Astronomy news

Comets and the crowns of Egyptian queens

Gary Gilligan at ... has some interesting images of what the link calls, 'comet like crowns' - have a look and make up your own mind. For example, an image of Ankhesamun clearly has a comet like crown on the back of Tutankhamun's throne. Whether the comet has anything to do with the planet Venus is a matter of personal taste I would suppose - but they do appear to be cometary in nature, a disc surrounded by cow horns and two tall plumes.

One for the mathematicians ...

At ... it is said that mathematicians have found a framework for the celebrated Rogers-Ramasujan identities and their arthmetic properties, solving a long standing mystery stemming from an Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramasujan. See also

A model of gravitation

At ... Raghu Singh has developed a gravity theory which accounts for gravitational radiation. The full paper is available at ... gravitational radiation accelerates a mass but does this mean the Sun is pushing the planets around their orbits as Kepler is said to have suggested. Is the Sun emitting gravitational radiation?

Rhodes Fairbridge and Sun Spot Minima and Maxima

At ... we have an interesting article by the redoubtable Rhodes Fairbridge, written when he was about 80 years of age. It was published in '21st Century Science and Technology' magazine and impacts directly on terrestrial climate and the current craze of some people to warn that we are descending into a Little Ice Age as sun spots seem to be in decline.

Electrictity and Flourescence and the Moon

At ... Tim Cullen wonders what, if anything, NASA isn't saying about its LADDE mission - which was recently terminated by crashing it on the far side of the Moon. What is the reality of electricity and flourescence on the Moon?

The Moon may have at atmosphere consisting of small particles constantly leaping up and down from and falling back to the surface, excited by the solar wind, an atmosphere of dust particles in constant motion.

Lords of the Rings

At ... Yes, mountains made out of space debris - on a moon of Saturn (but what is good for the goose might also be good for the gander) - could it have happened on Earth?

Galaxies powered by black holes

That is the inference in a story at .... and opens with the statement, all matter of fact, 'quasars- are young galaxies powered by massive black holes, extremely bright, extremely distant, and highly red shifted ...'

Ptolemy and Astrology

For those interested in Ptolemy and the origins of astronomy, or just astrology, one might be interested in the post at

More on Mercury as a newer member of the solar system

The original research has now reached the pages of New Scientist - go to ... although they aren't calling it a loose canon, or an exo-planet  that has been captured by the solar system, astronomers are thinking in terms of Mercury migrating from elsewhere in the solar system - the how and why is not mentioned. Volcanic blasts have rocked Mercury over a long period of time which seems to contradict the consensus view on the formation of the solar system.