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6 Sep 2018
Water on Jupiter

Water water everywhere - not a drop to drink. Water on the moon, on Mars, and now on Jupiter - see https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/08/31/nasa-indications-of-water-on-jupi... ... which appears to substantiate theory and modelling. The Juno mission is turning up all sorts of odd findings from a magnetic pole located nears its equator (dubbed the great blue spot) and now signs of water on what is the biggest planet in the solar system. The chemical signature of water has been detected below the clouds swirling around the Great Red Spot, a zone of perpetual storm activity.

6 Sep 2018
Ancient Mexican Monsoon

At https://phys.org/print455182676.html ... analysing traces of leaf wax from local plants that accumulated in sediments in the sea by a team of researchers at the University of Arizona have reconstructed a history of monsoon activity in NW Mexico  and SW United States. The research was published in Nature Geosciences (Sept 3rd 2018) and shows that monsoon activity did indeed continue during the Late Glacial Maximum - but at a reduced level. Monssons divert moisture from the tropics and bring relief to long hot summers in the arid zones (above).

22 Aug 2018
3000-2300BC Kenya

At https://phys.org/print453971146.html ... more evidence that migrations of people coincide with major low growth tree ring events. The Lothagum Pillar Site is near Lake Turkana in Kenya, and was built and used between 3000 and 2300BC. This is the pyramid age. It was constructed and used by new comers who brought with them a pastoral economy (sheep, goats and cattle) into what had always been a region dominated by hunter gatherers. Lothogum pillar site was a communal cemetery. Megaliths, stone circles, and cairns flank the 30m high platform.

22 Aug 2018
Up in Galilee

Waves of migration from Anatolia and the Zagros Mountains (modern Turkey and Iran) entered the Levant during the early Chalcolithic period - as proved by skeleton DNA of burials in Upper Galilee. The Chalcolithic began between 6 and 7,000 years ago. The Chalcolithic marks a change in culture in the Levant (and in various other localities too). The press release is at https://phys.org/print453982894.html.

22 Aug 2018
Michigan Meteor

Sent in by Jovan. At https://phys.org/print453997528.html ... which concerns the meteor seen over Detroit back in January of this year. Its explosion and disintegration was captured by infrasonic microphones and seismometers. In the journal, Seismological Research Letters a team from Scripps were able to pinpoint the time, location and the height of the bolide when it disintegrated. About 2000 meteors of this size or larger pass through Earth's atmosphere each year.

21 Aug 2018
STEVE not an Aurora

At http://spaceweather.com (Tuesday 21st August 2018) ... the solar wind has sparked auroral storms in the Arctic Circle. It is flowing from a wide coronal hole on the face of the Sun ...

21 Aug 2018
Discovering Sodom

The book, 'Discovering the City of Sodom' is now listed as a number 1 best seller on Amazon. The author's are Steve Collins and Latayne C Scott. It is published by Howard Books ( a subdivision of Simon and Schuster) : 2013. I purchased my copy a couple of years ago and was impressed by the claims made in it - more or less blowing away the idea Babh ed-Dhra could have been Sodom. The Kikkar region is full of ruin mounds - much like most of the Near East. It is the roundish plain where the river Jordan meets the Dead Sea (in a delta formation).

20 Aug 2018
Elve Giant

At www.spaceweather.com (Sunday 19th August 2018) - a giant elve over Russia. High above a thunderstorm in central Russia an enormous ring of light appeared in the night sky - caught on camera by Ilya Jonkowsky. Elves appear when a pulse of electro magnetic radiation from cloud to ground lightning propagates upwards towards the base of the ionosphere.

 

20 Aug 2018
Stellar Fly By

This one caught my attention as it is reminiscent of the recent talk by Rupert Holms (see home page of web site). At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/stealing-from-the-solar-syste... ... which has the addititional benefit of a few comments.  Could a rogue star passing our solar system disturb the outer ranks beyond Neptune. Oldbrew comments, 'Why does the Kuiper Belt suddenly end? The Kuiper Belt is a huge region of the solar system forming a ring around the Sun just beyond the orbit of Neptune.

20 Aug 2018
Oort Clouds

At https://phys.o9rg/print453635544.html ... Oort clouds around other stars should be visible in the cosmic microwave background. For decades astronomers have theorised beyond the edge of the solar system there lies a massive cloud of icy planetisimals known as the Oort Cloud. This cloud, it is thought, is where long term comets originate - but to date no evidence has been provided to confirm its existence. One reason is that the Oort Cloud is difficult to observe - far away from the Sun and dispersed over a large area.