The Cat’s Paw Nebula


January 22, 2020

The Cat’s Paw Nebula

The Cat's Paw Nebula NGC 6334

The Cat’s Paw nebula from the Spitzer Infrared Space Telescope in conjunction with the Galactic Legacy Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire project (GLIMPSE). Credit: NASA. Image adapted by NAS.


The Cat's Paw Nebula, NGC 6334, in Scorpius lies about 5,500 light years away. The bright, cloudlike band running left to right across the above image shows the presence of gas and dust that can collapse to form new stars. The black filaments running through the nebula are particularly dense regions of gas and dust. The entire star-forming region is thought to be 80-90 light years across.

The stars that form inside the nebula heat up the pressurized gas surrounding them, such that the gas may expand and form "bubbles," which appear red in the above image. Asymmetric bubbles may "burst," creating U-shaped features.

The green areas show regions where radiation from hot stars collided with large molecules and small dust grains called "polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons" (PAHs), causing them to fluoresce.


Nebulae display their true natures, but conventional astroscientists are unable to see them.

“Imagination is a beast that has to be put in a cage.”— Timothy Spall

The Cat’s Paw Nebula is 50 light years across. The glowing cloud is part of a more massive nebular complex near the heart of the Milky Way and includes the Lobster Nebula in Scorpius:

The Lobster Nebula

According to mainstream astroscientists, the Cat's Paw Nebula consists of a star-forming region where hundreds of blue-white stars far more massive than the Sun are seen. The nebula is a prolific stellar nursery, with a potential population of new stars numbering in the thousands, although the dusty environment makes it difficult to observe most of them.

The reality is that the bubble located in the lower right of the Cat's Paw image is an exciting feature. Mainstream astroscientists propose that it is a dying star ejecting its outer layers, or perhaps the expanding remnant of a star that has already exploded.

However, the converging radial filaments are likely indicators of an interstellar Birkeland current pinching down in a classic hourglass shape. Rather than a bubble, it is probably the barrel of a vortex or z-pinch.

An electromagnetic z-pinch can squeeze plasma with such force that it rapidly compresses. The electric charge flowing into the pinch causes the plasma to erupt in an arc-mode discharge.

Nebulae are plasma structures, so they behave according to the laws of electric discharges and circuits.

Near the center of the Milky Way is an abundance of electromagnetic energy, so stars are born in the densest accumulation of electric charge.

Stars are NOT formed in a fictional gravitational vise but in the electric nature of the Universe and moving plasma. Electrical discharges in a plasma cloud (a nebula) create Double Layers (DL), or sheaths, along the current axis. The charged particles spiral into filaments (DLs), which attract each other. Instead of merging, they twist around into a helix, gradually pinching down into powerful electric discharges.

Spitzer is an infrared telescope, so it can “see-through” clouds of plasma. The filaments bisecting the nebula are areas so dense that infrared light cannot pass through them. Astronomers think that they are regions where new stars will be created.

Since stars are born when electric discharges in plasma reach the arc-mode state, the more intense the electrical currentthe bluer, larger, and more energetic will be the star. NGC 6334 is in a highly energized state, so it is rapidly creating massive blue-white class O and B stars.

The green areas in the top image are thought to show where radiation from hot stars struck large molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, causing them to fluoresce.

Stars are electrical by nature, and electricity gives rise to magnetism. Moving magnetic fields generate electric fields, and vice-versa. We see magnetism at play on the Sun. Light is simply propagating electromagnetism. 

So why do mainstream astro scientists deny the existence of electric currents in space?

Because they are mathematicians deep down, NOT scientists. Mathematics is NOT science, and some astroscientists use the arcane art of mathemagics to conjure up certain fictional entities to help explain their flawed belief system. 

The original article by Stephen Smith is on the Thunderbolts Picture of the Day section on the Thunderbolts website.

The Cat's Paw Nebula in Scorpius