Is the apparent new flatter shape of Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule a natural variation of Moqui marbles and other concretions, nodules found worldwide and even Martian blueberries?
The new shape information indicates that gravity - which contracts more massive bodies into spheres - played perhaps less of a role in contouring the lobes of Ultima Thule than previously thought.
New Data: Ultima Thule Surprisingly Flat | NASA
New Horizons scientists can confirm that the two sections (or "lobes") of Ultima Thule are not spherical. The larger lobe, nicknamed "Ultima," more closely resembles a giant pancake and the smaller lobe, nicknamed "Thule," is shaped like a dented walnut.
"We had an impression of Ultima Thule based on the limited number of images returned in the days around the flyby, but seeing more data has significantly changed our view," Stern said. "It would be closer to reality to say Ultima Thule's shape is flatter, like a pancake. But more importantly, the new images are creating scientific puzzles about how such an object could even be formed. We've never seen something like this orbiting the Sun."
Images Confirm the Kuiper Belt Object's Highly Unusual, Flatter Shape | Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
The Cassini space probe’s flyby of Iapetus confirms its electrical attributes. The closest images of Iapetus ever taken came from the Cassini spacecraft as it flew to within 5000 kilometers of its target, resolving features as small as ten meters. In a previous Picture of the Day article about this enigmatic moon, the resemblance to some earthly formations was noted. Specifically, the physical appearance of Moqui Marbles found in the deserts of Utah. The striking similarity can be seen in the equatorial ridges that are visible on both – stone balls as big as small eggs and a moon hundreds of kilometers in diameter.
Iapetus | Thunderbolts
Contact binaries or Moqui marble twins?
You will also find the 'fried egg' type nodules in irony/haematite sandy material around the planet and surprisingly on the islands of Malta, Gozo and even in the sand and clay cliffs of England's Norfolk and Suffolk.
Space objects fused together like Navajo berries but in a more instant electromagnetic geology process than the slower than walking pace collision and fusion of a contact binary?
Or the electrochemical erosion of material to create the birth of rock, the birth of asteroids, stones, spherules? Or one of natures energetic structures it naturally transforms to?
Thanks @Summer_Poopsiq for link to video.
In the Electric Universe similarities across vastly different scales are to be expected. Plasma discharge structures do not change with increased size. A microscopic discharge in a lab plasma will have analogs on a galactic scale.
Plasma discharges create spheres. As noted in previous Pictures of the Day, Physicist C.J. Ransom has been making spheres in his laboratory (VEMASAT) by zapping various types of powdered rock with electrical sparks. When he zaps red hematite, he produces tiny grey hematite spheres, an order of magnitude smaller than Moqui marbles, but remarkably similar to the "blueberries" appearing in hematite layers on Mars. When he zaps powdered basalt, he produces obsidian spheres.
The electrical theorists expect analogs on a larger scale because they believe that electric discharge gave birth to stars and planets. Within this framework, equatorial ridges become an important clue, posing a question for experimental research. Can plasma discharge, acting on loose debris, form ridges around the created spheres? In high-energy electric discharge experiments, an equatorial, donut-like torus typically appears at the focal point of the magnetic "pinch". Similarly, in the hour-glass configurations of various planetary nebulas, a tightly-bound torus appears around the pinch point. Could equatorial ridges on both Iapetus and the concretions above be the signature left by a torus at the higher energy levels of Peratt's experiments, in contrast to the relatively low energy levels of Ransom's experiments?
Electric Universe: Equatorial Ridge of Iapetus | Signs Of The Times