4 Billion miles away

The flyby by New Horizons, zooming past Ultima Thule, has got a lot of people excited, and on the same day we have the Chinese landing a spacecraft on the dark side of the Moon. At https://phys.org/print465644260.html ... we are told Ultima Thule looks like a brick red snowman. The first pictures are filtering back to Earth from New Horizons and NASA scientists are keen to get across mainstream theory - too impatient to wait for further images. The smaller part of the object is 9 miles wide (the snowman's head) and the bigger part is 12 miles across (the snowman's body).

EU UK

At https://www.electricuniverseuk.eu/videos/ ... your chance to view a couple of videos on the SAFIRE project. You can also buy or rent videos of all the talks at the 2018 EU UK conference (at the above link). It will set you back the princely sum of £12-99.

Tsunami wave 1500m high

William sent in the links. Go to https://eos.org/article/huge-global-tsunami-followed-dinosaur-killing-as... ... huge global tsunami followed the dinosaur killing asteroid impact - with waves up to 1500m high. Water then began to fill the gaping crater formed by the impact which triggered a secondary tsunami event. The Gulf of Mexico was effected the most - but its configuration was somewhat different in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. According to consensus Plate Tectonics there was a yawning gap between North and South America - and the isthmus did not exist.

Altai Ice Age

At http://notrickszone.com/2018/12/24/the-discovery-of-tree-stumps-under-gl... ... this is a really important discovery in Russia - the discovery of tree stumps dating back between 60,000 and 40,000 years ago, in the middle of the last Ice Age, 600 metres above the modern tree line in the Russian Altai Mountains. Now, what could have caused that?

Nuclear Fusion

At https://humanprogress.org/article.php?p=1236 ... Nick Ridley on nuclear fusion, a favourite subject of Tony Haynes. We miss you Tony - and as he was fond of saying, it would bring boundless energy. It would transform the world.

Klobiodon - a dinosaur feast

At https://phys.org/print464518768.html ... flying reptiles, such as the klobiodon, once littered the skies of what is now the UK, it is thought, after their fossilised remains (broken and fragmented) were found at Stonefield in Oxon. A new species of pterosaurus was also found - as large as a modern mute swan. The Stonefield slate deposit has long been a source of fossils. It belongs to the Great Oolite limestone formation and is not strictly slate - but frost damaged it formed slate shaped lumps of stone and was used as roof tiles in the Cotswolds.

Hiawatha Update

The full article on the impact crater found beneath a glacier in NW Greenland is now available - at http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/11/eaar8173

See also https://cosmictusk.com/10206-2/

Ultima Thule

At http://spaceweather.com (22nd December 2018) as NASAs spacecraft New Horizons approaches Ultima Thule - flying past it on New Year;s Day, a mystery has developed. It seems to have no light curve. Its brightness is constant ...

    ... it may be that Ultima Thule is surrounded by a cloud of dust that obscures its light curve. We shall have to wait and see as New Horizons gets closer.

Lopsided Uranus

At https://phys.org/print464621303.html ... a big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided according to Durham University computer simulation. Uranus is a very big planet so we can imagine a very big object slammed into it. It is tilted 90 degrees on its side. Its magnetic field is also tilted and its five large moons. What caused it to flip over? Here we are into guesswork territory.

At https://phys.org/print464584616.html ... a stellar corpse is the subject, likened to the Butterfly nebula ....

Ice Sheet Collapse

At https://phys.org/print464581407.html ... we have one of those alarmist doom and despondency stories based on the discovery that in the last interglacial period the West Antarctic peninsular ice sheet did not exist - and sea levels in a few locations were higher. As global sea levels were not part of the research we can ignore this add-on and it is entirely conjecture that sea levels around the world were higher in the last interglacial period. In contrast, the lack of an ice sheet on the Antarctic peninsular is actually telling us all something was different.