Craters on Eros
The NEAR-Shoemaker probe of the
asteroid Eros revealed a non-random cratering pattern that continues to
Craters on asteroid Eros were expected to show a
typical random distribution. There should be a few large craters, more
medium-sized craters and many more small craters, because impacts of
smaller objects should happen more often than impacts of large objects.
But when NEAR-Shoemaker passed close to Eros in
2000-2001, researchers discovered that the craters don't follow the
expected distribution curve. The few large craters and the many
medium-sized craters appear as expected, but craters smaller than 100m
in diameter are rare. This is a problem for the impact-model: how can
most of the small rocks in space have consistently missed the asteroid
for billions of years?
A lower limit to the size of craters is an
expected feature from an Electric Universe point of view. The size of
craters is related to the strength of the arc discharge that carves
them. Below a specific threshold, the arc cannot be maintained. It
quenches, so smaller craters are not produced.
Arc discharges, and the conditions which ignite
and quench them, will vary with the size, composition, charge, and other
factors unique to each individual world. The number of times a surface
is electrically etched can vary, too. Comets experience arcing every
time they pass through the inner solar system. Asteroids may have
received most of their craters during the event in which they were born.
A single episode of arcing would leave craters characteristic of the
conditions prevailing at that one time. The record may or may not be
"overwritten" depending on whether further arcing episodes occur under
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