The pinnacle of pseudoscience in astronomy and astrophysics
Observation of an actual black hole, or more precisely its event horizon, was inevitable with a global collaboration called the Event Horizon Telescope. I think it is safe to say that failure was not an option with hundreds of millions of dollars, thousands of research hours, and petabytes of data on the line. So earlier this month the EHT collaboration finally delivered with its observations of M87* (Powehi). within Messier 87 (NGC 4486). Unfortunately for […]
Is Galaxy Cluster IDCS J1426 one of the most distant and earliest?
Galaxy Cluster IDCS J1426.5+3508 (IDCS 1426 for short) is yet another group of extragalactic objects that challenges mainstream astronomers. Because of their interpretation of observations made with NASA’s “Great Observatories”, under the assumption that gravity is the dominant force in the Universe, they have to once again imbue the objects with exotic properties that do not even readily fit into their own models of the Universe. They do not begin to consider the tremendous role […]
Satellite galaxy orbits versus cold dark matter
Observed orbits of satellite galaxies around host galaxies continue to be inconsistent with simulations based on the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (ΛCDM) model. Mainstream scientists believe that approximately a quarter (25%) of the Universe is made of an invisible and as-yet detected substance called “dark matter”. Dark matter supposedly explains not only the rotation of stars within galaxies but also the rotation of satellite or “dwarf” galaxies around other larger host galaxies. According to the […]
Jovian Auroral Discord
At the end of October a team of astronomers led by the University College London published a paper in Nature Astronomy reporting they had discovered that planet Jupiter’s northern and southern aurorae emit pulses of X-rays independently of each other. They made this discovery by analyzing data gathered by the ESA’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatories in May-June 2016 and March 2007. The astronomers observed that the X-ray emissions at the north pole were erratic […]
Third time is not the charm for LIGO gravitational wave discovery
I wasn’t sure what more I could write to follow up on my article concerning the second gravitational wave discovery claim by the LIGO team that I posted exactly one year ago today. Instead of hundreds or even dozens of subsequent detections that were predicted to be made since that time, there has been only one! This third detection, GW170104, occurred over a year after the second one and is the weakest and least precise […]
Enceladus Hydrothermal Fantasy
An alternative to Enceladus’ “ocean” being heated by hydrothermal vents.
2016: The year of the missing dark matter
For years researchers have tried to detect dark matter and failed and this past year was no exception. Dark matter is made of elusive particles that supposedly make up approximately 27% of all matter and over five times the amount of normal matter in the known universe. The concept of dark matter came about almost fifty years ago when astronomers discovered that the stars and gas in the galaxies they observed all rotated around their galactic centers at […]
A few years ago I questioned the distance of an object whose age placed it during or before what is referred to in modern cosmology as the Epoch of Reionization. This is supposedly a period shortly after The Big Bang when stars and galaxies first started to form and began reionizing the neutral hydrogen in the Universe that was formed even earlier after The Big Bang. I predicted that eventually objects would be found with […]
Flawed second LIGO gravitational wave discovery
In a previous post I listed the many problems associated with the LIGO team’s claim of having made the first direct observation of gravitational waves in history. Now they have released a second claim that makes all but one of the problems with the initial claim seem irrelevant. That problem is the methodology used to try to recover a signal from what is essentially unidentified and random background noise. This “mystery noise” has continued to […]
Magnetic Field Alignments
While researching the aurorae of the Jovian planets in our solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) I discovered a very interesting correlation between their magnetic fields. As the above graphic clearly shows, regardless of their angle of rotation in relation to the orbital plane of the solar system, the axis of the planets’ magnetic fields more or less remain perpendicular to the orbital plane. Earth’s and even the extremely weak magnetic field of Mercury […]
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