Red Air Glow

The image below is of red air glow over the Atacama desert in Chile - courtesy of www.spaceweather.com (May 11th). Photographer Yuri Betelsky took the image - the air glow was so bright parts of the Milky Way were barely visible because of the intensity of the red glow. This is caused by chemical interactions in the atmosphere - via ultra violet radiation. The red air glow was floating in a band 87 km above the surface of the Earth. Betelsky has captured air glow on film on many occasions - but rarely as bright as on this occasion.

Stone of Destiny

A complication has arisen to the Stone of Destiny identification - the piece of red sandstone that is incorporated into the coronation chair in Westminster Abbey. Rosalind Jones in Deposits magazine 27 (summer of 2011) says the Stone of Scone, used to crown the kings of Scotland in Perthshire, and apprehended by Edward I after his conquest of the Scots, may not have been the genuine article. In other words, it may have been switched to a local stone - the red sandstone of Perthshire.

Rossby Waves

At https://phys.org/print444929150.html ... the headline is, waves similar to those controlling weather on Earth have been found on the Sun. The research is published in Nature Astronomy this month, May of 2018. They are what is known as Rossby waves which propagate in the direction opposite to rotation, have lifetimes of several months, and maximise amplitude at the Sun's equator. Rossby waves also occur in the oceans and the atmosphere of the Earth.

STEVE

The STEVE has paid a visit to the United States. This picture was taken a few days ago ... go to www.spaceweather.com

60 Year Oscillation

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/04/26/the-60-year-oscillation-revisited/ ... the 60 year oscillation is an obvious feature in climate data sets - but only back to 1850. Prior to that date it is not so obvious. Javier has posted an article on the 60 year cycle in which he says prior to 1850 it was variable and is not well identified during the Little Ice Age. The reason why may emerge later. A side effect of this situation is that the origin of the oscillation is an unknown - and although it is often said to be associated with the Sun this might not be strictly so.

Shaking the Heavens

The idea of gods shaking heaven and earth is not only found in the Bible (the words of the prophets and psalms) but is fairly common amongst most people of the ancient near east - including what is now Iraq - see https://phys.org/print443688956.html ... It is common to Enlil and Ninlil, Enki and Ninhursag for example, and more or less concerns trickery, shape shifting, disguise, and deception. As the consort of Yahweh is absent from the Bible as it now stands one has to wonder if the same thing applies to ancient Israel - but see William Dever's book.

Too weak to build mountains

A fascinating article at www.newgeology.us/presentation21.html ... plate tectonics is too weak to build mountains is the claim. In the 1970s it was accepted the kinematics of continental drift and sea floor spreading was successfully described by plate tectonics theory. However, very little is known about the driving mechanism of plate tectonics. In 1982 the assumption was that the generating of plate movement was understood but the driving mechanism, again, was elusive.

United Monarchy

At https://phys.org/444413501.hhtml ... new evidence pointing to the existence of the kingdom of David and Solomon has been uncovered - so it is said. It is published in the journal Radiocarbon so I suppose it is relying on C14 dating methodology. An archaeological site in the Shephalah region has unearthed a four room building on the summit of the tell which is said to have been destroyed in the 8th century - which they are attributing to the Assyrian invasions of the southern Levant.