legacy page  
     homeaboutessential guidepicture of the daythunderblogsnewsmultimediapredictionsproductsget involvedcontact

picture of the day

chronological archive               subject archive


Artist's conception of a protoplanetary disc. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser


Another Donut on a Stick
Jan 06, 2011

The jet-and-disk formation (donut on a stick) typical of plasma discharges has been discovered around a high-mass star. It’s another surprise for the consensus belief; another confirmation for the Electric Universe.

The consensus belief is that a “cloud” of gas and dust will pull itself into a compact ball with the tiny force of its own gravity. Random motions will cancel out as the cloud collapses—else a net spin would soon generate enough centrifugal force to cancel out the collapse. However, in the final stage, spin somehow appears and sets the ball rolling, and friction heats the gas and dust to ignite a thermonuclear furnace in the ball’s core. The spin throws the remnants of the cloud out into a disk, and the radiation from the furnace eventually “evaporates” it.

Then astronomers discovered rings around some balls and long, threadlike jets from their poles. These formations were “surprising,” which is to say that gravity and gas can’t do that. The discoveries generated a flurry of ad hoc speculation that fractured the coherence of fundamental theory. Until now, the discoveries were limited to low-mass stars. Convention speculated that the intense radiation of higher-mass stars would evaporate the cloudy disk material before disks—now somehow compacted into rings—could form.

As discoveries multiplied, they were explained away with “somehow” excuses. Often, “magnetism” was invoked as a synonym for “somehow” without acknowledging that magnetism goes with electricity.

Such acknowledgement is long overdue: plasma phenomena (i.e., donut-on-a-stick formations) have been studied in plasma labs for decades. A high-energy electric discharge will generate magnetic forces many times stronger than gravity. They pull plasma into threadlike channels and spin it. Instabilities compress the plasma into hot, spinning balls and generate ring currents around them. The masses of the balls are a result of the ring and jet, not the cause: gravity and light pressure are irrelevant to the operation of Heraclitus’s “thunderbolt that steers the universe.”

Of course, such acknowledgement would destroy the entirety of the conventional belief—along with textbooks, papers, professorships, grants, research programs, and reputations that are based on it. The institution of astronomy as we know it is not likely to start talking plasma. Students of the cosmos who are more interested in understanding the stars than in starring in celebrity astronomy should go into electrical engineering.

Mel Acheson



"The Cosmic Thunderbolt"

YouTube video, first glimpses of Episode Two in the "Symbols of an Alien Sky" series.


And don't forget: "The Universe Electric"

Three ebooks in the Universe Electric series are now available. Consistently praised for easily understandable text and exquisite graphics.

  This free site search script provided by JavaScript Kit  
  FREE update -

Weekly digest of Picture of the Day, Thunderblog, Forum, Multimedia and more.
*** NEW DVD ***
  Symbols of an Alien Sky
Selections Playlist

An e-book series
for teachers, general readers and specialists alike.
(FREE viewing)
  Thunderbolts of the Gods

  Follow the stunning success of the Electric Universe in predicting the 'surprises' of the space age.  
  Our multimedia page explores many diverse topics, including a few not covered by the Thunderbolts Project.  

Authors David Talbott and Wallace Thornhill introduce the reader to an age of planetary instability and earthshaking electrical events in ancient times. If their hypothesis is correct, it could not fail to alter many paths of scientific investigation.
More info
Professor of engineering Donald Scott systematically unravels the myths of the "Big Bang" cosmology, and he does so without resorting to black holes, dark matter, dark energy, neutron stars, magnetic "reconnection", or any other fictions needed to prop up a failed theory.
More info
In language designed for scientists and non-scientists alike, authors Wallace Thornhill and David Talbott show that even the greatest surprises of the space age are predictable patterns in an electric universe.
More info

The opinions expressed in the Thunderbolts Picture Of the Day are those of the authors of
the material, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Thunderbolts Project.
The linking to material off-site in no way endorses such material and the Thunderbolts
Project has no control of nor takes any responsibility for any content on linked sites.

EXECUTIVE EDITORS: David Talbott, Wallace Thornhill
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Mel Acheson, Michael Armstrong,
Dwardu Cardona, Ev Cochrane, C.J. Ransom,
Don Scott, Rens van der Sluijs,
Ian Tresman
WEBMASTER: Brian Talbott
© Copyright 2011:
top ]

home   •   picture of the day   •   thunderblogs   •   multimedia   •   resources   •   forum   •   updates   •   contact us   •   support us