Astronomy news

anti-matter lightning

Daily Galaxy March 8th ... anti-matter lightning has been discovered annihilating bits of earth's atmosphere, it is alleged. The Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope was launched to examine the universe and research gamma ray bursts of energy from black holes - as well as the mystery of dark matter. Strangely, they say, they found blasts coming from behind the spacecraft - from earth.

The case for significant numbers of extraterrestrial impacts through the late Holocene

George Howard, on his web site www.cosmictusk.com has posted this 2007 article as it appears to tie in with the latest offering from Bill Napier. 'The case for significant numbers of extraterrestrial impacts through the late Holocene' by Mike Baillie (a speaker at several SIS meetings and events). It can be downloaded in pdf format from the web site - see menu on LH side.

Utah in Space

www.jpl.nasa.gov March 4th ... planetary scientists have been puzzled for years about the honeycomb patterns and flat valleys with squiggly edges evident from radar images of Saturn's moon, Titan. Now, it is recognised, the terrain is very similar to that of karst topography on earth - in Utah for example, or China and Indonesia (Cassini spacecraft data).

Palaeolithic Extinctions and the Taurid Complex

Palaeolithic Extinctions and the Taurid Complex, WM Napier, Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology, Cardiff University, available in PDF format for download to the general public but pending publication (which is agreed). George Howard was wondering, a few days ago, if the WISE space mission would find evidence of the Clube and Napier 'remnants' of a comet that broke up in the solar system during the Holocene period and gave rise to various meteor streams such as the Taurid complex.

Hyder Flares

http://wattsupwiththat.com February 24th ... has a guest post that will interest members of the SIS. The subject is the Sun and an enormous magnetic filament that stretched more than one million kim from end to end - visible perhaps in amateur telescopes (but be careful with your eyes). For seven days in a row the filament hung suspended above the surface of the Sun. Charles Hyder, in 1964-7 did a doctoral thesis on these flares and has been the acknowledged expert since then. They are now known as Hyder Flares.

Dark Comets

See http://cosmictusk.com/nasa-mentions-dark-and-dead-comets-for-the-first-time-wise (or simply go to the menu on side bar of the web site) ... George Howard wonders if NASAs WISE mission which is now underway is able to confirm or refute, in part or wholly, the widely dismissed notion and theory of Bill Napier and the British NEO catastrophists.

Supernova

Science News Febnruary 17th (see http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id56425 ) ... new X Ray findings appear to blow a hole in the leading model for the origin of stellar explosions - type 1a supernova events. Astronomers routinely use these very bright events to measure dark energy. The Nature article won't change the interpretation of dark energy but a new understanding is required of supernovae.

Black and Dead comets

February 11th NASA newsflash (see full story at www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/ ) ... a new satellite, launched in December to track NEOs has discovered it's first comet. It will make an extensive survey of comets, asteroids and NEOs and routinely scan the sky with infra red imaging technology that can not only pick up comets ejecting material but also dark comets and dead comets whose whereabouts is unknown and a potential threat to life on the surface of the earth.