Astronomy news

Electric Jupiter

Don Scott on Electric Jupiter - see the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pitwnMK-RxU&feature-youtu.be ... you can also get a global rebroadcast of EU 2016 and EU207 conferences at $29 apiece.

Bennu

At http://spaceweather.com September 21st 2017 we learn that NASA OSIRIS REx spacecraft is due to fly past Earth on the 22nd, sling shotting itself towards a potentially hazardous asteroid, Bennu. NASA is visiting Bennu ... before it visits us. Bennu crosses Earth's path once every 6 years. In 2135 it may enter a keyhole between the Earth and the Moon. This may cause gravitational pull, it is feared, enough to tweak the orbit of Bennu in an earth colliding manner. The spacecraft will arrive at the asteroid in 2018.

Hershel Space Observatory

At https://phys.org/print425034601.html ... the Hershel Space Observatory has traced the present of water in space. The water molecule is present in star forming molecular clouds - and probably delivered delivered water from interplanetary debris to planets in our solar system.

Night Side Venus

At https://phys.org/print424674665/html ... ESAs Venus Express has been looking at wind and cloud patterns on the night side of Venus. Apparently it behave differently to the day side - the side of the planet that faces the Sun. The atmosphere of Venus is dominated by strong wind systems that whirl around the planet much faster than Venus rotates. Venusian winds rotate 60 times faster than the planet below, pushing and dragging along clouds. During day side the rotations is uniform and consistent but on the night side it is irregular.

A Pinkie

A pink aurora over Yellowknife in the North West Territories of Canada ...

   ... taken by Yakchi Takasaka (see www.spaceweather.com Sept 15th). The pink colour is probably a sign of nitrogen. Most auroras are green - caused by energetic particles hitting oxygen atoms in the high atmosphere. Pink aurora occur as particles descend lower than usual striking nitrogen molecules.

Catastrophic Origins for Asteroids and Rings of Saturn

William Thompson had the paper published in the Creation Research Society Quarterly some years ago. The paper, 'Catastrophic Origins for the Asteroids and Rings of Saturn' was written and published some time ago but is back in vogue now as the Cassini Mission has shown the rings of Saturn have an origin much more recent than uniformitarians previously had considered. This article can be obtained from the author.

Moons of Uranus

William sent in this link to https://phys.org/print423907645.html ... where researches from the University of Idaho and Wellesley College say they have found evidence two pairs of moons orbiting Uranus are on a collision course. The paper has been uploaded to the arXiv preprint server - see www.arxiv.org/abs/1708.07566

Sun spots and flares

At https://phys.org/print423925975.html ... it seems the recent Near Earth Object that sailed within 4.4 million miles of the Earth in late August had two moons - or two objects in tow. Other NEOs are known to have moons - or closely orbiting smaller cosmic bodies. Are these in resonance with the large body and if so do they represent a greater threat?

Rainbows

Quite apart  from modern political symbolism rainbows have in the past also been appropriated for dubious reasons. For example, they once had a deep religious significance as they were viewed as a divine sign from God to Noah to signal the end of the Flood event. Isaac Newton was heavily criticised by some factions of the establishment when in 1704 he shone a light through a glass prism to show that when light was bent it split into its component colours - the spectrum of the rainbow.

Black Hole Anomaly

Sandia National Laboratory has conducted a hands on experiment that appears to contradict another assumption - and this concerns the X-ray spectra from the vicinity of black holes (see https://phys.org/print423147374.html). The experimental results were published in the journal Physical Review Letters and came about as emissions directly from black holes cannot be observed. We see emissions from surrounding matter before it is consumed into the accretion disc.