Author Archives: Stephen Smith

A Sea of Charge

  Jun 28, 2016 Oceanic microstructures. Seawater is not very exciting when you look at it. It is, presumably, just water with salt and other minerals. To most of the denizens of Earth’s oceans, the sea is something quite different, … Continue reading

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Plasma Guns

  Jun 24, 2016 Space and time do not bend. “Gravitational lensing” theory is used to explain the arcs of glowing material surrounding some galaxies. They also use it in conjunction with other theories to help deal with puzzling observations. … Continue reading

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Vesta’s Big Sister

  Jun 23, 2016 The dwarf planet Ceres shares many characteristics with other rocky bodies. NASA launched the Dawn spacecraft on September 27, 2007. Its scientific observations of the asteroid Vesta began on July 17, 2011 and ended on September 5, 2012 … Continue reading

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Star Links

  Jun 22, 2016 The Sun’s activity drives Earth-based phenomena. Picture of the Day articles point out that there are linkages between galactic electric currents, solar electric currents, and terrestrial electric currents. Earth is connected to a circuit that flows … Continue reading

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Distant Cousins

  June 20, 2016 How are stars and galaxies born? The Milky Way is thought to harbor nearly a trillion stars in orbit around its central gravity source. According to cosmologists, our galaxy condensed out of a cloud of hydrogen … Continue reading

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X-ray Lightning

  Jun 17, 2016 Earth displays its celestial nature. Intense lightning in thunderstorms can interact with electricity (cosmic rays) coming from space. When the right conditions in Earth’s atmosphere occur, lightning causes giant particle accelerators to form above the clouds. … Continue reading

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High Temperature Inclusions

  Jun 16, 2016 Rocky bodies in the Solar System share a common experience. Recently, a press release from the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) announced the discovery of high temperature minerals in meteorites that goes against the standard interpretation … Continue reading

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Second to the Right, and Straight on till Morning

  Jun 15, 2016 Stars do not age according to modern ideas. “It is reasonable to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.” — Arthur Eddington, … Continue reading

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Electric Lighthouses in Space

  Jun 14, 2016 Electrical effects drive pulsars. When any charged particle follows a curved trajectory, or is accelerated in a straight-line, it will emit electromagnetic radiation, otherwise known as synchrotron radiation. Synchrotron radiation creates X-rays and gamma-rays, a phenomenon demonstrated … Continue reading

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Galactic Plasma Gun

  Jun 10, 2016 Does electricity energize the galaxies? In the cosmos there are regions where stars range in thousand light-year lines. Elsewhere, rings of stars can be found, along with galaxies stretching in filaments for enormous distances. The Milky … Continue reading

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