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Color image of Rachmaninoff basin

Another Year

Original Post June 22, 2012 The MESSENGER spacecraft has recently been approved for an extended mission in Mercury orbit. The Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral on August 3, 2004. On March 17, 2011 MESSENGER entered orbit, initiating a yearlong study of ...
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Sun Stroke

Sun Stroke

Original Post June 21, 2012 Is it the breaking and reconnecting of magnetic field lines that power solar phenomena? According to a popular view of the Sun, its core pressure is supposed to be so high that it crushes hydrogen atoms together until they fuse into helium atoms, releasing energy ...
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Windy Waves

Windy Waves

Original Post June 18, 2012 Wind socks, bow shocks, shockwaves and collisions are often used to describe the phenomena that create high-frequency electromagnetic radiation in the cosmos. From gamma rays down through X-rays and extreme ultraviolet, conventional theories have relied upon gravity and acceleration as the only way for them ...
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All in the Family

All in the Family

Original Post June 15, 2012 The Sun's nearest neighbors do not share a similar chemical composition. There are ten stars within 11 light-years of the Sun: Star Name Distance Proxima Centauri 4.2 light-years Rigil Kentaurus 4.3 light-years Barnard's Star 5.9 light-years Wolf 359 7.7 light-years Lalande 21185 8.3 light-years Sirius ...
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Headed for the Sky

Headed for the Sky

Original Post June 14, 2012 In parts of the Amazonian rainforest, traditional costume included a headdress consisting of a circular arrangement of feathers. The ring of 36 feathers, most of which are white, lacks an obvious counterpart in the skies we see above us. The above example was collected in ...
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Getting Sloshed

Getting Sloshed

Original Post June 10, 2012 Is hot gas sloshing in a gravitational wine glass—or is astrophysicists’ reasoning going in a circle? A recent press release explains: “Like wine in a glass, vast clouds of hot gas are sloshing back and forth….” The blue image is assembled electronically from x-ray data ...
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Serious Issues with Plate Tectonics

Serious Issues with Plate Tectonics

Original Post June 8, 2012 David Pratt's publication in the year 2000 enumerates multiple problems affecting the theory of plate tectonics and seafloor spreading. The above schematic of Alaska reveals regions of rock strata that appear to have "accreted" to an original craton. Southern Alaska is composed of fragments in ...
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Venus passed in front of the Sun on June 8, 2004

Venus in Transition

Original Post June 4, 2012 Venus will transit the Sun on June 5, 2012. Venus and Earth describe a unique orbital configuration with respect to the Sun. The resonance between the two planets is readily apparent when a plot of their movements is made over the course of eight years ...
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"Dark Energy"

Enigmatic Forces

Original Post June 1, 2012 Dark energy continues to be an astronomical mystery. A new European Space Agency (ESA) space-based telescope named Euclid, after the ancient Greek philosopher, has received approval for development, with a tentative launch date sometime in 2019. According to ESA, Euclid is "a mission devised to ...
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Martian landscape within a quart bottle

The Sands of Mars: a Speculation

Original Post May 31, 2012 Throughout human history the planet Mars has held mankind’s rapt attention. When telescopes were sufficiently advanced by the late nineteenth century, the red planet seasonally fogged over with dust storms. After such storms it appeared to darken in spots with what was thought to be ...
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Medusae Fossae on Mars

Medusae Fossae

Original Post May 28, 2012 What carved these landforms? Mars has been the subject of many previous Picture of the Day articles. Since its surface is preserved in a desert-like deep freeze, and appears devoid of water erosion, it is an excellent observational laboratory for Electric Universe concepts. One of ...
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Gamma-ray sources in the sky

Zero Mass Particles

Original Post May 24, 2012 Gamma-rays are said to be particles with no mass, yet possessed of extreme momentum. According to this press release, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has detected several unidentified sources of intense gamma-ray emissions that are not seen in any other frequencies. NASA launched the telescope ...
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Cygnus X-1

X-1 Files

Original Post May 21, 2012 Without a theory of electricity in space, astronomers must explain cosmic lightning with theories of falling gas. To get x-rays from falling gas, the gas must be attracted to a source of gravity with orders-of-magnitude more force than any known density of matter. Nevertheless, with ...
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Daughter of Heaven

Daughter of Heaven

Original Post May 16, 2012 Recent analyses suggest that Saturn's moon Phoebe resembles a planet. Saturn's moon Phoebe is comparatively small, roughly 220 kilometers in diameter. Its surface gravity is 0.224m/s^2, compared to the 9m/s^2 on Earth. Phoebe is also as black as night, making it one of the darkest ...
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Cluster Wires

Cluster Wires

Original Post May 18, 2012 A galaxy-wide filament connects two galactic clusters. The Herschel Space Observatory possesses the largest mirror ever launched into space: 3.5 meters in diameter. Herschel entered orbit around LaGrange point L2 (behind Earth in relation to the Sun) in July 2009, so that its extremely sensitive, ...
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Asteroid Lutetia

The Truth of False Knowledge

Original Post May 15, 2012 The key to modern knowledge is the exclusion of disproof and other possibilities. From the press release (emphasis added): Data from [five instruments] were combined to create the most complete spectrum of an asteroid ever assembled. This spectrum of Lutetia was then compared with that ...
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Globular star cluster Messier 55

Old Theories about Young Stars

Original Post May 11, 2012 Spherical stars in spherical arrangements From a recent press release: “A new image of Messier 55 from ESO's VISTA infrared survey telescope shows tens of thousands of stars crowded together like a swarm of bees.... One hundred thousand stars are packed within a sphere with ...
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Both hemispheres of Neptune

Poseidon Aegaeus

Original Post May 10, 2012 Neptune is the Solar System's most remote planet. What drives its extraordinary winds? The winds on Jupiter average about 400 kilometers per hour, with the fastest streaming around the Great Red Spot at 635 kilometers per hour. On Saturn, wind speeds up to 1800 kilometers ...
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Uranus with a few of its moons

Sturm und Drang

Original Post May 07, 2012 Uranus recently erupted with a new bright region in its lower latitudes. Could electrical effects be responsible? The planet Uranus revolves around the Sun at a mean orbital radius of 2,870,990,000 kilometers, 19 times as far as the Earth. Of course, its most exotic attribute ...
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Les Panaches De La Lune

Les Panaches De La Lune

Original Post May 04, 2012 Enceladus continues to provide evidence supporting Electric Universe theories. On March 2, 2012 the Cassini-Solstice spacecraft flew by Saturn's moon Enceladus at a distance of 74 kilometers, the closest it will come for the next three years. Cassini again passed over the "superheated geysers" erupting ...
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X-ray image of Saturn

Xaturn

Original Post May 03, 2012 Both Saturn's body and its rings are so electrically active that they shine in X-ray light. "Saturn is more like the Sun than the Earth." --- Wal Thornhill Almost everyone knows that one should not look directly into the flame of an arc welder, since ...
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Ruins of Tiwanaku in Bolivia

Tiwanaku

Original Post April 30, 2012 Did this ancient site experience a catastrophic end? Tiwanaku, or Tiahuanaco in Spanish, is a ruined citadel occupying almost 10 square kilometers in the Bolivian Andes at an altitude greater than 3800 meters. Carbon-14 dating methods suggest that the site is no more than 3700 ...
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Two for One

Two for One

Original Post April 27, 2012 The Sombrero galaxy appears to be a giant elliptical galaxy with an embedded disk. One of the most significant contributions to plasma cosmology comes from Dr. Anthony L. Peratt, a plasma physicist and protégé of the Nobel laureate Hannes Alfvén. Peratt studied plasma formations in ...
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The Aurora Australis

Dawn of the North Wind

Original Post April 26, 2012 Earth's aurorae demonstrate the electrical connection between our planet and the Sun. The Sun unleashed another coronal mass ejection (CME) on October 22, 2011, causing an outburst of colorful displays in nighttime skies as far south as Arkansas, in the United States. There is an ...
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The Missing Matter is Missing

The Missing Matter is Missing

Original Post April 23, 2012 The missing matter that has to be there to account for the “fast” rotation of the Milky Way’s arms is missing. Recent measurements of the velocities of stars within 13,000 light-years of the Sun have allowed astronomers to calculate the total mass of the matter ...
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