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Detailed infrared image of electrically charged dust in M51, The Whirlpool Galaxy

Space Magnets

Original Post January 27, 2012 It is common knowledge that electric charge must flow in a circuit in order for a magnetic field to be created. On May 30, 1908, Nobel laureate Hannes Olof Gösta Alfvén was born in Norrköping, Sweden. His work in plasma physics, and the motion of ...
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Colliding galaxy clusters

The Fall of El Gordo

Original Post January 25, 2012 El Gordo is so called because it is the biggest, brightest, and hottest pair of colliding galaxy clusters known to astronomers. Astronomers "know" that El Gordo is over 7 billion light-years from Earth. This knowledge derives from the amount by which El Gordo’s light is ...
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Artist's impression of an extrasolar planet with many times the mass of Jupiter

A Mystifying Menagerie

Original Post January 17, 2012 A distant system of planets in proximity to one another challenges current theories. A recent press release from the Kepler Space Telescope research team announced the discovery of an "alien solar system" with six planets. That they are so near to the newly named Kepler-11 ...
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New infrared image of the Helix Nebula in Aquarius

Electric Helix

Original Post January 20, 2012 A recent image of the Helix Nebula in the constellation Aquarius exposes more details of its electrical structure. The new infrared image shows radial Birkeland currents (called “strands” in the press release) crossing the concentric rings and converging on the central star. (Will “strands” now ...
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An elevation map of the Mid-Atlantic ridge

Forty-four Trillion Watts

Original Post January 19, 2012 Earth is said to emit heat energy because radioactive elements decay in its depths. Electrical activity might be a better explanation. "Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking." --- William Butler Yeats A recent press release ...
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Aristarchus crater on the Moon

Aristarchus

Original Post January 18, 2012 The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is providing more evidence for the Electric Universe theory. The Moon has intrigued humanity since the beginning. Where did it come from? What is it made of? Today, those questions remain unanswered, for the most part, although technological advancements have provided ...
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Lake Mungo's 'Walls of China' lunettes

The Lake Victoria Cosmic Massacre

Original Post January 15, 2012 Is there a connection between Australia's lunettes and Carolina's oval bays? Scattered around the shoreline and erratically buried in the sand dune lunettes of Lake Victoria lay an estimated 15,000 aboriginal bodies of uncertain age. Archaeologist Colin Pardoe believes they represent a communal burial ground ...
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Active galaxies (red crosses)

Astronomical Fashion Flips

Original Post January 3, 2011 Mergers are out. Vanity is in: active galaxies are self-absorbed. For many years, the only acceptable explanation of high galactic x-ray output accompanied by high redshift was mergers of galaxies. The universe became a bumper-car arena where every presumed high-energy event was proof of a ...
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M84

The Persistent Illusion

Original Post January 12, 2012 Does the acceleration of gravity alone create high frequency radiation? "Greatness is a zigzag streak of lightning in the brain." --- Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister of the UK, 1908-1916 Black holes are theoretically required because velocity and gravity calculations of motions at the galactic center ...
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Galaxy AM 0644-741

It Has a Nice Ring To It

Original Post January 11, 2012 Galactic haloes are best explained using the Electric Universe theory. There are rings around planets, rings around stars, and there are rings around galactic nuclei, as demonstrated by the Hubble Space Telescope image of AM 0644-741. Although the conventional explanation for such structures is that ...
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Zeta Ophiuchi in infrared

Shooting Star

Original Post January 8, 2012 What model best fits heliospheric behavior? "How now, wit! Whither wander you?" --- William Shakespeare: As You Like it, Act 1, Scene 2 Space, it is said, is a vacuum. Since the best pumped vacuum on Earth reaches a 0.1 millimeter spacing between individual atoms, ...
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The Superlative Quasar (the red dot near center)

Billions of Suns, Billions of years

Original Post January 2, 2012 If redshift (z) indicates distance, then astronomers have discovered the superlative object: the most distant, the most ancient, the most luminous, the most massive. Analysis of the object’s spectrum shows that its lines have shifted toward the red by over 700% (z=7.1). The consensus opinion ...
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NGC 891

Corona Discharges

Original Post January 06, 2012 From galaxies to the laboratory, transverse electric currents accompany a main discharge channel. That "main discharge channel" experienced by most people comes in the form of a terrestrial lighting bolt. Slow-motion studies reveal that each flash is a complex episode. Multiple leader strokes descend from ...
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NGC 1514 in visible light (left) and infrared

Nebular Plasmoids

Original post January 5, 2012 Most nebulae exhibit the unmistakable characteristics of electrical activity. Previous Thunderbolts Picture of the Day articles have argued for an electrical interpretation of astrophysical observations, so that there is an alternative available for those who want extracurricular exploration and deeper levels. Every science journal describes ...
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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. January 5, 2021 The Universe is composed primarily of dark matter, according to modern ...
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Portion of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Far Distance Run Around

Original post January 4, 2012 Redshift theory inhibits new research into the age and size of the Universe. Two major points in Big Bang theory are that redshift is proportional to distance and that it also indicates velocity. It is assumed that the larger an object's redshift is the farther ...
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