Steve Smith wrote:I don't want you to get me wrong -- I'm not unhappy with ideas that contribute to a broader understanding of the Electric Universe theory. Yes, Birkeland currents exist in space. Yes, most objects exhibit charge-flow characteristics to some extent. However, considering Ceres, those phenomena have to be taken in context.
Does Ceres possess a magnetosphere? No. Also, no detectable magnetic field. It's unlikely that there's enough charge density accumulation from a few hydrogen nuclei per cubic meter, especially since Ceres is composed of dielectric insulators.
A major tenet of Electric Universe theory is that the Solar System was chaotic a few thousand years ago. The features on all the moons and rocky planets are forensic evidence for that idea. How many thousands of years isn't important, since it isn't millions of years or even hundreds of thousands of years.
The major premise is that electricity from highly charged celestial objects discharged many times to the surfaces of most Solar System bodies, like Ceres.
Steve Smith wrote:I disagree with the evaporating liquid residue theory.
Average values for the solar wind's velocity, density, and magnetic field strength at the orbit of the Earth: 468 km per second; density 8.7 protons per cubic centimeter, and 6.6 nT, respectively. Since there is a 27-fold dilution of the solar wind at Jupiter, one assumes a significant reduction in strength at the orbit of Ceres.
I submit that the solar wind is so diffuse that there's no possibility that a Birkeland current with sufficient strength is eroding Ceres. No "sputtering" is taking place. Even as close as Earth orbit, the solar wind doesn't erode craters in the north or south polar regions, where it reaches the ground. Whatever happened to Ceres probably occurred thousands of years ago. Ceres and Vesta are vacuum sealed mausoleums.
comingfrom wrote: Ceres is in an orbit just past Mars' arbit. A long way from being out as far Jupiter.
Even so, Jupiter is known to be extremely electrically active, as are planets further out, such as Saturn and Pluto.
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