UPDATE: Kepler K2 3.5 years and counting

February 10, 2018

UPDATE 2.15.18:

Based on data from NASA’s K2 mission, an international team of scientists has confirmed nearly 100 new exoplanets. This brings the total number of new exoplanets found with the K2 mission up to almost 300.

“We started out analyzing 275 candidates, of which 149 were validated as real exoplanets. In turn, 95 of these planets have proved to be new discoveries,” said U.S. doctoral student Andrew Mayo at the National Space Institute (DTU Space) at the Technical University of Denmark. “This research has been underway since the first K2 data release in 2014.”
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-02-kepler-scientists-exoplanets.html#jCpk2-by-the-numbers-feb2018The TESS exoplanet satellite should be launched in late March.  But Kepler is still providing data and finding exoplanets!



Damn Dams risk fish extinction in U.S.

February 9, 2018

Dams drive local extinction risk of native fish in the southern United States, according to a study by Florida International University.

The high number of dams built close to each other in the southeast significantly limits where fish can move throughout their lives, driving the risk of extinction for native fish in some areas, according to a study led by FIU ecologist John Kominoski. In the southwest, dams and climate change interact to drive the risk of native fish extinction in some areas. …The restriction of water flows in rivers and streams is proving to be a real problem for fish.

The southern U.S. has experienced unprecedented population growth driving up water demands.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-02-fish-extinction.html#jCp

See also: https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/90-percent-of-the-worlds-fisheries-facing-collapse/







I’m outta here

February 6, 2018


Planets possibly discovered outside of our Galaxy

February 4, 2018

Until this study, there has been no evidence of planets in other galaxies.  This is the first time anyone has discovered planets outside our galaxy.


A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy. Using microlensing—an astronomical phenomenon and the only known method capable of discovering planets at truly great distances from the Earth among other detection techniques—OU researchers were able to detect objects in extragalactic galaxies that range from the mass of the Moon to the mass of Jupiter.  This galaxy is located 3.8 billion light years away.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-02-astrophysicists-planets-extragalactic-galaxies-microlensing.html#jCp

Kepler and K2 still producing

January 23, 2018

Kepler is still finding new exoplanets, even with TESS due to launch this March.  Below are the numbered shots of the sky analyzed for 80 day intervals.  The Kepler space telescope is currently looking at the patch of space numbered 16.

footprint-all-campaigns k2

Go Kepler!

“We present the detection of three super-Earths transiting the cool star LP415-17, monitored by K2 mission in its 13th campaign,” the researchers wrote in the paper.

Located some 267 light years away from the Earth, LP415-17 is a star of spectral type K with a radius of about 0.58 and approximately 35 less massive than our sun. It has an effective temperature of 4,258 K and was therefore classified as a cool dwarf.

Alonso’s team identified a transit signal in the light curve of LP415-17. The planetary nature of this signal was later confirmed by follow-up observations with the WIYN 3.5-Meter Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.

According to the study, LP415-17 b, with a radius of about 1.8 Earth radii, is the smallest planet of the newly discovered trio. It has a mass of 4.7 Earth masses and orbits its parent star every 6.34 days at a distance of 0.056 AU from the host. The planet has an equilibrium temperature of 708 K.

LP415-17 c is the largest and most massive planet in the system – it is 6.5 times as massive as the Earth and has a radius of approximately 2.6 Earth radii. At a distance of nearly 0.1 AU from the host, it has an equilibrium temperature of 583 K and an orbital period of 13.85 days.

LP415-17 d has a radius of 1.9 Earth radii and is almost five times as massive as our planet. The exoworld has a semi-major axis of about 0.19 AU and it takes it 40.7 days to fully orbit its host star. The planet’s equilibrium temperature is 381 K.


Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-01-super-earths-orbiting-cool-dwarf-star.html#jCp

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X Files 2018 episode AGAIN has 3 Meier beamship films

January 19, 2018

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More in your face disclosure that all the FRAUDS- OLD AND NEW- FAIL to SEE, because they do not want to find the TRUTH.  Frauds like Salla, Howe, Greer, Gilliland, Wilcock, Goode, DeLonge, Deschamps, Sather, and Yanaros are clueless or complicit in the coverup.

See also: https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/x-files-2016-premiere-has-2-e-t-craft-beamship-photographs/

See also:  https://billymeier.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/40-out-of-1490-photos-of-benevolent-e-t-craft-engaging-the-human-race-2/

Names of most recent E.T. visitors

January 16, 2018

Latest visitors to the SSSC, continuing contact with the Ban Srut on Earth:

recent visitors to SSSC




Salmon and Orcas sick of Man Made Pesticides

January 13, 2018

US review shows pesticides harm threatened salmon, whales

Federal scientists have determined that a family of widely used pesticides poses a threat to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including Pacific salmon, Atlantic sturgeon and Puget Sound orcas.

The National Marine Fisheries Service issued its new biological opinion on three organophosphate pesticides—chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion—after a yearslong court fight by environmental groups. At the urging of pesticide manufacturers, the Trump administration had sought a two-year delay of a court-ordered deadline to issue the findings by the end of 2017, but it was unsuccessful.

The exhaustive 3,700-page federal review , dated Dec. 29, concludes that chlorpyrifos and malathion jeopardize 38 out of the 77 species under the jurisdiction of the fisheries service and that diazinon was found to jeopardize 25 of the listed species.

Organophosphorus gas was originally developed as a chemical weapon before World War II. Dow Chemical, based in Midland, Michigan, has been selling chlorpyrifos for spraying on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops since the 1960s. It is among the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the United States, with Dow selling about 5 million pounds (2.3 million kilograms) domestically each year.

Studies have shown for years that even low levels of pesticides running off into streams and rivers can impair the growth, swimming ability and reproductive systems of salmon. Potentially harmful levels of the toxins then build up in the bodies of orcas, also known as killer whales, that eat salmon.

orca salmon

“Salmon have been waiting four decades for relief from toxic pesticides in many of our rivers,” said Glen Spain, the northwest regional director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations. “The agencies should do their job.”

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-01-pesticides-threatened-salmon-whales.html#jCp

SpaceX Falcon Heavy to send Tesla to Mars

January 8, 2018

Areas of No Oxygen in Ocean Waters

January 5, 2018

In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen has gone up more than fourfold. In coastal water bodies, including estuaries and seas, low-oxygen sites have increased more than 10-fold since 1950. Scientists expect oxygen to continue dropping even outside these zones as Earth warms.

“Oxygen is fundamental to life in the oceans,” said Denise Breitburg, lead author and marine ecologist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. “The decline in ocean oxygen ranks among the most serious effects of human activities on the Earth’s environment.”

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-01-broadest-view-world-oxygen-scientists.html#jCp

See also: https://billymeier.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/destruction-of-the-environment-as-the-consequence-of-overpopulation.pdf

See also: https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/90-percent-of-the-worlds-fisheries-facing-collapse/