Magnetic Vortex in Space
It has been called a “magnetic Slinky” in the Orion
Molecular Cloud. But electrical theorists predict that we
will discover counterparts everywhere in space if we will
simply look for them.
they have discovered a giant magnetic field that is coiled
like a snake around a rod-shaped gas cloud in the
constellation Orion. Timothy Robishaw, a graduate student at
the University of California, Berkeley, involved in the
discovery, described the structure as a "giant, magnetic
Slinky wrapped around a long, finger-like interstellar
So goes the story from Space.com about the discovery of an
electrical vortex whirling through the cosmos. But, as we
often noted in these pages, astrophysicists continue to
misunderstand what they see because they insist on seeing
gas where plasma currents flow.
Continuing with the article...“The helical shape of the
magnetic field is believed to be caused by matter in the
interstellar cloud moving in a straight line along the
length of the filament. When this happens, it causes the
magnetic field around the cloud to spiral around in a
corkscrew pattern. The researchers were able to detect this
spiral shape using the Green Bank Telescope, a radio
observatory in West Virginia.”
This is the classic "cart-before-the-horse" argument used by
astrophysicists. It relies on a magnetic field being
generated and trapped mysteriously within the gas cloud, the
movement of the cloud itself causing the spiral magnetic
field. Nothing about the cloud – its magnetic field, its
shape, its movement, or what lights it – is actually
explained by this kind of argument.
The unwillingness of theorists to countenance electric
currents in space prevents them from seeing the obvious:
The power that forms and lights the rod-shaped gas cloud is
electrical. The cloud and the magnetic field merely
trace the current flow of a cosmic Birkeland current (see
15.3.2). It was Kristian Birkeland in 1908 who
postulated the existence of the currents that bear his name.
And in 1939, Nobel Laureate Hannes Alfvén was the first
physicist to promote Birkeland’s theory in a paper about
electrical currents generated by the solar wind.
In electrical terms, the spiraling magnetic field of the
Orion Molecular Cloud derives partly from an external field
aligned with the cloud axis and partly from the toroidal
field produced by the current flowing along the cloud axis.
This is the way electrified plasma behaves in the
laboratory. The current is strongest at the axis (shown in
red) and becomes weaker further away from the axis. If
astrophysicists recognized this simple fact, the glowing
arms of spiral galaxies would at last be seen as
electromagnetic structures, subject to electromagnetic
forces. The point needs to be made again and again: In our
Electric Universe there is no need for weird "dark matter."
We should look to radio astronomers, like those at the Green
Bank Radio Telescope, who can map cosmic magnetic fields,
for more and more evidence of cosmic Birkeland currents.
Contributed by Steve Smith
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