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15 Nov 2019
Transit of Mercury

William sent in the link https://mercurytransit.gsfc.nasa.gov/display.php?year=2019&phase=All&dat... ...which may or may not work for you. If not go to https://spaceweather.com and key down to 12th November 2019 which has a video which is crystal clear (probably the same one)_. The best view of the transit comes from NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory (22,000 miles above the surface of the earth).

None the less, backyard astronomers were also able to make an image - see for example ....

15 Nov 2019
Dinosaur Finds

At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-oldest-carnivorous-dinosaur-fossil-unearth... ... the oldest carnivorous dinosaur found to date has been unearthed in Brazil. It has been dated 233 million years ago -during the Triassic. At this time South America was still part of Pangeae (joined at the hip with Africa). The fossil was intact (see image below). Fossil evidence of Triassic dinosaurs are apparently scarce but see also https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7903

15 Nov 2019
Star Dust

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/11/15/stardust-in-the-antarctic-sno... ... in a story related to https://astronomynow.com/2016/04/07/supernovae-showered-earth-with-radio... ... scientists find radioactive iron-60 in sediment and crust sample taken from the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, a story that goes back several years and seems to have initiated the later interpretation.

14 Nov 2019
Oxygen on Mars

This link was sent in by Gary - www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7680651/ ... NASA scientists are said to be baffled after a portable chemistry lab on the Curiosity Rover (sampling the air) detected fluctuations in oxygen levels on Mars. The oxygen levels vary from one season to the next (over a 3 year period) and scientists now think that it is not the atmosphere of Mars that is fluctuating, as such, but somewhere in the vicinity there is an oxygen sink (or oxygen is leaking on to the surface). If so it is currently an unknown source of oxygen.

14 Nov 2019
Giant Structures

In one of those, I wonder what they can be moments, we have another interesting link provided by Gary - https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/zmj76pw/theres-growing-evidence-that-... ... scientists are discovering that galaxies can move with each other across vast distances - against the predictions of mainstream cosmological models. Some galaxies seem to move in odd and often unexplained ways as if they were connected by a common unseen force. These discoveries hint at an enigmatic influence - what are being called large scale structures in space.

10 Nov 2019
Stone Age Boats

At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-newly-motifs-art-tumlehed-seafaring.html ... newly discovered motifs in rock art in Sweden show stone age seafaring was a fact. We know that Mesolithic people used boats as a boatyard dating back 8000 years ago was found in the Solent (under the sea and close to a cliff face). However, these mobile hunters in Sweden appear to be related to people akin to the Finns as similar motifs are known from Finland and the Koala Peninsular in Russia - as well as the northern regions of Scandinavia.

10 Nov 2019
Gla

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/11/results-of-recent-ex... ... excavations at Gla in Boeotia are ongoing. The prime stage of occupation dates back to the Mycenaean era (LB age) and it was destroyed in a spectacular conflagration - or that was the considered opinion of archaeologists during an earlier excavation. This aspect is left unmentioned (in the press release at least) but it is worth bearing in mind as many other Mycenaean cities and towns were subject to destruction at the same point in time.

10 Nov 2019
Mammoth Trap

William sent in the link to www.yahoo.com/news/researchers-didnt-think-humans-attacked-175224059.html ... which concentrates on the fact that scientists, until now, didn't think humans targeted mammoths as a food animal - although among European archaeologists this seems to be a given. At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-huge-trove-mammoth-skeletons-mexico.html ... the focus is on the trap - or what is thought to be a human prepared trap. It contains 800 bones and is situated at Tultepec, just outside Mexico City.

10 Nov 2019
Expanding the Universe

Scientists are expanding the universe it would seem - via state of the art technology and technique. See https://phys.org/news/2019-11-scientists-refine-quickly-universe.html ... what we have is another measurement of the Hubble Constant - recently made uncertain by several studies that have come up with different rates of expansion. The concept of an expanding universe was put forward by Edwin Hubble in the early 20th century. He found that galaxies were moving away from each other - so the story goes.

9 Nov 2019
Voyager 2

At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-voyager-interstellar-space-scientists-plas... ... interstellar space - scientists detect plasma density jump as Voyager 2 moved from the solar system to beyond. The inference is that outer space has a higher density level of plasma - or that is the thinking of researchers in a paper in Nature Astronomy (Nov 2019) - although one might argue it is the bubble around the solar system that is dense (I suppose). There is definitely a boundary at the outer reaches of the solar system - as experienced somewhat earlier when Voyager 1 passed through.