This is an initial attempt at a very simple presentation of EU.
It is impossible to know what has been taught to and retained by children, when giving them something new to learn.
Comments are welcome.
<< I tried to limit the word length when possible but that is still awkward when the reader's vocabulary is unknown. >>
People talking about an Electric Universe (EU) look at the universe differently than what you hear or read in daily news stories.
EU begins with remembering our ancestors many years ago saw the universe differently than we see it today.
Saturday is the planet Saturn's day. Saturday is also called Sabbath and is a holy day in some religions. In some stories, or mythologies, Saturn is the god of time, who ruled in the time of peace and plenty.
Sunday is Sun's day; Monday is Moon's day.
Tuesday is the planet Mars day. Tiw (which can be spoken as tue) was the Norse name for Mars. Norse refers to ancient Northern Europe.
Mars was the Roman name for the planet Mars who was also the god of war. The month of March is named for Mars.
Wednesday is planet Mercury's day. Among the ancient Germanic peoples (around Germany), Mercury was called Odin, Woden, or Wutan. For the Romans, Mercury was the messenger of the gods.
Thursday is planet Jupiter's day. Jupiter was called Thor in Norse stories, the god of sky and thunder. Thor was often shown holding a thunderbolt in a hand.
Friday is planet Venus day. The ancient Germanic goddess Frigg was the name for Venus.
The planets were very important to our ancestors though now the planets are far away.
EU recognizes electric currents in the universe, both in the past, like with Thor throwing lightning bolts, but also now.
Earth's aurorae, or the Northern Lights and Southern Lights, can be seen when near the Earth's poles. They are caused by an electric current from the Sun exciting the air over the Earth. The colors come from each gas.
Oxygen is green; it can also do a brownish red. The color can change by the height of the gas above the ground.
Nitrogen is blue; it can also do red.
Helium is purple but is usually too faint.
Our ancient ancestors gave names to the star patterns in the night sky. These patterns are named constellations. They did this naming so they could follow the planets slowly move from day to day through these patterns.
Watching them was important because they remembered in their stories several planets had been much closer but then moved away. They needed to know if a planet was off course and might return.
The orbits of Earth and Venus take different numbers of years and there are different cycles when they are back to the same positions. These cycles are 8 year, 4 year, and about 19 months.
The ancient Greeks held their Olympic Games every 4 years for this cycle with Venus.
Many of the most ancient peoples kept daily watch on the skies so many of them knew there is a 26,000 year cycle in the constellations with another cycle about 72 years. Our ancestors, from different locations on our globe, actually followed the stars for so many years to know of this cycle in the night sky, called precession.
Mankind has been watching the night skies for many thousands of years. Their nights were very dark, unlike that seen by many today.
Our Moon has many craters and almost all are round. Some have rays like from a spark.
In Arizona, there is a huge hole in the flat plain called the Barrington Crater, not too far from the Grand Canyon. Scientists looked for a meteor at the bottom but found none.
Space probes have been visiting other planets. Mars has a bigger canyon than our Grand Canyon.
many non-EU Scientists cannot explain the canyon on Mars because they expect it to be formed only by water erosion. Mars has no flowing water and the ends of this canyon have no sediment from erosion. This canyon was not formed by water.
EU recognizes these craters and canyons are formed with events like a lightning bolt.
The Barrington crater was formed by an extreme lightning bolt when another planet moved off course, got very close to Earth, and a lightning bolt passed between the planets, carving out this hole. That planet moved away.
Like our ancient ancestors who saw active planets, the Electric Universe knows the planets are active. Mars has huge dust storms with little air. The planet Neptune is furthest from the Sun but has the strongest winds. The Sun is also active with the Earth; we see that current in an aurora.
There are planets and stars moving in the universe, with a different explanation from EU than others tell. Most of these changes take a long time to see.
With new telescopes, we can see more of the universe and EU can help explain it better than others who ignore our past.
The big problem:
How do you tell a child to doubt what they will learn in school?
They need to remember correctly what is taught to advance.
In this case, children and young adults are tasked to remain skeptical in life simply because there is always more to learn. Sometimes the new replaces the old. They should be ready though some people dislike those with doubt.
This is a problem deeper than EU.
Addition to the original.
The inevitable question is how does a parent know which view is correct?
EU is based on experiments. Alfven, Bostwick, Peratt demonstrated the principles of plasma physics here on Earth first, then applied them to the universe. The SAFIRE project duplicated the solar surface in a controlled experiment.
Popular cosmology is based on untested theories. The big mistakes being taught (big bang, black hole, dark matter, dark energy) all arise from mistakes in theories, never tested to justify credibility. Black and dark things reveal each mistake has never been fixed.
Parents might relate to this: Computer simulations now dominate so gaming the universe is the basis of the material being taught.