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The Electric Universe

The Electric Universe theory highlights the importance of electricity throughout the Universe. It is based on the recognition of existing natural electrical phenomena (eg. lightning, St Elmo's Fire), and the known properties of plasmas (ionized "gases") and their strong reaction to electro-magnetic fields, and the fact that 99.999% of the visible universe is plasma, from stars to nebulae, and the space between them.


Terrestrial lightning

Terrestrial electricity

Terrestrial electricity is often seen in Atmospheric electricity such as lightning and the aurora, and also appears in the "fair weather field", St Elmo's fire, and upper atmosphere phenomena such as red sprites, blue jets, elves and tigers. It is estimated to be over 8 million lightning strikes per day, each carrying an average of 30kAmps.[1]

Sun: solar flares

Importance of plasma

99.999% of the visible universe is a plasma, and all moving plasmas produced their own magnetic field and electric currents. The Sun (and stars) produce current loops in solar flares, and current sheets in the Solar Corona.

Heliospheric current sheet

Space plasmas

Although outer space is a vacuum, it is permeated with the plasma of the Solar "Wind". This interacts with Sun's magnetic field, producing the heliospheric current sheet which carries about 3×109 amperes through our own Solar System. The galactic counterpart is estimated to carry of 1017 - 1019 Amps. The heliospheric current sheet is the largest coherent structure in our Solar System.

Galaxy simulation

Laboratory science

Plasmas are strongly influenced by electro-magnetic forces. A laboratory simulation of two interacting electric "Birkeland" currents, models many characteristics of galaxy formation. The Electric Universe is based on the known properties of plasmas, in preference to unproven theoretical physics, and consequently does not require black holes, dark matter and dark energy, neutron stars and the Big Bang.

Crater on Saturn's moon, Mimas

Speculative theories

More speculative aspects of the Electric Universe theory argue that some planetary features, such as craters are produced by cosmic mega-lightning rather than impacts with meteorites. It is also suggested that the Sun and stars are powered externally electrically (see the Electric Sun theory).

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