Astronomy news

Harvest Moon

Full Moon this week. In the old days the harvest moon allowed farmers to bring in their ripening crops even after sunset. Nowadays they have big lights on the front of their combines.

Juno Mission

At https://cycliccatastrophism.org/2017/09/28/juno-jupiter-news/ ... I don't know anything about this web site although I notice they support the Velikovskian idea of errant planets - Mars, Venus, and Mercury. They quote from a press release concerning a new paper on initial findings of the Juno mission - which is an interesting admission by scientists that Jupiter does not conform to the consensus theories as predicted over many years by astronomers. One would need to go back to source to get a full picture much the same as anything reported on News at the SIS web site.

Swinging Round

The sun spot which spewed out CMEs towards the Earth a couple of weeks ago has been going round, and round. It is still there and as it rotates around the face of the Sun it will shortly re-emerge. Will Earth be in the firing line once again? See http://spaceweather.com September 14th.

 

Siding Spring Dynamics

Sent in by William. At https://phys.org/print425205777.html ... going back to 2014, when Comet Siding Spring passed within 140,000 miles from Mars, one third of the distance between Earth and the Moon, we learn another factor was at play. The comet deposited a large amount of debris on the Martian surface as spacecraft in the Mars vicinity witnessed the largest meteor shower in recorded history. This sounds like classic Velikovsky - as in Worlds in Collision and a close approach of a comet.

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.