Comet 134340 Pluto?

Jun 25, 2019 Is Pluto a cometary body? According to a recent press release, Pluto might be composed of a “billion comets”. As Dr. Christopher Glein of SwRI’s Space Science and Engineering Division wrote: “We’ve developed what we call ‘the giant comet’ cosmochemical model of Pluto formation. We found an…

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Martian Mysteries

Jun 24, 2019 What brought methane to the Red Planet? According to a recent press release, measurements taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover show a “higher than expected” amount of methane in the Martian regolith. Planetary scientists believe that methane is important, since one way it forms is through biological processes.…

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Explosive Power

Jun 20, 2019 Gamma-ray Bursters (GRB), and Fast Radio Bursters (FRB) are thought by astronomers to be the most powerful energy sources in the Universe. The problems associated with GRB observations are partially addressed in previous Pictures of the Day. GRBs are characterized by intense electromagnetic emissions, particularly rapid gamma-ray…

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The Paradigm Shoppe

Jun 18, 2019 Electric Universe theory illustrates what has been called the “incommensurability” of paradigms, a scholarly term for what is actually a rather mundane occurrence: the difficulties-and benefits-of communication when words have more than one meaning. The difficulties arise from the listener’s assumption that the speaker means what the…

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Ring Puzzles

Jun 17, 2019 New insights from four Cassini instruments reveal mysteries in Saturn’s rings. Saturn’s rings are approximately 416,000 kilometers wide, but are estimated to be a mere 50 meters thick, possibly as little as 10 meters. This means that Earth-based telescopes detect only a thin wire extending across the…

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Cosmic Blink

Jun 13, 2019 Objects spinning faster than a dentist’s drill? According to a recent press release, another “millisecond pulsar” was discovered by a team from NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center. Pulsars are often referred to as “lighthouses in space”, with beams of radiation focused at specific points. Since conventional astrophysicists are…

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Frost and Fire

Jun 12, 2019 X-rays from cold nebulae? “Nothing burns like the cold.”― George R.R. Martin Conventional theories rely upon gravity and acceleration to create gamma rays, X-rays and extreme ultraviolet in space. Compressing gas and dust is supposed to make temperatures greater than the cores of some stars. As a…

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