below are two examples of these words in sentences to help illustrate the subtle difference in usage:

1. Jacob saw a shooting star streaking through the night sky. It was a magnificent phenomenon.

2. Jacob saw hundreds of shooting stars streaking through the night sky. They were magnificent phenomena.

What are Natural Phenomena?

These are events or happenings that occur in nature, our world, solar system and universe. They come in many shapes and sizes. They shape our world, our news and lives. A few quick examples of these natural events include aurora, fog, moon halos and tsunamis. Some natural phenomena, like gravity and magnetism, cannot be seen, but are very real and critical to life on Earth.

Types of Natural Phenomena

These events can be broken down into various categories. This website breaks them down into six main categories:

These categories are subjective and at times an event could be placed into another category. In each category, you will find examples of events that are related to that respective category.