Electromagnetism news

Solar and Mars

At https://phys.org/print425973790.html ... a huge solar storm doubled radiation levels on the surface of Mars - back in September. It was observed and recorded by NASAs Mars mission in orbit and on the ground.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson is addressing the autumn speaker meeting at the weekend so it is opportune to look at his presentation at the EU Conference in 2013. The text and images have been posted to Google Docs but the text itself can be read at http://qdl.scs-inc.us/?top=7915

Electric Earthquakes

At https://watchers.news/2015/06/09/cosmic-solar-radiation-as-the-cause-of-... ... this article is a couple of years old but interesting in respect of the recent Mexico earthquakes as we are in solar minimum. The author claims fluctuations in cosmic solar radiations are changing the ionosphere and that result in anomalies of a geomagnetic nature that cause the generation of eddy currents (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddy_currents ).

Solar Eruptions, Two

At www.spaceweather.com (August 12th 2017) we learn another geomagnetic storm is predicted. This one is thought to be moderate in effect as it will be just a glancing blow which is unlike the one a few days ago, on the 10th. This was an X8 class flare, causing a solar radiation storm and leaving behind a blizzard of radiation ...

Hurricanes and the Sun

William sent in a link to www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2017/09/11/solar-eruption/ ... the TPOD by Stephen Smith discusses solar eruptions and how they may impact with weather events on Earth - such as hurricanes. It asks - is it a coincidence that Hurricane Katrina (Aug 29th 2005) and Hurricane Rita (Sept 23rd 2005) occurred on either side of a large X-flare. We might ask - why would weather on Earth be affected by the solar wind 'before' a major flare had arrived to impact the atmosphere. It would seem a coincidence is more likely.

Curving Sprite

At http://spaceweather.com (August 31st, 2017) we have this image ...

variable sunshine

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/variable-sunshine-researchers... ... this was also taken from PhysOrg - why does the Sun vary in brightness? The result of research - it fluctuates because of the magnetic fields on the surface of the Sun and because of giant 'plasma currents' bubbling up from the Sun's interior. Note the word currents, and welling up from the innards of the Sun. Is the idea of electricity in space taking off?

Shocked Quartz

HJ Melosh of Purdue University has written a paper on impact cratering - and the role of shocked quartz in determining if a meteor was involved, or not. He centres his research on shock metamorphosed minerals, such as quartz, which is thought to be a key signature of extraterrestrial impact events. Shcoked quartz, it seems, can also be created by lightning. See http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL074840/epdf

cycle 24

Solar cycle 24 has been relatively quiet for the last few weeks but a huge coronal hole has opened up over the last few days - see www.spaceweather.com July 11th. The weather is already warm. Is it about to get warmer over Europe and North America? An interesting post on this subject is at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/07/05/the-solar-harbinger/ .. which is a guest post by David Archibald, one of the people who think a lack of sun spots is going to result in a cooling of the earth system.

Electric Comets

At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2017/06/19/history-of-electric-comet-theory-an-... ... by Hannes Tager, is an enlightening piece of research as it lists a number of scientists that in the 17th and 18th centuries were theorising about electricity in the solar system and its bodies. These include William Gilbert (1544-1603), Otto von Guericke (1602-1686), Thomas Gray (who died in 1736) and Hugh Hamilton (1727-1805). The latter was a mathematician, natural philosopher, and at the same time a Church of Ireland Bishop of Ossory in Dublin.