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Electric Comets: More Failures of the Electric Comet Model

31 May 2015, 22:46 UTC
Electric Comets: More Failures of the Electric Comet Model
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Electric Universe (EU) 'theorists', like creationists and other pseudo-scientists, like to latch onto the anomalies, or things they can try to sell to fans as anomalies, while ignoring the far larger body of agreement with the standard model. This is much like using the existence of mountains as disproof that Earth is round.Electric Comet supporters continue this tactic, most recently trying to exploit discoveries of the Rosetta spacecraft currently station-keeping with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (Wikipedia). I consolidate more responses to some of these claims here. Some of this content has been distilled from the long-running Electric Comet thread at the International Skeptics Forum. Thanks to many of the individuals who participated in this thread and provided some additional information that has been incorporated into this post.More Short-Circuited 'Electric Comets'What about those solar system scale electric currents so important for the Electric Comet model? Spacecraft measurements have demonstrated that the solar wind is largely neutral. Small scale electric fields are possible due to inhomogeneities and these amount to a few tens of volts. High-speed solar wind streams can generate voltages up to a couple thousand when interacting with a solid body, such as a asteroid or spacecraft. These are known in the ...

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