tpods of 2019 archive

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Martian Morphology

Martian Morphology

Ripples inside Endurance crater. Credit: NASA/JPL/Cal-Tech. May 24, 2019 Was Mars resurfaced by electric arcs? Evidence for powerful electric arcs discharging to the surface of Mars was discussed in previous Pictures of the Day. That evidence can be seen in sinuous rilles, terraced craters, ripples in canyons, giant mesas with ...
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Lightning's Power Part Two

Lightning’s Power Part Two

"Electric Supernova". Fractal by wernertek. May 23, 2019 How much energy in a supernova? A previous Picture of the Day discussed cosmic filaments that connect celestial formations with bridges of luminous material. Those structures could mean that the visible Universe is a braided filament of electric charge that reaches from ...
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Making the Moon

Making the Moon

A massive impact basin on the farside of the Moon (pictured in false-color blue and purple). Credit: NASA/GSFC/University of Arizona. May 22, 2019 The Moon is a "dead body" that is billions of years old, according to theory. It has no intrinsic magnetic field and it does not radiate, except ...
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Lightning's Power Part One

Lightning’s Power Part One

Public access image of a thunderstorm. May 21, 2019 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 ...
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Stellar Impulse

Stellar Impulse

The Crab Nebula pulsar. This image was created from 24 sequential images acquired over several months by the Hubble Space Telescope. Image credit: NASA/HST/ASU/J. Hester. Click to animate. May 20, 2019 The Crab is 25 kilometers wide, with a mass of 1.5 times that of the Sun, and is said ...
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Limitless Journey

Limitless Journey

Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule). The color in this image is close to what the human eye would see. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Roman Tkachenko. Click to enlarge. May 17, 2019 New Horizons continues its voyage into deep space. Many Pictures of the ...
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There's a Hole in the Theory

There’s a Hole in the Theory

The Canes Venatici Supervoid (a.k.a. the Giant Void) is estimated to be about 1.3 billion light-years in extent, and about 1.5 billion light-years away. May 16, 2019 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 ...
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The Deccan Traps

The Deccan Traps

An erratic boulder in the Deccan Traps region of India known as "Krishna's Butterball". Photographer unknown. May 14, 2019 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 ...
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Go With the Flow

Go With the Flow

The Sun's quiet chromosphere. Image by Stuart Green. May 13, 2019 Electric Universe advocate, Wal Thornhill, states that stars reside within plasma sheaths perhaps as great as a light-day in extent. “The Sun’s plasma sheath, or ‘heliosphere’ is about 100 times more distant than the Earth is from the Sun ...
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Star Power

Star Power

Red dwarfs are the least massive stars, while blue-white super giants are the most massive. Red giant stars are much larger, but lower mass. They range from a fraction of the Sun's mass to a few solar masses. Credit: NASA, ESA and A. Feild (STScI). May 10, 2019 The collapse ...
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Arp 153

Arp 153

The center band of dust and gas in Arp 153 (A.K.A. Centaurus A) reveals filamentary structures. Credit: E.J. Schreier (STScI), and NASA. May 9, 2019 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 ...
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Hubble Trouble

Hubble Trouble

The near-infrared sky. The Great Attractor is found by following the long blue arrow at bottom-right. Credit: Thomas Jarrett/IPAC/Caltech. Click to enlarge. May 8, 2019 The Universe is not expanding. “After a ridiculously long time it has finally dawned on me that establishment scientists actually proceed on the belief that ...
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Seeing Through Dirty Lenses

Seeing Through Dirty Lenses

Galaxy cluster Abell 3827. The blue structures are supposed to be caused by "gravitational lensing". Credit: ESO. May 7, 2019 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 ...
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La Dea dell'Amore

La Dea dell’Amore

3D anaglyph of Ovda Regio Corona. Coronae are characterized by radial and concentric scarps and ridges. The center of this corona is 80 kilometers across and about 3 kilometers deeper than the surrounding ridges. Credit: NASA/JPL/Magellan mission. Click to enlarge. May 6, 2019 Venus is a mysterious planet. We are ...
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It's Not So Dark After All

It’s Not So Dark After All

NGC 2683 is thought to look like the Milky Way would look to an outside observer. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA. Click to enlarge. May 3, 2019 The Universe is a bright beacon. "If the presence of electricity can be made visible in any part of the circuit, I see ...
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A Change in the Space Weather

A Change in the Space Weather

The Sun was quiet from 2008 to 2010, so sunspots like this one disappeared. Credit: the Hinode Mission. 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 ...
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Phantom Forces

Phantom Forces

"Dark Energy". Fractal by Stephen Smith. May 1, 2019 Dark energy is a kludge. More than twenty years ago, astronomers found that observations of remote galaxies seemed to indicate the Universe is expanding faster today than it did in the past. The Big Bang theory does not contain that anomalous ...
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Not So Super Nova

Not So Super Nova

Planetary nebula M2-9 exhibits bipolar symmetry characteristic of a z-pinch rather than a nuclear explosion. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA. Acknowledgement: Judy Schmid. Apr 30, 2019 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 ...
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Smoke Without Fire Part Two

Smoke Without Fire Part Two

Apr 29, 2019 Whatever the explanation, it would seem that Venus’ ‘smoking’ is the same as its ‘burning’ and that such incidents – regarded as portents – occurred throughout the historical period on a decadal or centennial time scale, ruling out any dramatic scenarios such as Velikovsky’s Venus comet. The ...
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Smoke Without Fire Part One

Smoke Without Fire Part One

Apr 26, 2019 From a study of ancient sources, the catastrophist polymath Immanuel Velikovsky (1895-1979) famously concluded that the planet Venus had presented a comet-like appearance just a few millennia ago. Instead of a puerile response of outright condemnation and censorship, the academic world ought to have invested its energy ...
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Cosmic Electric Charge Flow

Cosmic Electric Charge Flow

Galactic alignment in the Perseus Cluster. Credit: Jim Misti (Misti Mountain Observatory). Apr 25, 2019 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 ...
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Earth's Electrical Dynamics

Earth’s Electrical Dynamics

A gigantic looping prominence on the Sun. Credit: NASA/SDO. Click to enlarge. Apr 24, 2019 The Sun causes Earth's magnetosphere to oscillate. Planetary scientists are slowly coming to realize that Earth’s ionosphere is connected to the Sun by "ropes" of electric charge.That idea is a basic tenet of Electric Universe ...
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Plasma Bundles

Plasma Bundles

NGC 6093 (M80) one of the densest globular clusters. Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA). Click to enlarge. Apr 23, 2019 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 ...
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Inconspicuous Moons

Inconspicuous Moons

A tiny moon in Saturn's A ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Cal-Tech. Click to enlarge. Apr 22, 2019 Are new moons hiding in Saturn's rings? "We must believe then, that as from hence we see Saturn and Jupiter; if we were in either of the Two, we should discover a great many Worlds ...
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Rhea's Ribbon of Dust

Rhea’s Ribbon of Dust

A bright "splat" of white dust on Rhea's leading hemisphere. Note that its surface is "wall-to-wall" craters. Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech. Click to enlarge. Apr 19, 2019 The first detection of a ring around a moon. The Cassini space probe is no more; it was burned-up in Saturn's atmosphere on September 17, ...
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