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The Orion Plasma Formation

The Orion Plasma Formation

Nov 21, 2017 Nebulae are not just clouds of gas and dust. Look up on any dark winter night and you'll see the constellation Orion, the Hunter. Orion includes two unusual astronomical objects: the red giant star Betelgeuse and the Orion Nebula, faintly visible to the naked eye as the ...
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Plasma Braids

Plasma Braids

Nov 20, 2017 Filaments are common in the Milky Way The Herschel Space Observatory was launched on May 14, 2009 into an orbit around LaGrange point L2 (behind Earth in relation to the Sun). Herschel's supercooled infrared detectors were built to last only three years, so its cooling systems has long since failed ...
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Fields and Forces

Fields and Forces

Nov 17, 2017 Jupiter's environment Is electrically active. The Juno spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter in July 2016 and began collecting data on its atmosphere, as well as its electromagnetic and gravitational fields. Jupiter's toroidal electromagnetic field is so large that it extends outward beyond Saturn’s orbit. Charged particles from ...
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Mapping the Absurd

Mapping the Absurd

Nov 16, 2017 Astrophysicists are fixated on dark matter. The scientific press is convinced that dark matter exists. They believe that there are aspects of the theory that can be "known". While dark matter, by its very definition, is undetectable by any instrument, it is often written that astronomers can ...
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Take the Plunge

Take the Plunge

Nov 15, 2017 Electrical perspectives. Astronomers recently discovered a galactic filament extending outward from galaxy CGCG254-021 on a scale never before observed: "This ribbon, or X-ray tail, is likely due to gas stripped from the galaxy as it moves through a vast cloud of hot intergalactic gas." It might be ...
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Push Or Pull

Push Or Pull

Nov 14, 2017 Electricity is a pulling force. Volcanoes on Earth are said to form when tectonic plates move over upwelling magma plumes. Conventional theories state that rising magma naturally erupts from the weakest fractures in the plates, building up lava deposits and creating steep-sided mountains. No hypothetical plate boundaries ...
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Dark Filaments in the Bright Sun

Dark Filaments in the Bright Sun

Nov 13, 2017 Solar filaments appear dark because they are seen against glowing backdrops. These articles are intended to show that Electric Universe theory about plasma discharge behavior is a better model for solar activity than consensus ideas. Experiments with a positively charged sphere reveal that a torus forms above its ...
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Stellar Oscillator

Stellar Oscillator

Nov 10, 2017 Stars are electrical entities. The explosion of a star, otherwise known as a supernova, is a terminal event in stellar evolution—the star used up its fuel, collapsed under its own gravity, and then ejected most of its gaseous envelope because of "core rebound". At least, that is ...
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Blob of Conformity

Blob of Conformity

Nov 9, 2017 What is illuminating this gigantic nebula? Astronomers from the University of California, Santa Cruz recently announced the discovery of a massive cloud of gas called an "enormous Lyman-alpha nebula" (ELAN). The "blob" of gas resides in a region of space thought to be 10 billion light-years away, ...
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Solar Plasma

Solar Plasma

Nov 8, 2017 The Sun is not a ball of hot gas. The conventional model of how the Sun works relies on thermonuclear processes. Although no direct measurement is possible, temperatures in its core are thought to be more than 15 million Celsius, with compressive strain greater than 340 billion ...
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Cluster Crash

Cluster Crash

Nov 7, 2017 Do galaxies bump into each other? High temperatures in galaxy clusters are an enigma. Because astronomers have only one force in their bags of tricks—gravity—whenever energetic events are found, like high temperatures in the galaxy cluster shown above, it "must be" caused by a gravity-driven collision in ...
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Charged Aurora

Charged Aurora

Nov 6, 2017 Aurorae on Jupiter are poorly understood by consensus astrophysicists. Jupiter is 142,984 kilometers in diameter at its equator. A day on Jupiter lasts only 9.925 hours. Its rapid rotational velocity means that its equatorial diameter is 9275 kilometers more than the distance between its poles. According to ...
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Dust Eruption

Dust Eruption

Nov 4, 2017 How can water vapor explode from a comet far from the Sun? The Rosetta Cometary Probe was launched March 2, 2004 on a rendezvous mission with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It was in hibernation for most of the trip, only powering up its instruments in January of 2014. One ...
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Twisted Topology

Twisted Topology

Nov 2, 2017 A curled torus is thought to exist in the center of the Milky Way. "Ring out the false, ring in the true." --- Alfred Lord Tennyson A previous Picture of the Day discussed the twisted ring of material surrounding the nucleus of Galaxy Centaurus A. NGC 5128, ...
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Ionized Moon

Ionized Moon

Nov 1, 2017 Phobos could be electrically charged. Of the two Martian moons, Phobos is the largest, at 28 by 20 kilometers. Its most prominent feature is Stickney crater, a ten-kilometer-wide excavation that is almost as large as Phobos, itself. If the crater was caused by the impact of an ...
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Galactic Attraction

Galactic Attraction

Oct 31, 2017 Is the Universe expanding? Modern astronomers believe that galaxies are receding from each other because they received "inflationary energy" imparted by the Big Bang. They estimate the recession to be about 71 kilometers per second for every 3.3 million light-years of spatial distance. This "dilation of space-time" ...
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New Moons

New Moons

Oct 30, 2017 Recent information reveals new dwarf planet features. The Kuiper Belt theory was proposed by astronomers Kenneth Edgeworth and Gerard Kuiper in 1951. Sometimes known as “trans-Neptunian Objects”, scores of Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO) from the size of small moons to the size of small planets are now ...
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Over a Cloud Bridge

Over a Cloud Bridge

Oct 27, 2017 Ionized hydrogen is a primordial source for many structures in the Universe. Editor's Note: Due to Northern California wildfires, the Picture of the Day will be on a temporary leave of absence. In the interim, please enjoy these articles from the archives.  The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) ...
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Sun Triggers

Sun Triggers

Oct 26, 2017 Comets can influence solar behavior. If we can see the tails of comets fly off in the direction opposed to the Sun with an accelerated velocity, and if we believe these tails to be matter and not optical illusions or mere tracks of vibrating disturbance, then we ...
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Slip Sticks and Wrong Theories

Slip Sticks and Wrong Theories

Oct 25, 2017 A slide rule hangs on the wall of my office, a dual-base vector hyperbolic log-log slide rule. Editor's Note: Due to Northern California wildfires, the Picture of the Day will be on a temporary leave of absence. In the interim, please enjoy these articles from the archives.  ...
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Solar Fibrils

Solar Fibrils

Oct 24, 2017 The Sun is a charged body seeking equilibrium with its surroundings. The electric charge flow into and out of the Sun can sometimes increase to the point where it releases plasma discharges called solar flares. Conventional scientists think that solar flares occur when magnetic loops “reconnect” with ...
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Ultraviolet Mars

Ultraviolet Mars

Oct 23, 2017 Mars glows in high frequencies. Editor's Note: Due to Northern California wildfires, the Picture of the Day will be on a temporary leave of absence. In the interim, please enjoy these articles from the archives.  NASA launched the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission (MAVEN) on November ...
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At Any Scale

At Any Scale

Oct 20, 2017 Plasma phenomena are similar no matter how big or how small. Editor's Note: Due to Northern California wildfires, the Picture of the Day will be on a temporary leave of absence. In the interim, please enjoy these articles from the archives.  Almost ten years ago, astronomers discovered ...
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Black Wreckage

Black Wreckage

Oct 19, 2017 Black holes are said to collide. NASA launched the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) aboard a Pegasus rocket on June 13, 2012. A new X-ray image highlights a "monster of a galactic mashup": two colliding galaxies, known as Arp 299, with "supermassive black holes" inside them. According ...
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Explosive Mystery

Explosive Mystery

Oct 18. 2017 Electricity plays a role in Solar System dynamics. Editor's Note: Due to Northern California wildfires, the Picture of the Day will be on a temporary leave of absence. In the interim, please enjoy these articles from the archives.  Mimas is a small moon, only 397 kilometers in ...
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