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from the Cosmic Elk.
the series on Siberia, with some useful sources
and further reading.
History of Siberia|
the geology and
|Time Before Clocks|
The Great Bear |
and the Cosmic Hunt
the ancient sky
calendar and myths.
Directions of Time|
and feng shui origins
bronze and iron age|
civilizations from Siberia
|Shamans and Time|
Medieval Siberian |
British and Russians|
16th century Yakutia:|
origin of the Sakha
17th century Yakutia|
and the Russian Invasion
18th century Yakutia|
the explorers: part one
18th century Yakutia|
the explorers: part two
18th and 19th centuries
Yakutia 1820 to 1890|
|Japan attacks Russia|
and a British gold mine
starts a revolution
As seen by
shamans and scientists
Siberia: 1917 to present|
Mercury - its history|
- its transit
Venus - its history|
- its transit
Mars - its history|
Jupiter - its history|
Saturn - its history|
and Cassini updates
|Uranus - its history|
|Neptune - its history|
|The Moon and Calendars|
|Origins of modern calendar|
Moon and Eclipses|
and history links
and Winter Solstice
|The Cosmic Mill|
Iron Age astronomy:|
The Ptolemy Effect|
Hampton Court Clock|
Latest updated booklet
on the Hampton Court Clock
full story so far.
King Edward VI's|
|Lady Jane Grey's Clocks|
clocks and scandal
Astronomy in the |
The impact of the
France, China and
and the Problem of Longitude
18th century astronomy|
and fuzzy blobs
- its history
in the 19th to
red shift and big bang
problems with Big Bang
and dark matter.
Story of the |
used as sewer
The First Batteries.|
taking part |
Unauthorized use |
of the name Cosmic Elk
is an infringement of
|Dark Matter is not as dark as previously thought.|
NASA's Dawn mission, arrived at Ceres in March 2015 and is now orbiting Ceres. More information.
Barrier protecting the Earth in the Van Allen belts.
Rosetta is following the comet as it heads towards the sun reaching somewhere between the orbits of Earth and Mars before heading out again.
Leads to suspicion that the Big Bang may be a sort of updated creation myth. And an illusion caused by the limitations of our equipment and our brains. Perhaps.
New discoveries at Stonehenge reveal much more.
New techniques show that the main Bronze-Age pillars at Stonehenge were covered in carvings of axe heads and daggers. Picture shows part of one of the images obtained.
It is now absolutely certain that Stonehenge was used for midwinter ceremonies to mark the winter solstice. Which we still celebrate.
Richard III revealed. The data from his bones shows his changing life style, what he ate etc. The television programme refered to also shows how they found a young man of 27, near the same age as Richard III was when fighting his last battle, who had the much same sort of scoliosis. They wanted to see how possible it was for Richard to fight in armour and ride a horse. It turned out that actually the saddle used then was very supportive. As I also have scoliosis was interested in this. They showed how brave Richard was, but was trapped and outnumbered in the end. (I think he should not have worn his crown - it must have made him a bit of a target).
Picture shows a handaxe dated to at least 30,000 years ago, recently found in Australia.
If different wavelengths of light experience spacetime differently, the big bang may never have happened. As has been suspected. Time is an invention by us and for us to measure the duration of events. This article shows that time may have no beginning, no "big bang".
ISONSaw comet ISON in late afternoon with two little tails when was heading for the sun. A great show was expected when it returned. It didn't only small fragments seem to have survived.
Lots of debris from Mars is known to have landed on Earth, and this is how it could have got here.
Free Longitude Stuff. Documents relating to the Board of Longitude have now been put on on line. Also free on-line is a shorter but updated version of our previously published book "John Harrison and the Problem of Longitude" by Mervyn Hobden and Heather Hobden. The technical details are being published in papers and articles by Mervyn Hobden.
Latest discoveries show that life on Earth may have resulted from a massive impact or impacts on Mars in its first billion years.
What happened in 775 AD (or just before) as revealed by tree rings. Perhaps reported in the entry for that year in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (translated): "This year also appeared in the heavens a red cross, after sunset. The Mercians and the men of Kent fought at Otford. And wonderful serpents were seen in the land of the South-Saxons." Speculations include a supernova. Another idea is the collision of two black holes into each other.
More evidence for Moon forming in collision. With a large object which has been called Theia (mother of the moon Selene in Greek mythology). The collision melted and vapourised Theia and much of the Earth's mantle. This rock vapour condensed to form the Moon.
When did we start learning astronomyThe history of astronomy goes back further in time than previously imagined. Early humans in South-East Asia, of at least two different species ancestral to to modern humans today, succeeded in travelling across open sea to islands in what is now Indonesia, and further to Australia. As much as a million years ago. Even in an ice-age, open seas wide enough to form a barrier to plants and animals divided islands like Flores from its neighbours, and the Australian continent from South-East Asia. These early voyagers would have had the technology to make sea-worthy boats, as even in the shorter crossings, the seas was infested with hungry sharks and crocodiles, toxic jellyfish, sudden violent storms and strong currents. And they must have had developed some way of finding their way to another shore. See also and early rock art found. About 65,000 years ago there were massive volcanic eruptions in Indonesia. Volcanic ash was blown north-west to cover India. It was about then that Australia started becoming populated significantly. Possibly with people fleeing in the opposite direction and taking to boats.
Inside the Hampton Court Clock.
ISBN: 978-1-871443-14-1. Printed copies sold out. Free pdf version now available.
By Heather Hobden one of the authors of the original official guides to the astronomical clock at Hampton Court Palace, this book contains the full information and latest discoveries on the history of this famous clock. Including those involved in the design, construction and maintenance, and our discovery of the hidden Tudor loo. The booklet has been updated with the latest evidence given to us from the recent restoration by the Cumbria Clock company.
The picture shows the back of the astronomical dial taken by Heather Hobden. This was before the latest restoration. Samples of metal were sent for testing. Results show that the copper dials date back to Wren's clock, which is why it is so different from the descriptions of the clock in the late 16th century and early 17th century. In fact the only parts that were left of Oursian's clock may have been the bits we were able to see through a hole in the door of the Tudor toilet, which were sticking out of the loo.
So this is not the clock face as seen by Henry VIII. Before 1541, the tower may have been the one used by Henry VIII as his laboratory (he was keen on medicine and mixed his own ointments and potions), and the top of the tower which was then a flat space was used by him for astronomy - another of his hobbies, he had instruments specially made for him.
The clock, with just the one large bell which was moved to the clock tower we see today, may have been in the original bell tower in Wolsey's palace, of which only part survives as this part of the palace was reconstructed considerably by Henry VIII. At the time this part of the palace was being renovated, we were shown the remains inside the building of the earlier clock tower.
Tudor Bastard: Henry VIII's son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and his mother Elizabeth Blount. ISBN: 978-1-871443-30-1, by Heather Hobden.
Now out of print. It is being replaced by a full version, ISBN: 9781871443400, with much more information on Henry VIII's other son, his life and times, family, friends, the political and economic background, and the mystery of his sudden death just as an act had been passed through Parliament to enable Henry VIII to name his son as his successor.
The original booklet has been used by other historians and teachers as a source. It had been expanded from an article, extended as more and additional information was requested. It could be seen that it was time the full story was investigated, so this new material is collected together in the cosmicelk.net website with all the additional material originally researched from primary sources, plus some fresh material and relevant events. This website also has links to references, books, and links to relevant websites for more information.
John Harrison and the Problem of Longitudeby Heather and Mervyn Hobden.
First published in 1988, and updated and expanded since. The latest version of John Harrison and the Problem of Longitude is now available as a free pdf. This booklet has an account of the problems of finding longitude at sea, and the story of John Harrison who searched for a solution with a maritime clock that would keep precise time at sea. This work has been used as reference by writers, film and tv producers and others. Those needing more information, are welcome to contact us. Feedback and discussion always welcome. Mervyn Hobden has given many talks on Harrison and the longitude problem. He has written papers on the scientific work of John Harrison in a number of horological magazines - also published in USA.
Recently we have taken part in the commemorative events at Greenwich where Mervyn Hobden FBHI, gave one of the talks. The booklet gives the story of finding longitude and the part played by John Harrison. Lincolnshire's second most famous scientist. Anyone needing more on the technical information and discoveries, is welcome to contact us.
The illustration is of a teatowel, printed for us by Impsport, no longer available. However the Maritime Museum has H4 fridge magnets.
John Harrison was just as interested in music as he was in horology. As he was a choir master, he was interested in getting a good sound from an amateur choir, something he had in common with Handel, and his work on musical scales has been studied by Charles Lucy.
Siberia: land beyond time.
by Heather Hobden, ISBN 978-1-871443-16-5
The history of this ancient and forgotten land, its great mineral wealth and rich cultural heritage. One of the oldest and the longest inhabited countries in the world. Recently DNA as well as culture has connected Europeans with the First Americans with their origins in central Siberia.
The story is still on the cosmicelk.net website as it is continually updated as new information is discovered. Feedback, links, information, etc. is always welcome.
Most of the information has already been published in articles and booklets, courses and talks, and other websites, and used by others, including in Russian and Sakha, and therefore some is copyright. Always willing to help with information as much as possible.
looking beyond "the Cosmic Elk" (Plough constellation) with Hubble to NGC 2841
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