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21. Seeing Circuits (1) [Thunderbolts Website]
... home updates news and views picture of the day resources team a role for you contact us picture of the day archive subject index subject abstracts The blue lines represent the auroral current system. Together with the ionospheric closure current and the magnetospheric generator these form the complete auroral current circuit. The figure shows a north south section through the structures that usually extend several hundreds of kilometers in the east west direction. Image: Figure from Nature Vol. 414 13 Dec 2001 p. 724. Background: an aurora seen from the Space Shuttle Sep 12, 2006 Seeing Circuits (1) Before the first satellites were put into orbit, most scientists believed electrical phenomena couldn't exist in space. When those first satellites encountered streams of charged particles, the inertia of that prior belief prevented the scientists from seeing the streams as electrical currents: The streams were named "radiation belts." Magnetic fields in space are easy to measure; electric currents are not. So the movements of particles in the radiation belts were described in terms of magnetic fields, and the ...
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22. Electric Lights on Saturn [Thunderbolts Website]
... home updates news and views picture of the day resources team a role for you contact us Credit: CU-Boulder, NASA/JPL, Central Arizona College, USC home pic of the day archive subject index abstract archive Links: Holoscience Electric Cosmos The Universe Plasma Cosmology Society for Interdisciplinary Studies educational resources Aeon Journal Aug 15, 2005 Electric Lights on Saturn The discovery of electric currents everywhere in space makes the meteorological vocabulary of astrophysicists obsolete. This false-color image of Saturn in ultraviolet light shows the complete circle of an aurora around Saturn s south pole and part of the aurora around its north pole. From almost the beginning of the space age, plasma physicists have known that electric currents flow from regions high above Earth s equator to the auroral regions around the magnetic poles and that these circuits power the auroras. Presumably, Saturn s auroras are lit by similar circuitry. But conventional astrophysicists persist in describing auroras with meteorological metaphors: “hydrogen gas excited by electron bombardment” that responds to “changes in the solar wind.” The inertia of prior ...
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... of nature have been held responsible for the allegedly mad legendary accounts of catastrophes. Thus the ancient Teutons might recite their sagas of a world on fire, but uniformitarians, unimpressed, would see in these only the auroras that the northern peoples were lucky enough to view. This is a topic for another time and another author: spectres of colors, rays, and lurid skies were plentiful in cosmic disasters, exceeding the auroras. Every disaster has its color scheme and geometric figures. It has its sounds as well, and the aurora can join other natural forces even today in suggesting the pandemonium of catastrophe. An account by Hans Jelstrup, a Norwegian astronomer, in 1927, exemplifies the auroral visual and auditory experience [11: When, with my assistant, at 19h 15m Greenwich Civil Time, I went out of the observatory to observe the aurora, the latter seemed to be at its maximum: yellow-green and fan-shaped, it undulated above, from zenith downwards- and at the same time both of us noticed a very curious faint whistling sound distinctly undulatory ...
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... pole, or even on the terrestrial north pole. The ancients would not have thought in terms of a pole of rotation, anyway. Since Earth kept the same face turned toward the center of its orbit (that is, Saturn), it would be said not to rotate at all. The modern concept of sidereal rotation was not involved. How could it be, if no sidereal objects, or stars, were visible? Weather and climate would call attention to latitudinal differences, but there was no north star, no aurora borealis (at least none comparable to the aurora saturnalis), and no particular reason to look to the north. (I don't know where the magnetic poles of Earth were, but magnetic factors in the north would have paled beside the aurora saturnalis.) The pole from the center of Earth to the center of Saturn would have been of great importance, serving among other things as a "Measure of Nature" and to define a center or navel on the surface of Earth, and thereby to provide a point of ...
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25. Geophysics Anomalies by Subjects [Science Frontiers Website]
... Structures in Bubble Clouds North Atlantic Oscillations El Ninos Correlated with Seismicity GHW REMARKABLE WAVE PHENOMENA GHW1 Unexplained Solitary Waves GHW2 Periodic Bands of Waves GHW3 Sudden, Unexpected Onset of High Surf GHW4 Downstream Progressive Waves in Rivers Increasing Heights of North Atlantic Waves GI INCENDIARY PHENOMENA GIC CYCLIC FIRES Forest-Fire Cycles GIS SUPPOSED SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION Unexplained Fires GIW REMARKABLE FIRE STORMS The Peshtigo Horror GL LUMINOUS PHENOMENA GLA AURORA-LIKE PHENOMENA GLA1 Auroral Pillars: Natural Searchlight beams GLA2 Sky-Spanning Auroral Arches GLA3 Auroral Meteors: Moving Luminous Patches and Bands GLA4 Low-Level Auroras GLA5 The Odor of the Aurora GLA6 Artificial Low-Level Auroras GLA7 Geographically Displaced Auroras GLA8 Auroras with Unusual Geometries GLA9 Auroras Correlated with Thunderstorms GLA10 Auroras Correlated with Earthquakes GLA11 Auroras Correlated with Meteors GLA12 Close Relationship between Aurora Displays and Clouds GLA13 Glowing Night Skies GLA14 Transient Sky Brightenings GLA15 Bright, Luminous Patches on the Horizon GLA16 Weather or Storm Lights GLA17 Curious Folklore: Auroras and Silken Threads GLA18 Correlation of Aurora Frequency with Lunar Phase GLA19 Auroras Interacting with Lunar Halos GLA20 Electrical Effects of Auroras at the Earth's Surface GLA21 Auroras and Surface Fogs GLA22 Black Auroras GLA23 Banded Skies ...
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26. Plasma and World Mythology [Thunderbolts Website]
... in nature so much as plasma instabilities. The dragon is either a flame or torch in the sky, or it “breathes” fire, as we should expect. And of course, when the dragon appears cosmic thunderbolts invariably follow a direct pointer to the electrical nature of the devastating “monster”. Thus, the characteristics of the dragon and the characteristics of plasma discharge can be systematically compared down to every recurring detail. However, one important aspect has not yet been discussed. Peratt s model of an enhanced aurora does not address the question of where the surge in the circuit came from. It does not locate the “electrodes” between which the plasma instabilities evolved. But ancient astronomies provide clues that, if followed conscientiously, could revolutionize our understanding of both cultural history and solar system history. They invite us to consider the role of planets in the ancient events. For the world s first astronomers revered the planets as the greatest gods of primeval times. More than thirty years ago David Talbott suggested that world mythology reflects a ...
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27. Seeing Circuits (2) [Thunderbolts Website]
... and the "solar wind" circuit), the Electric Universe posits a remote power supply. An electrical current in plasma will generate its own magnetic field and "self constrict" the current channel. This is called the Bennett pinch effect. It produces filaments or threads of current that remain coherent over large distances. Multiple filaments tend to spiral around each other, forming helical "power cables" that can transmit electric power over large distances. These cables have been identified running from equator to poles in the circuits that power the aurora. Plasma cosmologists also identify them in the filaments that extend from active "radio" galaxies to the "radio lobes" (double layers) far above each pole of such galaxies. Almost every body in the universe displays some kind of filamentation. Venus has a tail composed of invisible "stringy things" (NASA's description). Comets have tails composed of visible "stringy things"--the ion tails. The neon-light-like glows of planetary nebulas resolve, in close-up views, into intricate webs of strings. The jets of Herbig-Haro ...
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... From: SIS Chronology& Catastrophism Review 2000:1 "Proceedings of the SIS Silver Jubilee Event" Home¦ Issue Contents Brains Trust- Chronology and Ancient History Chair: Brian Moore Panel: L Saunders, J Crowe, J Bimson, and C Raspil Q1. What if there was a flare up on the sun and the aurora borealis was seen much more widely? Could it look like a polar configuration, or could we have a solar rather than a polar configuration? Charles Raspil thought a solar flare-up would lead to a lot of energy coming out of the magnetotail of the earth. This would impinge on the ionosphere, giving more visible effects. Some sort of configuration in the past may have been located at the North Pole. Perhaps it was Saturn and the other planets, or perhaps it was just some sort of magnetic field-type structure. However from time to time right up to the present century, if you look at the Charles Fort material, these strange objects have been entering the Earth's atmosphere. Perhaps even now some UFO phenomena could ...
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29. The Wayward Sun [Thunderbolts Website]
... observed in the sky that are currently lost. For example, the former "sun" could have been a giant comet, as the Jesuit scholar Kugler proposed long ago, and the "Milky Way" that was produced in its trail could be based on an increased zodiacal light, such as proposed by Clube et al. Alternative explanations can be proposed. The plasma model advocated on this website includes the possibility that many myths trace to an episode in which the magnetosphere of the earth was once visibly glowing as a semi-permanent “aurora”. If such conditions really prevailed in the Holocenic past, it stands to reason that myths of a former sun treading the Galaxy derived from genuine memories of a turbulent sky. Contributed by Rens van der Sluijs EXECUTIVE EDITORS: David Talbott, Wallace Thornhill MANAGING EDITOR: Amy Acheson CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Mel Acheson, Michael Armstrong, Dwardu Cardona, Ev Cochrane, C.J. Ransom, Don Scott, Rens van der Sluijs, Ian Tresman WEBMASTER: Michael Armstrong Copyright 2005: ...
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30. In the Coils of the Serpent [Thunderbolts Website]
... as the dragon Python, that coiled itself around Mount Parnassus, was slain by Apollo, and was buried underneath the omphalos. Mithra and his congeners were envisioned as personifications of the cosmic axis that runs through the centre of the earth. Thus, the snake that enclosed both Mithra and the 'navel stones' must originally have been some celestial phenomenon observed in association with the cosmic axis. The wider argument presented here is that the worldwide mythology of the cosmic axis was based on complex plasma formations seen during an episode of a prolonged aurora, as proposed by plasma physicist Anthony Peratt in 2003. Within that framework, the winding serpent is explained as a helical vortex formed during a turbulent phase that immediately preceded the formation of the 'stable' axial column. Significantly, plasma columns have a known propensity to form a stack of seven to nine segments. This explains the significance of the sevenfold coil at a blow. Contributed by Rens van der Sluijs EXECUTIVE EDITORS: David Talbott, Wallace Thornhill MANAGING EDITOR: Amy Acheson CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Mel Acheson, Michael Armstrong, ...
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