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5 Dec 2019
Comet Outbursts

Sent in by William - ... NASAs exoplanet hunting mission has caught images of a comet outburst in unprecedented detail - an explosive emission of dust, ices, and gases. It caught on camera Comet 46P/Wirtanen in late 2018. The write-up was published in Astrophysical Journal Letters on November 22nd 2019. The outburst itself occurred on September 26th 2018 when an estimated million kilograms of material was ejected from the comet.

4 Dec 2019
Red Ochre

This comes from ... and seems to have its origins at Thunderbolts (but see also .... an interview with Montgomery Childs on the Safire Project). Red ochre, and yellow ochre too, are age old compounds used in rock art and for painting the bones of the dead. It also featured in megalithic art - at Malta's hypogeum for example. It was in use over thousands of years. At Babine Lake ochre was harvested from an aquatic source - iron rich bacteria in a clay sediment.

4 Dec 2019
Mesolithic houses in Yorkshire

In Current Archaeology 358 (January 2020) we learn about the discovery of timbered houses in a Yorkshire quarry - at Killerby. They were preserved in peat - one set of timbers dating as far back as 10,000 years ago, and the other set of timbers, to somewhere between 6000 and 3000BC (no exact date at the moment). Peat forms in persistently wet climate - rainfall day after day as if the jet stream had got stuck overhead for year after year (and is known as podzolisation).

4 Dec 2019
Stars Slinging Comets

Another mainstream theory ruptured it would seem. At ... stars and comets as dance partners, linked into a gravitational celestial interaction that was predicted by Oort many moons ago. Polish astronomers have captured images of two nearby passing stars that seem to pluck up comets and then swing them into an orbit around our star, the Sun (entering our solar system). Astronomers think the Oort Cloud is out there on the edge of the solar system (or just beyond it).

3 Dec 2019
Is climate change re-writing history?

At ... which is derived from ... a new study shows the historicity of the Justinian pandemic is inconsistent with facts on the ground. That is the claim. It comes courtesy of sociology and environmentalism (a combination of some kind) at the University of Maryland, with others from Princetown's 'Climate Change and History Research Initiative' department.

30 Nov 2019
Meteor Bombardment

Gary sent in this link to ... earth's rocky surface is the result of meteor bombardment as a result of extraterrestrial impacts smashing into the surface of the earth. Billions of years ago is of course. That is where the goal posts are - for whatever reason. A new study has been looking for an explanation for the onset of Plate Tectonics. They came to the conclusion that a bombardment of meteors and other space debris could have kick started the process.

30 Nov 2019
Galloway Hoard

At ... a painstaking clean-up process of a Viking hoard buried in Scotland over a thousand years ago is unlocking new information on their origin. The Galloway Hoard was found on the Scottish coast opposite the Isle of Man and abutting the Irish Sea. The latter was a Viking sea way with easy access to Dublin as well as the western isles of Scotland, and Cumbria, important areas of Viking settlement.

28 Nov 2019
Red Spot False Alarm

At ... reports of the demise of Jupiter's Great Red Spot are greatly exaggerated we are told. It seems visible clouds hide the true size and nature of the vortex and it is not shrinking as alleged earlier this year.

28 Nov 2019
Shining Apparition

At ... it is interesting to see how the idea Comet 21/Borisov is an interstellar intruder has become a mainstream mantra - without any really firm evidence apart from the fact it is travelling very fast and its trajectory. Never the less, going with the flow, the comet has now started to shine brightly - just like a comet. Its tail is extending behind it to around 100,000 miles, or 160,000 km in EU speak. The comet head itself is estimated at around one mile across.

28 Nov 2019

At ... a dinosaur skull unearthed in 2015 is causing a problem. It was the skull of a styracosaurus, complete with horns. The differences in the skull's left and right profiles are so extreme they appear to belong to two different animals - but clearly aren't ...