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91. The Hermes Connection [Aeon Journal $]
... kil were considered to have come from another, separate root. Our own term for silver may be a loan-word from the Assyrian sarpu. In like manner, gold was supposed to have been little known by the Aryans because of the diversity of the terms for the metal arising throughout the Indo-European languages. This is difficult to believe since, for example, the word for pearl in Sanskrit is one of the many avataristic names for gold. The Latin for gold aurum, according to Otto Schrader (18), is related to aurora, or shining dawn. The Greek equivalent, chrysos, finds its derivations from the Semitic charutz, also meaning to shine. The Celtic words for gold, or, and silver, argat, were thought to have been borrowed from Latin following the invasion of Italy in 390 B.C., but succumbing to the arguments of Barry Fell we are persuaded that the Celtic terms were derived from contact with the Semitic Phoenicians much earlier. (19) Moreover, the emergence of the name of the Egyptian deity Ra in the 3rd ...
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... is a characteristic of the yet-to-be-discussed rings, while the polar column itself, during a period when it appears to be severed, is indicative of a broken arrow-- the cosmic symbol of a broken promise. The erratic flow of massive induced electric currents between the laminations separating the concentric cylinders of the columnar Rankine vortex would delineate the appearance of fluorescing scales of a celestial dragon in a pattern of tessellations. This would create an imbricate checkerboard effect of shifting patterns, with all the color variations expected of this hypsochromic version of the aurora borealis. Such electric effects would predominantly exhibit diamond-shaped tessellations, not unlike the stylized harlequin costumes of a later time, but its most primitive association would be with something more akin to reptilian scales, imbricate in form, as well as the iridescence connected with certain bird feathers. In combination with the von Karman vortex street, we would find the peacock of legend, and it would result in the fabled and phantasmagorical feathered-serpent of Mesoamerica, Quetzalcoatl. (But more on color in a moment). This is a somewhat pictorial ...
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... it would trigger reactions that create compounds called nitrous oxides, which in turn would destroy the ozone layer that shields the planet from ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet light would kill bacteria and plankton. If bacteria and plankton die, other animals up the food chain begin to die, too. "But," Schaefer says, '` all this isn't going to happen." OUR SUN REMAINS CALM Scientific measurements would have picked up any superflare that occurred in the past century and a half. Historical documents probably would have recorded the fantastic aurora caused by any superflare in the past millennium. And the moons of Saturn aren't covered with vast plains of melted, then refrozen ice. "We see nothing like that," Schaefer says. "Our sun does not have superflares as far as we can tell." According to Rubenstein, here's why: Mercury is not Jupiter. Some binary stars-pairs that revolve around a common center- routinely erupt much like superflares as their magnetic fields get wrapped around each other like rubber bands until they snap. In the superflaring stars ...
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... format. Earthquakes, Tides, Unidentified Sounds: A Catalog of Geophysical Anomalies Quakes and monster, solitary waves and natural detonations; these are the consequences of solids, liquids, and gases in motion. In our modern technological cocoon, we are hardly aware of this rich spectrum of natural phenomena. [Picture caption: Sand craters created by earthquakes Typical subjects covered: Periodic wells and blowing caves* Sun-dominated tides* Immense, solitary waves* Animal activity prior to earthquakes* Earthquake geographic anomalies* Earthquake electricity* The sound of the aurora* Musical sounds in nature* Mysterious detonations* Anomalous echos* Slicks and calms on water surfaces* Periodicities of earthquakes* The vibrations of waterfalls* Unusual barometric disturbances Comments from reviews: "...surprisingly interesting reading", Nature 220 pages, paper, $16.95p, 32 illustrations, 5 indexes, 1983. 790 references, LC 83-50781, ISBN 915554-11-9, 7x10 format Rare Halos, Mirages, Anomalous Rainbows: A Catalog of Geophysical Anomalies Most of us have seen rings around the moon, but what does it mean when ...
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95. Hannes Alfvén (1908-1995) [SIS Internet Digest $]
... 'Oh. of course."' Alfvén versus Chapman: Alfvén became active in interplanetary and magnetospheric physics at a time when a contrary viewpoint prevailed. Alfvén's views were consistent with those of the founder of magnetospheric physics, the great Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland. At the end of the nineteenth century Birkeland had laid out a compelling case-supported by theory, laboratory experiments, polar expeditions, and a chain of magnetic-field "observatories" around the world -that electric currents flowing down along the earth's magnetic fields into the atmosphere were the cause of the aurora and polar magnetic disturbances. However, in the decades following Birkeland's death in 1917, Chapman became the acknowledged leader in interplanetary and magnetospheric physics. Chapman proposed, in contradistinction to Birkeland's ideas, that currents were restricted to flow only in the ionosphere with no downflowing currents. Chapman's theory was so mathematically elegant that it gained wide acceptance over the Birkeland theory. Based on Chapman's theory, algebraic expressions of the ionospheric current system could, with complete mathematical rigor, be derived by any student of the subject. Birkeland's ideas might have ...
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96. Thoth Vol. V, No 6 May 31, 2001 [Thoth Website]
... both rotational and tangential characteristics. Like the movements of a plucked guitar string, Alfven waves travel down the magnetic fields that emanate from the Sun. Disturbances in the Sun's magnetic field, which is embedded in the solar wind, travel through space to eventually cause auroras on Earth. The high-energy particles from the solar wind become trapped in the Earth's magnetic field and come down into the atmosphere near the Earth's north and south magnetic poles. The highly-charged particles then collide with oxygen and nitrogen in Earth's atmosphere and emit light, forming the aurora. Tsurutani also studied polar plumes, long trails from the base of the Sun. The plumes form in the Sun's polar regions, the upper and lower 30-degree latitude regions, and where these plumes occur, the magnetic field isn't kinked, but instead forms long, thin, straight tubes. This means that the Alfven waves don't operate in these regions, though scientists don't yet know why. "Ulysses was able to find that the Sun's polar plumes stretch out past the orbit of Mars and maybe farther," said Tsurutani ...
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... , 1 July (1908) British Astronomical Association- At the monthly meeting held on Wednesday evening at Sion College, Victoria embankment, Mr G. J.Newbegin drew attention to the disturbed state of the solar atmosphere, showing a drawing and giving a description of a very large prominence that he had observed and measured in the morning of that day (1 July), and that showed unusual changes of form. Allusion was made by Mr E.W. Maunder and Mr H.P. Hollis (both of the Royal Observatory) of the long-lasting aurora of the previous evening. [from THE TIMES, 3 July 1908 In the North West, quite high above the horizon, the peasants saw a body shining very brightly (too bright for the naked eye) with a bluish-white light... The sky was cloudless, except that low down on the horizon in the direction in which this glowing body was observed, a small dark cloud was noticed.... It was hot and dry and when the shining body approached the ground it seemed to be pulverized, ...
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... our electric universe the forces between charged objects is of the same form as Newton's equation, with charge replacing mass. The BIG difference is that the electrical force is about 10^39 times stronger than gravity. So if there is an electric field in space, it will have a measurable effect on a charged spacecraft. An electric field in space can give rise to electric discharge phenomena like those seen in a low-pressure gas. The most familiar example is the neon tube, and for some lucky people-the wonderful natural spectacle of an aurora. Extensive research was done on gas discharges early in the 20th century but its application to solar physics, pioneered briefly in the 1970's by an engineer from Flagstaff, Arizona, Ralph Juergens, was perforce published in an obscure journal and permitted to sink without trace. This is a diagram showing a discharge tube with all of the important features annotated above the tube. [Full article, including diagram and pictures, available here:[D.S. =3D dark space. Note ...
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... that everything we see is the result of fields and the solar gas, or plasma," Kiselman explained. "The heat of the Sun tries to push through, carried by convection currents which are hindered by the magnetic fields. But exactly what happens and why these kind of structures are formed, we don't know." Sunspots are cooler and darker than the rest of the Sun. They are launch pads for complex expulsions of plasma that race through the solar system, sometimes fueling the colorful lights near Earth1s poles known as aurora.---- Thornhill Comments: Is it likely that the poor understanding of sunspot phenomena arises from the incorrect assumption that we know most of what goes on inside the Sun? I think so. To have any confidence in our understanding of the Sun, and stars in general, we must first be able to explain simply the things we can see. Therefore it is crucially important to understand a sunspot because it is the only place on the Sun that gives a glimpse below the bright photosphere. And what do ...
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... the wanderers- the planets- moved as they did that triggered off the scientific avalanche several hundred years ago. The same objects are now again in the center of science- only the questions we ask are different. We now ask how to go there, and we also ask how these bodies once were formed. And if the night sky on which we observe them is at a high latitude, outside this lecture hall- perhaps over a small island in the archipelago of Stockholm- we may also see in the sky an aurora, which is a cosmic plasma, reminding us of the time when our world was born out of plasma. Because in the beginning was the plasma." H. Alfvén, Science 4 June 1971. From a lecture he delivered in Stockholm, Sweden, on 11 Dec 1970 when he received the Nobel Prize in Physics. (c) Wal Thornhill 2003 author of The Electric Universe: A Holistic Science for the New Millennium See ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ...
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