Saturday, February 16, 2008

Titan


Scientists have concluded that Saturn's moon Titan contains more hydrocarbons than all the oil and gas of Earth. Their findings are in the January 29 issue of Geophysical research Letters. Like water on our Earth, methane forms lakes, ice and rain in an endless cycle. Titan is still producing hydrocarbons from some hidden energy source. This calls to mind Thomas Gold's theory that Earth is still producing gas. (Humans should still use petroleum wisely.)

An enormous amount of energy has gone into producing all this gas in the cold outer Solar System. For some reason the methane lakes are concentrated North of 65 degrees. Could Titan conceal yet another polar hot spot? Previously we have found that Saturn's Rings could contain hidden sources of mass/energy. Titan's interior is yet another place to seek a Black Hole.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Tony Smith said...

Louise said "... Could Titan conceal yet another polar hot spot? P... Titan's interior is yet another place to seek a Black Hole. ...".

A 19 February 2008 BBC article by Roland Pease at
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7252428.stm
said:
"... The first stars to appear in the Universe may have been powered by dark matter ...".

The BBC quoted Katherine Freese, an author of
0802.1724 astro-ph
which said:
"... Weakly interacting massive particles, which are their own antiparticles, can annihilate and provide an important heat source for the first (zero-metallicity) stars. When dark matter (DM) capture via scattering off of baryons is included, the luminosity from DM annihilation may dominate over the luminosity due to fusion, depending on the DM density and scattering cross-section. ..."

If the DM particles are primordial black holes, and if they combine when they collide and then decay as by Hawking radiation,
then
is that idea not just a restament of your ideas,
although
I don't recall seeing you listed in the references.

Maybe you should insist that PRL, the Cornell arXiv, and the authors should credit your ideas and accept a paper from you spelling out your ideas.

Tony Smith

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Tony Smith said...

I should also mention another paper (mentioned in the Freese et al paper) by Fabio Iocco at
0802.0941 astro-ph
that said:
"... Dark Matter ... accretes by gravitational attraction and scattering over baryonic material and annihilates inside celestial objects, giving rise to a “Dark Luminosity” ...".

Although it deals mostly with Dark Matter annihilation, it does mention "scattering over baryonic material",
so
it might be that the dominant Dark Luminosity mechanism would not be annihilation among the primordial black holes,
but the accretion of baryons to the primordial black holes and subsequent decay by Hawking radiation.

Tony Smith

4:02 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Hello Tony: You are ahead of the game, for I talked with Professor Freese and heard her talk this week. More about that in the blog soon. She and I are good friends, and I enjoy hearing her ideas.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Frank Glover said...

You might find this interesting...

http://www.universetoday.com/2008/02/22/could-primordial-black-holes-deflect-asteriods-on-a-collision-course-with-earth/

8:19 AM  
Anonymous forrest noble said...

Titan's a very interesting possibility for looking at alien life or chemistry. Fuel maybe. With all those hydrocarbons oxygen would become a rare fuel rather than as an oxidizer.

As far as Titan's interior containing a black hole, somebody's been smoking some good stuff and I want some.

your friend forrest

5:03 PM  

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