Dark Mode Plasma

Dark looking region against the Sun's bright background

  Sep 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 various places on…

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Black Flares

Artist's conception of flaring black hole GX 339-4

  Sep 17, 2012 Black hole theory contradicts itself. Most astrophysicists try to explain narrow jets erupting from various sources by using words like “nozzle” or “high pressure,” contradicting the known behavior of gases in a vacuum. For example, according to a recent press release, “flares” have been discovered jetting from…

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Hot Comets

  Sep 12, 2012 Comets are said to be composed of “dusty ices.” Why have crystalline structures that require high temperatures been found in them? On February 7, 1999 NASA launched the Stardust spacecraft on a mission to collect dust particles from the coma of comet Wild 2 and then…

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Cold Plasma

  Sep 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 but a…

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On the Move

   Sep 07, 2012 The Mars Science Laboratory has begun its journey to Mount Sharp Mars is composed mostly of iron and silicon, with massive quantities of oxygen bound into the soils and bedrock. Although quite a bit like Earth’s geology in some respects, the Martian crust is low in…

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Saturn’s Auroral Ovals

Saturn's twin aurorae

  Sep 06, 2012 Astrophysicists are beginning to acknowledge the role that electricity plays in space. The Cassini-Huygens mission (now called Cassini-Equinox) was launched from Cape Canaveral on October 15, 1997. Its primary mission is the exploration of the Saturnian system, including Saturn’s atmosphere, its rings, its magnetosphere and a number of its moons.…

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Sub-Europa

Europa, Earth and the Moon

  Sep 04, 2012 Could an ocean of liquid water exist on Europa? According to a recent press release, “Sending a submarine to the bottom of the ocean on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is the most exciting potential mission in planetary science…” Is it a forlorn hope? Europa is the fourth…

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Lunar Grail

Gravity anomalies on the Moon

August 30, 2012 A new mission to map the gravity field of the Moon. On September 10, 2011 NASA launched the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) satellites on a mission to the Moon. GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B are nearly identical spacecraft, except that B is designed to follow A around…

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