FAQ Sheet — Electric Universe

What is the Electric Universe?
Electric Universe theorists place a unique emphasis on the role of the electric force across the cosmos and at all scales of observation. In particular they challenge popular “gravity-only” explanations of events in space.

In this new view, electric currents flow across all of space, producing energetic events and associated structures that are either poorly explained—or not explained at all—by gravitational models.

Subjects of interest also reach into both the quantum realm and the electricity of life.

Who coined the phrase, “Electric Universe”?
Historically, the phrase has been used only rarely and never by mainstream scientists. Our use of the phrase comes from Australian physicist Wallace Thornhill, chief science advisor of the Thunderbolts Project, who has drawn on the work of several predecessors. These predecessors range from the engineer Ralph Juergens, who first proposed the “electric sun” in the 1970s, to the father of modern plasma science, Nobel Laureate Hannes Alfvén.

Isn’t gravity the only force that does real work across larger distances in the universe?
Scientists long believed that only gravity could give birth to planets, stars, and galaxies. That view is contradicted by new observations. Improved telescopes now enable us to see distant objects much more clearly and in all wavelengths. Now we see intense electromagnetic emissions that could not be seen in visible light.

The challenge occurs wherever theorists proclaim exotic conjectures as fact. The Big Bang, black holes, dark matter, dark energy, neutron stars, and even the nuclear fusion core of the Sun, are conjectures lacking the necessary evidential support. Electric Universe theorists point to more recent observations and experiments. The new data suggest cosmic electric currents, electric discharge, and electrified plasma structures as foundational considerations that must not be ignored.

Is the Sun part of the Electric Universe?
Yes. Recent evidence suggests that electric currents along the arms of our galaxy, the Milky Way, are concentrated by a “plasma pinch,” (a phenomenon familiar to all plasma scientists), creating and sustaining the Sun and all other stars as well. This would mean that neutrino production is likely occurring close to the surface of the Sun, not in an imagined thermonuclear core. It was this evidence that led Electric Universe proponents to call for an experiment to test the “electric sun” hypothesis. (See SAFIRE Project below.)

Who is studying the Electric Universe at NASA and other major space
The Electric Universe challenges the theoretical pillars of standard models in the sciences today. Though the electrical perspective is not formally recognized by academic, corporate, or governmental institutions, interest from individuals within such institutions continues to grow. For many investigators the best entry point may come via discussion of the “magnetic universe” in scientific media. A magnetic universe can only be an Electric Universe.

In the electrical view, when did the universe begin?
Today’s observations cannot give us either the origins or the size of the universe. The so-called “Big Bang” is a failed theory attempting to answer the unanswerable question, according to Electric Universe proponents and a growing number of other experts as well.

What is the power source behind electric currents in space?
The “ultimate source” of electric currents in space is unknown. The origin of matter is similarly unknown. But the existence of both is beyond question. Electric currents are proven by the magnetic fields they produce and by the resulting high-energy electromagnetic events. The fact that magnetic fields thread the universe at every scale of observation confirms that we live in an electric universe.

Are Electric Universe theorists “creationists”?
None of the researchers associated with the Electric Universe movement or the Thunderbolts Project is a creationist.

Revision (Aug 23, 2015–DT)

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