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Originally posted by harddrive21
reply to post by DevolutionEvolvd
How would the electric model explain a change in trajectory? I know it would explain how comets shine so brightly (brighter than expected), but could it move it or break it apart?
The strong electric field in the comet's plasma sheath generates x-rays. The cathode discharge hot spots characteristically jump about the nucleus, and the comet may shed and grow new tails. Or the comet may explode like an overstressed capacitor, breaking into separate fragments or simply giving up the ghost and disappearing.