Originally posted by tututkamen
thank you so much for the enlightenment, it humbles me to be surrounded by such all knowing genius,
please allow me one more silly question.
why is it when you pass over a rug [space] and you come across a door knob [relatively static object in space] does your body suck up an elictrical
charge [just like a vaccum cleaner]?
and i always thought there were electrons in rotation around mass
please explain my ignorance to me
you pick up electrons in a physical interaction between yourself and the rug (the short answer anyway).
The problem with your theory is that these orbital bodies are travelling in a vacuum
which by deffinition is an abscence of EVERYTHING,
including electrical charge.
Now, I will grant you that the theory of Zero Point Energy does in fact hypothesize the presence of electrical charge in a vacuum, however this has
yet to be experimentally proven.
Some of the more obvious problems with this theory is that there is no explaination for the origin of such a massive attractive electrical charge. The
earth has an electrical field, a very very minute one, and it is internally generated through an inductive reaction at the core with the inner mantel,
similar to how a generator works.
For the earth to have an electric field strong enough to do what you suggest, it would have to be at least an order of magnitude (or more) stronger
than what it is. This would be so strong as to prevent our normal electrical technology from operating as it does on the surface, and could possibly
be so great as to prevent our normal bioelectrical systems from operating normally (IE, it would cause an uninhabitable environment).
There are a couple of cases that mimic the effect you suggest: Jupiter and Saturn, both of which have significantly more powerful electrical fields
than Earth, and in fact massive electrical discharges have been observed between the pricipal planets and thier moons. The power plant for these
electrical fields comes from the enormous mass of the principal planet and the huge tidal forces exerted with the multiple moons in orbit of each one.
However, even in these cases, there is no observations of mass "being swept up by an electrical vacuum cleaner". Indeed, any orbital captures that
occur in these systems are due to the massive gravitational fields rather than any electrical field.
I would point out that both Pioneer probes made successful close fly bys with no problem, and Gallileo probe was 100% successful in its mission
profile, despite entering close orbit.
For a small (even moon sized) object, which would still be too small to internally generate an electrical field, to hold such a field it would have to
be previously "charged" to an extreme limit, and in order to hold such a charge, it would have to be 100% solid ferrous/magnetic material (and we
know most oribtal bodies are NOT 100% ferrous). Keep in mind, each time such an object would "collect" mass (and only mass of an opposite charge, as
it would repel any mass of the same charge) its initial electrical charge would constantly be decreasing in direct relation to the amount of
oppositely charged mass it collects.
That also brings up the point: How would such an object obtain such an extreme charge in the first place?