Author Archives: Stephen Smith

Puppis A

  Aug 25, 2014 Can shockwaves create X-rays? Many Picture of the Day articles point out that stars are not simplistic globes of hot gas under pressure, they are composed of plasma. Plasma is electrically charged. Since it is ionized, … Continue reading

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Cometary Moon

  Feb 25, 2015 Enceladus shares characteristics with comets. Proponents of mainstream viewpoints are slowly beginning to realize that asteroids and comets exist in a continuum: neither are strictly identical nor completely different from the other. For example, when the … Continue reading

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Galactic Magnetic Fields

  Feb 24, 2015 New observation techniques increase galactic field mapping accuracy. The LOw-Frequency ARray, (LOFAR) is a radio interferometer, or radio telescope, made up of several observing stations in Europe. Signals received at the various observing stations are digitally integrated … Continue reading

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Written in the Wind

  Feb 23, 2015 Wind does not blow through the cosmos. According to a recent press release, “winds” from a supermassive black hole (SMBH) in the center of galaxy PDS 456 are distorting the shape of the galactic structure. An … Continue reading

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Homunculus in 3D

  Feb 19, 2015 A double-lobed nebula stirs the imagination. Inside the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way, is a structure known to astrophysicists as a “supernova remnant”. Theories of stellar evolution state that extremely massive stars … Continue reading

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Turbulent Encounters

    Feb 18, 2015 Do convection currents and vibrating magnetic field lines create the dynamic phenomena observed on the Sun? In the electric model of stars, the Sun is a positively charged electrode in a circuit, while the negatively … Continue reading

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Hot Clouds

  Feb 17, 2015 Charged plasma surrounds the Solar System. Electric Sun theory presupposes that the Sun is a glowing anode, or positively charged electrode. Its oppositely charged cathode is invisible, a “virtual cathode,” called the heliosphere that exists billions … Continue reading

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Fusion Fires

    Feb 16, 2015 Fusion reactions from deep in the core are said to drive the Sun. “I am aware that many critics consider the stars are not hot enough. The critics lay themselves open to an obvious retort; … Continue reading

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Crystal Comets

  Feb 13, 2015 The “dusty snowball” theory of comets needs attention, since there are crystals that need high temperatures to form in the matrix of at least two. Recently, the composition of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G) was discussed in the … Continue reading

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Electromagnetic Tails

  Feb 12, 2015 Comets are not the only objects with tails. Since comets and their characteristics are in the news, it is good to remember that not all objects with tails are comets. Venus, for example, possesses a filamentary comet-like … Continue reading

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