tpods of 2018 archive

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The Hunter's Web

The Hunter’s Web

Apr 24, 2018 Events on Earth reflect events in space. Transverse electric currents accompany a main discharge channel. This phenomenon is most often seen as part of terrestrial lighting bolts. Slow-motion videos reveal the complexity of each flash: multiple leader strokes descend from the clouds, while less visible potential points ...
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Lightning's Power Part One

Lightning’s Power Part One

Apr 23, 2018 What is lightning's source? Electric discharges in plasma create electromagnetic sheaths along their axes. If the charge flow is high enough, sheaths will glow, sometimes creating a number of other sheaths. The sheaths are called “double layers”, and powerful electric fields appear between regions, which can accelerate ...
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There's a Hole in the Theory

There’s a Hole in the Theory

Apr 20, 2018 More reified abstractions. "There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, a hole." --- Traditional folk song. Almost twenty years ago, astronomers believe they discovered that the Universe is expanding. Redshift observations of distant galaxies appeared to ...
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Commemorating Kristian Birkeland

Commemorating Kristian Birkeland

April 19, 2018 Kristian Birkeland was called the first space scientist because of his pioneering experiments in the early 1900s. June 15th marks the 100th anniversary of his death. “It seems to be a natural consequence of our points of view to assume that the whole of space is filled ...
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The Deccan Traps

The Deccan Traps

Apr 18, 2018 Continental flood basalts. A wide region of central India is dominated by what geologists call "flood basalts", because they represent what are thought to be the largest eruptions of magmas ever to occur on Earth. The Deccan Plateau consists of basalt lava more than 2000 meters thick, ...
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Collisions and Crashes

Collisions and Crashes

Apr 17, 2018 Hot gravity? Astronomers have only one force in their bag of tricks: gravity. Anomalous observations, such as high temperature in galaxy clusters, “must be” caused by collisions. Shockwaves and ram pressure are invoked because it is assumed that celestial objects are pushing though a medium. It is ...
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Arp 153

Arp 153

Apr 16, 2018 Consensus astronomers rely on ideas about gravity and acceleration for stars and galaxies to produce radiation. Particles of dust, along with hydrogen gas are said to "jet" out of galactic nuclei, because a central black hole accelerates them to high velocities. When material in a galactic jet ...
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Seeing Through Dirty Lenses

Seeing Through Dirty Lenses

Apr 13, 2018 Gravity does not bend light. Electric Universe theory paints a dubious picture about dark matter. It is an add-on, or ad hoc, theory because Big Bang cosmology is incomplete, always requiring a new prop. The Big Bang is supposed to be what brought all matter and energy, ...
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Extinct Light

Extinct Light

Apr 12, 2018 A hidden star factory. NGC 6334 (the Cat's Paw nebula) is also known as the Bear Claw nebula. It is 50 light-years across and approximately 5500 light-years away, using redshift distance calculations. It is part of a larger nebular complex near the heart of the Milky Way ...
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A Change in the Space Weather

A Change in the Space Weather

Apr 11, 2018 Sunspots are poorly understood. "High noon, I can't believe my eyes, Wind is ragin', there's a fire in the sky. Ground shakin', everything comin' loose, Run like a coward but it ain't no use. Edge of the river, it's an ugly scene, People gettin' pushed, people gettin' ...
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Auroral Generator

Auroral Generator

Apr 10, 2018 Jupiter's aurorae are generated by its own electromagnetic fields. There are many Pictures of the Day in the archives that discuss the planet, Jupiter—especially its electromagnetic interaction with its moons and the rest of the Solar System. Jupiter's magnetosphere extends outward for nearly 650 million kilometers, reaching beyond Saturn’s orbit ...
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Not So Super Nova

Not So Super Nova

Apr 9, 2018 Stellar oscillators.  Stars are the foci for immense energy from the galaxies in which they live. They are electromagnetic entities, so they cannot be classified by mass, or a particular elemental constitution. They are not internally powered objects, they are bodies formed from plasma filaments squeezing matter ...
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Cosmic Electric Charge Flow

Cosmic Electric Charge Flow

Apr 6, 2018 Galaxies are electromagnetic. Electric Universe theory sees galactic evolution as large-scale plasma discharges that form spinning wheels composed of coherent filaments. Those galactic structures display electrodynamic behavior and are not merely gravitationally bound assemblies of isolated stars. Stars in galaxies can form along arcs like silver beads ...
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Dark Stars

Dark Stars

March 5, 2018 Black holes are most likely electrical phenomena. Black holes are the subject of many previous Picture of the Day articles. The short story, from an Electric Universe perspective, is that black holes are a misperception. The descriptive terminology used by researchers is problematic, relying on loose interpretations ...
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Plasma Bundles

Plasma Bundles

Apr 4, 2018 Spherical clusters of stars are another example of how plasma is organized and confined into coherent formations. "The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy." --- Ezra Pound NGC 6093 (otherwise known as M80) ...
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The True Disbeliever

The True Disbeliever

March 03, 2018 "I'll believe it when I see it" could be the motto of the empiricist. His not unreasonable belief is that reasonable belief in an idea should be governed by tests that give results which can be sensed. His concern is that beliefs not anchored to what is ...
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Frigid Fires

Frigid Fires

Apr 2, 2018 Even the coldest dust radiates light. The European Space Agency launched the Herschel Space Observatory on May 14, 2009 with the largest spaceborne mirror ever constructed. Herschel was sent into orbit around LaGrange point L2 in order to protect its helium-cooled infrared detectors. Its coolant system lasted ...
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A Case for Mistaken Identity

A Case for Mistaken Identity

Mar 30, 2018 Ask anyone who has even a modest knowledge of mythology to name the Egyptian sun god and they will probably point to Ra. And why not? Is that not what we have been taught by historians and archeologists? Dwardu Cardona (1937‑2016) authored many books about comparative mythology ...
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Ionic Wind

Ionic Wind

March 29, 2018 Ionic disturbances through electrically charged regolith shaped the Martian surface. Craters, canyons, dunes and many other features do not readily correspond to contemporary theories about their evolution. Dunes on Mars often do not align with prevailing winds, and do not indicate any movement after years of observation ...
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Charge Exchange

Charge Exchange

Mar 28, 2018 Earth and the Sun share an electric circuit. "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." --- Charles Dudley Warner The Magnetospheric Multiscale satellites were launched March 12, 2015 on a mission to study Earth's electromagnetic fields. The MMS constellation, as well as the ...
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Brown Jets

Brown Jets

March 27, 2018 Brown dwarf stars are another class of stellar object that emit jets of material. A recent press release reports detecting a jet of material erupting from a brown dwarf star. A brown dwarf star earns its name because it is too small to sustain hydrogen fusion reactions ...
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What Moves?

What Moves?

Mar 26, 2018 What is light? When you're in a boat, you see waves of water lap against the hull. If you could tie a flag to a molecule of water, you could see that molecule move up and down. When you're at a concert, you hear waves of sound ...
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Colorful Collisions

Colorful Collisions

Mar 23, 2018 Kristian Birkeland's work is often overlooked. Oh, it was wild and weird and wan, and ever in camp o' nights We would watch and watch the silver dance of the mystic Northern Lights. And soft they danced from the Polar sky and swept in primrose haze; And ...
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Above and Below

Above and Below

March 22, 2018 Phenomena on Earth, as well as in deep space, share similar characteristics. "I have always believed that astrophysics should be the extrapolation of laboratory physics, that we must begin from the present Universe and work our way backward to progressively more remote and uncertain epochs." --- Hannes ...
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Charge Separation on Jupiter

Charge Separation on Jupiter

Mar 21, 2018 What causes the cloud bands and high winds on Jupiter? NASA launched the Juno mission on August 5, 2011. Its primary science goals include analysis of Jupiter's massive plasmasphere, along with electromagnetic influences throughout the Jovian system. Jupiter radiates more energy than it receives from the Sun, ...
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