Plasma Pics is an online gallery of astronomical observations of ionized particles and electrical activity in the Solar System, the Milky Way, and the Universe.

Dear Visitors,

Well, once again a theme on one of my WordPress sites has fallen victim to neglect and obsolescence by its original builder.  My latest server software update for this website caused a critical malfunction in this apparently now outdated theme, resulting in my site completely going offline.  Because the theme builder has walked away from updating or even supporting their work, I have been unable to obtain any assistance with this matter and have thus been left to my own devices, both literally and figuratively. 

Fortunately, I have since been able to bring the site back up, at least partially.  But, although all of its photos, pages, posts, comments, and replies are still preserved in its database, without an entirely new theme none of this can currently be displayed on the site.  Unfortunately replacing the theme amounts to a complete website redesign, and frankly I don’t know if I have the time or the inclination to start over at this point.  Nor am I sure if I will ever be able to put my trust in a WordPress theme again or even WordPress itself for that matter.

So, at least for now I’ve decided to create and manage a Facebook page for Plasma Pics and transfer my website content there. I already manage a page for my day job, so I do have prior experience. This is probably the quickest and easiest way to get the information back out there again. But I do understand that I must be willing to sacrifice design and flexibility for possible longevity by sticking with a well-known and frequented social media platform.  I have added all of the object images and descriptions from my website to my new page here:

I have transferred several of my post articles to my new page and will also be adding links to related websites, experiments, and other valuable sources of reference.  For all those who have followed my website and shared it with others over the years, you have my sincerest gratitude.  I now invite you to visit and share my new Plasma Pics Facebook page and I look forward to seeing your feedback there.

Best regards,

Shannon B. Sims
Curator & Host

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