Author Archives: Stephen Smith

Shrink Spot, Shrink

  Nov 27, 2014 The size of Jupiter’s red vortex is smaller than ever. For over 300 years, the Great Red Spot has persisted in Jupiter’s atmosphere—longer than telescopes have existed to see it. It is commonly believed to be … Continue reading

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Life on Europa?

  Nov 26, 2014 The definition of “life” can be ambiguous. The Galileo spacecraft was launched on October 18, 1989 from the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and subsequently entered orbit around Jupiter on December 7, 1995. After eight years in orbit, … Continue reading

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Lightning in the Wind

  Nov 25, 2014 Ionized particles from the Sun contribute to electric discharges on Earth Electric Universe theories propose that plasma discharge behavior is a better model for solar activity than most consensus opinions would like to accept. Experiments using a positively … Continue reading

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The Whichness of the Why

  Nov 21, 2014 Another asteroid has been detected sporting a long tail. Comets are often called “dirty snowballs” by astronomers. However, various investigative missions, such as Giotto and Deep Impact, revealed them to be blackened, cratered, and fractured. No … Continue reading

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Circular Afterglow

  Nov 20, 2014 Some gamma ray bursts exhibit unusual characteristics. When charged particles are accelerated in an electric field, they emit synchrotron radiation that creates X-rays and gamma rays—something that has been demonstrated in laboratory experiments. Gamma rays are … Continue reading

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Anything Goes

  Nov 18, 2014 Science advances through irrational methods. “I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.” — Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading

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Precessional Magnetar

  Nov 17, 2014 A toroidal magnet field is said to be embedded in a magnetar. “Magnetars” are usually classified as “X-ray pulsars (AXP)” or “soft gamma repeaters (SGR)”. As conventional theories argue, they are created when neutron stars reach … Continue reading

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Black Lightning

  Nov 14, 2014 Rapid gamma ray bursts from a black hole thunderstorm. An “extremely powerful outburst of gamma rays” was recently detected by the MAGIC telescopes in the Canary Islands. The most remarkable aspect to the observation was that … Continue reading

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The Polarized Milky Way

  Nov 13, 2014 Electromagnetic fields guide light in specific ways. The image above is from the Planck satellite, now defunct, that was launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) in May 2005, along with the Herschel Space Observatory, which also … Continue reading

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Landing on a Comet

Nov 12, 2014 Picture of the Day articles are meant to highlight scientific achievements and to offer alternative viewpoints. A major scientific achievement is happening now. The Thunderbolts Project urges readers to follow the Rosetta Mission’s climactic landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko … Continue reading

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