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Sun dog appears in northeastern China skies

Sun dog in China
Residents of the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang said that last Sunday morning they saw a small sun appear next to a larger one as the mercury plunged to minus 24 degrees Celsius.

The phenomenon is known as a "sun dog" or mock sun, an optical phenomenon which appears as a bright spot to the left or right of the real sun within a 22-degree halo. It is caused by the refraction of sunlight by ice crystals in the atmosphere, and has been known since Greek Antiquity.

Residents of the town of Hailun said they witnessed the sun dog Sunday around 9 a.m., and that it lasted for about five minutes.

Cow

CO2 meat tax, more sun halos & heavy snow hits Germany

Meat tax
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
New CO2 tax planned for meat producers and consumers globally to hit IPCC targets. Massive blizzard across European Alps stops fuel deliveries in Germany. Hail blankets the desert in UAE and Oman along with biblical flooding. Out of season typhoon and way south latitude track across Philippines. Sun halos across the planet. Our atmosphere is changing with the intensifying grand solar minimum.


Question

Strange lights filmed above Sheffield, UK

An engineer has captured a video of seemingly strange lights above Sheffield

An engineer has captured a video of seemingly strange lights above Sheffield
An engineer has captured a video of seemingly strange lights above Sheffield.

In the footage the strange comet-like trails of light can be seen shooting around high above Sheffield United's football stadium - changing directions very quickly in the early morning sky.

The video was captured by Peter Savage, 35, an electrical engineer at a security firm, on Friday December 15 at about 7am.

Mr Savage was using the footage of the morning sky to calculate the distances between Mars, Venus, Earth and the moon when he noticed the unexplained phenomenon.


Bizarro Earth

Cartoon science - Global warming will weaken winds in the Northern Hemisphere, but speed them up downunder!

Now they tell us! Climate warming to weaken wind power in northern hemisphere, increase in Australia: study

After building 341,000 wind turbines, mostly in the Northern Hemisphere, now climate modelers reveal that winds will decrease in the Northern Hemisphere!
Warming temperatures caused by climate change are set to weaken wind energy in the northern hemisphere, a study shows, lessening the amount of wind power produced for wind farms.

However the southern hemisphere would see a boost in wind, which could potentially turn north-eastern Australia into an attractive investment for energy companies.
Rush, invest your money now. The theory called polar amplification has the success rate of a coin toss. Buy a wind farm in NE Australia!

Luckily wind speeds are not also influenced by cloud cover, jet streams, oceans currents, forest growth, atmospheric tides, solar factors, magnetic fields, ozone levels, cosmic rays, or butterflies. Otherwise this study might be inadequate, uninformed guesswork being used to inform investment decisions!
Cartoon Science
© JoNova
Key points:
  • Atmosphere instability which creates wind changing in northern hemisphere
  • North-east Australia could become an attractive investment for energy companies
  • At present there is only one operational wind farm in Queensland

Moon

Long-lasting moon halo seen over Tucson, Arizona

Moon halo over Arizona
© Eliot Herman
December 9, 2017 photos – 2 a.m. to dawn.
Halos around the sun or moon are caused by ice crystals, like those in high cirrus clouds. Sometimes you can't see clouds, but - in these photos - you can.

Eliot Herman is Tucson, Arizona has been working all year to compile a series of images of every major meteor shower in 2017. So last weekend, as this week's Geminid meteor shower was rising to its peak, he had his automatic camera set-up running all night. You can see one result in the images above. He didn't catch a Geminid (although he did catch a random meteor, which exploded as it fell). But he caught something equally wonderful, a long-lasting halo around the moon.

Eliot said the halo lasted from 2 a.m. to dawn. You can see twilight coming up in the bottom right image. Then, he said, the halo just: "... blinked out."

Info

Blood red sky that lasted 9 days: Mysterious hue seen over Far East Asia in 1770 was caused by biggest solar storm ever recorded

giant magnetic storm (stock image)

In 1770, people living in far-east Asia saw the sky turn a deep crimson for over a week - an event that was recorded in ancient scrolls. Now, scientists have analysed the historical event, and suggest the red hue was caused by a giant magnetic storm (stock image)
In 1770, people living in far-east Asia saw the sky turn a deep crimson for over a week - an event that was recorded in ancient scrolls.

Now, scientists have analysed the historical event, and suggest the red hue was caused by a giant solar storm.

Lost to the annals of time, the event could be the largest recorded solar flare in recorded history.

China, Korea and Japan all saw a deep red sky for nine days in the late 18th century.

Researchers from Osaka University have unearthed new documents which suggest the celestial phenomenon was caused by a geomagnetic storm.

'Historical documents can let us trace back solar activity for millennia,' Dr Hisashi Hayakawa, who led the study, told Live Science.

Comment: The main problem with this theory is that it occurred during the 'Little Ice Age', conventionally defined as a period extending from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Causes are suggested to have been decreased solar activity, increased volcanic activity, as well as other factors.


Sun

Dripping sunlight, fake African weather stations and rotting crops in Northern Ireland

Dripping sunlight
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
NOAA compiles its data for the one year mark to show 2016 vs 2017 record heat in Africa, but there are no weather stations where they show record heat. Worst rot in potato crops in Northern Ireland resulting in abandoned fields. Dripping sunlight through the clouds with a dot matrix, seems to be related to UV changes in the Sun. And the Grand Solar Minimum is here to stay.


Comment: See also: Sunlight drips through clouds and strange arc of dotted light spotted in sky at Missouri River (PHOTOS)


Moon

Supermoon creates rare moon halos and moondogs over Alabama

Moon halo over Alabama
© Andrew Lecher
Moondog, moon halo spotted over Smith Lake. Cullman Co.
While there's no formal definition of a Supermoon, it's typically considered a full moon that occurs at perigee.

Perigee is the point in the moon's orbit in which the moon is closest to the earth.

A full moon at perigee will look up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon that is located farthest from the earth, known as apogee.

Sunday night, we got something more than just a super moon!

Look at this -- it is a super rare moondog!


Comment: It's likely that dust loading from meteors and the rise in volcanic activity is contributing to the strange skies we witnessing these days. This can have a cooling effect on the atmosphere causing more ice crystals to form.


Cassiopaea

'Strange' Arctic rainbow and red 'summer' sprites in winter - rare atmospheric events on the increase

STRANGE ARCTIC RAINBOW
© Valtteri Immonen
December 3, 2017 @ Muonio, Lapland, Finland


STRANGE ARCTIC RAINBOW


Rainbows usually require liquid water. Droplets falling out of the sky intercept beams of sunlight, reflecting them back in a colorful spray of red, green, and blue. Yesterday, Valtteri Immonen saw such a rainbow over Muonio, Finland, but something was missing: the raindrops. "It was -6 degrees C, no rain and no snowfall," he says. "Yet there was a huge rainbow across the sky."

"I have never seen a rainbow during the winter and I didn't even know that it is possible for them to form when the temperature is below 0 degrees Celsius," he marvels.

Bizarro Earth

Satellite images reveal extent of Earth's pollution

Images released by the European Space Agency on Friday are very revealing - Showing the level of air pollutants around the world, including the sulfur dioxide, ash, and smoke from the Mount Agung volcano in Bali.
The Sentinel-5P satellite
© ESA Earth Online
Artist's rendition of The Sentinel-5P satellite.
On October 13, this year, the ESA launched its UK-built Sentinel-5P, a pollution monitoring satellite. Sentinel-5P is the first Copernicus satellite solely dedicated to monitoring the Earth's atmospheric chemistry, 24-hours a day, every day., and it has lived up to its name.

The satellite's instruments, as it orbits over 800 kilometers (497 miles) above Earth, produces one million gigabytes of data that's about the same as 213,000 DVD movies. Pollutant levels are measured across individual countries, providing data on Ozone NO_2, SO_2, Formaldehyde, Aerosols, Carbon dioxide, Methane, and Clouds, according to the ESA website. The monitoring is in support of air quality, climate, and ozone operational monitoring programs.

In a statement, ESA says that "even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era."