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Flares in the Crab Nebula

8 January 2011

At www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-fermi-large-area-telescope-flares.html – the Fermi Large Area Telescope has detected two gamma-ray pulses coming from the Crab Nebula, fueled by more energetic particles. This has led some researchers to rethink how cosmic particles might accelerate. The comments at the end of the article are interesting – suggesting plasma may hold the key. The same story is also at www.dailygalaxy.com January 7th … and claims the Crab Nebula shines 75,000 times more brightly that the Sun – but is someone telling porkies?

Meanwhile, at www.physorg.com/print213546005.html it is conceded that jets of plasma are probably at the root of activity on the surface of the Sun – but once again, this is spun in such a way to integrate it into the conventional model. The same story is at http://wattsupwiththat.com January 7th … and here it is the many comments to the article that show just how much people are sceptical of official jargon and interpretations. The fact is, the scientists have found evidence of plasma reactions in the corona and don't know why it is happening. Any suggestion they do understand what is going on is make-believe – or that is the general feeling of the commenters. Good – but only if you like a touch of humour with your science.

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