There is going to be a Flat Earth conference

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A local paper reports that Cary in North Carolina is going to host a conference of Flat Earth believers in Nov, and no doubt they will come flocking from all around the globe to attend. There are of course people who promote the idea, not because they actually believe, but simply for a laugh and … Read more

What does NASA GISTEMP Data for May 2017 tell us?

NASA maintains the GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP) data set, and so on a monthly basis there is an update. What exactly is GISTEMP? GISTEMP is an estimate of global surface temperature change. They collect raw data files from NOAA GHCN v3 (meteorological stations), ERSST v4 (ocean areas), and SCAR (Antarctic stations). This is all then combined. … Read more

What is the NASA Mission to the Sun all about?

There is an old joke that goes as follows. A few guys in a bar are boasting about the progress that their various nations are making in space … A Russian guy boasts, “Next year we will put a man on the Moon“. An American boasts, “That’s no big deal, we have done that. Next year we will … Read more

What is the Big News that NASA Will Announce today?

There has been a bit of media flutter about the NASA Press Release entitled …. “NASA to Reveal New Discoveries in News Conference on Oceans Beyond Earth“. Yes the grammar of that press release title sucks, and so no, that NASA News Conference will not be taking place on an alien ocean. I must confess I am … Read more

Anybody got any ideas for naming Trappist-1 planets? #7NamesFor7NewPlanets

NASA wonders if anybody out there can help them to name the recently announced seven earth sized planets that have been observed in orbit abound Trappist-1 … Now to be clear, this is not a serious suggestion but instead is just a bit of fun (and publicity). Some random twitter user will not be … Read more

NASA OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland) has some new data

Joshua Willis, an oceanographer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, came up the “OMG” acronym to describe the five-year mission to study the melting of Greenland by the surrounding oceans. It stands for “Oceans Melting Greenland”, and yes, least you doubt, it is quite real, OMG is their official mission acronym. It is not just descriptive, but also … Read more