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Doubt cast on what causes the northern lights

Northern Lights
© David Phan, CC by 2.0
UAlberta physicists have shown that the mechanism thought to be the cause of the northern lights fly in the face of what is has been commonly accepted in the world of space science.
What scientists thought caused certain classes of northern lights is not what causes certain classes of northern lights.

In a landmark study that has toppled what scientists know about the night sky, UAlberta physicists Robert Rankin and Dmytro Sydorenko found that the ionospheric feedback instability (IFI)-the mechanism thought to be the cause of certain types of northern lights-not only doesn't cause northern lights, it may not even exist at all.

"These findings fly in the face of what is now commonly accepted in the world of space science," said Rankin. "Our research shows that conditions necessary for the ionospheric feedback instability to occur are very unlikely, meaning it cannot be the cause of something as regular as the Aurora Borealis."


Mysterious lights appear in the sky over Salt Lake City

SLC strange lights
Fox 13 News received several calls and messages about a series of strange lights in the sky above Salt Lake City Saturday night, and it appears the lights were likely part of the pregame festivities for Utah's game vs San Jose State at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Several videos shot just before 8 p.m. near Salt Lake City show the lights in the sky, with one video appearing to show a single point of light breaking up into smaller objects. Another video shows at least four separate lights moving slowly through the air.

(WARNING: The video below contains at least one instance of profanity.)

Bizarro Earth

Mysterious 'earthquake lights' explained after Mexico's huge quake?

Mexico earthquake lights
© IMPACTO El Diario/YouTube
What makes skies over quakes glow?
After an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico on 7 September, videos of fuzzy green smears in the night sky went viral online.

Earthquake lights are a phenomenon so unusual that they border on myth. The first known reports of them are from 89 BC, with spotty descriptions over the centuries.

Recently, they've been seen during foreshocks and the main earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, in 2009, and as flashes of blue lightning over Wellington, New Zealand, in 2016.

"These phenomena are well-documented because of so many security cameras running day and night now," says Friedemann Freund at NASA's Ames Research Center.

Comment: Videos of the mysterious lights in the sky following the 8.1 magnitude earthquake (the strongest for a century) which struck Mexico last week have been shared widely across social media. On the same day, images taken by the GOES-16 satellite showed countless lightning storms crackling within Hurricane Irma as the monster storm churned its way towards Florida. Last week also saw the sun unleash a monster X9.3 solar flare, the strongest in a decade & the 4th X-class within a week.

In the chapter, Earth 'opening up', in Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection, Pierre Lescaudron discusses various factors pertaining to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, including the Earth's minute slowdown exerting mechanical stress on the crust and electromagnetism.
Precursors that indicate alerts of this potential rise also include increases in: low frequency electromagnetic emission, magnetic field anomalies, earthquake lights from ridges and mountain tops, temperature anomalies over wide areas and changes in plasma density of the ionosphere


Halo surrounds the sun in eastern North Carolina

Wilson NC sun halo
© Corey Friedman/The Wilson Times
Members of St. Therese Catholic Church noticed a halo around the sun visible in Wilson early Sunday afternoon.

Solar halos form when ice crystals in high clouds refract the sun's light, bending the light and producing a ring shape, according to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The phenomenon can also occur with light reflected from the moon, creating lunar halos.

Comment: Another sun halo was seen the same day, 120 miles away, in Greensboro, North Carolina:
My beautiful wife and I, and our son and future daughter-in-law, went to Greensboro today for the North Carolina Folk Festival this afternoon. Weather people had said that he outer clouds from Irma would be responsible for cloudiness today. We could see some clouds approaching from the south by 10 AM. By the time we had gotten to downtown Greensboro, the sky was filled with a very high haze, and about 1-1/2 hours later at 1:03PM I noticed an intense halo around the sun. I took this with my iPhone. It got less and less intense from this time onward. I looked for but did not see a circumhorizontal arc.
Greensboro sun halo
© Cloudy Nights/Surveyor 1


Sparkling sun halo seen over central Queensland

Sun halo over Agnes
© Ruth Geck
Agnes & 1770 residents were left marveling at a strange weather pattern which formed a "halo" around the sun over the Discovery Coast yesterday.

Ruth Geck took these photos and shared them on Facebook, prompting excited reactions from others who had seen the phenomenon.

Some blamed it on "geo-engineering" - but meteorologist Annabelle Ford, from the Bureau of Meteorology's Brisbane office, confirmed it was an entirely natural effect.

"This is a good example of a 'halo'," Ms Ford told The Observer after seeing the pictures.

Cloud Grey

Fallstreak cloud captured over Central Coast, California

Fallstreak cloud over Central Coast, California
© John Lindsey
A cloud formation known as a "fallstreak hole" developed over the Central Coast last week, prompting many phone calls and emails to meteorologist John Lindsey, who captured this image of the phenomenon.
Cloud forms became a topic of conversation last weekend when a fascinating cloud hovered over the Central Coast like some type of gigantic UFO.

I received numerous emails, photos and phone calls about it.

From earliest times; people have tried to understand the weather. Great thinkers from Aristotle to French philosopher René Descartes tried to explain atmospheric phenomena through the formation and lifespan of clouds.

Comment: In recent times this rare cloud phenomena has appeared over Southern California, UK, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Other strange cloud anomalies seem to be appearing globally with higher frequency and intensity. Factors which may contribute to these 'strange skies' are atmospheric dust loading from increased comet and volcanic activity and changes in the layers of the atmosphere.

An indicator of this dust loading is the intensification of noctilucent clouds we are observing. As explained in Pierre Lescaudron's book, Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection:
The increase in noctilucent clouds is one of the effects - among others - of increased dust concentration in the atmosphere in general, and in the upper atmosphere in particular. We suspect that most of this atmospheric dust is of cometary origin, while some of it may be due to the recent increase in volcanic activity.
See also: Chemtrails? Contrails? Strange skies

Comet 2

Ancient Maya may have known about periodic meteor showers

Temple of the Jaguar Ruins
© Jon G. Fuller/VWPics/Alamy Stock Photo
The ruins of the Temple of the Jaguar (Temple I) and the North Acropolis loom over what remains of the ancient Mayan city of Tikal in El Petén, Guatemala. Two major events in the city, the coronation of the 6-year-old Lady of Tikal in 511 CE and a defeat by the city-state Caracol in the 562 CE “Star War,” took place in approximate synchrony with meteor outbursts. Recently published research suggests that the Maya may have linked the timings of events such as royal accessions and wars to astronomical predictions of meteor showers.
Using state-of-the-art computer models, an amateur historian and a professional astronomer have found evidence that many important societal events recorded in Mayan hieroglyphic inscriptions may coincide with outbursts of meteor showers related to Halley's Comet.

In newly published research, the two-person research team has found more than a dozen instances of hieroglyphic records from the Mayan Classic Period (250-909 CE) indicating that important events occurred within just a few days of an outburst of Eta Aquariid meteor showers, one of the celestial displays tied to the comet.

No Mayan astronomical records from that period survived the Spanish invasion, and the four surviving Mayan codices from later eras do not mention meteor showers. However, the researchers suspect that many significant historical events that coincided with meteor showers, like a ruler's assumption of power or a declaration of war recorded in the codices and carved in stone monuments, are not chance overlaps.

Instead, the Maya most likely predicted meteor showers, the researchers argue in a paper, already available online, that will be published in the 15 September issue of Planetary and Space Science. What's more, the ancient civilization might have purposefully timed significant occasions to coincide with portentous celestial events.

If this new research is validated by further computational tests, it would help address a longstanding puzzle, said David Asher, an astronomy research fellow at Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland: How did the ancient Maya, a civilization that meticulously recorded astronomical information about Venus, eclipses, and seasonal patterns, fail to note meteor showers in their astronomical studies? They likely did record meteor showers, assert Asher and his colleague Hutch Kinsman, who has been an independent scholar of Mayan history and hieroglyphics for nearly 25 years, but the records were lost to us.


Eerie green glow appears over Tonbridge in Kent, UK

Eerie green glow over Kent, UK
© Wessex News
Hand on heart, we'll admit that Tonbridge in Kent is a pretty odd place for an alien invasion to start - but residents spotted something very odd last night.

An eerie green glow in the sky - far too far south to be the northern lights.

So it's obviously Martians, right?

Tonbridge's green tinge in the night sky was visible for miles around the town, with motorists reporting it from far afield, and it was at its strongest from around 8pm to 10pm.

Solar Flares

Second X-flare in two months signals the Grand Solar Minimum is intensifying

Aurora over Finland
© Jani Ylinampa
As our Sun begins its phase change into the Grand Solar Minimum, it will equalize its charge by releasing excess energy through X-Class flares. The X9.2 is the second X-Class flare in two months and with Earths magnetosphere reduced smaller flares have more of an effect electrically in our atmosphere. Now there are bending tails coming off of Red Sprites, Blue remnant plasma flashes above geomagnetic storms and a full intensification of electrification on our skies. This second X-Flare signals an intensity increase entering the grand solar minimum.

Comment: 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.


Spectacular Aurora Borealis display dazzles northern Sweden

Northern Lights over Sweden
© Jan-Åke Fors
Spectacular Northern Lights lit up parts of Sweden over the weekend. Social media was awash with beautiful depictions of the dazzling show.

The sky in northern Sweden lit up in mysterious shades of blue and green at the weekend, prompting amateur and professional photographers alike to try to capture the magic caused by the natural phenomenon also known as an Aurora Borealis.

Jan-Åke Fors, a photographer in Kiruna in northern Sweden, was one of the lucky spectators, hashtagging his pictures of the show with #awesomenight.