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18 Feb 2019
Cuban Meteor

Sent in by Gary. I didn't take much notice as I thought it was a run of the mill meteor in a tourist hotspot. Seems not. At ... on February 1st 2019 a bright meteor crossed the sky over the Caribbean Sea and was especially bright over Cuba. This was during the middle of the day so lots of people with video cameras aimed their gadjets at what was left of it - a smoke trail (a cloud left behind by the burn in the atmosphere). There was also a sonic boom to wake people up and make them look upstairs.

18 Feb 2019
Solar Prominences

One tends to think in terms of the study of electro-magnetic prominences on the face of the Sun as a very recent affair but this is not so. They have a long history as astronomers have been looking at these prominences in telescopes for generations. For example, in the Astrophysical Journal 149 (1967) page 269 ... we have an article by William I Thompson and Donald E Billings, 'Observations Bearing on the Kippenhahn-Schluter Quiescent Prominence Model' which deals directly with solar prominences.

16 Feb 2019

William sent in this link to ... which concerns the Italian island of Stromboli. It is in fact a volcano and has been periodically active since 1932 - but not on a grand scale. In the fairly recent past it has been more active - which seems to have caused the flanks of the volcano to collapse into the sea causing at least one major tsunami event to strike Naples. One of the ocassions was back in the 14th century AD - and the marine storm struck Naples in 1343.

16 Feb 2019
More Dinosaur Tracks

More dinosaur tracks. This time in Queensland, Australia - see ... it is described as a well travelled dinosaur trackway. A variety of dinosaur footprints is represented - sauropods for example, as one might expect, but also theropods and ornithopods. The biggest sequence of sauropod footprints can be traced for a distance of 40m (some two dozen separate footprints). These are now all in the local museum ...

16 Feb 2019
Big Solar Activity

At (February 14th 2019) - big activity on the Sun in the form of a filament of plasma dancing along one of the edges, raining more than 150,000km above the solar surface. See a video of it at the link above. It is what has been called a hedgerow prominence. Hot glowing plasma is held aloft by unstable magnetic fields. When the magnetic support collapses the plasma will fall back - exploding into a Hyder-flare (a type of solar flare that can occur without a sun spot).

14 Feb 2019
Unusual Fossil

At ... soft bodied species such as spiders aren't usually fossilised in rock like animals with bones and teeth. More often than not fossil insects are found encased in amber. However, fossil spiders found in Korean shale (the Lower Cretaceous Jinju Formation) are remarkable as they feature reflective eyes that enabled them to hunt at night - fossilised. They were preserved in strange silvery flecks on dark rock, their large eyes marked with crescentic features.

14 Feb 2019
Games People Play

At ... geographers from FAU have investigated glaciers in South America in more detail that ever before, from tropical regions of Venezuela and Colombia to sub polar Tierra del Fuego. The highest mass loss is in southern Patagonia - but glaciers in the Andes, in tropical zones, (such Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia etc) have lost much less mass than previously projected. Overstated by ten times.

14 Feb 2019
The French and Stonehenge

At ... there are 35,000 megalithic constructs in Europe. A new study claims they were spread by a sea going culture that emerged in NW France 7000 years ago. It is said that the idea of megaliths were taken from Brittany in all directions - north and south, even into the Mediterranean, over a period of one thousand years (eventually reaching Salisbury Plain rather late in the sequence). C14 dates lie at the heart of the study, taken from 2000 sites across Europe.

13 Feb 2019
Van Allen Belts

Gary sent in the link to ... lightning's electro magnetic fields may have protective properties according to new research. There are some 2000 thunderstorms going on somewhere on Earth at any given time, we are told. Hence, humans and all living things have been bathed in low frequency electromagnetic fields since the year dot. The electro magnetic fields are however weak and difficult to detect. Not much notice was made of them by scientists - until recently.

13 Feb 2019
A Sun Constant

At ... research at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne has shown that the Sun's magnetic waves behave differently than currently imagined. Examining ten years of data the team from the Dept of Mathematics, Physics, and Electrical Engineering. have found magnetic waves in the Sun's corona react to sound waves escaping from inside the Sun. The waves were previously thought to originate at the Sun's surface.