Filaments in the Firmament

March 30, 2020 In an Electric Universe, galaxies evolve because large-scale plasma discharges form Birkeland currents. To those familiar with ideas like electricity in space, the cosmos appears to be interlaced with electric circuits made up of energized filaments at every scale. At the largest scale, there are electromagnetic loads in…

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Electric Lobes

March 25, 2020 Supernova remnants are not governed by gravity. Many Pictures of the Day point-out that astronomers find connections between supernova remnants (SR) and the rest of the galaxy. Bipolar SRs, in particular, arrange themselves non-randomly. Most SRs are double-lobed, meaning that twin emissions erupt from each side of…

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Positron Lightning

March 24, 2020 Electrons and positrons are formed in lightning bolts. Lightning is a plasma that creates powerful electromagnetic pulses across a wide range of frequencies. Thunderheads may be several thousand cubic kilometers in extent, yet all of that stored electrical energy travels down a discharge channel no wider than…

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Starshine

March 23, 2020 The Sun does not power itself. “Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the Sun.”— John Lennon The Solar Dynamics Observatory was launched from Cape Canaveral on February 11, 2010. SDO’s mission is to observe the Sun in a variety of wavelengths,…

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Dark Designs

March 20, 2020 Galaxies are electrical entities. A recent press release reiterates the current maxim among astronomers and astrophysicists: “About eighty-five percent of the matter in the universe is in the form of dark matter…” Dark matter is the topic of several Pictures of the Day. It is undetectable by…

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Cold Fire Makes Hot Ice

March 18, 2020 Frozen water on Mercury? NASA launched the BepiColombo mission on October 20, 2018. The mission consists of two satellites: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). MPO is designed to study Mercury’s composition, while MMO will study Mercury’s magnetosphere. One of BepiColumbo’s tasks…

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X-Ray Milky Way

March 17, 2020 X-rays from galactic cores are accelerated by electric fields. Rather than accepting electric fields as a source, astronomers prefer to think of “strong winds blowing” out of the galaxy’s core. Often called “Ultra-Luminous X-ray sources” (ULX), they are points across the sky more powerful than a million…

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Ordered Chaos

March 16, 2020 The Sun’s activity is almost impossible to model, because of its variability. A recently published animation illustrates the Sun’s electromagnetic field as it twists and folds through its ionized plasma. The “Sun in a bottle” was created in order to understand how an apparently chaotic solar environment…

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