Astronomy news

Magnetic fields and young stars

At http://phys.org/print333618940.html ... astronomers have found that the accretion discs around young stars also have a magnetic field which is described as a big surprise. This appears to indicate magnetic fields play a role in the formation of solar systems such our own one (Nature, 2014, DOI:10.1037/nature13850).

clouds above the Poles

At http://phys.org/print333394180.html ... astronomers are looking at strange clouds in the upper atmosphere of Titan, as seen by NASAs Cassini Mission - see also www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php Oct 24th. These are described as methane ice clouds and they are situated above the Poles of Titan. The interesting thing is that the Earth  also has stratospheric clouds which are also above the Poles.

Unusual Comets

At www.scientificamerican.com/article/exocomets-around-beta-pictoris/ ... again, this is a piece of French observation and research beginning way back in 1986. The astronomer, Anne-Marie Legrange, and colleagues, witness something peculiar. Beta Pictoris seemed to be in the process of assembling its own planetary system. After months of trying to work out what was going on and what exactly they might have seen they came out with an odd explanation - for the time. They offered up what seemed to be an unlikely explanation.

October Comets

It is unclear if anything dramatic happened when Comet Siding Spring came within 87,000 miles of Mars. It seems the ion tail did not sweep across Mars atmosphere. However, as various NASA posts appear to show the various spacecraft hid behind the planet in order to avoid possible danger. We may expect information to dribble out over the next few weeks - that appears to be the norm. See for example http://phys.org/print333106813.html and http://phys.org/print333304301.html

sun spot the size of Jupiter

At http://spaceweather.com (scroll down to October 22nd) is reporting on a sun spot that is reputed to be as big as the planet Jupiter - which is very big. The same story pops up and http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/10/22/solar-flare-danger-massive-sunspot... ... where the comments are their usual knowledgeable kind and we learn that although the size of this sun spot is remarkable as far as the current sun cycle is concerned, historically it is no big deal.

Comets and Meteors

More down to Earth but up in the sky, go to http://spaceweather.com October 17th looks forwards to Sunday when the green comet (below) approaches Mars in what is thought

Rendevous at the vicinity of Mars

October 19th, one week from now and Comet Siding Spring will pass closely to Mars. NASA is prepared - go to http://phys.org/print332086289.html

small galaxies and dark matter

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2014/10/-tiny-fossil-galaxies-of-first-sta... ... is an article on the discovery of a couple of very small galaxies in the vicinity of the Milky Way that appear to be dim as they were not spotted by less powerful technology. Immediately they are being explained - as if they have to bed into the consensus model. They were looking for clumps of dark matter and found these fuzzy looking small galaxies. The big question is why they did not become larger galaxies - much brighter and visible.

Bolides over Southern Europe

At www.q-mag.org/anne-marie-de-grazia-my-encounter-with-a-bolide.html ... she describes the coincidence of a bolide lighting up the night sky at roughly the same time as a Near Earth asteroid passed relatively close to the Earth. This she compares with the Chelyabinsk meteor of February 2013 which also coincided with a close flyby of a Near Eart Object (an even bigger asteroid passing close to the Earth). It's all a bit of a mystery. The Chelyabinsk meteor was said to be a coincidence - but do such coincidences come in pairs?

SIS Forum

There are at least four posts on the Forum at this site in which nobody has responded to, even though the subject matter is very close to Velikovsky, as well as the general theme of neo-catastrophism. One is on the Hindu calendar, another on the Samson riddle, the words of which once adorned packets of Tale and Lyle sugar, another on Chinese calendrical oddities, and finally a Creationist take on the Mount St Helens eruption that formed instantaneously a very thick sedimentary like deposit. These are all good discussion points that members might like to add their pennyworth.