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Original Post August 22, 2012 Astronomers continue to ignore electricity in space, opting for outdated ideas about gravity and heat.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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