Author Archives: Stephen Smith

Enigmatic Colossus

  Jul 3, 2015 Titan’s characteristics support Electric Universe ideas about planet formation. Titan is the second largest moon in the Solar System, with a mean diameter of 5150 kilometers. Only Ganymede is larger, at 5262 kilometers. The planet Mercury … Continue reading

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Color Guard

  Jul 1, 2015 Saturn’s moons sport colorful bands. Mars is a faint yellowish-red color when seen with the naked eye, and its rusty surface hue is visible through the lenses of robotic rovers traveling across its landscape. Iapetus, one … Continue reading

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As Deep as the Ocean and as High as the Sky

  Jun 29, 2015 Hidden water on Mars? Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. — Mark Twain A recent press release reiterates the hope that water was once abundant on Mars and may yet be, locked in frozen vaults … Continue reading

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Contemporary Perspectives

  Jun 26, 2015 New Horizons is days away from Pluto. At 7:49:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time on July 14, 2015 the New Horizons space probe will fly by the dwarf planet Pluto at a distance of 9656 kilometers. It … Continue reading

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The Mother of Aeneas

  Jun 25, 2015 Venus is like other rocky bodies in the Solar System: electrically active. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express is approaching the end of its mission. Launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 9, 2005 the … Continue reading

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Coils

  Jun 24, 2015 Galactic magnetic fields continue to be a mystery. Recently, astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), and the MPIfR’s 100 meter Effelsberg radio telescope in Germany observed galaxy IC 342. … Continue reading

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A Ring, A Ring O’Roses

  Jun 23, 2016 A ring of gas is said to be orbiting the center of our galaxy. Previous Pictures of the Day discuss the active nucleus in galaxy Centaurus A. The conclusion was that active galaxies display characteristic axial jets … Continue reading

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Double Layer Bursters

  Jun 22, 2015 Gamma ray bursts might not be so far away. Astrophysicists describe gamma-ray bursts (GRB) as due to the “merging of neutron stars” or gamma-ray light radiating from supernova explosions. Recently, the SWIFT satellite’s Burst Alert Telescope … Continue reading

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The Electronic Sun

  Jun 19, 2015 “Plasma phenomena are complicated and can be understood only with the help of a very sophisticated diagnostics.” — Hannes Alfvén According to consensus opinions, the Sun accelerates charged particles into space in the same way that … Continue reading

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The Daughter of Lycaon

  Jun 18, 2015 Callisto resembles other electrically shocked bodies in the Solar System. The Galileo spacecraft was launched October 18, 1989 after a delay lasting several years, while NASA underwent a management and procedures overhaul following the Challenger space shuttle … Continue reading

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