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14 May 2020
1921 Geomagnetic Storm

At https://spaceweather.com (3th May 2020) we learn that Comet Swan has cross the celestial equator and is now visible to observers in the northern hemisphere. Look east just before dawn - if you can drag yourself out of bed.

14 May 2020
Making Mischief

A bit of mischievous propaganda from Iran. At www.tehrantimes.com/news/447819/ ..  evidence suggests prehistoric people living in Iran migrated to the Americas. This is according to an archaeologist in Iran (and the propaganda machine). The idea is based on distinct similarities between petroglyphs and cave painting symbols in Iran and those found in the Americas.

14 May 2020
A Silver Lining

The law of unexpected consequences strikes again - providing a silver lining. At https://phys.org/news/2020-05-dozens-prehistoric-roman-medieval-sites.html ... Exeter University has got local archaeologists, mostly amateur, to look at LiDAR data during lockdown. They have discovered a lot of new archaeology that the professionals will have on their to do list once the lockdown ends. It includes two sections of Roman road, 30 large embanked settlement enclosures, and 20 prehistoric burial mounds, and hundreds of medieval farms, field systems and quarries.

12 May 2020
Mooning Again

Sent in by Gary. At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8307869/ ... a couple of days ago we learned the moon could not have been formed by an impact as carbon had been detected on the surface. Now, we have a study that sticks to the mainstream mantra - and the moon was formed by a massive impact event. A lunar rock brought back by the Apollo mission has yielded a 'small grain' inside it that shows it had been heated to more than 4,172 degrees F. Such a temperature could only have occurred via a giant impact event we are assured.

8 May 2020
Moon Carbon

Robert sent a link to this story but see www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8296741/ ... carbon emissions detected on the moon. Does this bring into question the mainstream number one theory on the origin of the moon, a collision between the earth and a wandering planet? Japanese spacecraft data found traces of carbon and volatile water in lunar gases. The moon is actually emitting carbon ions. The problem here is that if a collision had occurred the carbon would have been vapourised by the high temperatures generated during the impact.

7 May 2020
Lost Hill Forts

An amateur archaeologist and photographer has discovered what looks like two hidden hill forts by the use of laser light technology. Fantastic work - see https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/lost-bronze-age-hill-forts-409... ... He lives in Brixham, a fishing port on the south coast, and says he has been working off and on to get the filters right over a couple of months. The idea came after reading about the same technique being used in South America in order to locate lost civilisation sites in the jungle. Both sites are on hills - one near Paignton, and the other at Berry Pomeroy.

7 May 2020
Squid Attack

This is a cracker as well. At https://phys.org/news/2020-05-fossil-reveals-evidence-million-year-old-s... .... a fossil from the Jurassic coast of Dorset found in the 19th century has had a much closer look (and analysis). It seems to show a squid with a herring like fish in its jaws. In other words it was fossilised and preserved in the act of devouring its prey, a fish. It is said to date from 199 million years ago.

7 May 2020
Swanning Along

Comet Swan. An unexpected outburst from Comet Swan means it is now eyeball visible - if you can see beyond the full moon. See https://spaceweather.com (6th May 2020). It is unclear what is happening at the moment as it is possible it might be the first stages of fragmenting - as Comet Atlas did a few weeks ago. What was seen was an outburst event as it approaches the Sun - or impacts with the solar wind. On May 12th it comes as close as it will to the earth and then on May 27th it swings around the Sun. More outbursts to come.

7 May 2020
Greenland Grand Canyon

Here we have some catastrophic flooding - on Mars and beneath the Greenland ice sheet. Courtesy of Gary again. At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200430150302.htm ... and https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uoma-hco043020.php ... a network of canyons under the Greenland ice sheet includes one that is so deep and big it has been called the Greenland Grand Canyon. Its shape suggests it was caused by running water - followed by glaciation (or vice versa).

6 May 2020
Raining Plasma

It's raining plasma on the sun. A massive prominence is jutting out and its leaking plasma - see https://spaceweather.com (5th May 2020). Mysteriously, some of the 'raindrops' plummet faster than ambient magnetic forces seem to allow. The theory of magnetic diffusion as applied to solar prominences predicts much slower speeds. The rainstorm is breaking the speed limit. See https://vimeo.com/414939863