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Spiders From Mars

Mar 22, 2017 Martian formations are similar to those found elsewhere in the Solar System, including Earth. Lichtenberg figures are discussed many times in previous Picture of the Day articles. They are forking shapes that lightning bolts make when they strike Earth or some man-made object. Their unique configuration can ...
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Flux Ropes

Mar 21, 2017 Electromagnetic filaments connect Saturn with the Sun. The plasmasphere of Saturn is highly energetic, enough so that lightning up to a million times more powerful than anything on this planet was observed. Saturn emits 2.3 times more energy than it receives from the Sun. 90 megawatts of ...
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Holy Moly!

Mar 20, 2017 Why do coronal holes accelerate the solar wind? Recently, the Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a coronal hole as it moved across the Sun's photosphere, causing a storm of charged particles to blast toward Earth. Heliophysicists believe that coronal holes are regions of "open magnetic fields". The thermonuclear ...
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Dark Flow

Mar 16, 2017 Is the Universe expanding? Edwin Hubble first identified what he thought was the Doppler effect in faint galaxy images. The observation is known today as "redshift". However, rather than the result of acceleration and distance, it may be that it is an intrinsic property of matter. Astronomer ...
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Anomalous Geography: Tall Towers

Mar 15, 2017 Vertical cliffs around the world are not easy to explain. The Karakoram mountains are one of the largest mountain ranges on Earth, extending from Pakistan to India and into China. Among its largest peaks is K2, an 8600 meter massif that once was considered impossible to climb ...
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Misperception

Mar 14, 2017 The conventional Universe is a mirage. In the days before space shuttles, before the Hubble Space Telescope, and before modern satellite technology, electricity in space was not considered. Because the first teams of space scientists were "steely-eyed missile men" with backgrounds in aeronautics and chemical fuel reactions, ...
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Twelve Years In Orbit

Twelve Years In Orbit

Mar 13, 2017 Cameras orbiting Mars provide data that confirm Electric Universe theories. NASA launched the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) August 12, 2005 on a mission to map the surface of the Red Planet. Along with its primary topographic goal, planetary scientists continue to search for water in the barren ...
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Disconnected Theories

Mar 10, 2017 Magnetic reconnection is in the news again. On February 17, 2007 NASA launched the The Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) on a mission to study Earth's aurorae. The fleet of five satellites monitored changes in auroral brightness and morphology, in order to ...
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Space Waves

Mar 9, 2017 "Space tsunamis" interact with Earth's electromagnetic fields. Earth’s ionosphere is connected to the Sun by filaments of electric charge, otherwise known as Birkeland currents, so the upper levels of the atmosphere experience its direct impact. Earth possesses a plasmasphere, so it is electrically active, coupled to circuits ...
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Thereby Hangs A Tail

Mar 8, 2017 Different kinds of objects have long "tails". From galactic-scale objects such as Centaurus A, to hot-bright stars, to planets, to comets, it seems like everything in space exhibits an energetic jet or trailing emission that is difficult to explain using conventional theories. Every new observation requires a ...
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Crab Cocktail

Mar 7, 2017 Various celestial phenomena are associated with the Crab Nebula. In 1054, ancient Chinese astrologers first saw a “guest star” in the constellation Taurus. They noted that it was bright enough to see during daylight hours. About a year later it faded out. John Bevis observed a bright ...
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Swimming Around Rocks

Mar 6, 2017 When Einstein introduced the theory of relativity in 1905, astronomers thought the universe consisted of only the Milky Way. What we think of today as galaxies were thought of then as tiny clouds within the Milky Way. It was 20 years later that Hubble showed they were ...
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The Orion Plasma Formation

Mar 3, 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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Floating on an Electric Breeze

Mar 2, 2017 Electricity manifest in many ways. According to a recent press release, scientists from the University of Colorado think that they know why there is a faint glow on the lunar limb: static electricity. Laboratory experiments confirmed that dust particles, no more than a few microns across, leaped ...
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Mapping the Absurd

Mar 1, 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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A Red Dwarf

Feb 28, 2017 Colorful planets are the result of plasma cosmogony. Immanuel Kant’s theorized that the Solar System was born from a dusty cloud of gas, or nebula, floating in space. His idea is now known as the “Nebular Hypothesis.” Kant suggested that the cloud contracted because gravity drew its ...
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Push Or Pull

Feb 27, 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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Blob of Conformity

Feb 24, 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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Imaginary Magnets

Feb 23, 2017 There are no "super magnets" in space without powerful electric discharges. The standard model of stellar evolution proposes that pulsars are neutron stars rotating at incredible speed. In 2006, PSR J1748-2446ad was reported to spin at 43,000 RPM—the blades of a kitchen blender do not exceed 30,000 ...
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Cluster Crash

Feb 22, 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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Plasma Guns

Feb 21, 2017 Space and time do not bend. "Gravitational lensing" theory is used to explain the arcs of glowing material surrounding some galaxies. They also use it in conjunction with other theories to help deal with puzzling observations. One of those puzzles involves the so-called expanding Universe. Combining data ...
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Twisted Topology

Feb 20, 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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Galactic Attraction

Feb 17, 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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Star Links

Feb 16, 2017 The Sun's activity drives Earth-based phenomena. Picture of the Day articles point out that there are linkages between galactic electric currents, solar electric currents, and terrestrial electric currents. Earth is connected to a circuit that flows through the cosmos, but that circuit is difficult to perceive. Charged ...
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Over a Cloud Bridge

Feb 15, 2017 Ionized hydrogen is a primordial source for many structures in the Universe. The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is around 200,000 light-years from Earth, as astronomers gauge distance. Its diffuse nature means that it is no more than a smudge of light in the southern sky. Its companion, ...
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