posted on Jan, 31 2012 @ 07:50 PM
What I gathered from the video is that only neutral atoms can penetrate the heliopause, these would be stable atoms, of oxygen like 99.8% of our
oxygen, or 16O, 8 electrons for 8 protons. I believe this implies that unstable isotopes of oxygen are kept out, but the space around our solar system
has much less oxygen. They imply alien space, or I speculatively say, our solar system is a stable oxygen hoard.
I don't believe the links got into details of what they mean by different atoms because they never mention unstable isotopes, only imply.
Oxygen isotopes range from 3 stable; 16O, 17O, and 18O, 2 unstable; 13O and 15O, and 14 radioisotopes, with very short half lifes. But I couldn't
find any isotope references (isotopics
), even with Neon, the only other element really used as a comparison. I don't fully understand all of the
dynamics that cause isotopes of elements, (I thought chemical, energy, or heat) perhaps it is the ratio of the amount of oxygen to neon that is
stealing the electrons from oxygen, making 13O to decay to nitrogen13, but they didn't talk about any of this!