Plasma Braids

  Nov 20, 2017 Filaments are common in the Milky Way The Herschel Space Observatory was launched on May 14, 2009 into an orbit around LaGrange point L2 (behind Earth in relation to the Sun). Herschel’s supercooled infrared detectors were built to last only three years, so its cooling systems has long since …

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Fields and Forces

Nov 17, 2017 Jupiter’s environment Is electrically active. The Juno spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter in July 2016 and began collecting data on its atmosphere, as well as its electromagnetic and gravitational fields. Jupiter’s toroidal electromagnetic field is so large that it extends outward beyond Saturn’s orbit. Charged particles from …

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Mapping the Absurd

  Nov 16, 2017 Astrophysicists are fixated on dark matter. The scientific press is convinced that dark matter exists. They believe that there are aspects of the theory that can be “known”. While dark matter, by its very definition, is undetectable by any instrument, it is often written that astronomers …

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Take the Plunge

  Nov 15, 2017 Electrical perspectives. Astronomers recently discovered a galactic filament extending outward from galaxy CGCG254-021 on a scale never before observed: “This ribbon, or X-ray tail, is likely due to gas stripped from the galaxy as it moves through a vast cloud of hot intergalactic gas.” It might …

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Push Or Pull

  Nov 14, 2017 Electricity is a pulling force. Volcanoes on Earth are said to form when tectonic plates move over upwelling magma plumes. Conventional theories state that rising magma naturally erupts from the weakest fractures in the plates, building up lava deposits and creating steep-sided mountains. No hypothetical plate …

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Blob of Conformity

  Nov 9, 2017 What is illuminating this gigantic nebula? Astronomers from the University of California, Santa Cruz recently announced the discovery of a massive cloud of gas called an “enormous Lyman-alpha nebula” (ELAN). The “blob” of gas resides in a region of space thought to be 10 billion light-years …

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Solar Plasma

Nov 8, 2017 The Sun is not a ball of hot gas. The conventional model of how the Sun works relies on thermonuclear processes. Although no direct measurement is possible, temperatures in its core are thought to be more than 15 million Celsius, with compressive strain greater than 340 billion …

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