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26 Jun 2020
Dr Plot

Never heard of Dr Plot? Neither had I until I stumbled on this at www.mikeoates.org/mas/leek/sunset.htm ... this is an amateur astronomy web site and therefore we have research outside the box. It is quite an interesting piece of research but raises a big question - is the angle of tilt of the earth changing slowly over time. It concerns an astronomical oddity - one recognised by prehistoric people it would seem. Or does it. The double sunset seen from the churchyard of St Edward the Confessor church at Leek in Staffordshire is the starting point.

24 Jun 2020
Noctilucent London

At https://spaceweather.com (June 23rd 2020)  noctilucent clouds over London (see images below). The London Eye and the Thames with the noctilucents overhead. Images taken by Phil Halper and reappearing variously on the web, even on https://wattsupwiththat.com/ ....

   ... Usually you have to go under a dark sky at higher latitudes to see noctilucents, so this is an unusual sight. Clouds visible at night. Over London ...

24 Jun 2020
Data tampering

This is a major accusation - NASA GISS alter temperature data. Well, they do that by claiming to bring old data in line with modern data, but is it illegal. I would not have thought so. Is it corrupt. Well, depends what side you are on I suppose. The alleged crime is that they have changed cooling to warming in a quite blatant manner. We might ask, if so how are they getting away with it? All is revealed at https://notrickszone.com/2020/06/23/systemic-data-tampering-nasa-giss-al... ... which comes with comments (but just a few).

24 Jun 2020
Julius Caeser and the Alaskan volcano

William sent in this link and it reports on a new idea concerning the blip in cold weather around 44 to 43BC, at the time Caesar died. See www.yahoo.com/news/did-volcnic-eruption-alaska-end-190549444.html ... a group of scientists are arguing that the Okmok volcano in Alaska led to unrest in the Mediterranean around the time of Caesar's death in AD44 with major political repercussions. This appears to ignore that his successor, Augustus, made use of an unusual comet apparition at this time in order to deify Caesar, and therefore himself - leading to unrest in the empire.

24 Jun 2020
Stonehenge Hidden Landscape

William also sent in a link to www.yahoo.com/news/prehistoric-monument-discovered-near-stonehenge-14142... ... near as in a longish walk up the hill to Durrington Walls neolithic site - which overlooks the river Avan (rather, one of the rivers Avon as there are several). Comes with a nice short video. See aso www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-53132567 ... and best of all, www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-lies-beneath-stonehenge-180952437/ ... and the big find is a ring of large shafts that form a circle around Durrington Walls huge earthwork.

23 Jun 2020
Quasar Jets Are

Quasar jets are particle accelerators thousands of light years long - see https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/quasar-jets-are-part... ... very high energy gamma ray emissions from quasars is not concentrated in the region of the galaxy black hole. Instead, it extends over several thousand light years along jets of plasma. A sort of galactic jet of plasma, perhaps - many times multiplied. Apparently, the discovery is causing a  shake up. Where have we heard that before. It should cause a shake up but odds are it won't.

20 Jun 2020
Big Boy

At https://phys.org/news/2020-06-dinosaur-footprints-predators-big-rex.html ... dinosaur footprints in Australia of a predator almost the same size as a T. Rex. The footprints were discovered at Walloon Coal Measure in Queensland 90 years ago - and paleontologists have taken a second look at them, along with other footprints of animals. The mine in question has been long since closed down but it would be remarkable if the footprints were found in the coal measure itself - which is fossilised vegetable matter.

19 Jun 2020
Ancient Plague

Jovan Kesic on 30th March 2020, posted a reply to the idea that plague was rampant in the time of Akhnaton and Tutankhamon, suggesting there might have been plague in Egypt even earlier, during the reign of Amenophis III, father of Akhnaton and otherwise considered the apogee of the Egyptian empire period. There was an unprecedented number of statues of Sekhmet erected, sometimes avenues of them, installed at palaces and temples throughout the whole land of Egypt. Sekhmet was a goddess of destruction, associated with flaming fire (according to Ramses III around 150 years later).

18 Jun 2020
Sand over the Ocean

Robert sent in the link www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8428431/ ... giant sand cloud from the Sahara is blowing across the Atlantic. It may reach as far as Louisiana and Texas. Robert comments - stratospheric winds blow east to west at this time of the year. Do they have something to do with the phenomena? See for example stratospheric winds in real time at https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/isobaric/10hPa/orthographic ....

18 Jun 2020
Ocean Crust Waves

Robert also sent in a link to https://eos.org/articles/search-for-mh370-revealed-ocean-crust-waves ... the search for the missing plane, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in the Indian Ocean back in 2014, led to a long and  detailed search of 18,000 square km around the SE Indian Ridge, west of Australia. They didn't find the aeroplane but they did produce a series of sea floor maps that found a geological puzzle previously unknown.