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11 Apr 2020
Plasma Sun

At ... researchers at the University of central Lancashire unveil the highest ever resolution images of the Sun - and provide a clue on what it shows. Its outer layer is filled with incredibly fine magnetic threads which are themselves filled with extremely hot million degrees plasma. The ultra sharp images were  taken by NASAs High Resolution Coronal Imager. It can pick out structures in the Sun's atmosphere as small as 70km in size - or 0.01% of the Sun's surface.

11 Apr 2020

Doubting Thomases are thinking the unthinkable. At ... a new study by the universities of Bonn and Harvard question fundamental principles of cosmology. Since Big Bang it is thought the universe has expanded considerably. Until recently it was thought it was increasing in size in all directions - what astronomers call isotropy. Cosmological truths are founded on this assumption, we are told. It is possible that they are all wrong - all the assumptions, the actual bedrock of cosmology.

11 Apr 2020
Ostriches and Monkeys

Sent in by Robert. AtlanticAt ... ancient teeth from fossilised monkey discovered deep in Amazonia - as far west as Peru. It is said to show ancient primates crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Africa. Not on boats of course but on vegetation rafts. Did they? South American monkeys are thought to have evolved from African monkeys - but quite how this occurred is the biggie.

10 Apr 2020
Dating Pottery

At ... a revolutionary new method for dating pottery has been developed at the University of Bristol. Of course, pottery has always been a useful tool as pottery styles vary from one period to the next. However, not always as not all pottery is distinctive. Archaeologists relied on C14 instead - particularly when it comes to older periods such as the Neolithic. The new method is a re-application of C14 as it involves using fat compounds from food residue in pottery.

9 Apr 2020
Saturn's Atmosphere

Robert sent in this link to .... What makes Saturn's atmosphere hot? The same question can also be aimed at Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune. The atmospheres of the gas giants are at least as warm as that of the earth - yet they are situated much further away from the Sun. New analyses of data from Cassini indicated one explanation that may have traction. Auroras at the poles of those planets = electric currents triggered by interactions between the solar wind and charged particles from Saturn's moons.

7 Apr 2020

It sems HH Lamb was probably correct as far as how warm it was in the 1930s. He lived through the 1930s and was actively researching climate - in the past as well as in his own time. At ... we have a new study that shows greenland temperatures were warmer in the period from the 1920s to 1940s than they are today. It used data from 1796 to 2013, Wangner et al at ....

7 Apr 2020
Breaking Up

At (April 7th 2020) we learn that Comet Atlas may be breaking up - before it gets anywhere near the Sun. New data from astronomers around the world show that it is now dimming - a fading transient. Another dud it would seem. It is also thought to be a fragment of a much larger comet - possibly related to the Great Comet of 1844. We shall have to wait and see if there is another outburst. Another problem is the quiet Sun. No mass ejections of plasma. There was a sun spot of the new cycle the other day but it was a bit of a squib - didn't amount to much.

5 Apr 2020
Ammonium Salts

At a case of missing nitrogen on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) as relayed back by the Rosetta Mission. Comets are thought to produce information on the early days of how our solar system came into being - the building blocks if you like. The comet is a Jupiter class. One f the first results of the Rosetta Mission, back in 2014, came from its dust mass spectrometer. It measured an average nitrogen to carbon ratio much lower than the solar N/C value - which was a surprise if not a puzzle.

5 Apr 2020
Tropical Antarctic

At ... the mid Cretaceous was one of the warmest periods in the history of the earth - which is why it pops up in research so often, as a result of modern climate change. It is like picking low hanging fruit, as they say, unable to get at the nice fat damsons a bit higher on the tree. You could use a walking stick I suppose and give them a biff to dislodge them so they fall - but they've tried that with a hockey stick.

5 Apr 2020
Solar Wind and Comet Atlas

At (2nd April 2020) Comet Atlas again ...

   ... it has now sprouted a tail. It is still too dim to see with the naked eye but as it gets closer to the Sun  later in the month, this might change.