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16 Feb 2019
Big Solar Activity

At (February 14th 2019) - big activity on the Sun in the form of a filament of plasma dancing along one of the edges, raining more than 150,000km above the solar surface. See a video of it at the link above. It is what has been called a hedgerow prominence. Hot glowing plasma is held aloft by unstable magnetic fields. When the magnetic support collapses the plasma will fall back - exploding into a Hyder-flare (a type of solar flare that can occur without a sun spot).

18 Feb 2019
Cuban Meteor

Sent in by Gary. I didn't take much notice as I thought it was a run of the mill meteor in a tourist hotspot. Seems not. At ... on February 1st 2019 a bright meteor crossed the sky over the Caribbean Sea and was especially bright over Cuba. This was during the middle of the day so lots of people with video cameras aimed their gadjets at what was left of it - a smoke trail (a cloud left behind by the burn in the atmosphere). There was also a sonic boom to wake people up and make them look upstairs.

18 Feb 2019
Solar Prominences

One tends to think in terms of the study of electro-magnetic prominences on the face of the Sun as a very recent affair but this is not so. They have a long history as astronomers have been looking at these prominences in telescopes for generations. For example, in the Astrophysical Journal 149 (1967) page 269 ... we have an article by William I Thompson and Donald E Billings, 'Observations Bearing on the Kippenhahn-Schluter Quiescent Prominence Model' which deals directly with solar prominences.

20 Feb 2019

Robert sent in several links. The first one is to .... and concerns the large storms seen  erupting on the Sun recently, flinging material at speeds of over 3000kms a second, a massive shock wave, and phenomena known as herringbones. The shape of the fish skeleton emerged when they plotted the frequencies of radio waves as a CME evolved (more than one CME was studied). The spine is a kind of emission at a constant frequency. The verticle offshoot bones on either side were sudden bursts of radiation at a much wider range of frequencies.

20 Feb 2019
Baby Black Holes

At the Astrobytes blog ( ... we have a population of indeterminate black holes (low luminoscity) under discussion. Most galaxies seem to contain a super massive black hole at their centre but how did they grow into such a grand phenomenon as there is a distinct shortage of baby black holes - and even teenager black holes. Cosmologists think less massive black holes can form when a star collapses in upon itself. Various theories have endured.

20 Feb 2019
T Rex and Shark Teeth

Robert  also sent in a link to ... which claims fossils of Tyrannosaurus Rex have been found in the same geological sediments as sharks teeth. How can that happen. It is explained away by mainstream by saying these are freshwater sharks living in a vast inland sea in N America. The author of this piece claims the teeth are exactly the same as its modern equivalent - living in the salt oceans. Is this smoke and mirrors. A sort of 'nothing to see here, move on' moment so beloved by the establishment.

22 Feb 2019
X-rays from the Sun

At ... high energy x-ray bursts from low energy plasma is the  subject matter of this press release. We are told solar rays should not produce x-rays - but they do. The one size fits all approach to electron collisions misses a lucky few that lead to an intense x-ray burst. Perhaps. Scientists thought there were too many electron scattering collisions in cold plasma for electrons to be accelerated to high energy radiation x-rays.

23 Feb 2019
K/Pg Boundary Event

Geological chronology is at the heart of a division in earth sciences - between those that favour an asteroid impact and those that, instead, blame the Deccan Traps for the demise of the dinosaurs (and various other life forms). The Traps is a large eruption of lava in what is now India. At ... we have more on the disupte which could easily be resolved if geologists accepted sediments can be laid down quickly on occasion.

23 Feb 2019
Solar Minima but lots of geomagnetic activity

At ... geomagnetic activity in Earth's atmosphere with an origin in the same on the Sun. A plasma stream, the solar wind, is causing some beautiful auroral displays in February. See the image below of aurora seen over Iceland in mid February. It is described in this piece as an electrification of the night sky ....

   ... (by Ollie Taylor, photographer).

23 Feb 2019
Hayabusa 2

At ... the Japanese probe Hayabusa 2 has landed on the Ryuga asteroid and is in the process of collecting samples. The material is thought to contain large amounts of organic matter and water from the early solar system ...