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151. The Pyramid Age [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... historified religio-myth associated with the 12th Dynasty Labyrinth and its parallels in the early palaces on Crete during the Middle Bronze period. The argument could then be made that Herodotus began Egyptian history in the Middle Kingdom and half a millennium after Dynasty 4 and the Pyramid age. Amun Re rose to prominence in the Middle Kingdom associated with ram's horns (horns that spiralled): see also Eric Crew's review of The Goddess of the Stones, Workshop 1991:2, p. 13. Cup and ring carvings on megalithic age stones, the spiral as a symbol, horns and rosettes etc became favourite motifs in diverse lands. Emmet, on p. 16, actually mentions the decapitation legend of Perseus and Medusa, and Lugh and Balor, associating them with a celestial event. Amun Re may represent the decapitated Atum Re of Old Kingdom Egypt. Atum Re was described as the Complete One, a primeval heavenly mountain, or 'great mound'. Revisionists are akin to 'old straight trackers' and 'ley line' enthusiasts. Instead of drawing lines on maps between ancient monuments ...
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152. The Activities of NGC 1097 [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 Credit: ESO Jul 20, 2006 The Activities of NGC 1097 A view of the innermost region of an active galaxy reveals a rigid conventionality of scientific vision. This image from the European Southern Observatory shows the inner 5500-light-year region of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097. According to the press release, it shows a “ring of dust and gas” surrounding a “super-massive black hole” at the center and a “filamentary structure spiralling down” into the black hole. The press release notes that this Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN) at the center is fainter than most, indicating that “only a small amount of gas and stars” are falling into the black hole. The latest generations of telescopes can see ever more details in ever smaller fields of view. A crippling side effect, however, is the loss of vision that connects these details with larger-scale phenomena. An AGN, for instance, is not ...
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153. Cosmic Death Waves [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 10: Spring 1980 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Cosmic Death Waves In the language of science, W.M. Napier and S.V.M Clube provide a scenario of cyclic terrestrial catastrophism. Their thesis is that the solar system periodically passes through the regularly spaced spiral galaxy arms every few 107 years. Planetesimals in these arms cra-ter the solar-system planets at these times and also provide the raw materials for new comets, asteroids, satellites, and even planets. Supporting their theory is the repeating history of geological revolutions with the accompanying extinctions and reflowerings of life. A remarkable feature of this paper is a table of shortlived solar-system phenomena (comets and rapidly evolving staellite-and-ring systems). The tenor is one of episodic catastrophism and a rapidly changing solar system; viz., Saturn's rings evolving in only 104 years. (Napier, W.M., and Clube, S.V.M.; "A Theory of Terrestrial Catastrophism," Nature, 282:455, 1979.) Comment. This outlook differs ...
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154. Stephan’s Quintet Rekindles Controversy [Thunderbolts Website]
... characteristics indicate that the galaxies of Stephan's Quintet are interacting as a group. Both galaxies on the left (NGC 7319 and NGC 7320) have tails that swing off to the northeast (upper left). (The tail on NGC 7320 requires a deep exposure to reveal it, as well illustrated by professor Don Scott in his discussion of NGC 7320 .) A more unified perspective will see the larger pattern. The entire group is embedded in a radio lobe (a bridge of excited matter emitting radio waves) from the active spiral NGC 7331 to the northeast (out of the frame). An extension of this energetic lobe also encloses a group of three galaxies on the opposite side of NGC 7331 that have redshifts similar to the high-redshift members of Stephan's Quintet. (Those familiar with Arp's observations will immediately recognize the pattern as a pair of small-galaxy clusters primordially ejected from NGC 7331.) The 'mashed together' pair, NGC 7318A and B, which even conventional astronomers admit are interacting, are themselves a 'discordant group'. B, on the left ...
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155. A Loose Cannon in Space [Thunderbolts Website]
... and between them, lobes of hot material are pulled out in the same direction. The Electric Universe interprets these observations as the consequences of an electrical surge in the circuit feeding the Fornax cluster of galaxies (of which NGC1097 is a member). Usually an active galactic nucleus will eject its jets and quasars along the galaxy's spin axis. But occasionally, as in this instance, the plasma gun mechanism in the galaxy's core will "wobble", becoming a "loose cannon" that ejects in the equatorial plane, disrupting the spiral arms. home updates news and views picture of the day resources team a role for you contact us EXECUTIVE EDITORS: David Talbott, Wallace Thornhill MANAGING EDITOR: David Talbott CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Mel Acheson, Michael Armstrong, Dwardu Cardona, Ev Cochrane, C.J. Ransom, Don Scott, Rens van der Sluijs, Ian Tresman WEBMASTER: Brian Talbott Copyright 2006: ...
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156. Two "Black Holes"? [Thunderbolts Website]
... grown up" BL Lacs — that they are not far away, but actually small and faint and close to the nearby active galaxy. Arp discusses this issue at length in his book, Seeing Red. Abell 400 is particularly interesting because it lies along the line of Local Group objects extending from the minor axis of M31 (the Andromeda galaxy), through M33, to 3C120 (the active galaxy with the "faster-than-light" jet). Along that line are also nebulous clouds "obviously interacting" with higher-redshift dwarf and low-luminosity spiral galaxies, strong radio and x-ray sources, and quasar groupings. Arp suggests that the objects in this line have been ejected from M31, as may have been our own galaxy. The Abell 400 cluster would be a part of the "umbilicus'"that still connects us with our "mother", M31. Submitted by Mel Acheson home updates news and views picture of the day resources team a role for you contact us EXECUTIVE EDITORS: David Talbott, Wallace Thornhill MANAGING EDITOR: David Talbott CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Mel Acheson ...
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157. A “Doomsday” Stellar Flare [Thunderbolts Website]
... any recorded coronal mass ejection on our sun, produced the same acceleration of the ejected charged particles as was first observed in solar eruptions. It is a compelling pointer to the existence of a powerful electric field in the chromosphere, just above the star's photosphere. Such fields, driven by galactic circuits, are easily able to accelerate particles up to a significant fraction of the speed of light. The most dramatic example of this occurred on January 20, 2005, when the charged particles of a massive solar eruption were accelerated along the spiral magnetic field between the Sun and Earth to velocities approaching one quarter the speed of light by the time they reached the Earth. Particle acceleration is only half the story. Astronomers detected “hard” x-rays, which they euphemistically call “non-thermal” radiation. It is better known as synchrotron radiation, and it is only produced by electrons traveling at appreciable fractions of lightspeed in a strong magnetic field. It can be produced in laboratories — with electricity. Gravity or hot gas doesn ’ t come close. In disregarding the laws ...
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158. Saturn’s Monstrous Polar Storm [Thunderbolts Website]
... , whereas by definition a polar region is subject to the lowest levels of solar radiation. In its discussion of unanswered questions, the NASA release can offer no explanation for the anomalous heating of Saturn ’ s southern pole. But for Wallace Thornhill, who has given considerable attention to the Saturnian system, all of the indications of electrical activity point to currents flowing into the south polar region. The consequence of this focusing of current flow would be an energetic vortex penetrating deep into its upper atmosphere. In this interpretation, the two spiral arms noted by NASA are the telltale signature of the twin “Birkeland currents” associated with vortex formation. (See “The 'Spiral Galaxy' at Saturn's Pole” at NASA ’ s discussion, on the other hand, is limited to the mechanics of wind and water circulation. As stated by Dr. Richard Achterberg, a member of the Cassini team, "The winds decrease with height, and the atmosphere is sinking, compressing and heating over the South Pole.” When isolated from any meaningful explanation of ...
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159. The Ever-Elusive "Dark Energy" [Thunderbolts Website]
... index subject abstracts A graphic illustration of the “standard” picture of the universe today. Only about four percent is visible matter. About 70 percent is “dark energy”. Credit: NASA Dec 14, 2006 The Ever-Elusive "Dark Energy" Observed motions in the heavens have always posed unsettling challenges to the suppositions of cosmologists. But critics say that things have gotten entirely out of hand with today ’ s speculations about invisible energy and “accelerating expansion” of the universe. When astronomers began to analyze discrepancies between motions of spiral galaxies and the requirements of gravitational theory, they found it necessary to postulate large quantities of invisible matter, placed wherever it was needed to “explain” what they were seeing. At times this remedy reached humorous proportions. When astronomers discovered a vast cloud of hydrogen (VIRGOHI21), estimated to lie some 50 million light-years from Earth, they were perplexed by its speed of rotation. To achieve a fit with their gravitational model, they were forced to invent not just a modest supplement, but a thousand times more “ ...
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160. Electricity in Astronomy /3 [SIS C&C Review $]
... shown. (1 kps= 3,260 light years and 1 lt yr is about 6 million miles). Bruce explains the formation of galactic arms by electrical discharge jets travelling at 4500km/sec for 10 to 100 million years: a total distance per jet of 150 to 1500 thousand light years. The diameter of our galaxy is about 100,000 light years, so the lengths of its main galactic arms would be of this order of size. Deflection of jets due to the magnetic fields of adjacent galaxies would produce spiral arms, but if the discharge channel was a straight line in the absence of an appreciable magnetic field, then it seems possible that a "lump" of material could be formed, similar to the case of the ball of ice falling 9 minutes after a single violent stroke of lightning. The material in the channel would be travelling at about 4500km/sec at the end of the electrical discharge period, and the head of the column would then be slowed by the slight resistance of the surrounding tenuous atmosphere, causing the ...
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