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A Belated Birthday Wish To Kristian Birkeland

A Belated Birthday Wish To Kristian Birkeland

Sep 19, 2017 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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Future Studies

Future Studies

Sep 18, 2017 Cassini's data will be analyzed for years to come. The Cassini spacecraft burned up in Saturn's atmosphere on Friday, September 16, 2017. Since its original orbital insertion in 2004, it found hurricanes surging through Saturn's atmosphere, along with lightning storms lasting for years at a time. Most ...
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Electric Plasmoids

Electric Plasmoids

Sep 15, 2017 Electrical discharges in plasma are a better model for solar activity than the models derived from gravity and turbulence. About 100 years ago, Kristian Birkeland led the Norwegian Aurora Polaris Expedition to a mountain inside the arctic circle, where he and his colleagues discovered that Earth's aurorae ...
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O Christmas Tree! Thy Candles Shine So Brightly!

O Christmas Tree! Thy Candles Shine So Brightly!

Sep 14, 2017 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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Beyond Dark and Empty

Beyond Dark and Empty

Sep 13, 2017 Before the space age, astronomers looked up at the night sky and saw points and patches of light. With the aid of telescopes they could see more points and patches, and with the aid of spectroscopes they could discover what the points and patches were made of ...
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Smoke Without Fire Part Two

Smoke Without Fire Part Two

Sep 12, 2017 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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Solar Eruption

Solar Eruption

Sep 11, 2017 Sunspots are declining, over all, but they continue to occur. The total sunspot number peaked in 2014, so the Sun is entering what should be a quiet phase, as discussed in a recent Picture of the Day. However, in early September 2017 the Sun erupted with several ...
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Plasma Focus Pulsars

Plasma Focus Pulsars

Sep 8, 2017 Neutron stars do not exist. "The neutron star is simply yet another fantasy....A proton-free nucleus or 'charge free' atom made up of only neutrons has never been synthesized in any laboratory nor can it ever be...Lone neutrons decay into proton - electron pairs in less than 14 ...
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Smoke Without Fire Part One

Smoke Without Fire Part One

Sep 7, 2017 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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Burning Bright

Burning Bright

Sep 6, 2017 Stars are electrical and they evolve according to the laws of plasma physics. "Every circuit which contains an inductance is intrinsically explosive. The inductive energy...can be tapped at any point of the circuit. If we try to interrupt the current...the inductance tends to supply its energy to ...
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Dark Decrepitude

Dark Decrepitude

Sep 5, 2017 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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Electric Granulation

Electric Granulation

Sep 4, 2017 Theories about the Sun suffer from cloistered research. "When running a lab I found that one of my most important activities was to go from room to room and discuss in depth the problems which a certain scientist or a group of scientists was trying to understand ...
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Galactic Gas

Galactic Gas

Sep 1, 2017 Oxygen is abundant in the Universe. Previous Picture of the Day articles point out that planetary nebulae radiate in light frequencies associated with ionized oxygen. Since oxygen is the most common element in galactic structures, after hydrogen and helium, it is not surprising that a remote galaxy ...
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Solar Supreme

Solar Supreme

Aug 31, 2017 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

Aug 29, 2017 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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Blazars

Blazars

Aug 28, 2017 The brightest objects in the Universe are electrical. A previous Picture of the Day discussed the twin lobes of gamma rays extending beyond the Milky Way’s central bulge. The funnel-like formations are each about 65,000 light-years in diameter, and are considered by Electric Universe advocates to be ...
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Binaries

Binaries

Aug 25, 2017 Why are stars most often seen in pairs? More than half of all stars observed in the Milky Way have one or more companions, suggesting that something, at least in our galaxy, influences the formation of multiple star systems. Stars are so remote from each other that ...
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NGC 4696

NGC 4696

Aug 24, 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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The Strongest Force

The Strongest Force

Aug 23, 2017 Electromagnetism drives the cosmos. NASA launched the Herschel Space Observatory into orbit around LaGrange point L2 on May 14, 2009. Since Herschel used liquid helium-cooled infrared detectors built to last about three years, its mission came to an end on April 29, 2013. Herschel's primary mission included ...
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Wanted: Cosmo-centric Ideas

Wanted: Cosmo-centric Ideas

Aug 22, 2017 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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Swimming in a Cosmic Sea

Swimming in a Cosmic Sea

Aug 21, 2017 Birkeland currents are a better model than gravity. Among astronomers, it is commonly thought that the vast majority of observable galaxies hide "supermassive black holes" (SMBH) within their cores. SMBHs contain up to a billion times more mass than putative stellar black holes, and it is that ...
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Plasma Instabilities

Plasma Instabilities

Aug 18, 2017 Plasma does not obey the laws of kinetic energy. "The plasma exhibited striations and double-layers, the electron distribution was non-Maxwellian, there were all sorts of oscillations and instabilities. In short, it was a field which was not at all suited for mathematically elegant theories." --- Hannes Alfvén ...
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Chicxulub

Chicxulub

Aug 17, 2017 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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Cosmic Ions

Cosmic Ions

Aug 16, 2017 Cosmic rays are poorly understood. "...plasma is so silly that it does not understand the sophisticated mathematics, or it is that the plasma is so clever that it finds other ways of behaving, ways which the theoreticians were not clever enough to anticipate." --- Hannes Alfvén On ...
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Most Atypical

Most Atypical

Aug 15, 2017 Matter in the plasma state exhibits extreme activity. According to a recent press release, galaxy NGC 1222 is a "peculiar example" of lenticular galaxy. It is peculiar because lenticular galaxies are supposed to have used up the material available for new stars to form. NGC 1222, on ...
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