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March 31, 2007

Electric Sun?

Yet Another "Baffling Surprise"

I recently posted some comments on Don Scott's excellent book about Plasma Cosmology, which among other things describes a theory of the Sun as the anode to a cosmic electrical plasma discharge in contrast to the standard thermonuclear model.

An interesting article appeared in the March 21, 2007, issue of the New Scientist entitled "Dazzling New Images Reveal the 'Impossible' on the Sun." http://space.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn11432&feedId=online-news_rss20

The piece describes reactions to images from a Japanese space telescope called Hinode that show the chromosphere as consisting of seething masses of swaying spikes thousands of kilometers long instead of the relatively calm conditions expected. An astronomer from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. is quoted as saying,"Everything we thought we knew about X-ray images of the Sun is now out of date."

The thermocuclear model offers no reason why structure of any kind should exist beyond the photosphere, where the Sun ought to "end". But plasma formations of precisely the kind observed are not only readily explained by the electric discharge theory, but predicted by it.

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