Roy Spencer Blog
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:09 UTC
All bullets hit the 4th floor, which is where John Christy's office is (my office is in another part of the building).
Given that this was Earth Day weekend, with a March for Science passing right past our building on Saturday afternoon, I think this is more than coincidence. When some people cannot argue facts, they resort to violence to get their way. It doesn't matter that we don't "deny global warming"; the fact we disagree with its seriousness and the level of human involvement in warming is enough to send some radicals into a tizzy.
Our street is fairly quiet, so I doubt the shots were fired during Saturday's march here. It was probably late night Saturday or Sunday for the shooter to have a chance of being unnoticed.
Maybe the "March For Science" should have been called the "March To Silence".
Campus and city police say they believe the shots were fired from a passing car, based upon the angle of entry into one of the offices. Shell casings were recovered outside. The closest distance a passing car would have been is 70 yards away.
This is a developing story. I have no other details.
Click On Detroit
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:35 UTC
The video was shot from the Windsor, Canada side of the river.
It shows what looked to something like a waterspout forming and then dissolving. After review, it turns out this is not actually a waterspout. (Scroll down for the full explanation)
The video was captured by Salaheddin Rahal.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:40 UTC
ESA's Swarm magnetic field mission has now also met Steve and is helping to understand the nature of this new-found feature.
Speaking at the recent Swarm science meeting in Canada, Eric Donovan from the University of Calgary explained how this new finding couldn't have happened 20 years ago when he started to study the aurora.
While the shimmering, eerie, light display of auroras might be beautiful and captivating, they are also a visual reminder that Earth is connected electrically to the Sun. A better understanding of the aurora helps to understand more about the relationship between Earth's magnetic field and the charged atomic particles streaming from the Sun as the solar wind.
"In 1997 we had just one all-sky imager in North America to observe the aurora borealis from the ground," said Prof. Donovan.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:27 UTC
This phenomenon called 'gravitational lensing' is an effect of Einstein's Theory of Relativity—mass bends light. This means that the gravitational field of a massive object like a galaxy can bend light rays that pass nearby and refocus them somewhere else, causing background objects to appear brighter and sometimes in multiple locations. Astrophysicists believe that if they can find more of these magnified Type Ia's, they may be able to measure the rate of the Universe's expansion to unprecedented accuracy and shed some light on the distribution of matter in the cosmos.
Fortunately, by taking a closer look at the properties of this rare event, two Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers have come up with a method a pipeline for identifying more of these so-called "strongly lensed Type Ia supernovae" in existing and future wide-field surveys. A paper describing their approach was recently published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. Meanwhile, a paper detailing the discovery and observations of the 4 billion year old Type Ia supernova, iPTF16geu, was published in Science on April 21.
"It is extremely difficult to find a gravitationally lensed supernova, let alone a lensed Type Ia. Statistically, we suspect that there may be approximately one of these in every 50,000 supernovae that we identify," says Peter Nugent, an astrophysicist in Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD) and an author on both papers. "But since the discovery of iPTF16geu, we now have some thoughts on how to improve our pipeline to identify more of these events."
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:27 UTC
One News Page
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:07 UTC
These pictures started coming in from about 11:00 am today. Go ahead...take a look outside if it's still light.
The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services has said that a halo which is currently visible around the sun, is not an unusual occurrence.
Meteorologist Thomas Auguste told the Times that the phenomenon is associated with high tide Cirrostratus clouds."As long as those types of clouds are around you will continue to see the halo," Auguste said.
He explained that the situation should persist for the next 24 hours with the halo being visible during the day but not in the night. According to Auguste, the halo is visible because of the sun being reflected through the high clouds.
The Telegraph, UK
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:53 UTC
The phenomenon is called a 22-degree halo, and is more commonly seen around the sun.
Leighton James, a photographer in Bristol, told the BBC: "It's something I have never seen before and thought it looked quite amazing."
A 22-degree halo forms when there are high cirrus clouds passing slowly across the sky. The light from the sun or moon hit the ice crystals, and the refraction caused by that shows a halo. These halos in general are relatively common, but it's less common to see them form around the moon.
This is because the moon has to be in the new moon phase and the visibility has to be good in order for the halo to be seen.
Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:02 UTC
Amateur astronomer Martin Popek of the city of Nýdek in the Czech Republic caught this rare red ring of light in the sky on April 2, 2017, using a low-light video camera. It's an example of an ELVE (Emissions of Light and Very Low Frequency Perturbations due to Electromagnetic Pulse Sources). Spaceweather.com explained:
ELVEs are often accompanied by red sprites, often called lightning sprites, and that was the case here. The image below - also captured by Popek on April 2 - shows them.ELVEs appear when a pulse of electromagnetic radiation from lightning propagates up toward space and hits the base of Earth's ionosphere ... A faint ring of light marks the broad 'spot' where the EMP hits.
ELVEs are elusive - and that's an understatement. Blinking in and out of existence in only 1/1000th of a second, they are completely invisible to the human eye.
These lightning phenomena are extremely elusive. For one thing, they flash on a millisecond timescale. They're also above thunderstorms, so they're usually blocked from view on the ground. Astronauts in space have the perfect vantage point for seeing ELVEs and lightning sprites, and indeed ELVEs were first seen by cameras on the space shuttle in the 1990s.
Comment: Another ELVE was photographed above a thunderstorm in Colorado last year. A few days ago 6 'gigantic jets' (ionospheric lightning) were captured above storm clouds in Western Australia. Another blue jet was observed over Brazil last month. These transient luminous events (TLEs) are not so 'rare' these days.
See also: Electric universe: Lightning strength and frequency increasing
The Electric Universe model is clearly explained, with a lot more relevant information, in the book Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 07:05 UTC