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Jupiter and the Sun

Jupiter and the Sun

Dec 30, 2014 The Sun influences all the planets. Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System. It is so massive, that it is greater than all the other planets and moons combined. Jupiter is 142,984 kilometers in diameter at its equator, but it rotates so fast its day lasts ...
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Ice Ice Baby

Ice Ice Baby

Dec 29, 2014 Mars is probably the most intensively studied celestial body. Not even the Moon has been examined in so many ways. One of the most important questions about other planets is whether water is present in any significant amount. Since water sustains Earth's ecology, it is presumed that ...
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Last Legs

Last Legs

Dec 23, 2014 Electric Universe theory has never required an unseen and undetectable component. Lambda Cold Dark Matter theory (ΛCDM) gets its name from the idea that dark matter cannot be detected with any known instruments. The "lambda" indicates a dark energy component, since both are considered to be necessary to ...
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Global Warming in the Ice Age

Global Warming in the Ice Age

Dec 22, 2014 The melting of the glacial ice sheets in North America, Europe and elsewhere was a stochastic process. Long periods of slow melting alternated with bursts of accelerated melting. Between the Late Glacial Maximum and the early Holocene, global sea level rose by 100 to 130 metres, but ...
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Never the Twain Shall Meet

Never the Twain Shall Meet

Dec 19, 2014 On the surface, the idea that the sun could reverse its apparent direction and be seen to move from west to east might seem bizarre in the extreme, but exactly this is what several ancient traditions claim to have happened in the past. In the 5th century ...
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Water in Stars?

Water in Stars?

Dec 18, 2014 Some stars are said to be surrounded by haloes of hot water mixed with carbon dust. Astronomers using the Herschel infrared space observatory discovered a putative cloud of hot water surrounding a giant star in the constellation Leo known as IRC+10216. They were also puzzled by the discovery of water near ...
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Venus tail

Thereby Hangs a Tail

Dec 17, 2014 Direct statements concerning dramatic changes in the appearance of planets are few and far between in ancient sources. A classic example is a fragment from the obscure Greek astronomer Castor of Rhodes (1st century BCE), as cited by his contemporary, the Roman grammarian Marcus Terrentius Varro, who ...
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New Moon?

New Moon?

Dec 16, 2014 What is the object in Saturn's ring plane? Cassini entered orbit around Saturn on July 1, 2004. On August 11, 2009 the spacecraft was in position to observe the giant planet's equinox, when its rings turned edge-on to the Sun, something that happens every 15 years. The then named ...
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The Mother of Aeneas

The Mother of Aeneas

Dec 15, 2014 Venus is like other rocky bodies in the Solar System: electrically active. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Venus Express is approaching the end of its mission. Launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 9, 2005 the spacecraft entered orbit around Venus on April 11, 2006. Recently, ...
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Chain of Fire

Chain of Fire

Dec 12, 2014 Since Mars has no crustal plates, why are volcanoes found in chains? According to conventional theories, volcanoes on Earth form when the plates that make up the Earth’s crust move over upwelling magma plumes. Magma naturally seeks out the weakest areas in the confining strata, allowing it ...
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A Ring, A Ring O'Roses

A Ring, A Ring O’Roses

Dec 10, 2014 A ring of gas is said to be orbiting the center of our galaxy. Previous Pictures of the Day, discuss the active nucleus in galaxy Centaurus A, The conclusion was that active galaxies display characteristic axial jets and transverse, donut-shaped plasma discharges. According to information from the ...
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Cosmic Lightning

Cosmic Lightning

Dec 09, 2014 Many fast, high energy phenomena could be due to something astronomers do not expect. Some things are familiar, even though they are not easily explained. The aurorae at each of Earth's poles are familiar to most people, although the way they form is not completely understood. Similarly, lightning ...
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The Daughter of Lycaon

The Daughter of Lycaon

Dec 8, 2014 Callisto resembles other electrically shocked bodies in the Solar System. The Galileo spacecraft was launched October 18, 1989 after a delay lasting several years, while NASA underwent a management and procedures overhaul following the Challenger space shuttle explosion. On September 21, 2003, Galileo's mission ended when it ...
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Wishing for Theories

Wishing for Theories

Dec 5, 2014 The Wishing Well Cluster in the southern sky is twice the size of the full Moon. The conjectures about how it works are as varied as the colors of its stars. The consensus conjecture of stellar evolution has been developed in detail over several generations. A cloud ...
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Deepest Space

Deepest Space

Dec 04, 2014 Is the Hubble Space Telescope seeing billions of years into the past? How far away are things? In an Electric Universe, the answer is not what is commonly presented in science journals. Astronomers are fitted with spectacles that can see distances only in terms of redshift when dealing ...
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Artistic Spin

Artistic Spin

Dec 03, 2014 European astronomers have discovered that some quasar spin axes are aligned with the Large Scale Structure (LSS) in which they’re embedded. The Electric Universe (EU) also expects quasars to be aligned with the larger Birkeland currents that power them. But the LSSs of the Big Bang are ...
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Galactic Hexagon

Galactic Hexagon

Dec 02, 2014 Some galaxies exhibit polygonal structures. The term "diocotron instability" is not generally well known. Its use is confined to the field of plasma physics and refers to the distortions that occur when two sheets of plasma flow past each other. It is often confused with the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability ...
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An Itsy-Bitsy Spider

An Itsy-Bitsy Spider

Dec 01, 2014 ESO (European Southern Observatory) has announced the discovery of a “huge” star-forming region obscured by dust in the Spiderweb Galaxy protocluster. Alternatively, it may be a tiny spatter of dusty plasma ejected from a nearby galaxy. The Spiderweb Galaxy is a radio galaxy with a redshift of ...
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Anomalous High Altitude Luminosity

Anomalous High Altitude Luminosity

Nov 28, 2014 Some meteors begin to flare in the mesosphere. What causes large meteors to "burn up" or explode in Earth's atmosphere? Is it friction and other aerodynamic effects? Is it that they are loosely conglomerated, being so frangible that turbulence causes them to breakup? During most meteor showers visible ...
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Shrink Spot, Shrink

Shrink Spot, Shrink

Nov 27, 2014 The size of Jupiter's red vortex is smaller than ever. For over 300 years, the Great Red Spot has persisted in Jupiter’s atmosphere—longer than telescopes have existed to see it. It is commonly believed to be a cyclonic storm driven by thermal convection from deep inside Jupiter's ...
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Life on Europa?

Life on Europa?

Nov 26, 2014 The definition of "life" can be ambiguous. The Galileo spacecraft was launched on October 18, 1989 from the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and subsequently entered orbit around Jupiter on December 7, 1995. After eight years in orbit, Galileo was deliberately incinerated by sending into the atmosphere of Jupiter ...
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Lightning in the Wind

Lightning in the Wind

Nov 25, 2014 Ionized particles from the Sun contribute to electric discharges on Earth Electric Universe theories propose that plasma discharge behavior is a better model for solar activity than most consensus opinions would like to accept. Experiments using a positively charged sphere show that a plasma torus forms above its equator ...
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Paradigm and Perception

Paradigm and Perception

Nov 24, 2014 Some thoughts upon re-reading Thomas Kuhn's 1962 essay, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. His thesis was an instance of itself. The prevalent opinion was that scientific knowledge accumulates incrementally toward ever more accurate approximations of "the truth", embodied in facts that are "out there". Kuhn's study of the history of science-plus ...
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The Whichness of the Why

The Whichness of the Why

Nov 21, 2014 Another asteroid has been detected sporting a long tail. Comets are often called “dirty snowballs” by astronomers. However, various investigative missions, such as Giotto and Deep Impact, revealed them to be blackened, cratered, and fractured. No ice fields, reflective crust, or watery clouds were observed. Indeed, the ...
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Circular Afterglow

Circular Afterglow

Nov 20, 2014 Some gamma ray bursts exhibit unusual characteristics. When charged particles are accelerated in an electric field, they emit synchrotron radiation that creates X-rays and gamma rays—something that has been demonstrated in laboratory experiments. Gamma rays are a class of theoretical “electromagnetic particles” called photons, which are said ...
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