The enduring mysteries of the outer solar system

This is the title of a recent article by Charles Quoi on It begins with the old idea that the Kuiper Belt is the origin of comets, but then poses the question as to why a great number of the KB objects, and the centaurs, show a wide range of colors – neutral or even slightly blue all the way to very red. Astrophysicist David Jewitt expresses his puzzlement that this ultra-red matter does not exist in the inner solar system, “Not even in comets from the Kuiper belt.”

My scenario of recent solar system catastrophism ( which has been around for a decade, provides the answer to the conundrum. After the impact on Jupiter, out of which proto-Venus rebounded 6000 years ago, a massive jet of flaming gases from a sustained nuclear combustion in the crater continued to shoot out of Jupiter for millennia. Initially it extended beyond the Galilean moons, indeed it provided the material which comprises their outer layers, the proto-moons having been formed at the time of the impact. But much of the jet material failed to be incorporated into the moons and, as it cooled, coalsced into low-density, cinder-like bodies comprising primarily water, because Jupiter is primarily water in the form of solid gas hydrates. Currently (still) unknown to astrophysicists, this was the origin of the main asteroid belt. Because the jet shot in all directios as jupiter rotated, many bodies were ejected in to many different orbits. Millions were sent into highly eccentric orbits from which they are impacting the Sun on a daily basis causing the sunspots, which also have astrophysicists baffled. Many more bodies ejected in the direction of Jupiters orbital motion went farther out in the solar system to become the Kuiper Belt bodies and the centaurs. Thus the “wide range of colors” which perplexes David Jewitt are the same colors found on Jupiter. Of course, the astrophysicists don’t understand why the colors exist on Jupiter either. This requires an understanding of the origin of the solar system, which I will discuss on my next post.

~ by Angiras on January 15, 2008.

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