Author Archives: Stephen Smith

Water in Stars?

  Dec 18, 2014 Some stars are said to be surrounded by haloes of hot water mixed with carbon dust. Astronomers using the Herschel infrared space observatory discovered a putative cloud of hot water surrounding a giant star in the constellation Leo known … Continue reading

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New Moon?

  Dec 16, 2014 What is the object in Saturn’s ring plane? Cassini entered orbit around Saturn on July 1, 2004. On August 11, 2009 the spacecraft was in position to observe the giant planet’s equinox, when its rings turned edge-on to … Continue reading

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The Mother of Aeneas

  Dec 15, 2014 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 … Continue reading

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Chain of Fire

  Dec 12, 2014 Since Mars has no crustal plates, why are volcanoes found in chains? According to conventional theories, volcanoes on Earth form when the plates that make up the Earth’s crust move over upwelling magma plumes. Magma naturally … Continue reading

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A Ring, A Ring O’Roses

  Dec 10, 2014 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 … Continue reading

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Cosmic Lightning

  Dec 09, 2014 Many fast, high energy phenomena could be due to something astronomers do not expect. Some things are familiar, even though they are not easily explained. The aurorae at each of Earth’s poles are familiar to most people, … Continue reading

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The Daughter of Lycaon

  Dec 8, 2014 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 … Continue reading

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Deepest Space

  Dec 04, 2014 Is the Hubble Space Telescope seeing billions of years into the past? How far away are things? In an Electric Universe, the answer is not what is commonly presented in science journals. Astronomers are fitted with spectacles … Continue reading

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Galactic Hexagon

  Dec 02, 2014 Some galaxies exhibit polygonal structures. The term “diocotron instability” is not generally well known. Its use is confined to the field of plasma physics and refers to the distortions that occur when two sheets of plasma flow … Continue reading

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Anomalous High Altitude Luminosity

  Nov 28, 2014 Some meteors begin to flare in the mesosphere. What causes large meteors to “burn up” or explode in Earth’s atmosphere? Is it friction and other aerodynamic effects? Is it that they are loosely conglomerated, being so frangible … Continue reading

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