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Are vast plasma tubes floating above us ?

By T.K. Randall
June 3, 2015 · Comment icon 33 comments



The Earth is thought to be surrounded by tubes of plasma. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Awersowy
The Earth appears to be surrounded by giant, invisible tubes of plasma that fill the sky above our heads.
The idea, which has been a topic of controversy and debate among scientists for decades, might on the outset sound utterly preposterous, but now thanks to the research efforts of a graduate student from Australia the existence of this peculiar phenomenon has actually been proven correct.

23-year-old Cleo Loi from the University of Sydney was able to use a radio telescope in the outback to prove to the scientific community that these bizarre tubular-shaped plasma ducts, which are created by the atmosphere being ionized by sunlight, actually exist.

"For over 60 years, scientists believed these structures existed, but by imaging them for the first time, we’ve provided visual evidence that they are really there," she said.
"We measured their position to be about 600km above the ground, in the upper ionosphere, and they appear to be continuing upwards into the plasmasphere."

Ms Loi also believes that these plasma tubes could be distorting astronomical data and that we might need to re-evaluate our current understanding of how stars and galaxies appear and behave.

"It is to Cleo’s great credit that she not only discovered this but also convinced the rest of the scientific community," said her supervisor Tara Murphy.

"As an undergraduate student with no prior background in this, that is an impressive achievement."

Source: News.com.au | Comments (33)


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Comment icon #24 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake 8 years ago
True I saw a few in here where science has moved really fast. like explaining what is causing holes in the swiss cheese. that was a break through discovery modern science made, argued by all the cheese makers around the world... of course who cares ? i'm always amazed that you consider yourself qualified to criticize science when so many of your posts here celebrate ignorance.
Comment icon #25 Posted by kartikg 8 years ago
Yep, a long as you have good evidence and research you can overthrow any bit of science. You forgot funding .
Comment icon #26 Posted by AZDZ 8 years ago
I wonder if atmospheric conditions can ever favor naked eye viewings of this phenomenon? About ten years ago, on a stunningly beautiful clear spring day, I was in my backyard soaking up some afternoon rays. I positioned myself so the eves were blocking the solar disk above my shoulders, (head in shadow of eves.) The glow of solar halo was still visible when I began to see movement in the glare. Spider webs around the eves, I thought. After looking closely I could see real webs clinging to the eves and they were not associated with what I was seeing far above. I moved so that the Sun was direct... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by qxcontinuum 8 years ago
i'm always amazed that you consider yourself qualified to criticize science when so many of your posts here celebrate ignorance. yes, as a neutral observer i find modern science to be ridiculously funny ...
Comment icon #28 Posted by qxcontinuum 8 years ago
You really should check any cosmology, biology, or just generl science feed. New stuff comes out weekly, or almost daily. for sure they do, like the swiss cheese hole... i am wondering how many thousent of dollars they have been paid to come to that conclussion ?
Comment icon #29 Posted by Merc14 8 years ago
yes, as a neutral observer i find modern science to be ridiculously funny ... I can't believe you posted that. Too funny. They can ban you for posting derogatory statements like that but then again, you said it about yourself so... for sure they do, like the swiss cheese hole... i am wondering how many thousent of dollars they have been paid to come to that conclussion ? Did you read the story? Maybe you should consider the amount of R&D the multi-billion dollar cheese industry spends to improve their product before posting. Of course, given your brilliance, maybe you are now dictating how... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake 8 years ago
yes, as a neutral observer i find modern science to be ridiculously funny ... well, there are still a few days left, but im calling it. this is the most ridiculous statement of the week.
Comment icon #31 Posted by robinrenee 8 years ago
I wonder if there are any plasma-based life-forms there, some scientists believe that plasma-based life exists: http://www.unexplain...n.php?id=111062 Uh ... aren't WE plasma-based life forms? We're electrical.
Comment icon #32 Posted by robinrenee 8 years ago
http://www.news.com....e-1227379756018 AN AUSTRALIAN scientist has discovered that giant, invisible, moving plasma tubes fill the skies above Earth. It’s a finding that was initially met with a considerable degree of scepticism within the field of astrophysics, but a University of Sydney undergraduate student Cleo Loi, 23, has proven that the phenomenon exists. By using a radio telescope in the West Australian outback to see space in 3D, Ms Loi has proven that the Earth’s atmosphere is embedded with these strangely shaped, tubular plasma structures. The complex, multilayered ducts are created ... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by JesseCuster 8 years ago
Uh ... aren't WE plasma-based life forms? We're electrical. We have a nervous system that signals and operates via sending electrical signals, but it's a stretch to say "we're electrical".However, more to the point, how does something being electrical make it plasma based? One does not imply the other, unless you think your computer, TV, phone, etc. are "plasma based" because they run on electricity?


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