Author Archives: Stephen Smith

A Sulfur Reek

  Jul 29, 2016 Mars stinks. “The devil, he’s about this big. He had a red suit on and a widow’s peak, and then a pointed tail, and like a sulfur reek. Yes, it was him alright, I swear.” — … Continue reading

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Star Jets

  Jul 28, 2016 How can superheated gas create a jet almost 1500 light-years long? According to a recent press release, collimated jets are normally considered to result from matter falling into the putative gravity field of a black hole. … Continue reading

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Rated X

  Jul 27, 2016 The Milky Way’s central bulge reveals more detailed structures. Plasma can be defined as any substance containing charged particles: electrically charged dust, neon lights, lightning, planetary magnetospheres, the so-called “solar wind”, stars, and even galaxies are … Continue reading

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That Old Black Magic

  Jul 26, 2016 Near-infinite density is not logical in three-dimensional space. A special press conference was called on November 15, 2010 in order to announce the discovery of “the youngest black hole ever detected.” The object (SN1979C) was identified … Continue reading

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Deep into that Darkness Peering

  Jul 25, 2016 Dark matter detection failed again. It was once thought that burned-out stars or large planets exert “dark” forces on galactic structures. Those invisible influences were called MAssive Compact Halo Objects (MACHOs). However, years of investigation found … Continue reading

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On the Dunes

  Jul 21, 2016 Curiosity is analyzing “dark dunes” on Mars. Recently, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) known as “Curiosity” arrived at a vast dune field in Gale Crater. Curiosity was launched on November 26, 2011 on a two-year mission. However, … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Frost

  Jul 20, 2016 Pluto’s frigid environment continues to surprise investigators. Note: The Picture of the Day will be on a short break until Monday, July 25th. Clyde W. Tombaugh discovered Pluto on February 18, 1930. Percival Lowell thought there … Continue reading

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Transmission from Beyond

  Jul 19, 2016 Radio signals from deep space? Redshift is the method astronomers use to measure the distance to remote objects in space. Parallax measurements enable them to determine the distances for nearby stars, but past a few light-years … Continue reading

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Flux Ropes

  Jul 18, 2016 Electromagnetic filaments connect Saturn with the Sun. The plasmasphere of Saturn is highly energetic, enough so that lightning up to a million times more powerful than anything on this planet was observed. Saturn emits 2.3 times more … Continue reading

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Dark Flow

  Jul 15, 2016 Is the Universe expanding? Edwin Hubble first identified what he thought was the Doppler effect in faint galaxy images. The observation is known today as “redshift”. However, rather than the result of acceleration and distance, it … Continue reading

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