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11 Mar 2021
Update on Sun

At ... a 2004 theory by astrophysicist J Martin Laming of the US Naval Research Laboratory has recently come up trumps it would seem. Recent observations of the Sun's magnetic waves seem to modify chemical composition in a process completely new, we are told, as far as solar physics are concerned. However, it was known to the optical sciences, and was also the subject of Nobel Prizes in 1997 and 2018. Laming began studying the subject in the 1990s and published his theory in 2004.

11 Mar 2021
Solar Hurricanes

Robert sent in some interesting links to this story, and William also. They provide different links to the big story of last week - a space hurricane at the poles. See for example ... and ... where we are told a cirtical ingredient for auroral phenomena exists somewhat higher than expected, or previously entertained.

11 Mar 2021
Neanderthal All Change

At ... which is once again about Neanderthals dying out - an apparent mystery that no one has really solved as yet. It has, in the past, glibly been attributed to the appearance of modern humans, the assumption being that our immediate ancestors were a hell of a lot more intelligent than their predecessors. This is of course based on the evolutionary tree theory, that development  proceeds incrementally, getting more and more smarter as time goes by, an extraordinarily arrogant belief.

11 Mar 2021
Zodiacal Dust

Another big story this past week, picked up by Robert, William, and Gary. See for example ...which led both Robert and Gary to think in terms of Mars as a former comet, aka Velikovsky. It also raises ideas outlined by Donald Wesley Patten, the American author of several books in which Mars played a prominent role. However, the research at the link had nothing like this in mind. Mars is a dusty planet - and bone dry.

9 Mar 2021
Pesky Apophis

Apophis, the space rock at the heart of Nicholas Costa's book, 'Adam to Apophis' is in the news at ... [March 8th 2021]. On April 13th, in the year of 2029, Apophis will pay a close visit to the earth - so close we will be able to see it with naked eye vision. Not only that, it is scheduled to come close again, in 2036. Perhaps it has come close in years gone by.

9 Mar 2021
The Beam of the Moon

This one is good. Sent in by Gary who provided the link to ... it seems the moon has a comet like tail, is the clcik bait. However, it is somewhat different when we read further. The comet like tail is actually invisible to human eyesight but it exists as every month it shoots a beam around the earth. To explain this scientists suggest sodium atoms from meteors smacking on to the moon's surface collide with photons from the sun and in doing so create the tail like structure, flowing downstream from the moon.

9 Mar 2021
The Apostles that have the wrong date.

This was forwarded by Petra Larsson of Sweden and is reprinted as written. It conerns a story a couple of weeks ago regarding the bones of two apostles that were scientifically dated but came up a couple of hundred years too recent.

3 Mar 2021
How Many

How many meteors land on earth, a link sent in by Gary ... 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 ... 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, Canterbury took centre stage.

2 Mar 2021
Centaur or Comet, LD2

At ... a comet makes a pit stop near Jupiter, joining the team of Trojan asteroids orbiting in conjunction with the big planet - see also   .... 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.