Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve - BBC News
Steve is a "remarkably common" gas ribbon in the upper atmosphere.

“A group of aurora enthusiasts have found a new type of light in the night sky and named it Steve. Eric Donovan from the University of Calgary in Canada spotted the feature in photos shared on a Facebook group. He did not recognise it as a catalogued phenomenon and although the group were calling it a proton arc, he knew proton auroras were not visible.Testing showed it appeared to be a hot stream of fast-flowing gas in the higher reaches of the atmosphere….”

Hi Steve!

Light pillars by Victor Stolbovoy

Time was around midnight. I accidentally looked out of window and noticed something strange, sort of illusion of reflection. Thinking that it might be a greasy window surface I opened it. In two minutes I was outside with a tripod and a loaded camera almost running in awe towards one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen.

Produsent: J. L. Nerlien A/S, nordlys, Grønland, 19. januar 1939.

Grev Micard ledet Quest-ekspedisjonen med fangstskuta Quest i Loch Fine, Nord-Østgrønland 1936-1937. Bildene er trolig tatt der.

Norsk Teknisk Museum, NTM CST 36.

The Best Of Owl City Music Videos

Adam Young drives the Delorean around and almost runs himself over.

Adam Young mistakes a gas-station owner for an attractive girl.

Adam Young makes his toys come to life.

Adam Young makes people leave streaks of light behind them as they run, like in athletics commercials and Disney Channel ads.

Adam Young dwells within an arcade game with a few kawaii back-up singers. 

Shaquille O’Neal is in the Vanilla Twilight video with no explanation. He screams ‘take me with you’ joyfully at a multicolored atmospheric phenomena. 

Giant Waterspout Off Florida Coast

The above picture is one of the best caught images of a waterspout, a type of tornado that occurs over water. Waterspouts are spinning columns of rising moist air that typically form over warm water. They can be as dangerous as tornadoes, with some featuring wind speeds of over 200 kilometers per hour. Some waterspouts are relatively transparent and only initially visible when an unusual pattern is spotted on the water’s surface.This waterspout was spotted near Tampa Bay, Florida. The area of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida is arguably the most active in the world for the occurrence of waterspouts, with hundreds forming each year. Some people believe large waterspouts are the cause of the unusual disappearances and disasters suffered by planes and ships in the Bermuda Triangle.

The signs as sciences

Aries:  Aeronautics// Aircraft design, construction, and navigation.

Taurus:  Astrophysics // The branch of astronomy that deals with the physics of stellar phenomena.

Gemini:  Gelotology // The study of laughter.

Cancer:  Cosmology // The study of the physical universe considered as a totality of phenomena in time and space.

Leo:  Robotics // The science of technology to design, fabrication, and application of robots.

Virgo:  Astronomy // The study of outer space.

Libra:  Oceanography // The exploration and study of the ocean.

Scorpio:  Horology // The science of measuring time and making time pieces

Sagittarius:  Cartography // The art or technique of making maps or charts.

Capricorn:  Volcanology // The study of volcanoes and volcanic phenomena.

Aquarius:  Meteorology // The study of weather and atmospheric conditions including whether phenomenas 

Pisces:  Botany // The study of plants.

Noctilucent Clouds at Summer Solstice

Ruslan: “My first capture of NLC this season! Captured at 2:14 local time.

I also made some weather observations: usually people say that NLC appear when there’s absolutely no wind on the ground—this night it was pretty windy, about 8-10 m/s.”

Polar Mesospheric Clouds (also known as noctilucent clouds) are transient, upper atmospheric phenomena observed usually in the summer months at high latitudes (greater than 50 degrees) of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. They are bright and cloud-like in appearance while in deep twilight. They are illuminated by sunlight when the lower layers of the atmosphere are in the darkness of the Earth’s shadow.

“At 80km above the earth, these are the highest clouds in the atmosphere and are composed of ice crystals. They can be seen in the late spring and summer only when the sun is below the horizon and at latitudes of 50-65 degrees north and south of the equator.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Credit: Ruslan Merzlyakov

Location: Nykøbing Mors, Denmark

Image Date: June 21, 2017

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A Silmarillion fanfic

Summary: Maedhros spends the night hours alone between starlight and a glow on the horizon, the promise of morning.

Genre: Gen; Rating: General audiences; Length: 950 words

Some keywords: Himring, very light angst, kind of a character study, gratuitous description of ordinary atmospheric phenomena

A/N: This ficlet was inspired by Himring being a chilly, northern place and as such much like my own northern homeland where spring nights are cold but beautiful, so I’m posting this on the ‘locations’ day of TolkienWeek. This is also kind of a companion piece to Midwinter in Himring though more introspective, so strictly speaking nothing happens, apart from the sun rising and Maedhros thinking about stuff.

(AO3 link)


The promise of morning

Maedhros walks up the narrow spiral staircase in the dark, the stone steps familiar enough after a century that he doesn’t need light to find his way from his bedroom to the topmost tower room.

He made the tallest tower in Himring his abode so that he can watch the north, but the highest room has a window to every direction. He can watch the sunsets as well as sunrises if he so wishes and he often does, especially in the summer.

Summer nights here in the north of the world are a beautiful thing.

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Well, better later than never. I wanted to do something for the meihem week, but I had no time, so there is it now. I’ve been ruminating about an AU for them, although it had ended getting out of my hands and becoming somewhat an open All-characters Au world… thing. xD (There will be meihem at some point, but it’s not a main point in the plot). It`s called for now: Solarwatch.

Basically, Mei is a field climatologist, specialized in dangerous atmospheric phenomena, who works for Overwatch industries. Overwatch is a big, wealthy company, specialiced in innovation in a lot of fields. Mei`s reseach is funded by the company. (funilly enough, I didn’t know the movie Twister existed until I explained this idea to a friend XD).

Which is what brings her to a lanky small town in the middle of nowhere, surrounded mostly by old farms. Junkrat and Roadhog live there, taking care of their own business (?). The plot somehow start during one of the tornado alerts. While they are heading to their bunker, Junkrat takes his time admiring the destruction, which allows him to see a stranger (Mei) way too close to the danger zone. They end up having to fetch her into the bunker with them. Of course the van and all the equipment gets blown up and Mei gets stuck with the two farmers until the damage is fixed enough in the town for her to comunicate with overwatch.

The designs and ideas aren’t still 100% finished, so there can be some changes.

Although this has a plot, though, I’m not doing a full comic, but vignettes, sketchworks and some scattered illustrations. So it’s not going to be in chronological order or have an schedule.

It has been a long time since I uploaded anything to Tumblr, and well, I want to apologize for that. I will try to force myself to upload more stuff. Thanks everyone for the attention!.

Sorry if in the Au, or in the descriptions, there is some English mistakes. it’s not my Mother language. Thanks to @underloks for the help in English.

Part 1

Divination 101- Types of Divination (A)

For those of you who are new  here I am a diviner. I use Tarot and Oracle cards for myself and as a service to others. You can find my shop here. Frequently I get the comment that ‘Tarot doesn’t work for me’ followed by the question ‘what else is there?’

The answer? Sooo much. Below is a list. You will note that it only covers the letter A. I will be doing one post for each letter of the alphabet and then creating a master list when I am done.

I will attempt to be as thorough as possible. Please note that I am not an expert on many of these.

Acultomancy- Using needles. This was first used by the Romani people. A reader would pick up a specific amount of needles (The number depended upon the reader  but was usually divisible by the number 7) The needles would be dropped into a shallow bowl of water or upon a flat surface that had been coated with flour. The patterns that arose would be interpreted.Lines and angles were most important.

Aeromancy- Air divination with a focus on atmospheric phenomena. This included cloud formations, shifts and changes in the wind, discerning lightening, meteors and shooting stars, and more. If it happened in the sky it was important to this branch of divination. It was widely used and recognized as a branch of science until the Renaissance era.

Ailuromancy- Watching the movements of cats. This was MOST used for determining future weather patterns. However a dear friend and fellow diviner says that her feline is the best divination tool she has. Her moods and movements can tell her about a persons health, love life, or even financial troubles. My cat can only tell me when I’ve done something stupid or he’s hungry.

Alectryomancy- Using the movements and attitudes of small fowl (such as roosters and chickens) as a tool of divination. It was preferred for this branch of divination to use a white rooster or cockrel and place him amongst scattered grain. When the bird was done eating the diviner would look at the patterns and use this as their tool. Also. Some who used this type of divination would create a special board where all the letters and a few small words were drawn out. Grain or corn would be placed upon it and the words or letters that were uncovered by the chickens feasting would allow give them a pool to sort through and divine messages.

Aleuromancy- The use of flour as a divination tool. If you are a kitchen witch I HIGHLY suggest trying this at least once. There are two forms of this. The first is to toss flour unto a clean surface and look for patterns in the fluff. The second (and my preferred) is that you write the question on a piece of paper or into the flour itself. Then proceed to make a cake or bread You then take a piece of paper and write down all possible outcomes or conclusions to your question that pop into your head. Tear the paper into strips and put it into your dough. Mix it and bake it. When you break apart the bread the first message you receive is the answer to your question. Do not eat the bread. Depending on the paper and the tool you used to write the messages it could be poisonous.

Alomancy- Using the patterns of thrown or dropped salt as your tool of divination. It is also called Adromancy, ydromancie, idromancie, or halomancy. Salt is not only considered one of the core parts of witchcraft it is also the means by which people survived for thousands of years. It is thought that Alomancy is the oldest form of divination.

Ashagalomancy- If you’ve ever seen one of those super stereotypical hags on the television who are tossing out bones and using them as her form of divination then you have seen ashagalomancy in action. The bones are almost always small and (usually) come from animals. Like many forms of divination one must interpret the patterns of the bones.

Aspidomancy- is divination by entering a trance or ecstasy. This one falls under some scrutiny since it was documented by the french writer Pierre De Lancre in the 17th century while in the Indies. He wrote that “The sorcerer casts a circle, and steps upon the buckler at the center. he falls thus into a frenzy and…when the devil speaks within him the words come from his own lips”

Astragalomancy-  is divination by dice. While any types of dice can be used so long as the diviner themselves are comfortable with them in their origin special dice marked with symbols and letters were used. Often times these dice (like most dice before we developed plastic) were made of bone or (uncommonly) wood. The followers of Aphrodite were must likely to carry these in Greece. However they have the longest use by the Shona people of Africa who continue to use their dice (referred to as Hakata) today.

Astrology - One of the most popular and well known forms of divination astrology uses all the celestial bodies as the tools of divination. It is complex and multi-layered as the persons date and hour of birth, the current date and time, and other factors may be included in any readings. Because of its inherently complex nature it has fallen out of favor due to many charlatans using it to make quick money.

Augury- is divination from the behavior of birds.It is one of the forms of divination that was used in nearly every ancient culture that practiced divination. It was the study of not just the flights of birds, but their migration patterns, the colors of the wings, their numbers, where they landed, how many would take off or stay in certain circumstances. There are multiple stories and myths that revolve around an augur giving out wisdom. They were so popular that the term augury became synonymous with divination.

Austromancy- divination by the winds. The winds that came from the south were considered especially important. The strength, the pulse, and the temperature of the winds were the basis for forming a divine reading.

Auto-manzia-  is divination using ten straight pins and three bent pins. It is a very uncommon form of divination and was practiced only in Italy. The most famous practitioner of this form of Divination is was the psychic Maria Rosa Donati-Evstigneeff.

The picture above was taken on 8th September 1979, and was captured by my Father during a family holiday in Wales. I remember the date because it was the day after my seventh birthday. It was taken with a Polaroid camera during an afternoon of typical Welsh weather - bad light and heavy mist - as we were walking back across the sand dunes to our coastal holiday cottage. The picture has sat fading in a box for many years, and I have scanned it into a digital format, which explains much of the grain and wear. Despite this, you can still clearly see the three tall, thin and oddly shaped people who were watching us as we walked. Our progress was slow as my Mother was heavily pregnant with my Brother at the time, and I was watching my feet kick patterns in the sand when I heard her cry out in surprise. I looked up to see my Dad throwing a protective arm around her, and then I was grabbed and pulled tightly to him. Dad told us to be quiet and then took the camera from a pocket inside his jacket, and took three photographs as quickly as the Polaroid would allow. The first didn’t develop, the second is the one you see, and by the time the last one was snapped they had completely disappeared. We walked across the dunes, my Father someway in front of us, to the spot the figures had been, but there was no-one. I watched the waves kiss the beach as my parents spoke quietly and looked at the picture, before we returned to the cottage. It was raining hard by the time we reached it.

For the previous three nights there had been strange lights over the bay, a collection of red and white points that moved in patterns and blinked on and off. I hadn’t seen them the first night, but on the second my Dad had woken me, and we stood on the porch in our pyjamas and watched the show for a good fifteen minutes, shivering together as the coastal wind whipped around. On the third night we had been driving back from a meal at a pub when my Mother pointed out the lights once more, and when a pull-in area appeared on the road we stopped. I stayed in the car but my parents joined another couple who had pulled their own vehicle over to watch the strange lights. A police car stopped and two officers stepped out, and one of the clearest, most vivid images from my childhood is of these six people watching those unidentified flying objects. The next morning, the day of the photograph, a report appeared in the local newspaper. I know we had a copy, but for the life of me I can’t find it. When I do, I’ll scan and upload the article. The headline was ‘Strange Lights Buzz Coastal Towns - Dozens Report Sightings’, and it appeared in the Cardigan Herald. I’m sure it’s online in some archive if you want to look it up.

Following the encounter and the photograph my parents decided to cut our holiday short by a day; within an hour of getting back to the cottage they had packed everything into the back of our Ford Cortina, and we were back in England before dark. I wasn’t sorry to leave; I loved the beach holidays in Wales but this time had been different, and while I hadn’t been frightened by the lights or the strange people in the dunes, I was frightened because my parents appeared to be. At home life changed; my brother was born nine days later, and a new term at school meant that I was back with friends and lessons, and didn’t have much time to think about the holiday. We returned to Wales the following year without incident, and had a fine time. In the few years that followed my grandmother passed, my parents divorced, and I grew into my teens. All experiences of Wales, mysterious or not, were left behind as my childhood faded.

So what did we see? The lights in the sky were odd, unnatural, and over the years I’ve read many explanations for unidentified flying objects; weather balloons, experimental aircraft, atmospheric phenomena. All I know is a lot of people saw them, including the police, so something was there. As for the people in the photograph, I can still recall the jerky, jittery way in which they moved, long limbs pushing them around, dark shapes with angular heads, looking at us before they floated away behind the mounds of sand. Recently I talked about it with my Father, and we both agreed that it was an odd experience, that the photograph has captured an image of something that neither of us have ever been able to really explain. Dad remembers looking at them and being overcome with a sense of dread that he’d never felt before, or since, and if he hadn’t had a family to protect he’d have run. All I remember is sitting in the back of the car as we drove away from the cottage, turning around to look out the back window, and seeing a black figure standing in the garden. It looked at me and I turned back quickly, stared down at my hands, and stayed that way for a long time. I’ve never told my Dad about that. I keep that particular slice of dread for myself. 

© Rich Wilson - 20th April 2014