Jupiter’s Magnetic Field

The measured Jupiter magnetic field map video presented at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday, April 11, by John Connerney of NASA is unlike any ever published. Because the Juno ‘team’ remain convinced that field is generated in the interior, as in the Earth, they believe the colors show the lat. and long. of ‘areas’ where the vertical component of the field lines is directed upward or downward.

This map does not give an accurate picture of the magnetic field because the contours are based on the measurements at Juno’s orbit, the elevations of which vary from 4,000 km at the equator to over 35,000 km above the poles, as shown in Figure 1.

Fig. 1 Juno orbit

Cyclic Catastrophism

Cyclic Catastrophism contends that the field is being generated by massive numbers (1030/s) of Helions (3He++) being produced by a nuclear fusion reaction on Jupiter’s solid surface, ~700 km beneath the cloud tops 50,000 km east of the Great Red Spot. This high-powered stream of charged particles exits thru the Great Red Spot and, given the angular momentum of the planet, orbits prograde between 5,000 and 16,000 km above the equator.

Fig. 2  Helion stream (yellow) which produces Jupiter’s magnetic field and (blue) produce auroral ovals.

These helions comprise an electric current which is the source of Jupiter’s magnetic field, shown in Figure 2.  Two branches of the main stream are deflected to Jupiter’s north and south poles causing the powerful auroral ovals.

The Juno JEDI measurements have indicated that a powerful ‘inner radiation belt’ encircles the planet, composed of ions not electrons but the authors, failing to imagine a possible origin for the ions, assume they are bi-directional, describing them as ‘mirroring’, circling both prograde and retrograde above the equator and therefore exclude them as a possible origin of the magnetic field. As a result, they do not expose the JEDI high energy measuring instrument to the radiation belt. Quoting from a published  paper “No Time Of Flight (TOF) measurements are performed with JEDI‐180, and the other two JEDIs did not take TOF data for 20 min near closest approach to ensure health and safety of the instrument.”

This is the one zone in which the Helions might be identified. The Helions created in the fusion reaction are all given energies of 4.98 MeV, which, because of their low mass, corresponds to a velocity of 17,800 km/s. Apparently some of these have been slowed by collisions and their energies detected, but their JEDI instrument was not able to measure their Time of Flight correctly, either due to their high velocities or their double positive electrical charge.

Comparison of Figures 1 and 2 shows that Juno’s orbit passes beneath the inner radiation belt at the equator but above the rest of the magnetic field.

The most fundamental difference between the magnetic fields of the Earth and Jupiter is that the north magnetic pole of the Earth is located at its south geographic pole, whereas the north magnetic pole of Jupiter is located at its north geographic pole. This is the result of Jupiter’s field being generated by positively charged Helions circling the planet in the same direction as its rotation.


~ by Angiras on April 23, 2018.