Mar 03, 2008
Mira: The Tale of a Giant Star
The light-years long
plume of ionized gas from this red giant star provides
evidence suggesting its electrical nature.
NASA launched the
Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) spacecraft on April
28, 2003 from the
Cape Canaveral launch facility in southern Florida.
Equipped with advanced near and ultraviolet detectors, GALEX
was scheduled to remain in orbit for about 29 months
studying galaxies in the hundreds of thousands. The mission
has been extended and GALEX continues to return images such
as the one of Mira, a red-giant star with a trail of
material extending from it for about 13 light-years.
Thunderbolts Pictures of the Day, several different
kinds of objects with long "tails" have been considered.
galactic-scale objects such as Centaurus A, to
hot-bright stars, to planets, to
comets it seems as if
everything we study exhibits an
energetic component that is very difficult, if not
impossible, to explain according to conventional theories.
It seems as if every new observation requires a new piece be
added to the theory, or a revision, or an admission of
It is the heart
of science to say, "I don't know" and then proceed from that
platform of ignorance into discovery. NASA scientists say,
"we know how the universe works - it's gravity, baby and
that's it." Or, "there is
no electricity in space and even if there were, it isn't
doing anything," as one correspondent claimed. Except that
the things and events they record with their instruments
deny such assertions.
Mira is a case in
point. The star, Mira, is in reality a pair of stars
orbiting a common center: a binary star. Mira A is a red
giant star and Mira B is most likely a white dwarf, or
perhaps a more normal star in the sequence, the data is
still being considered. Mira A is a
variable star and was the first one discovered that was
not the remnant of a "supernova" explosion. As has been
previously considered in these pages, such double stars (and
other multiple star systems) are indicators that excessive
electrical charge has resulted in stellar fissioning. The
same process can also explain the
supernova phenomenon, except on a more dramatic scale.
As stated by
NASA in the
news release about Mira:
"'I was shocked
when I first saw this completely unexpected, humongous tail
trailing behind a well-known star,' said Christopher Martin
of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena,
Calif. 'It was amazing how Mira's tail echoed on vast,
interstellar scales the familiar phenomena of a jet's
contrail or a speedboat's turbulent wake.' Martin is the
principal investigator for the Galaxy Evolution Explorer,
and lead author of a Nature paper appearing today [August
15, 2007] about the discovery ...."
Once again, the
investigative team ignores the most all-pervasive component
to our galaxy--plasma.
makes up 99% of all that we see in the universe. In a
electrons can be excited by the current flow into
florescence and give off ultraviolet light. The mission team
at NASA thinks the high-frequency emissions are from another
think hot gas in the bow shock is heating up the gas blowing
off the star, causing it to fluoresce with ultraviolet
light. This glowing material then swirls around behind the
star, creating a turbulent, tail-like wake. The process is
similar to a speeding boat leaving a choppy wake, or a steam
train producing a trail of smoke."
According to Martin, et al
there is a far-ultraviolet spectrum as well, and it means
something else in addition to fluorescence:
providing the best fit to the
grism image is H2 emission. It also produces no
detectable counterparts at other wavelengths. The
far-ultraviolet emission cannot be fluorescence of H2
excited by the ambient interstellar ultraviolet radiation
field because this fails to produce the observed brightness
by more than a factor of seven. Rather, we propose that the
emission is excited collisionally by the interaction of H2
in the cool wind wake with hot electrons in the post-shock
gas resulting from the bow shock that also entrains and
decelerates the wind."
explain the energetic emission of ultra-violet light and the
expulsion of what for all intents and purposes is a jet of
material being ejected from Mira as "speedboat wakes" and
"contrails" and "smoke'" they miss important clues about
what is actually causing both manifestations: electrical
transmission across vast distances through
Birkeland currents in ionized,
contrails and smoke all tend to spread out as they move away
from the source, the tail streaming back from Mira cannot be
a mechanically produced phenomenon. Mira's tail is highly
organized along its entire 13 light-year length into what
appears to be a twisted helix, an indication that it may
indeed be a Birkeland current.
By Stephen Smith
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