The Dynamic Sun

Aug 16, 2019 The Sun is a plasma phenomenon. The Solar Dynamics Observatory records coronal holes as they move across the Sun’s photosphere, causing storms of charged particles to blast toward Earth. Heliophysicists believe that coronal holes are regions of “open magnetic fields”. The Sun’s temperature in its core is…

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Electric Molecules

Aug 15, 2019 Organic molecules can be created with electricity. According to a recent press release, “… heavy organic compounds containing hundreds of atoms…” were detected at Saturn’s moon Enceladus by the Cassini Saturn orbiter during several of its flybys through the moon’s south polar geysers. A recent Picture of the…

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Dwarf Planets

Aug 14, 2019 Is planet nine among them? NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft on January 19, 2006 on a mission to explore the outer Solar System, including Pluto, Charon and many Kuiper Belt Objects. On July 14, 2015 New Horizons flew by Pluto at a distance of 9656 kilometers. Although it has…

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Electron Gun

Aug 13, 2019 What energizes this nebula to such extremes? Picture of the Day articles note that many structures in the galaxy are active energy sources, ejecting charged matter from their poles, leaving long braided tails, or revealing formations of tightly bunched filaments. A detailed image of Eta Carinae reveals a…

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Shock or Shocked?

Aug 12, 2019 The Sun shocks the Solar System. Not in the way that astronomers think, however. Instead of “shockwaves” racing by the planets, it is electric shocks that are detected. The Magnetospheric Multiscale satellites were launched March 12, 2015 on a mission to study Earth’s electromagnetic fields. The MMS…

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Electric Light

Aug 8, 2019 How does the Sun produce heat and light enough to sustain life on Earth? Spectrograms of the Sun reveal that it is made-up almost entirely of hydrogen (71%), helium (27%) and some minute percentages of oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, carbon, and six other elements. Every element is present…

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Ejection or Compression?

Aug 7, 2019 Quasars are not gravitational entities, they are electrical. According to a recent press release, Lizelke Klindt, a PhD researcher in Durham University’s Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, said: “How quasars develop has been the cause of significant uncertainty. What our results suggest is that quasars undergo a brief…

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Star Pinch

Aug 5, 2019 When science journals discuss the behavior of planetary nebulae, the typical opinion involves gas and dust “blowing” through them. In many cases, a nebula is described as “star forming” when intense X-ray radiation, or extreme ultraviolet light, indicate to astronomers that nuclear fusion is occurring within the…

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