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3 Mar 2021
How Many

How many meteors land on earth, a link sent in by Gary https://scitechdaily.com/the-red-comb-namib-desert-bears-scar-from-meteo... ... which concerns the discovery of a meteor or asteroid impact in the Kalahari Desert - or the chunk of that desert that extends into Namibia [formerly SW Africa]. It is known as the Red Comb crater. An astronaut onboard the International Space Station took a photograph of it. It is about 130m in depth and 25km in diameter. A mean beast. They claim the impact involved a cosmic object as big as a large motor vehicle.

3 Mar 2021
Dark Age Saints

Dark age saints are mainly found in the Celtic west of Britain and in Ireland, from Cornwall to the western isles. There is an interesting piece of verbaige at www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/dark-ages-celtic-britain-... ... but I suppose the rest of Britain also had its share of saints, from St Alban to St Cuthbert. Mind you, these saints were possibly influenced by the Celtic Church, which was the major centre of Christianity in Britain and Ireland until Rome sent Augustine to introduce a rival priestly tradition. Henceforth, Cantebury took centre stage.

2 Mar 2021
Centaur or Comet, LD2

At https://phys.org/news/2021-02-comet-pit-jupiter-asteroids.html ... a comet makes a pit stop near Jupiter, joining the team of Trojan asteroids orbiting in conjunction with the big planet - see also https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/02/26/comet-makes-a-pit-stop-near-jupit...   .... astronomers have detected a roaming comet taking a rest near Jupiter. It has settled near a family of captured asteroids known as the Trojans that are co-orbiting alongside Jupiter.

1 Mar 2021
White Stuff

No, not the white snow that alarmists claim we should not  be seeing as it should have come to an end. That is global warming stuff out of the sky. No, white chalk. Gary sent in a link to www.theguardian.com/news/2021/feb/23/rock-of-ages-how-chalk-made-england... ... which seems to show somebody at the Guardian has swallowed a geology book on southern England. Problem is, he has missed out all the good bits. The oddities. Why is it so pristine white for example. Where has the rest of it gone and why only a bit has survived.

1 Mar 2021
Missing Regular Matter

William sent in a link to www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/missing-matter-found-own-galaxy-201104032.html ... not dark matter which continues to elude detection but regular baryonic matter. We are told scientists are baffled as to where it all has gone. Did anyone know it was missing? It seems some astronomers think they have found some of the regular baryonic matter - in the  form of snow clouds [of hydrogen]. They found it in the Milky Way and the findings were published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

1 Mar 2021
Magnetic Fields Outflow

At https://phys.org/news/2021-02-magnetic-fields-astrophysical-jet.html ... outflow from magnetic fields, on extragalactic jets, can form a variety of shapes. Electron density maps of plasma outflow can form a misaligned magnetic field - but not a large misalignment. In other words, the flow of electrons from magnetic plasma, on a galactic scale, is confirmed.

28 Feb 2021
The Watchers

According to the National Seismological Centre at the University of Chile more than 30,000 earthquakes have been registered in the Bransfield Strait, a 60 mile wide channel between the South Shetland Islands and the West Antarctic Peninsular - between August and December of 2020. A swarm  of further earthquakes  broke out between December of 2020 and January of 2021. Why all this hyper tectonic activity?

28 Feb 2021
Carving a Canyon

 

26 Feb 2021
Asteroid Dust at Chicxulub

Robert sent in the link to this story at https://phys.org/news/2021-02-asteroid-crater-case-dinosaur-extinction.html ... where we learn that dust from the asteroid impact at the K/T boundary was thrown into the sky where it blocked out light from the Sun and led to the extinction of three quarters of life on earth. Some of that dust did not rise high enough and quickly settled back down again, even collapsing back into the recently formed crater.

26 Feb 2021
Black Holes and Dark Matter

There is a sort of obsession with black holes by some astronomers and cosmologists. It may go back to their childhood and stories of dense black holes swallowing all kinds of things, from spaceships to gorgons. At https://phys.org/news/2021-02-supermassive-black-holes-dark.html ... well, black holes are traditionally dark places, but has it got anything to do with dark matter [which is also, apparently, very black and difficult to spot].