The Electric Comet

2012 ,    »  -   12 Comments
Ratings: 7.76/10 from 49 users.

The third episode of the Symbols of an Alien Sky series, Electric Comet investigates the science of comets with a focus on the electrical behavior of the sun in comet creation, and the greater cosmic implications of these findings. Through the use of motion graphics, stock space photography, and a moody instrumental score the filmmakers dramatize their study, contrasting existing long-held views of comet science against the more recent electrical theory.

While standard scientific belief to date has supported a "dirty snowball" hypothesis that comets are made primarily of water, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and primordial dust originating from solar dust known as the Oort Cloud, the bulk of the film makes the case for new evidence supporting an electric model of comets.

The electric theory posits that comets are created by debris left behind by powerful electrical activity during an earlier phase of the solar system's development. Electric theorists believe that comets were born of "a much more recent epoch of planetary instability and violence" than previously believed, a possibility that not only challenges the current understanding of comets, but an understanding of the greater universe in general.

Arguing in favor of the electric model, the film examines several variables that differentiate the two theories. From the mineral makeup of comets to the role of heat in comet projection, the function of water in comet illumination, and the impressive amount of information that can be gleaned from the study of comet tails, there is no shortage of supporting material to consider. A number of notable comets and comet events are also reviewed, calling into question what those events might offer as insight into the nature of comets.

Electric Comet's jargon-rich narration assumes an existing level of familiarity with comet theory from the audience, and may most appeal to those with an active interest in astronomy and related sciences. Relying heavily on informative narration and images of the cosmos intercut with title cards of supporting quotes, questions, and research findings, Electric Comet is essentially a feature-length research presentation that challenges existing notions of comet science.

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12 Comments / User Reviews

  1. dmxi

    seems like the 'electro-shock-therapy-generation' conclude differently from the 'newtonion-slap-on-head-generation' ? electrocution vs 'apple',if you will!

  2. pwndecaf
  3. pwndecaf

    They both have a lot of 'splainin' to do!

  4. Is Don
  5. Is Don

    Aaaargh the content is rivteting but sorry I cannot stand this narrators voice! :/ He's ruining it..

  6. over the edge
  7. over the edge

    Hey Dx
    I left your suggestion in moderation assuming Vlatko will see it there. I suggest you use the "contact" option (at bottom of page) for video suggestions. If you can please include link, description and title. That is the best way to ensure he gets it

  8. dmxi
  9. dmxi

    cheers mate ....will do.

  10. Dubbledub
  11. Dubbledub

    Abysmal narration. Really, really horrible.

  12. 1e-
  13. 1e-

    Yes, the man's narration is a distraction at first. The tale of discoveries quickly becomes compelling and you'll be glad you stuck with it. My embarrassment for the NASA and other scientists is cringe-worthy.

  14. Me
  15. Me

    Hi voice sounds a lot better on 1.25 speed on Youtube.

  16. Mozzman
  17. Mozzman

    Brilliant! Moving along from the form of narration to the substance of the content, the experimental evidence that comets are electrical bodies I find compelling. The doco is nuanced like an academic work in its understatements but its conclusion is unavoidable, even to a layman like me.

  18. david harding
  19. david harding

    I wonder if Pluto flares when contacting variable electrical charge fields.

  20. Frank
  21. Frank

    Weird. I kind of like his voice. It seems somehow in rhythm with the information presented. The tonality is suited to the subject matter in an odd way that works for me.

  22. Tommy
  23. Tommy

    pseudoscience crap.

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