Author Archives: Stephen Smith

X-clamation

  May 29, 2015 An X-2 class solar flare recently missed a direct impact with Earth. Heliophysicists classify solar flares according to their brightness in X-ray wavelengths. C-class flares are the smallest on the scale, with X-ray measurements in the … Continue reading

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Life on Europa?

  May 28, 2015 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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Unloading Excess Baggage

  May 27, 2015 Why some stars shed their atmospheres is a mystery. For many years, astrophysical models of stellar evolution have relied on mechanical action. The forces that shape the stars are attributed to the collapse of cold gas … Continue reading

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Steady On

  May 22, 2015 Something near M82 started sending out powerful radio waves more than five years ago and has been holding steady ever since. Energy emissions in radio wavelengths are shining from somewhere near galaxy M82, otherwise known as … Continue reading

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The Whichness of the Why

  May 21, 2015 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 ice … Continue reading

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Dark Light

  May 20, 2015 A new supernova illustrates the same old problems. In January 2014 astronomers discovered the first type 1A supernova seen in a decade. Type 1A class stellar explosions (or, implosions) are important to how astronomers view the … Continue reading

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Circular Afterglow

  May 19, 2015 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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Fusion Fail

  May 18, 2015 The thermonuclear Sun theory is falsified. Hypothetically, how does the Sun produce heat and light enough to sustain life on our planet at a mean distance of 149,476,000 kilometers? It is apparently not a hot rock, … Continue reading

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Plasma Forms

  May 14, 2015 Measurements indicate that this nebula is one degree above absolute zero. Temperature has little to do with electricity, though. “Bipolar outflow” is a term used to describe the nebular structure seen above, although the cause of … Continue reading

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Dark Clusters

    May 13, 2015 Dark matter used as an excuse—again. Gravitational theory demands that the tidal forces acting on globular clusters in their orbits as they pass through the plane of a galaxy would disrupt the spheres, leaving a … Continue reading

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