Aurora-like curtains and filaments of
the Cygnus Loop, the aftermath of a supernova, suggest an electric
event, perhaps the explosion of a plasma “double layer” in a galactic
The Cygnus Loop is thought to be a middle-aged
remnant of a nearby supernova, the collapse of a star whose nuclear fuel
has been used up. From a plasma cosmology point of view, a supernova
has nothing to do with the hypothetical nuclear engine. It is an
electric event, perhaps the explosion of a double layer in a galactic
The aurora-like curtains and filaments seen here
have more in common with electric currents in plasma than with
mechanical models based on acoustic shocks. A Birkeland current can
separate elements because the atoms of each element ionize at an energy
level unique to that particular element. The strength of the currents
vary where they twist and compress along their length. The result is
concentrations of different elements in regions where the ionization
potential matches the strength of the Birkeland current. The top photo
illustrates this principle. It is color-coded to show regions of the
nebula where different elements predominate. Blue is ionized oxygen, red
is ionized sulfur and green is ionized hydrogen.
The bottom photo illustrates the intricacy of the
twisted Birkeland currents. Other characteristics of the Cygnus Loop
that support an Electric Universe interpretation include polarization of
light, compression by magnetic fields, acceleration of relativistic
electrons, and x-ray hotspots.
The cellular structure that confines and transmits
electric currents in space is are not directly detectable from a
distance. But we've seen them in action on Earth and in near-space. Here
we observe many of the same behaviors. Do we dare assume that our own
solar system is the only place in the universe where electric currents
play an active role? No--it's much safer to assume that interstellar
space beyond our solar system plays by the same rules we observe here.
And those rules are electrical.
Please check out Professor Don Scott's
new book The Electric Sky.
READERS: Wallace Thornhill, David Talbott, and Anthony
Peratt will share the stage with other investigators of
planetary catastrophe at the British Society for
Interdisciplinary Studies “Conference 2007” August