A new Little Ice Age; ancient asteroids visit; the US meets its marks—with Robert Zimmerman

Nov 14, 04:30 AM
Image: The Frozen Thames, 1677, by Abraham Hondius.  Public domain.
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Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack,com, shines a light on the mysterious asteroids Ryugu and Benu, both rubble piles, carboneaceous chondrites, thought to come from the very beginnings of our Solar System. The many categories don't yet make much sense to us.  Benu has “had frequent outbursts.” May hit Earth in the last quarter of the 21st Century. Osiris Rex is the probe to Benu. Japanese Space Agency.

Interstellar space – one of the two Voyager craft has officially left the Solar System, Both functioning more than 11 billion miles from Earth and we still receive their data.

YuTu 2 and Chang I 4 have completed their eleventh lunar day. Congratulations, 朋友

We’re moving into a solar minimum. Any resolution? Nope.  October data of sunspot activity: one weak sunspot in the beginning of the month, then flatlined – fewest sunspots since the Maunder Minimum in the 16th Century (“the Little Ice Age”).

Anecdotally, whenever there’s a minimum of sunspots it grows cooler on the Earth. 

The Paris Agreement climate treaty: although we’ve withdrawn from it, the US is the only country in the world that has met its goals!