At http://spaceweather.com (December 1st 2016) we have a 'mesospheric bore' - strange goings on in the mesosphere. This is a layer of the atmosphere above the stratosphere. It is the realm of sprites and noctolucent clouds - and air-glow. As early as November 17th NASAs AIM spacecraft spotted noctolucent clouds as seen in the atmosphere above Australia.
On page 11 of Astronomy magazine (see www.astronomy.com) there is a story gleaned from an article in Nature (March) that modelled the emergence of the Tharsis Ridge, a violently volcanic region of Mars. It is hyptheisized that the emergence of this volcanic zone caused the planet Mars to flip over. See the section Astro News.
Paul La Violette proposed that an active sun and increased comet bombardment triggered by a cosmic ray volley led to the mass die-off of mammoths 13,000 years ago - coinciding with the Younger Dryas boundary. His theory of cosmic ray bombardment goes back to 1983 when he did a PhD dissertation at Portland State University in Oregon. He postulated that every 10,000 years an intense volley of cosmic ray electrons bursts out of the galactic core of the Milky Way - presumably what has otherwise been known as super waves.
At http://phys.org/print398674581.html ... Rosetta, during the most active phase of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, caught evidence of carbon dioxide ice followed by the appearance of two large puddles of water ice nearby. The carbon dioxide ice layer covered an area the size of a football pitch and the two patches of water ice were each the size of a large swimming pool.
At http://phys.org/print397922025.html ... mainstream is trying to make sense of volatile behaviour around what they are convinced is a black hole at the centre of a nearby galaxy. Many such galaxies have an extremely bright core, or nucleus, presumed to be fed by material falling into a supermassive black hole. They are some of the brightest objects in the universe - but the light is inclined to dim, it is being suggested, when the black hole has no dinner.
At http://phys.org/print397902203.html ... we learn that Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko is younger than thought - but this is according to computer simulations made at the University of Berne. However, they appear to be referring to when it reached it's current shape as it is a given in mainstream that comets are primordial objects. It is shaped like a duck - they claim. In other words, it has a neck with a shorter piece one end and a bigger piece the other end (like an egg timer but fatter).
Everything we know about the formation of the solar system might be wrong - according to two astronomers that discovered the first 'binary-binary' (two massive companions around a single star in a close binary sytem) - see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161019162507.htm
At http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl .... we learn that Curiosity Rover has come across an odd looking iron meteorite - the size of a golf ball. It is the remains of a meteorite, it is thought, that had fallen out of the Mars sky. It has been dubbed the 'egg rock' and has been examined by a laser firing spectrometer. It is also thought iron meteorites originate as a result of asteroids melting. Molten iron and nickel form lumps - hence iron meteorites