TPOD Archive 2019

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The Balochistan Temple Complex Part One

The Balochistan Temple Complex Part One

Ruins of what could be a sphinx and temple structures in southern Pakistan. Dec 31, 2019 Ancient civilizations catastrophically destroyed. Pareidolia: the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern. Everyone is familiar with seeing "horsies and duckies" in cloud patterns. Lying back ...
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A Whale of a Time

A Whale of a Time

Galaxy NGC 4631, the "Whale Galaxy". Credit: Composite image by Jayanne English of the University of Manitoba, with NRAO VLA radio data from Silvia Carolina Mora-Partiarroyo and Marita Krause of the Max-Planck Institute for Radioastronomy. The optical data were from the Mayall 4-meter telescope, collected by Maria Patterson and Rene ...
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Dust Ejection

Dust Ejection

The expulsion disk around 49 Ceti. Dust is shown in red; carbon monoxide is shown in green; and carbon atoms are shown in blue. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Higuchi et al. Dec 27, 2019 Disks around stars indicate electromagnetic induction. A recent press release from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan ...
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Power in Perspective

Power in Perspective

A portion of the 36-dish Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP). Credit: CSIRO. Dec 26, 2019 What astronomers call a “Fast Radio Burst” can release more energy in five milliseconds than the Sun does in 80 years! Assumed distances to such high energy sources is said to be a billion ...
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Infrared All Over

Infrared All Over

The Perseus Molecular Cloud Complex. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Click to enlarge. Most objects in space are invisible to the naked eye. Dec 23, 2019 NASA launched the Spitzer Space Telescope on August 25, 2003. Spitzer’s mission was to scan the sky in infrared wavelengths, using detectors kept at -268 Celsius. That ...
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Magnetic Galaxies

Magnetic Galaxies

The Milky Way in microwave frequencies from the Planck satellite. Top: a combined view of the four bottom views. Top left is dust, top right is gas, bottom right is light from charged particle interactions, and bottom left shows charged particles moving along the galaxy's magnetic field. Image credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech ...
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Feeling the Heat

Feeling the Heat

The Parker Solar Probe's orbit design. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL. Dec 19, 2019 The Parker Solar Probe is beginning its seven year maneuvering phase. The Parker Solar Probe was launched on August 12, 2018. Its first gravity assisted slow-down took place on October 3, 2018. The probe will conduct several ...
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Deep in the Dark

Deep in the Dark

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the farthest galaxy yet seen. Credits: NASA , ESA, and B. Salmon (STScI). Dec 17, 2019 The Universe keeps getting bigger. A recent press release announced that astronomers, combining data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope, found a galaxy they ...
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Another Dark Matter Excursion

Another Dark Matter Excursion

Rotation curves in the Milky Way as seen from the Southern Hemisphere. The tracers are blue or red depending on their relative motion with respect to the Sun. The blue halo corresponds to inferred dark matter distribution. Credit: Serge Brunier/NASA. Click to enlarge. Dec 16, 2019 According to a recent ...
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The Worzel Deep Sea Ash

The Worzel Deep Sea Ash

Map of the ocean floor. Credit: National Geographic. Click to enlarge. Dec 13, 2019 Sediment samples indicate that there is a layer of nickel-rich ash covering the bottom of all the world’s oceans. Could cosmic plasma discharges be responsible? The bottom of the ocean is assumed to be a dark, ...
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Electrical Dynamism

Electrical Dynamism

Credit: NASA. Dec 12, 2019 More Cassini data analysis. Saturn’s magnetosphere is an electrical environment, causing dark-mode plasma discharges and lightning bolts that flash across the ring plane. As previously written, when Cassini entered orbit around the giant planet, mission specialists were shocked to discover lightning of immense power, up ...
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Lightning Cosmogony

Lightning Cosmogony

Credit: "The rate of dielectric breakdown weathering of lunar regolith in permanently shadowed regions" Author: A.P. Jordan,T.J. Stubbs,J.K. Wilson,N.A. Schwadron,H.E. Spence. Publication: Icarus. Publisher:  lsevier. Date: February 2017. Dec 11, 2019 The Solar System is home to many devastated planets and moons. Most of the Sun's family of rocky bodies ...
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Marklund Convection

Marklund Convection

"Z-pinch" by zephyrtronium at Deviantart. Dec 10, 2019 Stars are not neutral entities existing in a medium that isolates them from one another. In an Electric Universe, stars are not powered by hydrogen fusion, but by incoming electric charge. If any fusion takes place, it is not in the core, ...
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Galactic Impressionism

Galactic Impressionism

"Colliding" galaxy clusters Abell 3411 and Abell 3412. This image contains X-rays from Chandra (blue), radio emission from the GMRT (red), and optical data from Subaru (red, green, and blue). Image is about 10 million light years across. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/R. van Weeren et al; Optical: NAOJ/Subaru; Radio: NCRA/TIFR/GMRT. Dec ...
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Plasma Storms

Plasma Storms

The center of the Milky Way. Credit: NASA/CXC/UMass/D. Wang et al. Click to enlarge. Dec 6, 2019 Astronomers are puzzled by abnormally high temperatures in the Milky Way's core. In the image at the top of the page, an X-ray spectrum of the gases in the center of the Milky ...
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Bigger

Bigger

A ring of gas and stars circles the Milky Way. Credit: Artistic representation by R. Hurt, SSC-Caltech, NASA/JPL-Caltech. Dec 5, 2019 A ring of gas and stars is said to be orbiting the Milky Way. Galaxies are mysterious. Astronomers are still not sure if they are a rotating collection of ...
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Gravitational Waves

Gravitational Waves

Dec 4, 2019 Space and time are not a fabric. In Einstein's vision of the Universe, time and space are dynamic regions under constant change because matter creates "warps" or curves in both. Today, its interpretation views the Universe as a kind of geometric object that exists in a four-dimensional ...
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So Hot You're Cool

So Hot You’re Cool

Looking toward Saturn's sunlit side from about 26 degrees above the ring plane. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute. Dec 3, 2019 Hot spots on the gas giant planets are really very cold. NASA scientists have been puzzled by Saturn's hot north pole, although the term “hot” is relative. The average temperature ...
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Emergent Supernovae

Emergent Supernovae

The Milky Way from the Murchison Widefield Array. Lowest frequencies in red, middle frequencies in green, and the highest frequencies in blue. Huge golden filaments indicate enormous magnetic fields, supernova remnants are visible as little spherical bubbles, and regions of massive star formation show up in blue. Credit: Dr Natasha ...
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Last Legs

Last Legs

Nov 29, 2019 Editor's note: The Picture of the Day will be on vacation during the holidays, returning on December 2. Meanwhile, please enjoy these articles from the archive. Electric Universe theory has never required an unseen and undetectable component. Lambda Cold Dark Matter theory (ΛCDM) gets its name from ...
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The Mother of Aeneas

The Mother of Aeneas

Nov 28, 2019 Editor's note: The Picture of the Day will be on vacation during the holidays, returning on December 2. Meanwhile, please enjoy these articles from the archive. Venus is like other rocky bodies in the Solar System: electrically active. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Venus Express is approaching ...
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The Cosmic Web Imager

The Cosmic Web Imager

Nov 27, 2019 Editor's note: The Picture of the Day will be on vacation during the holidays, returning on December 2. Meanwhile, please enjoy these articles from the archive. Make room for "dim matter". The Intergalactic Medium (IGM) is where galaxies are born, according to standard theories; it is also ...
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Force Multiplier

Force Multiplier

Jupiter's magnetic field. (a) North polar view; (b) south polar view; (c) equatorial view. Credit: Nature (2018). DOI:10.1038/s41586-018-0468-5. Nov 26, 2019 Jupiter generates its own power. On August 5, 2011 NASA launched the Juno mission to Jupiter. It is currently analyzing Jupiter’s massive plasmasphere, along with its electromagnetic field. Jupiter ...
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Electric Morphology

Electric Morphology

Olympus Mons is called the largest volcano in the Solar System. But is it a volcano? Credit: NASA/JPL. Nov 25, 2019 Mars exhibits regions that are wrenched and twisted with deep fissures, yet no rocky debris. In previous Picture of the Day articles about Martian morphology, powerful electric arcs were ...
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