TPOD Archive 2022

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Stars that Warp Space and Time

Stars that Warp Space and Time

Original Post September 24, 2012 Could there be “warped space-time” around so-called “neutron stars”? The smeared lines of an iron spectrum have given astronomers another mystery to solve when it comes to explaining the Universe. Using the XMM-Newton and the JAXA/NASA X-ray observatories, high-velocity particles in orbit around Serpens X-1 ...
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Dark looking region against the Sun's bright background

Dark Mode Plasma

Original Post September 20, 2012 Charged vortices erupting from the Sun can form relatively dark cavities. Recently, much has been made about a so-called "black sphere connected to the Sun." Outlandish claims that a solid object was in close solar orbit, "feeding" off the photospheric plasma, have appeared in various ...
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Plasma Twisting and Rock Banging

Plasma Twisting and Rock Banging

Original Post September 14, 2012 This recent image of the Pencil Nebula from La Silla Observatory showcases a cosmic counterpart to “hair” discharges from Tesla coils. Electric forces separate the plasma into parallel filaments. Magnetic forces further constrict them (the “z pinch”) and induce them to twist around each other, ...
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The Orion Nebula

Electric “Creation”

Original Post September 13, 2012 Million-degree plasma in the Orion Nebula comes not from the kinetic excitation of cold gas, but from the electric currents of space. “Sometimes I think that astronomy is not so much a science as a series of scandals.” --- Halton Arp. For many years astrophysical ...
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Cold Plasma

Cold Plasma

Original Post September 10, 2012 Rather than simply clouds of dust and gas, spiraling filaments in nebulae suggest electric currents in space. The Orion Nebula is faintly visible to the naked eye as the second star in Orion’s sword. It looks somewhat fuzzy because it is not a star but ...
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'Thunderstones' in the form of fulgurites

Theories on the Rocks – In a Flash (Part Four)

Original Post August 31, 2012 Leaving no stone unturned, some thunderstones may have acquired their association with lightning in still other ways. As mentioned in part three of this article, a future realisation that the Australites may actually have precipitated within the past 10,000 years would certainly hit hard. Yet ...
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Theories on the Rocks – In a Flash (Part Three)

Theories on the Rocks – In a Flash (Part Three)

Original Post August 29, 2012 'Thunderstones' in the form of tektites – Did human beings watch them falling? As an additional possibility of no small importance, the concept of the thunderstone may have been sparked by a conflation of lightning with meteors which, on occasion, do deposit rocks onto the ...
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Mercury's north pole

Mercury’s Catastrophic Birth

Original Post August 27, 2012 Mercury reveals the violence of planetary genesis. Mercury's story is probably a complicated tale of extremes. The planet's surface is heavily scarred, with steep-walled canyons, scarps that rise up several kilometers, and craters that penetrate the crust for several kilometers below the mean elevation. The ...
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Jet Streams

Jet Streams

Original Post August 22, 2012 Astronomers continue to ignore electricity in space, opting for outdated ideas about gravity and heat. Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that our own Milky Way galaxy is expelling enormous jets of gamma rays from a putative supermassive black hole residing in its ...
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This is not a Birkeland Current

This is not a Birkeland Current

Original Post August 20, 2012 It twists like a Birkeland Current; it’s stringy like a Birkeland Current; it’s dense like a Birkeland Current; but Everyone Knows (if they want to pursue a career in astronomy) that There is No Such Thing as Electricity in Space. The press release for this ...
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Fair Daughter of the Dawn

Fair Daughter of the Dawn

Original Post August 16, 2012 Recent X-class solar flares have ignited the polar lights. An electrically active magnetotail (or plasma tail) extends for millions of kilometers from Earth. Charged particles from the Sun, otherwise known as the solar wind, together with ions generated by the Earth, gather in a plasma ...
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Orion Nebula

My Friend Flicker

Original Post August 10, 2012 What causes the rapid changes observed in Orion Nebula "protostars"? Using a combination of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the ESA Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers found that so-called "young stars" are changing in brightness much faster than they thought possible. Instead of taking several years ...
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Footprints on Mars

Footprints on Mars

Original Post August 8, 2012 The significance of life on other planets leaves many unanswered questions. Note: In May 1976 Richard H. Smith, the father of Stephen Smith, TPOD managing editor, speculated about the possibility and significance of extraterrestrial life. The universal feeling that man is unique has been challenged ...
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A detail from the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image

Frozen in the Dark

Original Post August 3, 2012 A new theory states that dark matter might prevent stars from aging normally and preserve them for billions of years. According to astronomers, the Universe is almost 14 billion years old. It started out with a bang – an explosion occurred and all of existence ...
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A portion of the Rimae Burg graben on the Moon

Lunar Graben

Original Post August 2, 2012 Did tectonic and volcanic forces create the wide, parallel trenches on the Moon? The Moon has seen cataclysmic devastation at some time in its past. There are giant craters, wide and deep valleys, and multi-kilometer long rilles crisscrossing its surface. Conventional theories postulate that the ...
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Polar cloud vortex on Titan

Titan’s Tales Continue to be Strange

Original Post July 29, 2012 Images from Cassini seem to indicate deltas and river channels. Could electricity have formed these features on Titan? Recent data from the Cassini-Solstice mission is said to reveal oceans of liquid ethane, in one case occupying an area as large as 26,000 square kilometers, in ...
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On the Shoulders of Suppressed Giants, Part 2

On the Shoulders of Suppressed Giants, Part 2

From left to right: F. Gutekunst, Ignatius Loyola Donnelly (c. 1898). Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Anonymous, William Comyns Beaumont (date unknown). Bob Kobres, Immanuel Velikovsky (1978) Original Post July 23, 2012 In bestsellers published in 1882 and 1883, the American politician and amateur scientist Ignatius Loyola Donnelly ...
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On the Shoulders of Suppressed Giants, Part 1

On the Shoulders of Suppressed Giants, Part 1

From left to right: Jacob Ferdinand Voet, Thomas Burnet (1675). Courtesy National Portrait Gallery, London. William Whiston (18th century), anonymous. Giovanni Rinaldo of Carli-Rubbi (date unknown). Original Post July 20, 2012 Ever since 1950, ‘Velikovsky’ has been a household name, associated with a set of adventurous but highly unorthodox claims ...
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Colliding galaxy clusters

The Fall of El Gordo

Original Post July 12, 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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An M-class solar flare from April 2012

War, Brains and Thunderbolts

Original Post July 11, 2012 Could wild electromagnetic activity hold the key to the madness that is war and revolution? You lie strapped to a bed as 800 Milliamps of electrical current pounds through your brain. Your depressive numbness is slowly replaced with elation. Miraculously your suicidal brain has reprogrammed ...
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Seeking What is Hidden

Seeking What is Hidden

Original Post July 6, 2012 What happened to the ring of dust circling TYC 8241 2652 in the constellation Centaurus? A recent press release expresses surprise and confusion about the absence of a stellar dust ring that seems to have vanished without a trace. What is most surprising to astronomers ...
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New infrared image of the Helix Nebula in Aquarius

Electric Helix

Original Post July 5, 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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The south polar region of Io

Io

Original Post July 2, 2012 Io has puzzled planetary scientists for years. Electric Universe advocates are not so mystified. "The Io close-up shows a surface that bears all of the classic features of a spark-machined surface—the flat clean crater floors and steep circular scalloped walls with sharp edges." --- Wal ...
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Ganymede

Ganymede

Original Post June 29, 2012 The only moon in the Solar System with an all-encompassing magnetic field continues to be a source of speculation. Over the last three decades, beginning with Pioneer 10 in 1973 and including the most recent visit by New Horizons, seven different remote observation platforms have ...
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Rime of the Ancient Water Bridge

Rime of the Ancient Water Bridge

Original Post June 25, 2012 Discoveries in space plasma may provide an explanation for a century-old mystery. Sir William Armstrong, an English hydraulics engineer, first observed the floating water bridge in 1893. It defied explanation and was ignored until recently. Findings in space plasma that have renewed attention to plasma’s ...
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