A Burst in the Night

  May 23, 2017 Many phenomena could be due to something astronomers do not expect. Some things are familiar, even though they are not easily explained. The aurorae at each of Earth’s poles are familiar to most people, although the way they form is not completely understood. Similarly, lightning bolts …

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Above and Below

  May 19, 2017 Phenomena on Earth, as well as in deep space, share similar characteristics. “I have always believed that astrophysics should be the extrapolation of laboratory physics, that we must begin from the present Universe and work our way backward to progressively more remote and uncertain epochs.” — …

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Chains of Habit

  May 18, 2017 Crater chains do not necessarily indicate impact features. It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. — Voltaire According to a recent press release, a new study finds that the grooves on Phobos “…are the result of debris ejected by impacts eventually falling …

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Circuit Breakers

May 17, 2017 Computer simulations cannot correctly model supernova explosions. Contemporary astrophysical models of stellar evolution rely on the mechanical action of cold gas collapsing from gravitational impetus. Stars are seen as whirling vortices of compressed matter heated to fusion temperatures by pressure, alone. Clouds of gas and dust a …

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Wee Bairns

  May 16, 2017 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 that there are too few dwarf companions in orbit, as …

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Field of Vision

May 15, 2017 New ways to see the cosmos. According to a recent press release, an electromagnetic field connects the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. As previously written, the Small Magellanic Cloud is no more than a smudge of light in the southern sky. Its companion, the Large Magellanic Cloud …

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Orbicular Knots

  May 11, 2017 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 of the oldest stars, so astronomers believe that they can …

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Jovian Powerhouse

May 10, 2017 Jupiter’s electromagnetic fields are larger than predicted. The Juno spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016 after an August 5, 2011 launch and a five-year flight. Since there are radiation belts around Jupiter similar to the Van Allen radiation belts that surround Earth, but thousands …

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Organized Plasma

  May 9, 2017 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 filled with a network of currents which transfer energy and momentum …

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