Jupiter Impact Event

Amateur astronomers observing from Austria and Ireland have observed an impact event on Jupiter. Reported late yesterday, it appears that a meteor met its end when it plunged through the giant planet’s stratified cloud decks. In a now famous event, Jupiter came under attack back in 1994 by the fragmented remnants of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, … More Jupiter Impact Event

Ivanpah, Solar Power and Inverted Logic

From the inverted logic department comes this rather curious development involving the recently commissioned and operating Ivanpah Solar Power station. Author’s note: this is an update to a previous article discussing developments at Ivanpah In a bizarre and ongoing case of inverted logic and serving as another example of just how inane and vacuous some … More Ivanpah, Solar Power and Inverted Logic

Carbon Emissions Highest Since Demise of Dinosaurs

In a study published yesterday in Nature Geoscience by researchers from the University of Hawaii, as reported by Reuters, it has emerged in an unprecedented claim that global carbon emissions are at their highest level in 66 million years! Given currently available records, the present anthropogenic carbon release rate is unprecedented during the past 66 … More Carbon Emissions Highest Since Demise of Dinosaurs

Vernal Equinox, The Beginning of Spring, 2016

This year’s astronomical beginning of spring, the first of two moments during the year when there are precisely 12 hours of daylight and darkness, occurs today at 04:30 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). For those who reside in the US Northeast, that would be 00:30 (12:30 AM) EDT. Although there is nothing to “see”, per se, … More Vernal Equinox, The Beginning of Spring, 2016

Five New Papers From Pluto Flyby Provide New Insights

In a previous article, I briefly described one of five new studies that have been conducted since the historic flyby of Pluto by New Horizons on 14 July of last year. In that article, I discuss a new but not surprising confirmation of methane snow on Pluto’s surface. In a brief, related article I describe … More Five New Papers From Pluto Flyby Provide New Insights