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Solar Power

Solar Power

Dec 31, 2018 Do convection currents and vibrating magnetic field lines create the dynamic phenomena observed on the Sun? According to the thermonuclear fusion model of the Sun, hydrogen in its core is crushed with so much force that it is converting to helium, releasing tremendous amounts of energy. The ...
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Frozen Giant

Frozen Giant

Dec 28, 2018 Neptune is another remote celestial body that exhibits many anomalies. On July 12, 2011 Neptune completed its first orbit around the Sun since it was discovered on September 23, 1846. This means that observations of the giant planet are lacking, since its great distance strains astronomers’ ability ...
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A New Mission

A New Mission

Dec 27, 2018 Mercury is in the crosshairs. In October 2018, a joint mission to Mercury will be launched. The BepiColombo mission is named after Giuseppe (Bepi) Colombo (1920-1984) from the University of Padua, Italy. As the mission highlights page indicates, Colombo was the first to understand that Mercury's rotation ...
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Reclining Giant

Reclining Giant

Dec 26, 2018 Lateral spin. Uranus is 50,724 kilometers in diameter at the equator, making it the third largest object in the Solar System. A unique aspect of Uranus is that its equator is tilted almost 90 degrees. Most of the other planets are tilted no more than 24 degrees ...
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Radio Lobes

Radio Lobes

Note: The Picture of the Day will be on hiatus until December 26, 2018. In the interim, please enjoy these articles from the archive. Dec 24, 2018 Synchrotron radiation from a galactic core. A recent press release from the Hubble Space Telescope announces that the spiral galaxy LO95 0313-192 is ...
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Charge Fluctuation

Charge Fluctuation

Note: The Picture of the Day will be on hiatus until December 26, 2018. In the interim, please enjoy these articles from the archive. Dec 21, 2018 The Sun's activity remains mysterious. Among heliophysicists it is commonly thought that the Sun accelerates charged particles into space in the same way ...
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Stellar Instabilities

Stellar Instabilities

Dec 20, 2018 Stars are inherently unstable. Heliophysicists believe that there is an electric dynamo inside the Sun. Two forces are conventionally thought to power it. One is the stretching of magnetic fields due to the Sun’s rotation (change in rotation rate), caused by differences in latitude. The other force ...
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Alpha Orionis

Alpha Orionis

Note: The Picture of the Day will be on hiatus until December 26, 2018. In the interim, please enjoy these articles from the archive. Dec 19, 2018 More evidence for the Electric Star theory. Betelgeuse is one of the largest stars in the observable Universe. If it were in the ...
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Lights in Space

Lights in Space

Dec 18, 2018 Nebulae are not what you may think they are. The prevailing opinion about planetary nebulae is that they are created when shockwaves "blow" through them. Those shockwaves are said to be “winds” from exploding stars. In some cases, a nebula might be described as “star forming”, because ...
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Petrospheres

Petrospheres

Dec 17, 2018 Stone spheres are found all over the world. Stone spheres were worshipped by some past civilizations, especially if they dropped out of the sky. They were often placed on plinths and were thought to be messengers from heaven. People in Greece, Rome, Arabia, and many other locations, ...
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Murky Giant

Murky Giant

Dec 14, 2018 Jupiter is the king of planets. On August 5, 2011 NASA launched the Juno spacecraft. After a five-year flight, Juno entered orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016. Jupiter is so large that all of the other planets could fit inside its 1.77 X 10^15 cubic kilometer ...
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Collimated Plasma Jets

Collimated Plasma Jets

Dec 13, 2018 Matter in the plasma state is electrically active. According to a recent press release, collimated jets result from matter falling into the putative gravity field of a black hole. As stellar matter orbits closer, it is said to accelerate, causing violent collisions among the jet particles, generating ...
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Blueberry Formation

Blueberry Formation

Dec 12, 2018 How did the uncountable numbers of iron oxide spherules form on Mars? The Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity rolled across the face of Mars for many years. Opportunity was launched on July 7, 2003. After a six month journey, it bounced to a landing inside a ...
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Love the Light

Love the Light

Dec 11, 2018 Dark theories challenged again. “It cannot be seen, cannot be felt, Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt, It lies behind stars and under hills, And empty holes it fills, It comes first and follows after, Ends life, kills laughter.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien Previous Picture of the day ...
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A Failure to Illuminate

A Failure to Illuminate

Dec 10, 2018 "Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself." --- Erasmus Previous Picture of the day articles take issue with the theory of dark matter. Astronomers think that an undetectable kind of matter must exist in space, because stars on the edges of spiral galaxies revolve with ...
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X-Ray Milky Way

X-Ray Milky Way

Dec 7, 2018 X-rays from galactic cores are accelerated by electric fields. Rather than accepting electric fields as a source, astronomers prefer to think of “strong winds blowing” out of the galaxy's core. Often called “Ultra-Luminous X-ray sources” (ULX), they are points across the sky more powerful than a million ...
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Not Enough Time

Not Enough Time

Dec 6, 2018 How long it takes things to form in space is a complete mystery. Black holes continue to elude detection by the most powerful telescopes and radiation sensors, but the consensus community insists that they exist, because they say that they can be inferred by their effect on ...
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Electric Moons

Electric Moons

Dec 5, 2018 The moons of Mars are scarred worlds. The two moons of Mars are called Phobos and Deimos, meaning "fear and "panic". Phobos is extensively studied by Earth-based telescopes and by satellites in Mars orbit. Deimos, however, is so small that major observations are impossible from Earth. Stickney ...
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Plasmoid Stars

Plasmoid Stars

Dec 4, 2018 Do stars follow the laws of gravity? Stars do not follow the course that conventional understanding demands. They are not born in clouds of gas far less dense than a puff of smoke. They are not balls of hot gas, they are composed of various elements in ...
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Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark

Dec 3, 2018 Most stars revolve in pairs. The stars in the Milky Way travel with one or more companions, so something influences the formation of multiple star systems. Stars are so remote from one another that it is unlikely that binary stars are due to gravitational attraction. On March ...
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Strange Brew

Strange Brew

Nov 30, 2018 Why don't globular clusters fly apart? Globular clusters are an example of how plasma is organized and confined into formations that are difficult to explain. Astronomers believe that globular clusters begin as groups of stars from a single birthing event. According to standard theory, gas and dust ...
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Pulvis Et Umbra Sumus

Pulvis Et Umbra Sumus

Nov 29, 2018 Stardust factories. "Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble." --- Benjamin Franklin Clouds of dust in space are said to form because stars condense out of dusty protoplanetary nebulae. Nebulae are said to be “star forming” when points of X-ray radiation are observed by space ...
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Twists and Turns

Twists and Turns

Nov 28, 2018 Most celestial objects exhibit some kind of filamentation. "Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground." --- Theodore Roosevelt Every science journal describes the formation of nebulae in terms of “blowing winds” created by shock waves from exploding stars. Nebulae are thought to ...
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The Strokes of Night

The Strokes of Night

Nov 27, 2018 Lightning phenomena are scaleable. Transverse electric currents accompany a main discharge channel. That channel is often seen by most people as a terrestrial lightning bolt. Slow-motion videos show that multiple leader strokes descend from the clouds, while less visible potential contacts rise from the ground. Once two ...
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