A Sandy Sea

  Mar 29, 2017 Giant dune formations are found on Titan. A previous Picture of the Day noted that there is no flowing liquid on Saturn’s moon, Titan, and that the so-called “river valleys” discovered by the Cassini orbiter are probably the remains of electric discharge effects. Electric Universe advocates …

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Deep into that Darkness Peering

  Mar 28, 2017 Dark matter detection failed again. It was once thought that burned-out stars or large planets exert “dark” forces on galactic structures. Those invisible influences were called MAssive Compact Halo Objects (MACHOs). However, years of investigation found nothing. This led researchers to acknowledge that MACHOs are not dark …

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Cold Heat

Mar 27, 2017 Black holes are said to heat galactic nuclei while at the same time cooling down their radiant emissions. Over the last century, laboratory investigations established the fact that plasma is electrical in nature. The flow of electricity through plasmas form Birkeland filaments, double layers, and electric current …

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The Kingdom of Frost

  Mar 23, 2017 Pluto’s frigid environment continues to surprise investigators. Clyde W. Tombaugh discovered Pluto on February 18, 1930. Percival Lowell thought there ought to be another celestial body beyond Neptune because something affected their orbital calculations. A gravitational source was seen to “pull” on both Uranus and Neptune. Since …

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Spiders From Mars

  Mar 22, 2017 Martian formations are similar to those found elsewhere in the Solar System, including Earth. Lichtenberg figures are discussed many times in previous Picture of the Day articles. They are forking shapes that lightning bolts make when they strike Earth or some man-made object. Their unique configuration …

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Flux Ropes

  Mar 21, 2017 Electromagnetic filaments connect Saturn with the Sun. The plasmasphere of Saturn is highly energetic, enough so that lightning up to a million times more powerful than anything on this planet was observed. Saturn emits 2.3 times more energy than it receives from the Sun. 90 megawatts of X-rays …

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Holy Moly!

Mar 20, 2017 Why do coronal holes accelerate the solar wind? Recently, the Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a coronal hole as it moved across the Sun’s photosphere, causing a storm of charged particles to blast toward Earth. Heliophysicists believe that coronal holes are regions of “open magnetic fields”. The thermonuclear …

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Dark Flow

  Mar 16, 2017 Is the Universe expanding? Edwin Hubble first identified what he thought was the Doppler effect in faint galaxy images. The observation is known today as “redshift”. However, rather than the result of acceleration and distance, it may be that it is an intrinsic property of matter. Astronomer …

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