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Space isn't largely empty. It is teeming with rivers of flowing plasma. Some are flowing between galaxies or clusters of galaxies. We find evidence for them wherever we look, and as far distant as our finest instrumentation can reach. Plasma is the lifeblood of the universe.It is everywhere, and powers everything.
Plasma creates the galaxies near and far, and powers every star within them.
Our galaxy is no exception. It is merely a node point on the path of inter-galactic plasma streams. The stars of the galaxy consume some of the plasma, and what isn't consumed flows on.
Plasma flows into the galaxies and throughout them. It is the energy resource for every star or sun the galaxies contain, and is the basic source for everything that exists within the countless billions of their solar systems.
On the very-small scale, all atomic structures are structures made up of bound-up plasma particles.
The atoms are synthesized from plasma, by plasma interaction. This happens typically on the surface of a sun in plasma fusion cells.
From synthesized atoms, all the worlds are created.
The synthesis of atoms, consumes some of the plasma that powers the stars. The consumption of plasma keeps the plasma streams flowing, similar in the way that an open faucet keeps the water streams flowing in the supply lines. Plasma streams flow by a similar principle. In this case the synthesis of atoms creates the sink effect.
Because plasma consists of miniscule particles that carry an electric charge, they have a hold onto each other by electromagnetic forces that extend over very-long distances in intergalactic space, and also in interstellar space.
When plasma particles flow in space, they typically flow in streams. Their movement creates magnetic fields around them that draws the plasma streams together into self organized structures that are comparable to rivers flowing in the cosmic landscape.
On Earth, most rivers flow into the sea. The sea, by being the lowest point in the global landscape, 'consumes' the rivers. The 'consumption' keeps the rivers flowing.
In water systems, the draining of water into an irrigation ditch, consumes the source water. It too, keeps the water in the pipes, moving.
In the cosmic system, every sun is a plasma-consuming engine. It attracts plasma and binds the electrically charged plasma particles into electrically balanced atomic structures. By the balancing, of the electric charges, atoms become electrically neutral.
When plasma particles become bound up into electrically neutral atoms, they effectively disappear from the electrodynamics landscape as if they ceased to exist.
In practice, the synthesized atoms simply flow away from the sun that has forged them. The resulting plasma loss, creates the electrodynamic 'sink' that keeps the plasma streams flowing.
So it is that our Sun, by functioning as a giant sink for plasma, can never become saturated with the plasma, no matter how much of it keeps flowing onto it. And if the inflow is larger than what the Sun consumes, the excess flows on to the next star.
In practice the evidence for the flowing-on process can be found in the alignment of stars. The stars are often found in long string-like formations. One would expect this to be so, because in the larger context, the stars are an integral part of the plasma streams system. The stars serve as node points in the streams, where they facilitate plasma extraction that keeps the streams moving.
We see the same string-like formations also in the arrangement of galaxies. While the plasma particles themselves are too small to be visible, we can discern their presence by their discernable effects such as energizing nearby atomic material that consequently emits light.
Another one of these discernable effects is the electrodynamics resonance effect that occurs in the electric rivers in space, between their node points.
Plasma is elastic and compressible, like air is elastic and compressible. The tone of organ pipes, which is measured in hundredths of cycles per second, is a resonance effect caused by waves of 'compressed' air within the closed system of the resonance chamber. The resulting tone is determined by the length of the organ pipe.
The plasma streams in space have a similar resonance, with cycle times that are also in part determined by the length of the plasma streams. On the galactic scale the resonance 'tone' is measured in cycles that span millions of years per cycle.
On the stellar scale, where the interstellar streams are shorter, the cycle times are correspondingly shorter too, such as in the range of 100,000 years per cycle, as in the case for our Sun.
The Ice Age cycles on Earth are the direct result of the 100,000-years resonance in the interstellar plasma streams that power the Sun.
The repeating ice age cycles affect us immensely, as the next Ice Age glaciation period is already looming on the near horizon, with the current interglacial period fast nearing its ending.
On the galactic scale, where the intergalactic plasma streams span distances measured in millions of light years, the cycle times are correspondingly measured in millions of years per cycle.
For our Milky Wa galaxy, we have detected two very long cycles overlaid on each other. We detected a 140-million years resonance cycle, and a 31-million years resonance cycle.
The cycles were discovered as climate cycles, for which measurable evidence is contained in the calcite shells in deep-sea sediments.
The long galactic cycles too, affect our living immensely. With the two long cycles being presently at their low point, the combination results in the Earth's climate being the coldest in 440 million years. We are presently at the low point of 100 million years of long-term cooling.
It is this deep low, the combined low of the two long cycles, that brought us into the extremely cold epoch of the modern ice ages. This happened 5 million years ago. The resulting Ice Age epoch has been named the Pleistocene Epoch.
The dawn of humanity occurred roughly half-the-way through the Pleistocene Epoch, when apparently the conditions had developed for this phase shift to happen.
It may well be that we owe our existence to the conditions that developed as the result of the overlapping long galactic cycles that have their origin in the resonance effects of the intergalactic plasma streams - the rivers in space - that our galaxy is at a node point of.