Astronomy news

cosmic rays

At www.spaceweather.com August 29th 2016 ... the 'Earth to Sky Calculus' experiment (using helium filled balloons) has been monitoring cosmic rays in the stratosphere above California. There has been a 13 per cent increase since 2015. This appears to coincide with a quieter Sun - less sun spots = less solar wind flaring = less solar radiation to deflect incoming cosmic rays from space (beyond our solar system). Cosmic rays, we are told, can seed clouds - so are we in for cloudy, and by implication cooler weather in the coming months?

Mars and Water channels

Mars and water channels as highlighted in a post this week prompted William Thompson to point out that Donald Patten predicted something like this decades ago. Patten's books are freely available on the Internet - and can be purchased second hand at a snip. Surprisingly, he anticipated a number of facts that have since emerged via the space age - and water on Mars was one such thing. In Velikovskian studies as opposed to 'catastrophist figures of stature' Patten is very much under valued.

Venus and Jupiter conjunction

A fantastic picture by Yuri Beletsky of the conjunction of Venus with Jupiter this holiday weekend (28th to 30th August 2016). Enjoy. Clark Whelton posted news on the upcoming event but www.spaceweather.com... (August 28th) came up with the photo sent in by Yuri. It was taken from the Atacama Desert in Chile.

Planet and Star

The BBC pundits were full of it today (Thursday the 25th) and the science correspondent had on his 'very serious' face mask as he read out the script on prime time news. The story is all over the net but try this one for a change ... http://astronomynow.com/2016/08/24/potentially-habitable-planet-discover... ... which is basically the discovery of what is thought to be a planet orbiting the nearest star to our Sun, at a similar distance that is again thought to pose the possibility of life on the exo-planet.

Rings

Speaking of rings (yesterdays post) the same subject is uncannily the feature of an article today at Universe Today (see http://phys.org/print391077112.html ). It is an interview with Kevn Gill who does computer enhancement imaging. His latest work is on Daphnis, a moon of Saturn, embedded in one of the rings. In the past he has made models of Earth with a ring system and what Mars might have looked like if it had vegetation and surface water.

Supernova

At http://phys.org/print391077030.html ... the signature of a supernovae has been found in deep ocean cores from the Pacific Ocean. German scientists have had their findings publishd in PNAS (August 2016) and they have dated the supernova to 2.7 million years ago at what is thought to be the boundary of the Pliocene with the Pleistocene. The interesting point they make is that supernovae material continued to rain down on the earth for 800,000 years. Is this a relic of uniformitarian dating methodology?

Rosetta Video

At http://phys.org/print389602786.html ... there is a video of Rosetta's journey around Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko - starting in July of 2014. Meanwhile, at www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-dwarf-planet-found-far-beyond-pluto/ ... which just goes to show there are a lot of astronomers keen to look for Planet X as they seem to be regularly beamed on the outer solar system.

New Cosmic Body

At www.astronomy.com/news/2016/08/this-object-may-open-up-new-solar-system-... ... Pan STARRS survey of the solar system  has found a cosmic body on a strange orbit - it is way above the ecliptic. Pluto is around 17 degrees above the ecliptic but Niku is 115 degrees above. How did it get there?

The link was provided by Jovan Kesic.

Venus is hot, very hot, and very very hot

At http://phys.org/print390130975.html ... we are back on the Venus was once habitable computer simulation exclamation. At www.holoscience.com/wp/venus-isnt-our-twin/ ... we have Wal Thornhill's take on Venus (from way back in 2006 but very relevant in the current hype). Twelve very good pages. Please have a read.

Bennu

Again, another strange article from Scientific American - an attempt to bamboozle the conspiracy theorists and end of world doom mongers (that is sure to be ignored by people using social media). Go to www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-earth-safe-from-asteroid-bennu/ ... where all we can say is that it has an interesting name. Bennu was cosmic body that periodically threated ancient Egypt (or in mainstream speak, the phoenix rising from the ashes).