Electrical Dynamism

Credit: NASA.

Dec 12, 2019

More Cassini data analysis.

Saturn’s magnetosphere is an electrical environment, causing dark-mode plasma discharges and lightning bolts that flash across the ring plane. As previously written, when Cassini entered orbit around the giant planet, mission specialists were shocked to discover lightning of immense power, up to a million times more powerful than anything on Earth.

Saturn emits almost three times more energy than it receives from the Sun in the form of infrared, ultraviolet, and X-ray frequencies. 90 megawatts of X-rays coming from the planet were not attributed to its electrical nature, though. Planetary scientists prefer to think that Saturn’s atmosphere reflects X-rays from the Sun. Perhaps there is some reflection of solar wavelengths from Saturn’s upper atmosphere, but 90 megawatts? Even the mission science team admitted that the intensity of the “reflections” was “surprising.”

The reason that they are surprised is they ignore the fact that planets with magnetic fields can capture ionized particles to form electrified magnetospheres. Previous Picture of the Day articles report that Saturn’s south pole is hotter than can be explained by the relatively dim sunlight that it receives. The mechanical view of the south polar anomaly fails to explain the increased temperature there, so Electric Universe proponents suggest that the “other source” for Saturn’s energy is electricity.

Recently, Cassini investigators were again surprised by observations of Saturn’s electromagnetic field. It was once thought that Saturn’s magnetic pole is offset from its rotational axis. This is considered a necessary component of planets with magnetic fields, because the “wobble” in the offset is what conventional science thinks creates dynamo action. It is a dynamo, similar to what is thought to exist inside the Earth, that initiates magnetic fields in that view. However, since Saturn’s magnetic field is offset by a fraction of a degree, the dynamo theory must be reconsidered.

Dr. Alex Dessler argued that electromagnetic fields of gas giant planets, like Saturn, act more like the Sun’s fields than those of Earth. The Sun’s magnetic field does not rotate along with its corpus. Instead, rotational speed varies with latitude. Dessler wrote:

“This finding is very significant because it demonstrates that the idea of a rigidly rotating magnetic field is wrong. Saturn’s magnetic field has more in common with the Sun than the Earth.”

As stated many times in the past, stellar and planetary magnetic fields arise from charged body rotation within external electromagnetic influences. As Electric Universe advocate, Wal Thornhill wrote:

“The interplay between the two, together with the effects of uneven and moving distribution of charge within the rotating body, gives rise to the complex and changing fields that we observe. This obvious suggestion never gained acceptance because to provide the Earth’s magnetic field, for example, a current of one billion amperes is required. That would imply a tremendously strong electric field at the Earth’s surface, which does not exist. But the fallacy in that argument lies in the use of an idealized electrostatic model with the Earth moving in a perfect vacuum and a zero potential at infinity. The Earth moves in plasma.”

Astrophysicists continue to think that obvious electrical effects are really kinetic, or thermodynamic phenomena. The electric Sun is what drives Saturn (and the other planets).

Stephen Smith

The Thunderbolts Picture of the Day is generously supported by the Mainwaring Archive Foundation.

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