Monthly Archives: January 2013

Inventions and Deceptions – Coriolis Effect

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The Coriolis Effect is a very real optical illusion that appears to deflect a moving object from its trajectory when it is viewed in the context of a rotating reference frame. Unfortunately, this optical illusion is incorporated into some very … Continue reading

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Planetary Rotation 3: Mars, Earth and Venus

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The second part of this post calculated a generalised view of the relationship between the “Corotational Radius” and the ”Corotational Period” of the planets in the Solar System. This third [and final] instalment examines whether these generalised formulae have any … Continue reading

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Planetary Rotation 2: The Gas Giants

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The first part of this post found a statistical relation between the planetary period of rotation [in days] and the diameter [in kilometres] for the Gas Giants of the Solar System. However, describing this statistical relationship in more detail is … Continue reading

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Planetary Rotation 1: Atmospheric Corotation

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Atmospheric Corotation is one of those “dark corners” of science where mainstream scientists “fear to tread”. Physics and the Earth sciences seem to [currently] avoid the subject “like the plague”. Generally, atmospheric corotation is relegated to the fringes of Astronomy … Continue reading

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Solar System – Rankine Vortex

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In 1619 Johannes Kepler published his Third Law of Planetary Motion which describes the relationship between the orbital periods of the planets and their distance from the Sun. The square of the orbital period equals the cube of the orbital … Continue reading

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Geocentric Rankine Vortex – Orbital Decay

In the earlier Geocentric Rankine Vortex posting the trajectory of an object released from 129,530 kilometres above the Earth surface was examined: The implication of a theoretical [unrestrained] Geocentric Rankine Vortex is that the vortex has a distinct “boundary” at … Continue reading

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Geocentric Rankine Vortex

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This post examines the proposition that the Earth is at the centre of a Rankine Vortex that generates the centripetal force that is commonly known as Gravity. The Rankine vortex model is an attempt to describe the velocity profile through … Continue reading

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Solar System: Holocene Lawler Events

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In recent years there have been a number of studies proposing millennium-scale climate cycles. Fred Singer and Dennis Avery believe there is an unstoppable 1,500 year cycle. Evidence of the global nature of the 1,500-year climate cycles includes very long-term … Continue reading

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Celebrating Changing Climate Science

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In 1993 the Cambridge University Press published the “Atlas of Satellite Observations Related to Global Change” edited by Robert J. Gurney, James L. Foster, and Claire L. Parkinson. Perhaps, with hindsight, this book represents the “golden age” for Climate Science … Continue reading

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