Where’s The Water in Comets?
I was following a chain of articles and landed on this one:
that describes the comet impact test done by NASA a few years back. While I remembered the time it happened as having some issues with the amount of water found, I’d not put it in the context of the “Electric Universe” theories.
Don’t know exactly what to make of it, but that the comet was apparently far more of a dry dustball than expected is, er, a bit of an issue…
From the article:
Almost immediately after Deep Impact it was clear that the event had not produced the watery outburst NASA had expected. In a July 8 press release, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics summarized the early findings with the headline, “Deep Impact Was a Dust-up, Not a Gusher”.
The Deep Impact team had hoped that, by excavating material from the comet’s interior, they could find the one thing the standard model required. “SWAS operators were puzzled by the lack of increased water vapor from Tempel 1”. In fact, an observation from the Odin telescope in Sweden found that the relative abundance of water decreased after the impact, due to the injection of quantities of dry dust, not water.
I’ve also often wondered why, given that ice sublimates in a vacuum, a comet was supposed to be a big ball of ice… always seemed like a bit of a problem to me…
The Electric Universe guys say that comets get a tail from ionization due to the voltage gradient they pass through, not solar heated ice.
Looks to me like they win this one…