Sun Halo

   ... This image was taken by Harlan Thomas of Bowness of a concentric sun halo. This is Bowness in the US as he claims he was working in the yard (garden in the UK). This is an odd-radius sun halo and they are caused by ice crystals in the shape of pyramids. Sunlight passing through these unusual crystals create rings with radii of 9, 18, 20, 23, 24, and 35 degrees.

Sun Mystery

There was an outbreak of auroral displays on Friday the 20th April - across the Canadian border and lighting up Illinois and Indiana (and many other States). The display was caused by an inteplanetary shock wave according to http://spaceweather.com (April 23rd) - but there is a mystery. The shock waves are supersonic disturbances in the solar wind which cause discontinuities in the speed, temperature, and density of the plasma. During periods of high solar activity these are routinely delivered to Earth by corononal mass ejections (CMEs) - explosions on the Sun.

Global Warming White Stuff

  ... it has been a bad winter right across the northern hemisphere. In Japan they have walls of snow 56 feet high (and tourists are flocking to see them). The image is from NOAAs polar orbiting satellite. It is a composite picture from 14 fly-overs of the North Pole.

Ancient Civilisations

An article at https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-journal-of-astrobi... ... the Silurian hypothesis has been aired this month - considering how geology erodes over millions of years would it be possible to detect an industrial civilisation in the geological record - which is an interesting point. However, if catastrophism was at play surely some hint of an industrial complex would have been preserved along with fossils etc.

Ptolemy III

Aty www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/fe-vel101317.php ... around 245BC Ptolemy III of Egypt had the Seleucid empire on the run but for some unknown reason decided to turn around and head back to Egypt. Actually, we do know why - civil unrest had broken out in the Nile Valley. What we do not know is why? One reason might be volcanoes, it is conjectured - leading to a significant drop in global temperatures. An article in Nature Communications (Oct 2017) links the eruptions to the end of Ptolemy's war - and with a series of violent uprisings that racked Egypt.

Diamond from the sky

Another otherworldly theory - at https://phys.org/print443181994.html ... the diamond from the sky may have come from the 'lost planet' (but they are not talking about Planet X or 9). In this instance the theory is that the solar system was full of planets, proto planets, or wannabe planets very early on (4.5 billion years ago). The diamond was in a meteorite found in the Nubian Desert of the Sudan and was created under extreme pressure.

Freezamageddon

Sea ice in the Arctic has surged since early March - see http://notrickszone.com/2018/04/17/arctic-freezageddon-sea-ice-volume-su... ... which is derived from a Japanese blogger but see the Danish site http://ocean.dmi.dk ... basically, the there was an immense increase in Arctic sea ice in March and April which caused the down tick to reverse and shoot back upwards. February was mild in the Arctic - if you can call temperature below freezing point mild (or even hot as the alarmists were claiming).

Philistines

At www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-ancient-records-indicate-philistine... ... (July 2017) as reported by Ariel David. It is claimed that recent research may indicate the enigmatic Philistines may have been a native Near Eastern population group rather than invading Aegean pirates (as mainstream would have us believe). As such, they can hardly be blamed for the LB destructions in the Levant, Anatolia, and the Aegean etc. The Philistines are traditionally bound up as one of the so called sea peoples.

Gamma Ray Bursts

Various theories exist on why space telescopes capture images of gamma ray bursts, many of them literally flashes of light. In EU theory it is down to electricity in the universe but in mainstream it is not as clear cut (as far as an explanation is concerned). At https://phys.org/print443091109.html ... which concerns a paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018) DOI:10.1093/mnas/sty013 ...

Mass extinction events and dinosaurs

At https://phys.org/print443093224.html ... not only were dinosaurs eliminated by a catastrophic event at the K/T boundary 66 million years ago but they evolved into a successful species after the Permian mass extinction event 245 million years ago. Now we are being told but dinosaurs were but one of several successful species for around 13 million years - until another extinction event, 232 million years ago. After this event dinosaurs were able to expand very quickly. It is known as the Cernian Pluvial Episode.