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Double Layers in Laboratory and Cosmic Plasmas

Double Layers in Laboratory and Cosmic Plasmas

Dec 30, 2016 Note: The Picture of the Day will be on hiatus during the holiday, so please enjoy this article from the archives. A Happy New Year to all. Electric double layers are like waterfalls that energize charged particles falling through them. “We have to learn again that science without ...
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Straighten Up

Straighten Up

Dec 29, 2016 The Universe is filamentary. Conventional cosmological theories state that a black hole forms when a star with a mass about five times that of the Sun reaches the stage in its evolution where its thermonuclear fuel is used-up. Since stars are thought to be internally powered fusion ...
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Waw an Namus

Waw an Namus

Dec 28, 2016 Is this Libyan oasis the remains of a volcano? If you quickly look at this picture you would think that it is taken on Mars, however the lake is a dead giveaway that it is on Earth. For those familiar with Electric Universe concepts, it bears all ...
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Something New in the Wind

Something New in the Wind

Dec 27, 2016 Pluto's interaction with the solar wind confirms Electric Universe theory. NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft in January of 2006 on a mission to study the dwarf planet Pluto, as well as other Kuiper Belt Objects far from the Sun. The probe flew by Pluto in July ...
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A Belated Birthday Wish To Kristian Birkeland

A Belated Birthday Wish To Kristian Birkeland

Dec 26, 2016 Kristian Birkeland (December 13, 1867 -- Jun 15, 1917) "According to our manner of looking at the matter, every star in the universe would be the seat and field of activity of electric forces of a strength that no one could imagine." A previous Picture of the ...
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O Christmas Tree! Thy Candles Shine So Brightly!

O Christmas Tree! Thy Candles Shine So Brightly!

Dec 23, 2016 That the Christmas tree did not originally root in Christian symbolism has never been a secret. The custom to erect a Christmas tree during the winter solstice, sustaining a reminder of the summer’s verdancy and abundance of sunlight through the heart of winter, is of ‘pagan’ origin, ...
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Heads or Tails

Heads or Tails

Dec 22, 2016 Comets and asteroids. "A new comet model is presented that resolves the chief problem of abnormal cometary motions and accounts for a number of other cometary phenomena. The nucleus is visualized as a conglomerate of ices, such as H2O, NH3, CH4, CO2 or CO, (C2N2?), and other possible ...
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Smoke Without Fire Part Two

Smoke Without Fire Part Two

Dec 21, 2016 Whatever the explanation, it would seem that Venus’ ‘smoking’ is the same as its ‘burning’ and that such incidents – regarded as portents – occurred throughout the historical period on a decadal or centennial time scale, ruling out any dramatic scenarios such as Velikovsky’s Venus comet. The ...
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Straight-Edged

Straight-Edged

Dec 20, 2016 Why do craters exhibit polygonal features? A major tenet of Electric Universe theory is that the Solar System was chaotic a few thousand years ago. The features on all the moons and rocky planets are forensic evidence for that idea. How many thousands of years isn't important, ...
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Smoke Without Fire Part One

Smoke Without Fire Part One

Dec 19, 2016 From a study of ancient sources, the catastrophist polymath Immanuel Velikovsky (1895-1979) famously concluded that the planet Venus had presented a comet-like appearance just a few millennia ago. Instead of a puerile response of outright condemnation and censorship, the academic world ought to have invested its energy ...
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Motor Function

Motor Function

Dec 16, 2016 Electricity powers galactic disks. Electric Universe advocates argue that galaxies act like a device invented by Michael Faraday more than a hundred years ago, the homopolar motor. A homopolar motor is driven by magnetic fields induced in a circular, conductive metal plate. The metal plate is placed ...
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Galactic Candle

Galactic Candle

Dec 15, 2016 Plasma is the flame that lights the stars. If you knew what you will know when your candle has burnt low, it would greatly ease your plight while your candle still burns bright. ― Piet Hein Previous Pictures of the Day report that X-ray jets from galactic cores ...
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Sudbury

Sudbury

Dec 14, 2016 Was it a rock that collided with Earth? North America is home to many craters that are said to be formed by asteroids. As a previous Picture of the Day pointed-out, one of those craters is thought by consensus geologists to be the remains of an impact ...
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The Hubble Bubble

The Hubble Bubble

Dec 13, 2016 Planetary nebulae are electrical in nature. Contemporary opinions about nebulae involve "winds" of gas and dust created by shockwaves from exploding stars “blowing” through them. They are often described as “star forming” because intense X-ray radiation and extreme ultraviolet light suggest that nuclear fusion reactions are occurring ...
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Dark Decrepitude

Dark Decrepitude

Dec 9, 2016 If the Universe is expanding at an accelerating rate, then the future is dark. In 1998, two research groups discovered what is now called in consensus circles, “dark energy”. Saul Perlmutter of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Brian Schmidt from the Australian National University projects independently ...
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Reflections

Reflections

Dec 8, 2016 Boundary layers in the heliosphere. Space is a vacuum, it is said. As written elsewhere, material in space is far more diffuse than any vacuum that can be created on Earth, but matter does exist there. The best vacuums created on Earth reach a 0.1 millimeter spacing ...
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Solar Supreme

Solar Supreme

Dec 7, 2016 Perhaps lightning powers the wind. Weather on Earth is thought to be driven by solar influences on the atmosphere. As Earth rotates beneath the Sun, gases and dust absorb radiation in varying degrees. Heat causes the air to expand and lose density, creating low pressure regions. Denser ...
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Plasma Stars

Plasma Stars

Dec 5, 2016 What is a supernova? In an Electric Universe, stars do not follow a course through life that conventional understanding demands. Since stars are not balls of gas squeezed by gravity, other physical conditions must be considered. Plasma, for example, is not merely a "hot gas", it is ...
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NGC 4696

NGC 4696

Dec 2, 2016 Galactic filaments are known to plasma physicists as Birkeland currents. A recent press release details the enigmatic structure of Galaxy NGC 4696. What makes this galaxy so unique is that multiple strands of material extend outward in light-years-long tendrils, enclosing it in a loose cocoon. According to astrophysicists, ...
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Order Out of Chaos

Order Out of Chaos

Dec 1, 2016 What makes the Sun a variable star? 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 forms a stable electromagnetic field. Heliophysicists ...
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Wanted: Cosmo-centric Ideas

Wanted: Cosmo-centric Ideas

Nov 30, 2016 Currently accepted theories have evolved a long way toward catastrophics from their ancestry in uniformism. Assumptions of actualism and gradualism-that present-day processes acting over long times could explain the changing morphology of rocks and species-have been displaced. Impacts from space have broken the continuously gradual action of ...
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Titan Mons

Titan Mons

Nov 29, 2016 The tallest mountain on Titan. The Cassini spacecraft was launched October 15, 1997 on a mission to explore Saturn and Titan, the gas giant's largest moon. With the Huygens lander included, Cassini was the largest interplanetary space probe ever launched. It is 6.7 meters high, four meters wide ...
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Chicxulub

Chicxulub

Nov 28, 2016 Did a 10-kilometer-wide asteroid strike Earth and excavate a crater? Off the coast of Mexico is what geologists believe to be an impact basin caused by the collision of an asteroid. It is a multi-ringed structure, similar to those mentioned in a previous Picture of the Day, ...
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Part of the IceCube neutrino observatory in Antarctica

Cosmic Ions

Nov 25, 2016 Note: The Picture of the Day is on hiatus for the holiday. In the interim, here is a favorite from the archives. New studies suggest that the origin of the strongest cosmic rays is still mysterious. Cosmic rays are energetic ions from space that arrive in the ...
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Electric Rings

Electric Rings

Nov 24, 2016 What force created and sustains Saturn's rings? Saturn's main rings, including gaps, are approximately 416,000 kilometers wide, but are estimated to be a mere 50 meters thick, possibly as little as 10 meters. This means that even the most powerful Earth-based telescopes can detect only a thin wire ...
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