Noctilucent dog outings

Daphne Chappell reports letting the dog out for a jimmy riddle at 1.00am in the morning and looked up at the sky - and saw noctilucent clouds. These are spectacular - please visit www.spaceweathergallery.com

CERN update

At http://phys.org/print323490400.html ... we are back at CERN and the Large Hadron Collider. Not many press releases from CERN recently but they have been upgrading their baby - big time (and fast approaching a new season of experiments). The Higgs Boson particle is the focus of atttention. They have sifted through reams of experimental data  in order to understand the traits and behaviour of the particle. None of it seems capable of explaining dark matter and in addition there is no evidence of supersymmetry.

comets, asteroids, and the solar wind

Comet Pan-STARRS is still out there. It flared up in May and has since gone rather quiet - see latest update http://phys.org/print323672928.html ... so we have something else in August, when it is due to go round the Sun, that might prove interesting from an EU point of view. Mind you, Thunderbolts are getting excited already as they have posted us details of a new model developed by NASA with a view in mind of protecting astronauts - visiting asteroids. The link is at www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/new-nasa-model-gives-glimpse-into-the-invis...

Penguin Tales

Mainstream media with their very serious face expression firmly stuck to the front of their heads have informed the world that penguins are on the verge of a cataclysmic decline as a result of global warming - even though the Antarctic sea ice is greater than it was and the Antarctic ice cap is as sound as it could possibly ever be.

Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

You'll get used to the Russian name of this comet as it approaches Mars in October. According to the European Space Agency (ESA) the comet is losing the equivalent of two tumblers of water per second - which is a lot of water vapour (go to www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta)

Greenhouse Venus

There is a discussion ongoing at http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/venus-surface-temp-correctly-p... ... and one commenter has come on and said Venus was born from Jupiter just 6000 years ago. What is the modern view of Carl Sagan's greenhouse Venus - go to link above and join in if you like.

Kurgans in Georgia

At www.livescience.com/46513-ancient-chariot-burial-discovered.html .... in Georgia in the South Caucasus, a chariot burial has been dug up from beneath a kurgan (burial mound). It dates back to the Early Bronze Age, or the second half of the 3rd millennium BC, and there were, in fact, two chariots each with four wooden wheels. Various artefacts were found, even though the tomb was robbed in antiquity.

New fangled computer modelling and science

Apparently, the BBC have recently issued a response to a complaint by the Green lobby, complaining about an interview in which Lord Lawson allegedly led listeners astray. This is all part of the campaign to silence dissent on CAGW - as so much money is riding on the scam and it must continue if wallets are not to be depleted. The complaint appears to be that Lawson was unqualified to speak on the climate - even though he had written a best selling book on the subject.

Slowing the Speed of Light

At http://phys.org/print322989757.html ... physicist James Fransen of the University of Maryland has a paper in New Journal of Physics in which he claims he has found evidence the speed of light as described in Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, is actually slower than thought. His argument actually rests on observations of a supernova event from 1987 - and how long it took photons to arrive. They turned up later than expected.

Space Weather

At http://spaceweather.com ... the site is updated daily and is  always worth a brief snatch of your attention. Today it has a video of sprites in the sky above Oklahoma on June 23rd. One of themis 40 miles tall and 46 miles wide - hardly a sprite in the literal meaning of the word. It was bigger than Mount Everest.

Sprites have been recorded over a long period of time but scientists did not believe they existed and ignored them until after 1989 when they were photographed from the space shuttle. Basically, sprites are upward rising lightning bolts