Fireballs in February

27 Feb 2012

At http://fireballs.ndc.nasa.gov there is information on fireballs over North America - and presumably elsewhere too. The story can also be seen at www.physorg.com/print249203167.html and it seems that in this february just gone there were some rather large space rocks entering the atmosphere of the earth. They were peculiar in that they were slow and penetrated much further and deeper than they are prone to do, breaking up closer to the surface. The origin of them is also somewhat puzzling as they have different orbits and trajectories. Astronomer Ian Holliday thinks a significant fireball stream interacts with the orbit of the earth in february each year but at the moment this idea is controversial - for undisclosed reasons.

Meanwhile, at www.physorg.com/print249240191.html we learn that mathematics are being employed to define where the elusive Higgs Bosun particle should be hiding. It is the last undiscovered component of the Standard Model and is theorised to give fundamental particles mass. The Higgs hunt is still on - it hasn't gone away.

Also, at www.physorg.com/print249210769.html it is now being suggested technical issues skewed the controversial CERN finding of 'faster than light' neutrinos. One, a cable connection, and two, a timing instrument, are being analysed - they are apparently convinced the discovery must be in error. Is this just convenient, we might ask, one way to brush the discovery aside, or is it honest science. The betting is on the latter as it represents genuine scepticism, hallmark of good science. If the examination of the equipment draws a blank or if a new experiment comes up with the same finding, the answer will be all the stronger and much more difficult to brush aside.