The Tarantula Nebula (left and center). Star
cluster R136 (right).
Credit: ESO/P. Crowther/C.J. Evans.
astronomers look at individual points of light
and discover the most massive stars. Electric
Universe observers look at the entire complex of
filaments and discover the characteristic
features of a galactic thunderbolt.
Jul 26, 2010
“Mass” astronomy posits a relationship between
mass and luminosity. By
observing a double star system in the
cluster shown at the top of the page,
astronomers were able to calculate a baseline
for the relationship and extrapolate the masses
of brighter stars. They found some that were
nearly twice as massive as they had thought
possible. Although, since theories are often
adjusted to explain any observation, failures of
expectations cannot be equated with
falsifications of theory.
Plasma astronomy posits a relationship
between electrical stress and luminosity.
Gravity, and consequently mass, is a weak
manifestation of electrical stress.
In regions that are relatively insulated from
the primary effects of electricity (within
stellar sheaths, such as the Sun’s heliosphere),
gravity will largely determine orbital motions.
However, the mass that is calculated from
analysis of the orbits is a result of the charge
contained, not of the quantity of matter as is
commonly assumed. In an Electric Universe, there
are no maximum or minimum sizes for stars.
The objects of interest to plasma astronomers
are the helical filaments that give the regions
around the clusters their characteristic
electrical structure. In the far view (left),
arcs of parallel filaments appear to wind around
kinked tubes that converge on the cluster,
evidence for large plasma discharge channels.
Where channels intersect (center view), the
stress increases. Bubbles form (exploding double
layers, similar to coronal mass ejections),
secondary discharges are induced, and
instabilities pinch plasma into stars. The
observed large outflow of material,
mischaracterized as mass (and misnamed “wind”),
is the electrical current flow coursing through
the region like a galactic lightning bolt.
Instead of a random scattering of
gravitationally collapsing clouds shaped by hot
winds, these regions are unitary plasma
discharge formations better called galactic