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Galactic Filaments

Galactic Filaments

The central part of the Milky Way in radio frequencies. © SARAO Sep 17, 2019 Galaxies exhibit electric circuits. “A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold,And pavement stars—as starts to thee appearSoon in the galaxy, that milky wayWhich nightly as a circling zone thou seestPowder'd with stars.”― John ...
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The Largest Dwarf

The Largest Dwarf

VISTA telescope image of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way. Credit: ESO/VMC Survey. Sep 16, 2019 Stars in clusters within the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) do not conform to the standard model. "Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough ...
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Medusa

Medusa

False-color image of Venus' south pole in ultraviolet. Credit: JAXA / ISAS / DARTS / Damia Bouic. Sep 12, 2019 Goddess-like beauty scarred forever. There are indications that Venus underwent a catastrophic event (or events) sometime in the recent past. Giant cracks extend for hundreds of kilometers, for example. Those ...
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Not So Real

Not So Real

"Big Bang". Image by the author. Sep 11, 2019 Dark matter theory lacks observational support, yet most astronomers think it is only a matter of time before it is discovered. A recent press release affirms the modern opinion about dark matter. To quote the article: "I’m betting that dark matter ...
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Gravity is not the Answer

Gravity is not the Answer

The central region of the Milky Way. The center of the galaxy is located within the bright white region to the right and just below the middle of the image. Yellow is near-infrared observations from the Hubble Space Telescope. Red indicates infrared observations from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Blue and ...
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A Tail to Tell

A Tail to Tell

A multi-light year long tail streams out from galaxy D100 in the Coma Cluster. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Cramer et al. Sep 9, 2019 Stellar fusion theory drives physicists on their 60 year journey toward recreating that phenomenon on Earth. Billions of dollars are spent building arcane devices; trying to ...
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Langmuir's Bubbles

Langmuir’s Bubbles

In this new view, the heliopause is not a continuous shield that separates the solar domain from the interstellar medium, but a porous membrane with fingers and indentations. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab. Sep 6, 2019 The Sun's heliosheath is spherical. The Interstellar Medium (ISM), through which the Solar ...
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Charge Surplus

Charge Surplus

Electric Stars. Sep 5, 2019 Stars are electrically charged. From an early age, children are taught that stars are burning balls of hydrogen gas. Also, that gravitational attraction from a star like the Sun is what holds the planets in their orbits. Fusion fire in their cores is said to ...
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Flagellar Motors

Flagellar Motors

Sep 4, 2019 Editor's note: The Picture of the Day will be off today. Please enjoy this article from the archives. Rotating motors propel some bacteria. Some bacteria can swim through their tiny worlds. They accomplish this feat with the aid of spinning propellors called "flagella". The species of bacteria ...
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Plasma Weather

Plasma Weather

"Flare". Fractal by Stephen Smith. Sep 3, 2019 Solar plasma interacts with Earth's electromagnetic fields. Recent Picture of the Day articles address many issues that make understanding the Sun exceptionally difficult. The consensus viewpoint about solar activity and the Electric Universe viewpoint are, in many cases, diametrically opposed to each ...
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Lightning in a Bottle

Lightning in a Bottle

Lichtenberg figure generated inside an acrylic block. Credit: Bert Hickman, Captured Lightning. Sep 2, 2019 Planets and moons in the Solar System exhibit electrical scarring. Lichtenberg figures are discussed many times in previous Picture of the Day articles. They are forking shapes that lightning bolts make when they strike Earth ...
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Radiant Planet

Radiant Planet

Plot of Venus and Earth orbital relationship. Venus orbits the Sun 13 times for every 8 Earth years. Aug 30, 2019 Venus is a highly energetic domain. The European Space Agency’s Venus Express was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 9, 2005. It subsequently entered orbit around Venus ...
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Positron Lightning

Positron Lightning

Lightning in the eye of Cyclone Bansi. Credit: astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, International Space Station. Aug 29, 2019 Electrons and positrons are formed in lightning bolts. Lightning is a plasma that creates powerful electromagnetic pulses across a wide range of frequencies. Thunderheads may be several thousand cubic kilometers in extent, yet ...
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The Electromagnetic Cosmos

The Electromagnetic Cosmos

The center of the Milky Way is located within the bright white region to the right of and just below the middle of the image. Yellow represents Hubble's near-infrared observations. Red represents Spitzer infrared data. Blue and violet represent Chandra's X-ray observations. The bright blue blob on the left side ...
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Not Gas

Not Gas

Infrared image of nebular star cluster RCW 38. Credit: ESO/K. Muzic. Aug 27, 2019 Nebulae are electrical phenomena. As written in previous Pictures of the Day, plasma behavior is unfamiliar. It is sometimes difficult to see the differences between plasma and a gas. Plasma's similarities to gas are overshadowed by ...
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The Darkest Dark

The Darkest Dark

Galaxy cluster IDCS J1426.5+3508: X-rays from the NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory in blue, visible light from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in green, and infrared light from the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope in red. Credit: NASA/ESA. Aug 26, 2019 The Universe is composed primarily of dark matter, according to modern ...
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Plasma Connection

Plasma Connection

Crater chain on Enceladus with anomalous fissures. Credit: NASA, JPL/Cal-Tech. Aug 22, 2019 Enceladus reveals an electric circuit with Saturn. Recently, the Picture of the Day discussed the discovery of heavy molecules in the geyser eruptions from the south pole of Enceladus. Similar to those found elsewhere, such as the ...
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Cataclysmic Variables

Cataclysmic Variables

GK Persei exhibited a nova outburst in 1901. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/RIKEN/D.Takei et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Radio: NRAO/VLA. Aug 21, 2019 Some stars fluctuate erratically. According to astrophysicists, a nova explosion occurs when a white dwarf star draws matter away from a companion star onto its surface. Gravity then compresses the ...
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Unexpected Brightness

Unexpected Brightness

Comet C/2017 S3 PANNSTARRS orbital diagram. Credit: JPL Small Body Database. Aug 20, 2019 Another comet exhibits outbursts far from the Sun. Astronomers recently announced the brightening of a small comet as it passed into the inner Solar System. Called PANNSTARRS (C/2017 S3), the comet began a significant energetic outburst ...
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Galactic Evolution

Galactic Evolution

This image of NGC 5866 is from Spitzer's cold mission. Blue corresponds to 3.6 microns, produced mainly by stars; green corresponds to 4.5 microns, and red corresponds to 8 micron radiation from cold dust. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Aug 19, 2019 Galaxies are born in lightning. NASA launched the Spitzer Space Telescope ...
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The Dynamic Sun

The Dynamic Sun

The latest image of the Sun from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Credit: NASA/SDO. Aug 16, 2019 The Sun is a plasma phenomenon. The Solar Dynamics Observatory records coronal holes as they move across the Sun’s photosphere, causing storms of charged particles to blast toward Earth. Heliophysicists believe that coronal holes ...
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Electric Molecules

Electric Molecules

Miller and Urey’s Experiment Aug 15, 2019 Organic molecules can be created with electricity. According to a recent press release, "... heavy organic compounds containing hundreds of atoms..." were detected at Saturn's moon Enceladus by the Cassini Saturn orbiter during several of its flybys through the moon's south polar geysers ...
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Dwarf Planets

Dwarf Planets

The largest Trans-Neptunian objects. Aug 14, 2019 Is planet nine among them? NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft on January 19, 2006 on a mission to explore the outer Solar System, including Pluto, Charon and many Kuiper Belt Objects. On July 14, 2015 New Horizons flew by Pluto at a ...
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Electron Gun

Electron Gun

Eta Carinae in X-ray wavelengths. Red indicates 300 to 1000 electron volts (eV), green from 1000 to 3000 eV, and blue covers 3000 to 10,000 eV. Electric fields accelerate charged particles to near the speed of light. Credits: NASA/CXC and NASA/JPL-Caltech. Aug 13, 2019 What energizes this nebula to such ...
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Shock or Shocked?

Shock or Shocked?

The four MMS spacecraft study turbulence in the solar wind. Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Mary Pat Hrybyk-Keith Aug 12, 2019 The Sun shocks the Solar System. Not in the way that astronomers think, however. Instead of "shockwaves" racing by the planets, it is electric shocks that are detected. The ...
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