TPOD Archive 2020

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Nebular Lightning

Nebular Lightning

The Gum Nebula Supernova Remnant. Credit: John Gleason (Celestial Images). May 29, 2020 Earth is part of a coherent "cosmic ecology”. In an Electric Universe, what is observed on other planets, within galaxies, or in free space should be used to model the Universe, rather than using Earth-based examples. Australian ...
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Eternal Winter

Eternal Winter

Dione (near) and Enceladus (far). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute. May 28, 2020 This small moon is said to be covered with powdery snow. The Cassini mission is now over. However, more data continues to be analyzed, particularly those observations of various moons, including Enceladus. Enceladus was named after one of ...
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A Mars Expert

A Mars Expert

Electric currents (blue and red arrows) envelop Mars in a nested, double-loop structure that wraps continuously around the planet from its day side to its night side. Credits: NASA/Goddard/MAVEN/Colorado University, Boulder/SVS/Cindy Starr. May 27, 2020 Mars is a mysterious world. NASA launched the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) ...
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A Titan's Daughters

A Titan’s Daughters

The seven brightest stars in the Pleiades: Alcyone, Celaeno, Electra, Maia, Merope, Taygeta and Sterope. May 26, 2020 The Seven Sisters, or M45, is a misty cluster of stars. Commonly known as the Pleiades, modern astronomers believe that constellation's stars were born in the same nebular cloud about 100 million ...
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Equo Ne Credite

Equo Ne Credite

Astronomers use the name Trojan asteroid for all the asteroids collected at Jupiter’s 2 stable Lagrange points. The newly discovered Trojan with a comet-tail is orbiting ahead of Jupiter. Image via Wikimedia Commons. May 22, 2020 Comets are often called “dirty snowballs” by astronomers. Various space missions, such as Giotto ...
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Ebb and Flow

Ebb and Flow

Artist's impression of the three Swarm satellites. Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab. May 21, 2020 Earth is affected by solar emissions. Electrical connection between charged bodies in space is a basic tenet of Electric Universe theory. The ionosphere is connected to the Sun by streamers of electric charge. Earth is connected to ...
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Boom!

Boom!

CL1358+62, the farthest object in the observable Universe: z = 4.92. Credit: M. Franx (U. Groningen) & G. Illingworth (UCSC), WFPC2, HST, NASA. May 20, 2020 Astronomers measure the Universe using ideas that are based on its expansion out of a primordial explosion. "They say it all started out with ...
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The Fiery Forge

The Fiery Forge

The NWA 5205 meteorite reveals "wall-to-wall chondrules". Credit: Bob King. May 19, 2020 Mineral compounds form in electric fires. "I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet."--- Jack London Meteorites are ...
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Five Dimensions

Five Dimensions

"Spacetime". Fractal by Stephen Smith. May 18, 2020 Three space coordinates and one time coordinate in a five dimensional manifold? According to Einstein, and most astrophysicists who follow after him, time and space are dynamic regions under constant change. Rather than convenient conventions, or useful tools, that help to identify ...
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The Mother of Aphrodite

The Mother of Aphrodite

Images taken on Oct. 11, 2005, with blue, green and infrared (centered at 752 nanometers) spectral filters. This view approximates the scene as it would appear to the human eye. The images were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera at a distance of approximately 39,000 kilometers from Dione. The ...
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Do Black Holes Matter?

Do Black Holes Matter?

NGC 4889 (center) is thought to be home to a supermassive black hole 21 billion times the size of the Sun, with an event horizon 130 billion kilometers in diameter. The bright cross-shape is a foreground star in the Milky Way. Credit: NASA/ESA. May 14, 2020 There is supposed to ...
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Moon Mass

Moon Mass

Mare Crisium is home to one of the largest mass concentrations (mascons) on the Moon. Credit: NASA. May 13, 2020 What formed the density anomalies on the Moon? Modern astrophysicists postulate that the Moon once experienced extreme volcanic activity over a long period of time. Since it is considered "cold ...
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Celestial Clouds

Celestial Clouds

Dust clouds, known as ”Thackeray’s globules”, in IC 2944. Credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). May 12, 2020 Dark, opaque structures are common in the Universe. The Interstellar Medium (ISM), through which the Solar System and all other star systems are moving, is mostly hydrogen and helium. Dust ...
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Six Ways from Sunday

Six Ways from Sunday

Saturn's polar hexagon with double layer indications. May 11, 2020 Electricity exhibits 120 degree symmetry. Previous Picture of the Day articles report that Saturn’s south pole is too hot—hotter than can be produced by the dim sunlight that it receives. The mechanistic view of Saturn fails to explain the increased ...
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Electric Star Birth

Electric Star Birth

High resolution image of filamentary gas and dust in Orion. The four bright stars (left) are the Trapezium, the center of the famous Orion Nebula. Credit: ESO/H. Drass/ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/A. Hacar May 8, 2020 Stars do not follow the course that conventional understanding demands. Stars are not born in clouds of gas ...
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The Io Plasma Torus

The Io Plasma Torus

Electrodynamic interactions with Jupiter cause plasma generation at the Io torus. Copyright: MPS/ESA/NASA. Click to enlarge. May 7, 2020 Io’s rotation creates radiation that is 1000 times stronger than is needed to kill an unprotected human being. "Io is the same size as our moon. And should be a cold ...
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One More Time

One More Time

Channel-forms preserved in sedimentary strata in the Hellas Basin on Mars © NASA JPL-Caltech UoA Matt Balme & William McMahon. Click to enlarge. May 6, 2020 There was water on Mars--[click] there was water on Mars--[click] there was water on Mars.... The idea that there was once a wet Mars ...
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Life Energy

Life Energy

"Plasma Filament". Fractal by Stephen Smith. May 5, 2020 Plasma is the fourth state of matter. "Without electricity, the air would rot."--- Ralph Waldo Emerson By definition, "plasma" means that electrons are stripped from atomic nuclei, so they can move within a material. This happens because electron orbital dynamics are ...
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Stronger Than Strong

Stronger Than Strong

The Milky Way stretches across the sky above the European Southern Observatory's telescope in La Silla, Chile. Credit: Serge Brunier/ESO via EPA. May 4, 2020 Electrical activity is a better explanation for energetic celestial phenomena. More than ten years ago, astronomers discovered an energy signature they called a “Fast Radio ...
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Moon Quakes?

Moon Quakes?

Nearside of the Moon (L) compared with the farside. Credit: NASA. May 1, 2020 Consensus scientific theories postulate that the Moon experienced extreme selenological activity early in its history. There are reports that the Moon is not a completely dead body; that selenological processes involving tectonic plates might still be ...
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Ring in the New

Ring in the New

"Shockwave". Fractal by Stephen Smith. April 30, 2020 Science depends on novel ideas. "A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers." --- Plato It is commonly believed that science "stands on the shoulders of giants”. In other words, new theories are based on those inherited from older ...
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Truth or Fashion

Truth or Fashion

"Ghosts of the Past". Fractal by Stephen Smith. April 29, 2020 If currently fashionable theories are Ultimate Truth (or at least smart ideas) and myth was stupid superstition, where is the dividing line? Was Ptolemy stupid and Newton smart? But General Relativity is not just an improved version of Newton's ...
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Cold-Hearted

Cold-Hearted

Part of the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372). Credit: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA/JPL April 28, 2020 Dust at a temperature near absolute zero shows up as red and orange in this image of the Carina Nebula. NGC 3372 is a large, bright nebulosity in the constellation Carina, located between 6500 and ...
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Electricity Snakes Through the Universe

Electricity Snakes Through the Universe

The Serpens molecular cloud. Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/V. Roccatagliata (U. München, Germany)/ April 27, 2020 Neutron stars do not exist. A few years ago, the space-based observatory, XMM-Newton reported that high-velocity particles in orbit around Serpens X-1 appeared to indicate Einsteinian relativistic effects. The observation of spectral lines from “hot iron atoms” ...
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Toil and Trouble

Toil and Trouble

Supernova remnant N132D. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA. April 24, 2020 A bubble of X-rays generated by an electric discharge through dusty plasma. In images from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, a stellar explosion is thought to create a spherical shockwave that is traveling through the surrounding interstellar dust at extremely high velocity ...
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