Electromagnetism news

Cosmic Massacre

At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2021/01/15/the-lake-victoria-cosmic-massacre-2/ ... the author, Mungo Jupp, ask's - is there a connection between Australia's lunettes and Carolina's oval bays? The lunettes are scattered around Lake Victoria in the Murray basin, a dune like formation, sometimes with cliff like sides. Buried in them are an estimated 15,000 Aboriginal bodies of an uncertain age. Archaeologists, in the past, have claimed it was an Aborigine burial ground, with internments over around 4000 years.

Presumed Supernova

At https://phys.org/news/2021-01-mistaken-identity-presumed-supernova-rever... ... here we have mainstream backtracking on itself. Astronomers thought they were looking at a supernova but oddly it appeared to recurr on several occasions. This was not just mysterious it more or less imploded the idea that supernovas are stars exploding at the end of their lives. That is  surely impossible, and therefore some othere explanation was sought. In this research paper we are solemnly informed the flaring up was caused by a supermassive black hole.

Earth's Magnetic Field History

At https://eos.org/articles/earths-magnetic-field-holds-clues-to-human-hist... ... this is one of those stories about a break through that may reveal more than what was intended. It seems the fiery demise of Near Eastern towns preserved on tells, mainly consisting of mud bricks sorched and burnt by excessive heat, might become, inadvertently, a new area of research. Destruction events are actually a source of knowledge we are told, when it comes to the magnetic field. Ancient upheavals preserve information and can be used to pin down the timeline of history, especially in the Iron Age.

Strange and STEVE

Rober sent in the two links www.space.com/steve-picket-fence-streaks-mystery ... and https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2020AV000183 .. and comments, nobody knows what actually causes STEVE but they all do not think it is aurorae. Aurora occur when charged particles crackle along earth's magnetic field lines. STEVE, it seems, is a river of hot turbulent gas that can be seen independently of solar weather. Hot turbulent gas = plasma and a river is a plasma filament, Robert adds.

Pink and Perky

At https://electroverse.net/auroras-without-a-solar-storm-sign-o-the-times/ ... Electroverse is a sort of alarmist blog preaching global cooling is on the way. Nevertheless, it picked up this story with an origin at https://spaceweather.com [11th October 2020]. No sun spots. No solar flares. No coronal mass eruptions. No gust of solar wind. No reason to expect an outburst of auroras on October 11th - but there was. Over Norway, at least, as both sites have a nice image of it. A complete range of colours - including pink. The explanation is that a crack opened in earth's magnetic field.

Blast a Black Hole

At https://phys.org/news/2020-09-blast-black-hole.html ... more properly, how to have a blast like a black hole. Researchers at Osaka University have successfully used short but powerful laser blasts to generate magnetic field re-connections inside a plasma. It has to be recognised the magnetic re-connection used is artificial as well as the plasma. The idea is to imitate them in order to learn more about them. The experiment is said to lead towards a more complete theory of X-ray emissions from the universe - and these include black holes.

September 1st

At https://spaceweather.com (September 1st 2020) it would seem that on September 1st 1859 a ferocious solar storm engulfed our planet - breaching the magnetosphere, to a degree. This was the so called Carrington Event, named after solar scientist Richard Carrington, who witnessed the flare that set it in motion. Auroras reached as far south as Cuba, the Bahamas, and Hawaii, and set fire to telegraph stations etc. It is welldocumented in the West. However, it seems there were other equally potent flares that caused a problem.

Giant Halo

At https://phys.org/news/2020-08-hubble-giant-halo-andromeda-galaxy.html ... NASA sientists, using the Hubble Space Telescope, have mapped out an immense envelope of gas, called a halo, surrounding the Andromeda galaxy, the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way. It is a nearly invisible halo of diffuse plasma that extends halfway towards our own galaxy, the Milky Way. This actually implies Andromeda's halo is actually banging up against the halo of our galaxy.

Night Glow

At https://spaceweather.com (26th August 2020) ... earth has entered a stream of high speed solar wind, not from a sun spot as the face of the sun is blank at the moment, but from a hole in the sun's atmosphere. Minor geomgnetic storm was expected - and this duly occurred.

NASAs MAVEN spacecraft has discovered a fascinating aspect of Mars. There is a huge spiral of ultraviolet light enveloping the south polar region ...

California on Fire

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/08/21/a-lightning-barrage-puts-the-west... ... during late August hudreds of fires have ignited as a result of hundreds of lightning strikes over western USA. Major fires were burning in California ...