Sep 05, 2007
The Electrical Heating of Saturn
Astronomers have recently
discovered that their earlier “explanation” for anomalous
heating of Saturn’s upper atmosphere doesn’t work.
of the upper atmospheres of giant planets have long
presented a conundrum to astronomers. They are hotter than
can be explained by absorbed sunlight, and other attempts to
explain the temperature anomalies in mechanical terms have
met with failure. The electrical theorists suggest that such
problems will persist as long as astronomers ignore
Since the giant planets display spectacular auroras at their
polar regions, scientists believed that these auroras
generated heat that was somehow directed toward the planets'
equators. On Earth, a similar mechanism (magnetic energy in
the magnetosphere) is claimed to drive the Northern
Lights and heat the upper atmosphere.
But according to a report last month in the journal
Nature, the proposed mechanism would actually COOL
Saturn's upper atmosphere at the lower latitudes. Thus
scientists must deal with an energetic meteorological
phenomenon for which they have no ready explanation. "This
unexplained 'energy crisis' represents a major gap in our
understanding of these planets' atmospheres," the scientists
"We need to re-examine our basic assumptions about planetary
atmospheres and what causes the observed heating," said
study team member Alan Aylward of the University College
Proponents of the Electric Universe welcome this candor,
though it does not go far enough. The "basic assumption"
that has directed the space sciences for nearly a century is
the belief that space is electrically inert. Most
astronomers and meteorologists still do not realize what has
already been demonstrated by recent discoveries of the
Earth-Sun connection: charge exchange is continuous, and the
auroras are just one effect of the ongoing electrical
transactions. The planetary theater is, in fact, filled with
electrical circuits across the conducting plasma medium.
It is the electric model of the Sun that will enable us to
understand the highly energetic meteorological phenomena we
see on many planets in our solar system. In this view,
electrical storms on planets – including Earth -- are fed by
interplanetary currents focused largely on the Sun. The
increases in solar output, together with the incoming
currents directly intercepted by planets, can charge up the
planetary ionospheres – the outcome being “anomalous”
heating of the upper atmospheres.
Once we see the issue in electrical terms, it becomes clear
that scientific inquiry on other questions will continue to
be misguided until the electrical component is acknowledged.
It is well past time for scientists to revisit the debate on
“global warming” on Earth, for example, since virtually all
published articles in the debate have ignored the crucial
role of the electric Sun.
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