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61. Flying a Kite [Thunderbolts Website]
... plays by different rules than rockets, and one of the researchers discovered that she got a lot more thrust when she decreased the power and increased the magnetic field. The plasma formed double layers, which acted like waterfalls to accelerate the ions up to 10 km/sec. In the researcher's words: "one, two, it's already on the other side of Canberra." She continues:..."the plasma behaves like water tumbling over a cliff, getting faster as it drops. And, just like an aurora, it seems that the plasma actually makes the "cliff"- all by itself. It's almost magic." Plasma cosmologists have explored the "magic" of double layers for decades. If they weren't considered enemies, the two groups could share the benefits of their separate experiences. In the as-yet-unknown behavior of plasma, there are secrets hidden that are as far beyond the imagination of today's explorers as jet airliners were beyond Columbus' imagination. It's time to drop the gravity-only universe and begin exploring the promising new concepts of ...
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62. Seeing Electricity in Space [Thunderbolts Website]
... denser. It self-constricts until the gas pressure on the inside balances the magnetic pressure on the outside. This balance of pressures along the axis produces long, thin filaments of matter that are sharply separated from their rarified environments. We remember that this is what happens in a lightning stroke (or at least this is how we think about what happens in a lightning stroke), and it seems familiar: We understand. But we had not thought about this happening in space. Kristian Birkeland thought this might be what happens in the aurora. He trekked to the Arctic Circle to measure the magnetic fields from the constricted channels that made up the auroral currents. (These “Birkeland currents” were later named after him.) He speculated that this might be what happens in the filaments that make up solar prominences and the solar corona. He thought the filaments might carry electric currents from the Sun to Earth. Such ideas were too unfamiliar for astronomers conditioned to think in terms of gravity and mass. They clung to their familiar ideas of mass particles until artificial ...
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63. No title [Mythopedia Website]
... from the welter of theories: the explanation had to allow for variability in the earth ’ s direct cosmic environment (catastrophism) and it had to concentrate on the pole or the zenith as the perceived ‘ centre ’ of the cosmos (polarism). Until now the proponents of these two sets of ideas have ignored each other, but what is really called for is a fusion of the two. Modern discoveries in plasma science suggest that many of the most influential myths were based on eye-witness accounts of a very intense and sustained aurora, accompanied by meteor showers and the formation of a bright zodiacal light. As is well known today, the auroras are formed of plasma or ionised gas in the ionosphere that responds with great sensitivity to the movements of the earth ’ s magnetic field and the influx of charged particles from the solar wind. Plasma experiments have revealed that a high-energy-density event would produce an aurora in the form of a high-current z-pinch or Birkeland current undergoing complex instabilities that have only recently been understood and analysed. People on earth would have witnessed a ...
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... attention. It raises an interesting possibility that plasma effects are repeated in some sense at the subatomic level. Mel: For one thing, it opens the question of whether there can be such a thing as a "solid-state" plasma, or "cold" plasma, or "non- ionized" plasma. In the late 1800s (I think), Birkeland traveled to the Arctic and measured the electric field under auroral streamers. He found "stringy things" (modern technical term) impinging on the ground --Birkeland currents from aurora to ground. WAL: I would like to see a reference to this info please. MEL gives references: It was in _THE BIG BANG NEVER HAPPENED_, pg. 178. The story starts, however, on pg. 177: Quote: In 1903, in order to raise funds for his planned expedition, he [Birkeland organized a public demonstration of his biggest gun. In a large hall he pointed the gun at a three-inch-thick plank of wood and explained its operation to the assembled crowd.... ...
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65. The Origin and Decay of the Earth's Geomagnetic Field [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... years (as it is). Thus, in 701 B.C. the Earth had a terrestrial magnetic field strength of 1.23 Gauss, approximately. Larmor did not take this into consideration, being unaware of the data that existed between 1835 and 1915. The Three Flux Tubes Io creates a massive amount of friction in Jupiter's atmosphere and ocean. In 1977 Voyager photographed a phenomenon which astonished the scientific world. Flowing in a closed loop, across 250,000 miles of space (and space is a very poor conductor) was an aurora of electricity, constantly flowing. Estimates of its voltage, amperage, and wattage were made: they were voltage at 400,000 volts, amperage at 5 million amps, and wattage at 2 quadrillion watts. [7 This is about 70 times the generating capacity of all man-made generators on the Earth combined. The discharges of this particular flux tube were evident on the surface of little Io. Io has no atmosphere. As the cosmic lightning strikes, it melts and evaporates certain amounts of Io's sodium and sulfur crust. ...
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67. Discussion [Aeon Journal $]
... 6th centuries at least. Again, there will be no need to talk of "resurgences" of motives associated with the Saturnian polar axis and a "new emphasis on Hermetic (i.e. Mercurian) legends"(24) since an acceptance that ancient history has undergone a process of triplication leads to the realization that we are talking about something which was witnessed, possibly for the first time. Maybe Patten and Windsor and/or Zysman are on the right track as regards the "flux tube" and that a more visible aurora caused by periodic visits of Mars is a possibility worth some commitment. At any rate Cardona is bound to agree that such a scenario offers a better possibility than the emotive proposition concerning the prospect of Saturn and Mercury "prancing in the sky together with Mars."(25) References 1. (p.104, footnote #1). E. Cochrane, "The Birth of Athena," AEON II:3 (1990), p. 25. 2. (p.105, #1). D. Cardona ...
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68. Morning Star* [Aeon Journal $]
... in Mesoamerica, went down as the feathers of the Quetzalcoatl serpent. It is, therefore, no coincidence that yet another Hebrew word for "dawning" is 'aph'aph, which literally means "eye-lid." (350) Slavonic mythology, on the other hand, knows of two dawns: "According to Slavonic myths and legends the Sun lived... in a land of eternal summer and abundanceHe lived in a kingdom of light and sat on a throne of gold and purple. At his side stood two beautiful virgins, Aurora of the Morning and Aurora of the Evening..." (351) The land of "eternal summer and abundance" is a recognizable reference to Saturn's Golden Age, and the "Sun" spoken of here must perforce have been the Saturnian sun of yore. Aurora, of course, is the Latin name of the goddess of dawn. In Slavonic, Dawn was referred to as Zorya (or, according to region, Zarya). Thus we read of Zorya Utrennyaya, the Morning Dawn, and Zorya Vechernyaya ...
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... another obvious feature clouding the radar-produced picture of Venus. Radar, and other electromagnetic waves, reflect when they encounter electrons of appropriate density. For the Venus-probing radar, reflection occurs if a billion electrons per cubic centimeter are encountered. Near Venus' surface gas density exceeds this by more than ten orders of magnitude. While one billion electrons per cubic centimeter is a high electron density, it is not impossibly large, especially above a planet where the lowest thirteen kilometers of the atmosphere are glowing. Electron density during a display of atmospheric aurora above Earth exceeds ten million per cubic centimeter. An electric discharge, not unlike an aurora, has been proposed as the cause of Venus' lower atmospheric glow. If this glow is electric, the relief detected using radar could be attributed in part to variability in the electron density within the glow. So, we must view the interpretation of the radar data with suspicion until the surface glow is shown not to be electric. We are left with unreliable data concerning Venus' crustal thickness. Where then is Morrison's coup-de-grâce? ...
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70. Sirius and Saturn [SIS C&C Review $]
... pay much more attention to how traditions are transferred and transmogrified with changing times. What was once said of Saturn is now said of the Moon ('It has phases.'); or of the Sun ('It is symbolised by [* !* circle dot, and is called 'Helios'.'); or of the north celestial pole ('It is the one thing in the sky that neither moves nor sets, and as long as it does not change the cosmos remains stable.'). What was once said of the aurora saturnalis is now said of the aurora borealis ('It is a feature of the World Axis.'). The World Axis and the World Mountain were not originally in the north but have been transferred to the north, in a vain effort to make the old traditions meaningful. Even so, ancient references to the 'north' are not nearly as commonplace as we have sometimes been told. Defenders of the northernist god-kebob cite much evidence but only a very small fraction of their evidence actually pertains to the north. Even that small ...
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