Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Could lightning in gas planets ignite a central fusion reaction?

Lightning on Saturn 27 January 2006

We have long proposed that gas planets are hollow just like all other planets but lately we have been formulating some interesting ideas regarding the central sun. Like terrestrial planets, we propose that the central sun is simply a fusion reaction located in the centre of the planet. Hydrogen, being the lightest element, naturally floats to the centre so there is a plentiful supply. But how does the fusion reaction ignite?

During the original formation of a rocky planet this is easy solve, the volcanic heat would be more than enough to ignite the Hydrogen, but what about gas planets?

With gas planets there will be little to no volcanic heat so the source must be found elsewhere. This got us thinking about lightning. For these gas giants the turbulent atmosphere is many times more severe than here on Earth. Is it just possible that lightning could be the source of ignition we are looking for?

After some investigation we have found that lightning evidence on gas planets has been observed numerous times and it is the strongest lightning on record.

We will post a more detailed description of our central fusion reaction theory here soon but for now let me provide a short summary:

  1. A gas planet forms from gas, dust and rock out of the galactic disc;
  2. The planet becomes hollow because of the partial shielding effect of it's own mass (more on this later);
  3. Hydrogen, being the lightest element, floats to the centre of the planet where it concentrates;
  4. The Hydrogen is ignited (most likely by lightning) and begins to burn to a very hot temperature;
  5. The heat cannot escape in the centre of the planet because there is no 'up', this causes an enormous build-up of heat;
  6. Eventually the temperature rises to a critical level where Fusion is possible;
  7. A central Fusion reaction slowly changes the Hydrogen into Helium. The enormous quantities of energy released is enough to light and heat the centre of the planet. It is also the source of planetary Magnetic fields.

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