SP-345 Evolution of the Solar System

 

FIGURE 23.2.2.- Matter stopped at the critical velocity sphere is displaced outward along the magnetic field lines and condenses in the region of the equatorial plane.

 

FIGURE 23.2.2.- Matter stopped at the critical velocity sphere is displaced outward along the magnetic field lines and condenses in the region of the equatorial plane. For a rough estimate it is assumed, rather arbitrarily, that all matter between the present orbits of Jupiter and Saturn is now included in Jupiter, etc. As shown by table 23.2.1, this gives roughly the observed mass distribution. The essence of the analysis is that the distributed density in the region of the giant planets is compatible with the model of sec. 23.2. (From Alfvén, 1962.)


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