A GLOBAL MAGNETIC ANOMALY

美女图片1美女图片1Lately, Earth’s magnetic field has been quiet. Very quiet. The sun is in the pits of what may turn out to be the deepest Solar Minimum in a century. Geomagnetic storms just aren’t happening.

美女图片1“That’s why I was so surprised on June 23rd when my instruments picked up a magnetic anomaly,” reports Stuart Green, who operates a research-grade magnetometer in his backyard in Preston UK. “For more than 30 minutes, the local magnetic field oscillated like a sine wave.”

Green quickly checked solar wind data from NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite. “There was nothing–no uptick in the solar wind speed or other factors that might explain the disturbance,” he says.

He wasn’t the only one who noticed. In the Lofoten islands of Norway, Rob Stammes detected a similar anomaly on his magnetometer. “It was remarkable,” says Stammes. “Our magnetic field swung back and forth by about 1/3rd of a degree. I also detected ground currents with the same 10 minute period.”

What happened? Space physicists call this phenomenon a “pulsation continuous” or “Pc” for short. Imagine blowing across a piece of paper, making it flutter with your breath. Solar wind can have a similar effect on magnetic fields. Pc waves are essentially flutters propagating down the flanks of Earth’s magnetosphere excited by the breath of the sun. During more active phases of the solar cycle, these flutters are easily lost in the noise of rambunctious geomagnetic activity. But during the extreme quiet of Solar Minimum, such waves can make themselves “heard” like a pin dropping in an silent room.

Earth’s magnetic field was so quiet on June 23rd, the ripple was heard all around the world. INTERMAGNET‘s global network of magnetic observatories picked up wave activity at the same time from Hawaii to China to the Arctic Circle. There’s even a hint of it in Antarctica (note Scott Base in the plot, above).

Pc waves are classified into 5 types depending on their period. The 10-minute wave on June 23rd falls into category Pc5. Slow Pc5 waves have been linked to a loss of particles from the van Allen radiation belts. Energetic electrons surf these waves down into Earth’s atmosphere, where they dissipate harmlessly.

With Solar Minimum in full swing, there’s never been a better time to study these waves. Keep quiet … and stay tuned for more.

Foundation TV Series

Apple release first trailer for its FOUNDATION TV series

Apple TV has released the first trailer for its TV mini-series based on the Foundation novels by Isaac Asimov.

Set more than twenty thousand years in the future, Foundation?depicts a Galactic Empire that spans hundreds of thousands of star systems with a population in the trillions. The Empire seems prosperous and strong, but mathematician Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) has used incredibly advanced mathematical models – a science he calls “psychohistory” – to predict that the Empire will collapse in a matter of years, ushering in thirty thousand years of barbarism. This creates a storm of controversy, with some citing Seldon as a panic-monger and others thinking he can help resolve a number of looming crises. Eventually Seldon is allowed to found a secret society known as the Foundation, a scientific elite operating from behind the scenes who can reduce the interregnum to a mere single millennium before a new centralised empire arises.

The seven Foundation novels cover the first five hundred years or so of Seldon’s Plans, chronicling how the Foundation avoids destruction and helps guide humanity to the next phase of its existence.

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And yet more zines to share!

From the National Fantasy Fan Federation:

TNFF202006

Origin28

Behold: The latest TNFF. Also attached, the latest issue of Origin.

This issue of TNFF includes the Neffy ballot. Please vote.

TNFF ? June 2020

Neffy Awards ? Happy Birthday, Bob Madle!
Publishing Schedule
Membership Roster

Bureaus
Membership Recruitment?Birthday Card Bureau?Correspondence Bureau
Fan-Pro Coordinating Bureau?History and Research Bureau
Pro Bureau?Welcommittee?Writers Exchange Bureau

Letters of Comment
Justin Busch?George Phillies?Lloyd Penney?Angela Myers
Justin Busch?Bob Jennings?Justin Busch

Sercon
Gene Autry, His Accomplishments, and Science Fiction

Contents Origin 28

Editorial by John Thiel, page 3
The Dell Science Fiction Paperbacks, by Jon Swartz, page 5
Fantasy Fantasies, by Jeffrey Redmond, page 11
Letters to Origin, letter from Gary Labowitz, page 16
Flashback to N3F 1983, by John Thiel, page 17
Thought Without Limit, by Judy Carroll, page 20
Shadows and Shade, by John Polselli, page 21
The Fabric of Thought, by Will Mayo, page 22
What, by Gerald F. Heyder, page 24

Fanzines to Share!

Fanzines, forwarded by the The National Fantasy Fan Federation.

Mt Void, edited by Mark and Evelyn Leeper,? is the fanzine of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society.

MT VOID 2121

MT VOID 2120

MT VOID 2119

Spartacus, edited by Guy Lillian III, has great editorial that Keith and Danny will particularly enjoy, lots of very interesting letters as well and a look back at the pandemic from 2025.

THIS HERE… is (mostly) written, edited and produced by:
Nic Farey,

 

 

Perseverance–Launching for Mars

https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/

Mission: To? seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth.

Quick Facts

  • Mission Name: Mars 2020
  • Rover Name: Perseverance
  • Main Job: The Perseverance rover will seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth.
  • Launch Window: July 20 – Aug. 11, 2020
  • Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
  • Landing: Feb. 18, 2021
  • Landing Site: Jezero Crater, Mars
  • Mission Duration: At least one Mars year (about 687 Earth days)
  • Tech Demo: The Mars Helicopter is a technology demonstration, hitching a ride on the Perseverance rover.
  • Fact Sheet
  • Launch Press Kit

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Marvel’s The Rise Of Ultraman #1 hits stands this September

Snitched from File 770:

Marvel’s The Rise Of Ultraman #1 hits stands this September, featuring a cover by Alex Ross. Ultraman has been a pop culture staple since the franchise debuted in the 1960s, and his stories have been depicted on both the page and the screen – and the 2007 Hugo base.

…Storytelling masters Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Winter Soldier) and Mat Groom (Self/Made), together with superstar artists Francesco Manna (Avengers, Fantastic Four) Michael Cho (Captain America) and Gurihiru (The Unstoppable Wasp) will take fans back into the days of darkness, where the terrifying Kaiju lurk….

“Across the globe, Ultraman is as iconic and well-recognized a character as Spider-Man or Iron Man, so when the opportunity arose for us to introduce his mythos to a new generation, as seen through the Marvel lens, we didn’t take that responsibility lightly,” said Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “For fans of the classic 1966 series, there’ll be plenty of Easter eggs that you’ll recognize. But for those who’ve never experienced an Ultraman story before, this series will start at square one—launching an epic showdown fit for the modern age.”

“With release of Marvel’s?The Rise of Ultraman?series, Tsuburaya Productions and our partners at Marvel Comics are taking ULTRAMAN a massive step forward onto the global stage,” said Tsuburaya CEO Takayuki Tsukagoshi. “Marvel’s rendering of the ULTRAMAN story has been faithfully created with the highest level of respect, quality and creativity resulting in a storyline that expands the ULTRAMAN universe.”

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Table of Contents
Editorial. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Reviewer’s Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Anniversaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Eclipse News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
The Joy of High Tech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
The Killing of Julia Wallace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Nebula Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Of Audiobooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Off Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 4
Space Flight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
The Travelling Trufen, O! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Worldcon News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Book Reviews
JTM van den Boom, Kaiserkrieger: Aufgehende Sonne . . . . . . . . 5
JTM Gill, Hollywood Double Agent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
LTM Grossman, Crooked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
JTM Lapkin, Righteous Kill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
JTM Lewis, The Nazi Hunters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
JTM Lunnon-Wood, Dark Rose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
JTM Pournelle/Weber, Mamelukes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
JTM Sawyer, The Oppenheimer Alternative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
JTM Wostyn, With Iron and Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

TV Reviews
TW Cosmos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
TW Homeland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
TW Motherland: Fort Salem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
TW Star Trek: Discovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Random Jottings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 12
John Hertz, Robert S. Kennedy, Timothy Lane, Lloyd Penney, AL
du Pisani, George W. Price, John Purcell, Joy V. Smith
Comments are by JTM or LTM
The 146th Running of the Kentucky Derby will be September 5,
2020.
The 145th Running of the Preakness Stakes will be October 3,
2020.
The 152nd Running of the Belmont Stakes will be June 20, 2020.

The 95th Running of the Hambletonian (1st leg of theTrotting Triple Crown) is August 8, 2020 at
Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The 66th Running of the Yonkers Trot (2nd leg of the Trotting Triple Crown) is September 5, 2020 at
Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York.
The 127th Running of the Kentucky Futurity (3rd leg of the Trotting Triple Crown) is October 6,
2020 at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky.

Trivia: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Art:
Sheryl Birkhead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 12
Alexis A. Gilliland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 15
Trinlay Khadro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Marc Schirmeister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 4, 9

Printed on June 16, 2020
Deadline is August 1, 2020

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