Big Explosion Upstairs

2 Mar 2020

I was expecting the Thunderbolts site to cover this by the weekend - but may be next week. The story is one that has hit a lot of blogs and news sources but this particular link is interesting as it comes with a lot of comments that are good and lots of comments that are not so good. Go to https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/02/28/astronomers-detect-biggest-explos... ... scientists studying a distant galaxy cluster have, it is claimed, witnessed the biggest explosion in the universe since Big Bang (a sort of mini version of Big Bang seems to be implied). This is of course complete baloney as the  telescope array is a very recent addition to the tools available to astronomers. They don't know how often such explosions may occur so we can put this down to hyperbole from the news people. In addition, we are told, the blast came from a supermassive black hole in the centre of the galaxy. Scientists are reported as having said they don't know why it is so big. It seemed to happen very slowly - like an explosion in slow motion.

  

Another one from William. At https://eos.org/researchspotlights/deciphering-electron-signatures-in-ea... ... research on how the solar wind interacts with earth's magnetic field comes via four different spacecraft on a single mission. The idea is to explore what they call magetic reconnection events. It seems that an electric current is required to explain the electron activity in the magnetotail See www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mms/overview/index.html