What Is the Secret of Jupiter and Saturn’s Extra Energy
Summary: Both Jupiter and Saturn emit much more energy than they receive from
Sun. This can only be due to either creation of energy or low energy nuclear
reaction. Which of the two possibilities is correct is a matter of further
It is well documented that Jupiter and Saturn radiate much more energy than
they receive from the Sun.
Jupiter emits about 1.9 times the energy it receives, so it radiates 6.1 x 1025 ergs
per second. This means that Jupiter is radiating 2.9 x 1025 ergs per second of its
own energy. The interior of Jupiter is hot: the core is probably about 20,000 K.
Presently; the heat is thought to be generated by the Kelvin-Helmholtz
mechanism, the slow gravitational compression of the planet releasing
gravitational potential energy. However this mechanism has been ruled out in
case of Sun and Moon, so how can it hold well in case of Jupiter? In author’s
opinion the whole idea of Kelvin Helmholtz Mechanism is a figment of scientific
imagination. For this mechanism to be effective each and every particle must be
individually pitted against rest of the universe and it does not happen. Imagine if
each and every electron had to individually balance against the whole of nucleus.
This is bound to lead to collapse of all atoms except Hydrogen. Moreover, how
can there be any phenomenon like ‘slow gravitational compression’?
This mechanism is like saying that it rains because of gravitational collapse of
water vapors. Events involving compression or collapse of any celestial body shall
be determined only by properties of matter in gaseous, liquid and solid state or
inter-atomic and inter-molecular forces of attraction and repulsion. Release of
energy, if any, shall proceed accordingly. Gravity has no role to play. Therefore,
Kelvin-Helmholtz mechanism can neither account for temperature of interior of
Jupiter nor for extra energy emitted by Jupiter.
It is generally accepted that Jupiter CAN NOT produce energy by thermo-nuclear
fusion as in the Sun; being much too small and hence its interior is too cool to
ignite nuclear reactions. Moreover it is yet to be proved that thermo-nuclear
fusion is the source of Sun’s energy.
Jupiter’s chemical composition consists of approximately 88 to 92% Hydrogen, 8
to 12% Helium, trace amounts of Methane, Ammonia, water vapors, Silicon etc.
Oxygen is just not there. Therefore chemical energy as the source of Jupiter’s
extra energy is impossible as no redox reactions are feasible due to absence of
Saturn emits even more energy than Jupiter, as compared to the amount of
energy it receives from Sun. In fact, it emits 2.3 times the energy it receives from
Sun. Identical arguments, as in the case of Jupiter have been advanced to explain
this anomaly. However, the above mentioned arguments also apply to Saturn and
are not being repeated herein. Therefore, Saturn’s extra energy emission can’t be
explained on the basis of thermonuclear reactions, chemical energy and release
of gravitational potential energy.
How do we explain this anomaly? There are only two possibilities:-
1. Both, Jupiter and Saturn create their own energy which is subsequently
emitted. Apparently this is a contradiction to law of conservation of energy.
But law of conservation of energy is valid only in the domain of physical,
chemical and nuclear reactions and there too it is subject to action of
universal heat sink or entropy which amounts to decay of energy. Creation
of energy in this universe is essential for two reasons:
(a) To compensate loss of energy to universal heat sink so that it is a
(b) For the purpose of origin, growth and evolution of universe from null
Hence law of conservation of energy must be accordingly amended and its
scope and limits accordingly defined.
2. Both, Jupiter and Saturn generate energy by low energy nuclear reactions
and subsequently emit the same. Low energy nuclear reactions (LENR)
involving mass-energy inter-conversion were first described by Stanley Pons
and Martin Fleischmann in 1989. Recently NASA has also acknowledged
occurrence of LENR. Read: NASA Acknowledges Cold Fusion & Low Energy
Nuclear Reactions, http://theintelhub.com/2012/01/14/nasa-
acknowledges-cold-fusion-low-energy-nuclear-reactions/. In this way
Jupiter and Saturn may be consuming their own mass to emit extra energy.
Which of the two possibilities is correct is a matter of further investigations.
Keeping in view self-sustaining nature of universe odds are in favor of Jupiter and
Saturn being hubs of energy creation.
Author: Dr Mahesh C. Jain is a practicing medical doctor and has written the
book “Encounter of Science with Philosophy – A synthetic view”. The book begins
with first chapter devoted to scientifically valid concept of God and then explains
cosmic phenomena right from origin of nature and universe up to origin of life
and evolution of man. The book includes several chapters devoted to auxiliary
concepts and social sciences as corollaries to the concept of God. This is the only
book which deals with origin of nature and universe from null.