Before the space age, astronomers looked up at the night sky and saw points and patches of light. With the aid of telescopes they could see more points and patches, and with the aid of spectroscopes they could discover what the points and patches were made of and how they moved. But the points and patches were few and far away. The universe appeared dark and empty. But today, of course, we know that space is bursting with plasma. In this adaptation of a Mel Acheson Picture of the Day article, we explore the opportunities for new understandings, of ourselves and of the nature of reality, that await in our Electric Universe.
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