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27 Jan 2019
Blue Moon

At (22nd January 2019) ... a meteoroid was seen to strike the Moon during the recent lunar eclipse (see the video). Meteoriods hit the Moon all the time. NASA has been observing impact flashes since 2005 - and they occur as frequently as one every 2 or 3 hours.

Lunar eclipses are supposed to be red yet when the Moon passed through the ruddy shadow of the Earth on January 20th many observers saw a different colour - turquoise blue. See below ...

27 Jan 2019
Scottish Volcanoes and Dinosaur Footprints

At ... around 56 million years ago (give or take the odd day) global temperatures spiked. In the UK this coincided with a massive eruption on what is now the Isle of Skye - the Cuillins. See Scientific Reports (January of 2019). Geologically, this is close to the boundary between the Paleocene and the Eocene. Volcanic activity was also endemic on Greenland and elsewhere in the British Isles and the general North Sea region.

26 Jan 2019
Humans in North America

At ... it would seem genetics is out of sync with archaeology according to Jennifer Raff. The early peopling of the Americas is elusive but genetics would suggest the first people arrived much earlier than archaeologists allow. Genetics may not be as reliable as some scientists would claim but then again archaeology requires humans stumbling upon an ancient site. In other words, pot luck.

25 Jan 2019
Not Fitting the Bill

At ... some 20 years or so ago an experiment at the Gran Sosso National Laboratory in Italy led to the publication of data that cliamed it had detected a signal modulation produced by an interaction with dark matter (purportedly). Dark matter has since become a major feature of cosmology. However, as it appears to interact weakly with normal matters its presence is inferred only from gravitational effects on visible objects such as stars and galaxies. The experiment, above, claimed it had detected signals at rates that vary according to a cosine wave.

19 Jan 2019
Magnetic Poles

At ... an interesting point made by climate scientist Tim Ball - what are the implications from climate of recent north magnetic pole activity?. It is wandering from Canada into Siberia. He begins by saying recent hype is another case of saying a normal event is abnormal. The magnetic pole is always moving.

19 Jan 2019
Feeding Time

At ... supermassive black holes are, well, super massive. They are thought to exist at the heart of all galaxies - but how do they grow into supermassive entities. What are they feeding on? It is thought they are constantly gobbling up cosmic gas and some are thought to consume whole stars. A new study at Tel Aviv University in Nature Astronomy (January 2019) claims some supermassive black holes are triggered (set in motion) - suddenly devouring huge amounts of gas.

19 Jan 2019
Sent in by William

Sent in by William - ... and also ... which is an interesting story in that since 290 million years ago asteroid strikes have become more common. I suppose it must depend on what data they possess for the situation prior to 290 million years ago - but never mind. The key, in their mind's eye, is that a major smash-up in what is now the asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter, may be responsible.

19 Jan 2019
Saturn's Rings are Young

Young is a bit open to interpretation here, as young in the eyes of astronomers can be quite a long time ago. William sent in a link to a NASA News release - the rings of Saturn may be icons but they may be relatively young. The rings, it is thought, formed much later than the planet Saturn itself, between ten and a hundred million years ago. In other words, it could be 10 million years young. On the other hand, how young is still open to question.

19 Jan 2019
Sea Level Rise

This is not really a climate change story but a geological one. One subject beloved of alarmists is sea level rise - coasts will be inundated and islands will shrink (or even disappear beneath the waves). Emotional types get all worked up but realists shrug their shoulders. What's new. At ...

18 Jan 2019

A quarry near the Dutch town of Winterswijk has many fossils of marine reptiles - many of them with a surprising amount of bone material preserved intact- see ... some of the skeletons are completely preserved.  Why might that be as the fossil bones go back to 240 million years agao. At that time this part of the Netherlands was submerged, it is thought. In adddition, it must have been shallow water as there are the preserved footprints of land animals.