Author Archives: Stephen Smith

The Great Beguiler

  Aug 3, 2015 Galaxy clusters are thought to be pulled by a force emanating from “beyond the horizon” of the Universe. Astronomers believe that the Universe is expanding at an ever accelerating rate. Contemporary theories suggest that galaxies are receding … Continue reading

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Cellular Plasmas

  Jul 31, 2015 Astronomical theories predict a white dwarf star that can not be found. In the nuclear view, a planetary nebula is the result of a dying star that has exhausted its hydrogen/helium fuel supply and collapsed under gravitational … Continue reading

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And Yet They Move

  Jul 30, 2015 Io’s caldera continue to puzzle scientists. Previous Pictures of the Day discuss several confirmed predictions about electrical activity on Io, notably, the intense electric arcing between the moon and its parent body, Jupiter. Images of Io verify … Continue reading

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Dynamic Asteroids

  Jul 28, 2015 Electrically active objects dominate the Solar System Small planetoids, called Near Earth Objects (NEO), are a concern for space scientists because it is thought that large rocks might strike our planet with devastating force. It is … Continue reading

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Nebular Lights

  Jul 27, 2015 What creates X-ray emissions in nebulae? From gamma rays down through X-rays and extreme ultraviolet, conventional theories rely upon gravity and acceleration as the only way for them to be produced in space. Compression of hydrogen … Continue reading

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Martian Plumes

  Jul 24, 2015 Wispy clouds are seen hundreds of kilometers above Mars. Recently, planetary scientists announced the discovery of giant plumes reaching up to 250 kilometers from the Martian surface. Agustin Sanchez-Lavega of the Universidad del País Vasco in … Continue reading

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The X Factor

  Jul 23, 2015 Consensus black hole theory called into question again. “The largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy” was recently announced by the Chandra X-ray Telescope observation … Continue reading

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Electrical Hierarchy

  Jul 22, 2015 Elves could be found in gas giant atmospheres. The plasmasphere of Saturn is highly energetic. The Cassini orbiter found lightning up to a million times more powerful than anything on Earth. It is not surprising that the discovery was … Continue reading

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Trial and Tribulation

  Jul 21, 2015 One of the Mars Exploration Rovers is still going strong. Recently, the Opportunity rover on Mars focused its camera on a grand vista from the summit of Cape Tribulation at the highest point of Endeavor crater’s rim—a … Continue reading

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Moon to Moon

  Jul 17, 2015 Charon and Earth’s Moons bear a striking resemblance. Pluto’s moon, Charon was discovered by astronomer James Christy on June 22, 1978 when he noticed a “bulge” on the disk of Pluto that was subsequently found in … Continue reading

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