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Twin Tails

Jan 20, 2107 Two types of pulsars. The basic idea is to shove all fundamental difficulties onto the neutron and to do quantum mechanics in the nucleus. — Werner Heisenberg: Letter to Niels Bohr, June 20, 1932. Quoted in Uncertainty: The Life and Science of Werner Heisenberg (1992) by David ...
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The Truth Will Out

Jan 19, 2016 Astronomical research tends to instigate foregone conclusions. The Picture of the Day never considers questions that requires a search for subjective meaning in the Universe. Analyzing the observations from NASA and others is enough, in most instances, to draw correspondence between theories in peer-reviewed journals and the ...
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Drought To Deluge

Jan 18, 2017 The quiet Sun. Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life some rain must fall. --- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow In an Electric Universe, the Sun is an anode, or positively charged terminal, with an invisible virtual cathode, called the heliopause, at the farthest limit ...
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A Fox in the Henhouse

Apr 17, 2016 Electromagnetism rules the Universe. Birkeland currents transport electric charges through space along twisting electromagnetic filaments that can span intergalactic distances. They are seen at all cosmic scales because almost every celestial object in the Universe is filamentary. Planetary nebulae are webs of lighted tendrils; energetic galaxies emit ...
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An Interesting Mix

Jan 16, 2017 Mercury reveals an unusual blend of minerals, along with a thin atmosphere. Of all the rocky bodies in the Solar System, Mercury ranks third in size behind Ganymede and Titan. Mercury is 4878 kilometers in diameter, making it slightly larger than the Moon. Mercury's mean orbital distance ...
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Electrical Expressions

Jan 13, 2017 Electric charge flow in space defines many phenomena. Plasma is not a substance, it is a condition. Matter is categorized by four states: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma, therefore, those conditions cannot be analyzed in simple terms. Solids exhibit multiple aspects, including dimension, temperature, composition, etc. The ...
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Electromagnetic Belts

Jan 12, 2017 Bands of plasma circle the Earth. Earth’s ionosphere is connected to the Sun by filaments of electric charge, so upper regions of the atmosphere are influenced by solar emissions. This idea is a basic tenet of Electric Universe theory. Since Earth has an electrically active plasmasphere, it ...
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Plasmoids are the Power

Jan 11, 2017 What causes energetic emissions from galactic cores? According to a recent press release, there is a so-called, supermassive black hole (SMBH) at the center of the Milky Way that is tearing stars apart and flinging the remains into space at speeds of 10,000 kilometers per second. The ...
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Hydra

Jan 10, 2017 Another asymmetrical moon of Pluto. NASA launched the New Horizons mission on January 19, 2006. Nine years later, the spacecraft flew by the dwarf planet Pluto on July 14, 2015. Infrared and spectral analyses should provide data sufficient to keep planetary scientists occupied for years. An estimated ...
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Dying And Flying

Jan 9, 2017 Changing your beliefs feels like dying. Whether it's religion, politics, or science, letting go of the complex of ideas that provides an orderly explanation for your life and your experiences seems like falling into chaos and oblivion. It seems suicidal even to loosen your grip on that ...
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Natural Pyramids

Jan 6, 2017 Is it erosion that carved these shapes? Some scientists think that the Egyptians copied their pyramids from natural formations. The Black Desert, among other locations, provides evidence for that contention. In the image at the top of the page is a large pyramid-shaped monolith in Wadi Rum, ...
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Star Magnets Part Two

Jan 5, 2017 Magnetic fields in stars are not rare, study finds. According to a recent press release, astronomers from the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia "...discovered strong magnetic fields are common in stars, not rare as previously thought." Pictures of the Day often note that astronomers think ...
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The Iturralde Structure

Jan 4, 2017 Is this Bolivian crater an impact site? It is the contention of Electric Universe proponents that many (if not all) large "impact" craters on Earth are actually the result of interplanetary electric discharges. Previous Picture of the Day articles describe some of those formations: Manicouagan, Popigai, Chicxulub, ...
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Star Magnets Part One

Jan 3, 2017 What prevents stellar dissipation? Children are taught from an early age that stars are "burning" balls of hydrogen gas. According to standard theories, it is a star like the Sun's gravitational attraction that keeps planets, along with all other material, in orbit. Fusion fire releases energetic particles ...
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Clenched by Iron Bands

Jan 2, 2017 Is it liquid metal that circulates below the surface? On November 23, 2013 the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Swarm mission satellites from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. Swarm consists of three identical orbiters, Alpha, Bravo and Charlie, placed in two different orbital planes. Alpha ...
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