At http://phys.org/print304333656.html ... a dust ring in the orbit of Venus has been confirmed. This appears to be related to the cloud of dust we know as the Zodiacal Cloud. It seems to have been pulled into the orbit of the planet - by gravity (it is thought). The Earth travels through such a ring of dust. It was discovered 20 years ago - some time after Clube and Napier were speculating upon the role of the zodiacal cloud on the forte for pyramids (among other things).
The Ice Cube laboratory is a neutrino observatory where the detectors are buried a mile under the surface of Antarctica. They claim to have found 28 high energy events and these probably involved the theoretical astrophysical neutrinos which came from outside the solar system (or that is the general idea). The findings are published in the journal Science - see http://phys.org/print304270386.html
Tim Cullen turns his attention to the Leonids - go to http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/astral-karma-the-leonids/ ... and the source of this meteor shower is Comet Tempel Tuttle (which has an orbital period of 33 years). The orbit intersects the Earth regularly hence material ejected from the comet during perihelion passes do not have to spread out over time to encounter the atmosphere of the Earth.
Tim Cullen has been looking at the role of methane in space science - and in the politikking of CAGW. He claims this is 'another giant step for mankind, the mainstream created the Ozone Hole Science by removing the connection between the level of atmospheric water vapour and the level of atmospheric ozone' and by banishing the photodissociation of water vapour the mainstream 'in another bit of creative genius' managed to create an endlessly looping Water Cycle - see http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/methane-myopia-6-space-science/
At http://phys.org/print304107315.html ... Comet ISON spreads its wings - two wing like features have appeared resembling the letter U (so we have a tail plus two wings, a threesome). One explanation is that two objects have been detached from the nucleus but all three are proceeding in close formation. Only a week to go to the closest point it reaches to the Sun.
There is a similar story at http://phys.org/print304238278.html ... but from a different observatory.
Well, three to be exact - see http://phys.org/print304250622.html
The European Space Agency (EPA) are putting three satellites into orbit, each the size of a small car. They will stick fairly close to each other and beam back different kinds of data. They are concerned with improving navigation mapping techniques but they do this by studying the magnetic field of the Earth, and how the solar wind affects it. The idea is to better understand what is going on and protect communication and navigation systems on the surface.
At http://phys.org/print304238468.html ... there is another invocation of hell ... but this time accompanied by heaven ...
The 'blurb' came about in result of the picture above, colourful beauty shimmering behind a dark cloud of dust and gas in the constellation of Serpens (the Serpent).
Wal Thornhill has a take on that six spoked asteroid reported last week. Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9HPVMw1IN0&feature=youtu.be
At www.spaceweather.com ... Comet ISON is getting brighter and brighter as we approach the end of November encounter with the Sun. Its tail now extends 8 million km behind the nucleus - 21 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Not as fantastic as some of the historical comets - but enough to get astronomers fairly excited.
At http://phys.org/print303673640.html ... Jupiter's red spot, is a giant vortice that is supposed to lose energy by radiating heat and is suspended between two jet streams flowing in opposite directions - which is also supposed to weaken it. The red spot manages to survive in spite of the various computer models that say it should not. Here is another one.