Monday, November 26, 2007

Escape Velocity - No One's Safe

I was starting to look at the parameters of the planet and I realized that it is in the general size parameters of the planets Uranus and Neptune. Both of the planets are smaller in diameter than this planet Tiamat is. Therefore, their escape velocities are lower than Tiamat's and I think you know where I am going with this. I am wondering what that chunk of material that was thrown off early on in that planet's explosion went to and how fast. The escape velocities of Uranus and Neptune are 21.3 km/sec and 23.5 km/sec respectively. This works out to 12.99 mps and 14.36 mps for their conversions to our system. This is not good as our escape velocity is around 7.0 mps. The escape velocity of Tiamat is likely greater than either one of these figures so we have something to sweat out. Jupiter's escape velocity is 44 mps so the figure we are looking for is somewhere in between 23.5 and 44 mps.

Uranus's diameter is 31,182 miles and Neptune's is 30,214 miles, both considerably below that of Tiamat. Its hard to pick a figure here as the physical size of Jupiter is roughly 10 times the volume of Tiamat while the escape velocity should certainly be well above that of the two gas giants out beyond Saturn. However, Jupiter has a low density so the mass is not as great as would be expected of the body out there in the asteroid belt. I would suggest a very conservative value of 25 miles per second knowing it could easily reach 30 miles per second. Using 25 miles per second as a possible velocity that the mystery fragment must have had when it left the planet, its hard to see how the object could not be large, even with the shock of breakage into smaller pieces upon leaving the volcano. That "volcano" could have easily ejected something of a mile or more in diameter that still is intact upon leaving the planet. How many of these bodies could have been ejected is hard to know without precise observation, but I would think it could be in the hundreds based on the sheer area of the crater that sent them on their way. Using the 705 mile diameter crater and figuring its surface area, I come up with 390,000 square miles which is huge. Its not hard to see that a few, if not hundreds of large rocks could have survived the ejection intact in a cone of 180 degrees from the point of ejection just like a scatter gun, except that most of them would be headed in a cone of probably 30 degrees across, that is, the ones that escaped. That is what I was trying to point out in that set of images, I think about 6 or 8 in all that showed all the "lines" and about a quarter of them were not aligned with the stars at all. I really didn't count them but just guessed as the numbers were high. Someone said about it that it looked like a leaf blower in its affect on the asteroid belt, not realizing that the things being blown were not the usual residents of the asteroid belt, but were from off the planet, itself. That is why we need to watch Mars as it gives a clue to our situation. The speeds of the objects are much greater than the 30,000 miles per hour than I projected because I was suggesting that this body was 9240 miles in diameter, not 40,000 on average.

So, figuring 25 miles per second, comes to 90,000 miles per hour, 2,160,000 miles per day, 64,800,000 miles per month(30 days), a lot of territory is covered. That is probably a low figure by quite a lot. We need to watch Mars now. Tonight marks the 30 day point so, objects could have covered 65 million miles easily, maybe over 70 million miles.

The whole situation comes down to what happened to the cap of the volcano. Did it come off in one or more large pieces, or did it just make a large meteor shower heading our general direction? Without knowing the dynamics of the situation, its just not possible to say.

Something else we need to look for here are the returning fragments from the original ejection. Is this what the "gases/dust" are? That does not seem likely in view of the fact that the velocities increased for these things. Your idea of the solar wind seems the best to explain all of this with the electrical activity that comes with it. So, are we still looking for the large returning objects that might be there. Maybe this accounts for the extra vents that you spotted on the body. I wonder if its possible to work something out to figure if any of them are made from returning fragments?

I guess I need to study the explosion some more to see what I can learn on all of this. Maybe, something can even be worked out on the ejection angle of all of this stuff.

It seems to me that a sudden rise in temperature and a drastic increase in the IR signature could help us in that. If we could see several new spots on the planet's surface with all of this, not to mention on Mars as well. I guess this is why I put off figuring this stuff off so long, knowing what is ahead.

We certainly need to know more about the nature of that volcanic explosion on the planet. Just what started what and how big the crater was initially and if some of that large area is return material as I imagine most of it would be. It does seem that vast majority of the explosion would be return material. Now I am thinking of the volcano on Mars that is so huge. Maybe the measurements could give a clue as to what has happened since it is mentioned so often on Wal Thornhill's page. I have a good amount of workto do. Later.

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