December 15, 2011
from Thuntherbolts Website
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Enceladus joins other celestial
objects that produce “magnetic bubbles.”
Since the bubbles are thought to be
elongated, it was suggested that the electron flux variations
detected by the twin Voyagers probably indicate filaments of
All of these phenomena share a common
characteristic: they are all manifestations of electricity flowing
Duration is proportional to size,
however. An electric spark that lasts for microseconds in the
laboratory might last for years at the stellar scale, or for
millions of years at the galactic scale.
Saturn’s “magnetic bubble” is its magnetosphere, inside of which Enceladus orbits.
The interactions with Saturn are because
the moon acts like a generator, its conducting plasma moving through
Saturn’s magnetic field induces current flow.
The vents are really incisions on the
moon caused by traveling electric arcs. They are analogous to the
v-shaped trenches seen on
Jupiter’s moon Europa. They are
often found in parallel and they cut across other channels. Such
characteristics contradict the idea that they are a series of
A giant auger seems to have cut across
the surface, disregarding the prior topography: a sure sign that an
electric arc was the active agent. The tiger stripes show
parallelism not because they are open cracks but because filamentary
electric currents flowing across a surface tend to align and follow
the ambient magnetic field direction.
A similar process occurs at the north
pole of Enceladus, where the electric current returns to Saturn’s