Jupiter - Solid or Gaseous? Ask Juno

Thursday, 17 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
John A Ackerman Jr, Angiras Institute, Ottsville, PA, United States
Data from Cassini, Galileo, S-L 9 and Ulysses suggest Jupiter and Saturn are solid, frozen, Methane Gas Hydrate (MGH) planets. The bulk of these giants formed slow and cold by the natural accretion of snowflakes at their current orbital radii in the presence of methane, forming rigid incompressible bodies. MGH, (CH4)8(H2O)46 (d=0.9), is consistent with the abundances of the elements comprising the Earth (H>O>C). Their combined MGH comprises >250 earth-masses of H2O. Jupiter (d=1.33) incorporated most of the heavy elements in the nascent solar system, exemplified by an enormously enhanced D/H. The temperature excess of Jupiter’s atmosphere is the result of an impact ~6,000 years BP, triggering an incredibly energetic fusion explosion which ejected the masses of the proto-Galilean moons. It also initiated a continuing fusion furnace in the crater producing a jet of hot gases extending >2x106 km, beyond Callisto. The jet has slowly diminished over 6,000 years, resulting in the differences in the four Galilean Moons. The mass ejection (ang. mom.) slowed Jupiter’s rotation until ~1930, currently interpreted as a drift of the Great Red Spot. A diminishing fusion reaction (D + p → 3He + γ) continues to this day, producing Jupiter’s atmospheric ‘temperature excess’. Jupiter’s rapid rotation deflects the rising vortex of hot gases from the fusion reaction horizontally, driving multiple zonal vortices, constrained by the frozen MGH surface <1000 km below the cloud tops. It appears as the tilted Great Red Spot (GRS), ~30,000 km to the west of the crater at 22 o S Lat., which has remained unchanged in the last 350 years - impossible due to the enormous Coliolis effect. Streams of 3He produced in the fusion reaction exiting Jupiter through the center of the GRS have been detected by the Galileo probe and orbiter, Ulysses, and Cassini. The fusion releases methane, also heavy elements which oxidize as they rise, producing the cloud-top colors. The MGH hypothesis explains the >6 minute delays of the larger S-L 9 ‘main events' as the time required for the mushroom clouds from their impacts to reach the cloud tops. The Juno MWR can potentially detect the fusion source and certainly the hot, longitudinally extended column forming the GRS. The Gravity Experiment should detect the basin in which it is located, possibly others.