Electromagnetism news

Brian J Ford

Sent in by Robert - an article by Brian J Ford in the magazine Spaceflight from way back in the 1960s when it cost just 4 shillings a copy - go to http://brianjford.com/wbib65.htm .... and remember the article pre-dated the EU theory or anything by mainstream on plasma. Ford foresaw the craters on the moon as having an electrical origin - but invoked static electricity. He also said there were two outstanding features which cannot be accounted for by meteorites or volcanic activity, namely the occurrence of a central peak in many of the craters (but not all of them).

Jellyfish Sprites

At http://spaceweather.com May 26th 2018 jeely fish sprites over Oklahoma ....

Ozone munching chemicals

At https://phys.org/print445696943.html ... envrionmentalists, a somewhat blanket term but in this instance meaning CAGW enthusiasts with an agenda, still persist in the belief CFCs are destroying the ozone layer in spite of numerous studies that say it is the solar wind that disperses ozone in the upper atmosphere, are at it again - but in this instance they may be slapping themselves in the face. Apparently, they've discovered the Chinese, or a close neighbour of them, is disregarding the UN ban on the production of CFCs (that the environmentalists claim has healed the ozone hole).

Red Air Glow

The image below is of red air glow over the Atacama desert in Chile - courtesy of www.spaceweather.com (May 11th). Photographer Yuri Betelsky took the image - the air glow was so bright parts of the Milky Way were barely visible because of the intensity of the red glow. This is caused by chemical interactions in the atmosphere - via ultra violet radiation. The red air glow was floating in a band 87 km above the surface of the Earth. Betelsky has captured air glow on film on many occasions - but rarely as bright as on this occasion.

STEVE

The STEVE has paid a visit to the United States. This picture was taken a few days ago ... go to www.spaceweather.com

Sun Mystery

There was an outbreak of auroral displays on Friday the 20th April - across the Canadian border and lighting up Illinois and Indiana (and many other States). The display was caused by an inteplanetary shock wave according to http://spaceweather.com (April 23rd) - but there is a mystery. The shock waves are supersonic disturbances in the solar wind which cause discontinuities in the speed, temperature, and density of the plasma. During periods of high solar activity these are routinely delivered to Earth by corononal mass ejections (CMEs) - explosions on the Sun.

Earth Facing Coronal Hole

   ... looks like the chance of a big CME event this coming week - see http://spaceweather.com

What are neutrinos?

Neutrinos betrayed their existence through their absence. In 1914 physicist James Chadwick was looking at beta decay - a from of radiactive decay in which a nucleus emits an electron and transforms a neutron into a proton. Conservation of energy appears to be an accepted Law of physics (although that might be providing it with a bigger status than warranted). Suffice to say the mainstream position supports the idea so that electrons from a particular nucleus, such as lead-214, should always emerge with the same energy.

Solar Spicules

In Science journal 356 issue 6344 23rd June 2017, under the heading Solar Physics, there is a nice article on the NASA discovery of solar spicules (see also www.sciencemag.org/content/352/6344/1269 and www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/scientists-uncover-origins-of-the-sun-... ....). The Science piece was forwarded by Jovan and I have probably already posted this story (last year) but it has come up again on Eric's thread on Velikovsky (and his works). The piece is about solar spicules and Alfven waves.