Stars that Warp Space and Time

  Original Post September 24, 2012 Could there be “warped space-time” around so-called “neutron stars”? The smeared lines of an iron spectrum have given astronomers another mystery to solve when it comes to explaining the Universe. Using the XMM-Newton and the JAXA/NASA X-ray observatories, high-velocity particles in orbit around Serpens…

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Dark Mode Plasma

Dark looking region against the Sun's bright background

  Original Post September 20, 2012 Charged vortices erupting from the Sun can form relatively dark cavities. Recently, much has been made about a so-called “black sphere connected to the Sun.” Outlandish claims that a solid object was in close solar orbit, “feeding” off the photospheric plasma, have appeared in…

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Cold Plasma

  Original Post September 10, 2012 Rather than simply clouds of dust and gas, spiraling filaments in nebulae suggest electric currents in space. The Orion Nebula is faintly visible to the naked eye as the second star in Orion’s sword. It looks somewhat fuzzy because it is not a star…

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Mercury’s Catastrophic Birth

Mercury's north pole

Original Post August 27, 2012 Mercury reveals the violence of planetary genesis. Mercury’s story is probably a complicated tale of extremes. The planet’s surface is heavily scarred, with steep-walled canyons, scarps that rise up several kilometers, and craters that penetrate the crust for several kilometers below the mean elevation. The…

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Jet Streams

Original Post August 22, 2012 Astronomers continue to ignore electricity in space, opting for outdated ideas about gravity and heat. Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that our own Milky Way galaxy is expelling enormous jets of gamma rays from a putative supermassive black hole residing in its…

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Fair Daughter of the Dawn

  Original Post August 16, 2012 Recent X-class solar flares have ignited the polar lights. An electrically active magnetotail (or plasma tail) extends for millions of kilometers from Earth. Charged particles from the Sun, otherwise known as the solar wind, together with ions generated by the Earth, gather in a…

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My Friend Flicker

Orion Nebula

Original Post August 10, 2012 What causes the rapid changes observed in Orion Nebula “protostars”? Using a combination of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the ESA Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers found that so-called “young stars” are changing in brightness much faster than they thought possible. Instead of taking several years…

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Footprints on Mars

Original Post August 8, 2012 The significance of life on other planets leaves many unanswered questions. Note: In May 1976 Richard H. Smith, the father of Stephen Smith, TPOD managing editor, speculated about the possibility and significance of extraterrestrial life. The universal feeling that man is unique has been challenged…

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