TPOD Archive 2020

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La Dea dell'Amore

La Dea dell’Amore

3D anaglyph of Ovda Regio Corona. Coronae are characterized by radial and concentric scarps and ridges. The center of this corona is 80 kilometers across and about 3 kilometers deeper than the surrounding ridges. Credit: NASA/JPL/Magellan mission. Click to enlarge.  August 13, 2020 Venus is a mysterious planet. We ...
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Psyche

Psyche

Artist's conception of asteroid Psyche. Credit: Peter Rubin and Arizona State University. August 12, 2020 A new mission to the Asteroid Belt. It is a commonly held belief that a large object caused the extinction of the dinosaurs when it impacted during the Jurassic Period. Earth has supposedly been hit ...
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It's Not So Dark After All

It’s Not So Dark After All

NGC 2683 is thought to look like the Milky Way would look to an outside observer. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA. Click to enlarge. August 11, 2020 The Universe is a bright beacon. "If the presence of electricity can be made visible in any part of the circuit, I see ...
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Preparing for Touchdown

Preparing for Touchdown

"Nightingale" on blackened and scorched asteroid Bennu. 345 PolyCam images produced this mosaic. Resolution is 4 mm per pixel. These images were captured when the spacecraft performed a 250-meter reconnaissance pass over the site. Click to enlarge. August 10, 2020 Origins-Spectral-Interpretation-Resource-Identification-Security-Regolith-EXplorer. NASA launched Osiris-Rex on September 8, 2016. It is ...
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Martian Glaciers?

Martian Glaciers?

3D anaglyph image. A system of valleys in the southern highlands of Mars, located east of a crater called Huygens and north of Hellas Planitia. Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. Click to enlarge. August 7, 2020 Some speculate that it was ice that carved Mars. As written previously, ...
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Phantom Forces

Phantom Forces

"Dark Energy". Fractal by Stephen Smith. August 6, 2020 Dark energy is a kludge. More than twenty years ago, astronomers found that observations of remote galaxies seemed to indicate the Universe is expanding faster today than it did in the past. The Big Bang theory does not contain that anomalous ...
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Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle

Stars and planets are electrically connected. August 5, 2020 Exoplanets are not well understood. The Ignis Fatuus is a vapor shining without heat.--- Isaac Newton According to a recent press release, "...some of the weirdest planets..." yet discovered around other stars are the extremely hot "super-Earths". These are rocky planets ...
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Earth's Electrical Dynamics

Earth’s Electrical Dynamics

A gigantic looping prominence on the Sun. Credit: NASA/SDO. Click to enlarge. August 4, 2020 The Sun causes Earth's magnetosphere to oscillate. Planetary scientists are slowly coming to realize that Earth’s ionosphere is connected to the Sun by "ropes" of electric charge.That idea is a basic tenet of Electric Universe ...
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Flutter By

Flutter By

NGC 2899 "The Butterfly Nebula" from the FORS instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Credit: European Southern Observatory. Click to enlarge. August 3, 2020 The prevailing opinions regarding planetary nebulae involve gases and dust “blowing” through them from “shock waves”. A nebula is often described as the remnant of a ...
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Perseverance

Perseverance

False-color image of Jezero Crater on Mars, the landing site for NASA's Mars 2020 mission. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL. Click to enlarge. July 31, 2020 A helicopter on Mars. NASA launched the Perseverance rover on July 30, 2020. Its primary mission is to search for signs of microbial life on Mars—the goal ...
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Inconspicuous Moons

Inconspicuous Moons

A tiny moon in Saturn's A ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Cal-Tech. Click to enlarge. Jul 30, 2020 Are new moons hiding in Saturn's rings? "We must believe then, that as from hence we see Saturn and Jupiter; if we were in either of the Two, we should discover a great many Worlds ...
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Pole to Pole

Pole to Pole

Editor's note: The Picture of the Day is off today. Please enjoy this article from the archives. July 29, 2020 The first pictures of Jupiter’s north pole show "...storm systems and weather activity unlike anything previously seen." After an August 5, 2011 launch, and a five-year flight, the Juno spacecraft ...
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Rhea's Ribbon of Dust

Rhea’s Ribbon of Dust

A bright "splat" of white dust on Rhea's leading hemisphere. Note that its surface is "wall-to-wall" craters. Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech. Click to enlarge. July 28, 2020 The first detection of a ring around a moon. The Cassini space probe is no more; it was burned-up in Saturn's atmosphere on September 17, ...
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There's a Light Up Ahead!

There’s a Light Up Ahead!

Stars orbiting the center of the Milky Way are thought to be influenced by dark matter. Credit: UCLA. Click to animate. July 27, 2020 Electric Universe theory contradicts the theory of dark matter. Along with the general idea of invisible, undetectable materials in space that can release vast amounts of ...
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Cup-Bearer

Cup-Bearer

December 26, 2019 image of Ganymede's north pole. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ASI/INAF/JIRAM. Click to enlarge. July 24, 2020 Ganymede is the largest moon. Beginning with Pioneer 10 in 1973, and including the most recent visit by Juno, Jupiter and its moons continue to be the subject of deep space missions. Over the ...
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Galactic Cocoon

Galactic Cocoon

Perseus A galaxy. Credit: NASA, ESA and Andy Fabian (University of Cambridge, UK). Click to enlarge.  July 23, 2020 Galaxy filaments are also called, Birkeland currents. “Everyday life depends on the structure of the atom. Turn off the electrical charges and everything crumbles to an invisible fine dust, without ...
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Spatial Wiring

Spatial Wiring

Abell 2744, some 4 billion light-years from Earth. Multi wavelength composite image using data from the Jansky Very Large Array, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and optical data from the VLT and Subaru Telescopes. Credit: Pearce et al.; Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF; Chandra, Subaru; ESO. July 22, 2020 High temperatures in galaxy clusters ...
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Cosmic Blink

Cosmic Blink

July 21, 2020 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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Dark Velocity

Dark Velocity

"Dark Energy". Fractal by Stephen Smith. July 20, 2020 Is the Universe expanding? Maybe not. Stars are primarily composed of hydrogen, according to consensus ideas. Nuclear reactions are thought to convert that hydrogen into helium, initiating the energetic emissions that make life on Earth possible. When temperatures in average stellar ...
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ORCs

ORCs

The double-lobe radio galaxy Fornax A. Could ORC observations be "looking down the barrel" of a radio lobe from a dark discharge? July 17, 2020 A new class of celestial object? Many astrophysical phenomena are "puzzling" to astronomers, Fast Radio Bursts (FRB), Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRB), blazars, magnetars, black holes, etc ...
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Electric Explosions

Electric Explosions

Supernova 2005ke (top left) is a Type 1a supernova used by astronomers to measure distances in the Universe. Shown here is the explosion in optical, ultraviolet and X-ray wavelengths. image Credit: NASA/Swift/S. Immler. July 16, 2020 Supernovae illustrate the same old problems. Type 1A class supernovae are important to consensus ...
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Electrical Etchings

Electrical Etchings

Left: 3mm crater electrically etched in sandstone. Credit: C. J. Ransom, VEMASAT Labs. Middle: 150 meter Martian “skylight”. Original image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona. Right: So-called "collapsed lave tube" on the Moon. Image credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University. Click to enlarge. July 15, 2020 Holes in theories. Previous Picture of the ...
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Plasma Medium

Plasma Medium

A gamma-ray burst (GRB) in a distant galaxy. Credit: Andrew Fruchter (STScI) and NASA/ESA. July 14, 2020 What ionizes the intergalactic medium? According to a recent press release, astrophysicists are puzzled by the extent of ionization in distant regions of the Universe. As the announcement states, after the newborn Universe ...
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The Benefits of Catastrophe are Underappreciated

The Benefits of Catastrophe are Underappreciated

"Cosmic Flame". Fractal by Stephen Smith. July 13, 2020 People who have never sailed on anything but perfectly calm seas will think it ridiculous that their decks or their stomachs could heave. So it's to be expected that people today, having never seen anything but the calm sailing of the ...
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Lighting the Sky

Lighting the Sky

Globular clusters (blue) and filaments of cool gas (red) surround NGC 1275 in the center of the Perseus cluster (also known as Abell 426), a group of over 1,000 galaxies located 240 million light-years from Earth. Credit: Lim et al, doi: 10.1038/s41550-019-0909-6. July 10, 2020 A lightning bolt is accompanied ...
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