Author Archives: Stephen Smith

The Serpent’s Coils

  Aug 30, 2016 Astronomical viewpoints suggest alternatives. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) launched The Herschel Space Observatory on May 14, 2009. Herschel’s helium coolant system was built to last only three years, however, so on April 29, 2013 … Continue reading

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Wee Bairns

  Aug 29, 2016 Many smaller celestial objects are associated with the Milky Way. The Milky Way galaxy does not travel space, alone, it is accompanied by dozens of smaller galaxies with more diffuse and irregular structures. Conventional theories suggest … Continue reading

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Threadbare Theories

  Aug 26, 2016 The Universe reveals itself through electrical phenomena. The above image of the polaris Flare is derived from observations by the Planck satellite, now defunct, that was launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) in May 2005, … Continue reading

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Orbicular Knots

  Aug 24, 2016 In space, spheres and filaments predominate. Approximately 22,000 light-years away in the constellation of Musca, NGC 4833 orbits the Milky Way, along with at least 150 of its cousins. Globular clusters are thought to contain some … Continue reading

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Organized Plasma

  Aug 22, 2016 Space structures exhibit electromagnetic behavior. “In order to understand the phenomena in a certain plasma region, it is necessary to map not only the magnetic but also the electric field and the electric currents. Space is … Continue reading

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Dark Quintessence

  Aug 19, 2016 Regions of space more than 500 million light-years in diameter are said to reveal dark energy influences. “I have always believed that astrophysics should be the extrapolation of laboratory physics, that we must begin from the … Continue reading

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Broken Plates

  Aug 15, 2016 Do crustal blocks slide around? According to planetary scientists, plate tectonic activity on Mars is similar to what happens on Earth. Studies undertaken by the University of California Los Angeles suggest that: “Mars is at a … Continue reading

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Krónos Elektron

  Aug 12, 2016 Saturn generates electricity. Saturn is quite large compared to Earth; its mean equatorial diameter is about 121,000 kilometers. However, Saturn rotates so fast (10 hours, 34 minutes) that its polar diameter is 108,700 kilometers. The difference … Continue reading

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Multi-Colored Centaurs

  Aug 9, 2016 Different classes of celestial bodies orbit the Sun. In the deepest regions of the solar system, billions of kilometers from the Sun, are several asteroid-sized icy rocks that are difficult for astronomers to classify. In a … Continue reading

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A Box of Plasma Rain

  Aug 8, 2016 “Walk into splintered sunlight…” NASA launched the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) on June 28, 2013. Its primary mission includes a study of the solar corona: why is it far hotter than the Sun’s surface, or … Continue reading

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