Dark Star News Archive 2008-9
Hunt for remnants of lost planet in solar system
Scientists, who are trying to determine whether the Moon formed after a collision between the early Earth and a Mars-sized planet which subsequently disintegrated, are searching the Earth's LaGrangian points for tell-tale signs of its prior existence. Assuming that such a planet once neighboured the Earth in one of these stable zones, they are using the STEREO spacecraft to search for small asteroids. Their thinking may or may not be correct about the prior location of their so-called 'Theia' planet. There are other possibilities as well - the Planet X scenario being one of them, of course. But the search indicates the need for such a 'missing' planet to explain the anomaly of our Moon.
It also highlights the importance of the LaGrangian points. Every planet has these area in its orbital vicinities. Jupiter's LaGrangian points are famously host to clusters of asteroids known as Trojans. If there is a large Planet X body, or Dark Star, then it too will have such zones which would be potentially stable areas for comet clusters. Think about the massive extent of the orbit of Nibiru, or the Dark Star. The L3, L4 and L5 points would make good areas for comets, which might pass through or near to the inner solar system when the parent body is very remote. In the case of L3, Nibiru, or the Dark Star, could be at its furthest point from us when such a cluster along its orbital path pays us a visit. Food for thought.
Reference: "STEREO Hunts for Remains of an Ancient Planet near Earth" 9th April 2009 http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/09apr_theia.htm?list149424 With thanks to Lloyd Pye
Roman Antiquities 2
A new article by Andy Lloyd brings together Nibiru symbolism from the early centuries A.D.
Roman Antiquities 2
AntigŁedades Romanas 2
Evidence of Shattered World
It was not long ago since a meteorite sample from Antarctica provided controversial proof of bacterial development on Mars. Now, scientists are grappling with the possibility that another couple of meteorites found on the frozen continent might have been fragments from a shattered world. They contain feldspar, which must have formed within a substantial dwarf planet, now gone. A high concentration of sodium also hints at the possibility of a large presence of water on this dwarf world, which formed along with the other planets some 4.5 billion years ago.
The question is - what happened to this world? Was it part of a body that played a pivotal role in the Celestial Battle of Mesopotamian myth? If nothing else, it is a helpful reminder of the violence of the early solar system.
Reference: David Shiga, Meteorites may be remnants of destroyed dwarf planet http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13456-meteorites-may-be-remnants-of-destroyed-dwarf-planet.html?full=true&print=true, 13th March 2009 with thanks to Lee
NASA announce there is (probably) life on Mars
I heard on the BBC news this morning that NASA will announce today that they have discovered smoking gun evidence for the existence of life on the red planet. A thin layer of methane has been discovered in the light Martian evidence. Methane is a chemical that, in nature, is derived exclusively from biological processes. It cannot be in the Martian atmosphere solely as a result of geochemical or meteorological conditions. Therefore, the find heralds the existence of life on Mars.
What form does that life take? Most likely very simple microbial life known as 'extremophiles', which are capable of handling the freezing cold conditions on the planet. It was thought that such life might only be found below the surface of Mars, but recent discoveries have raised the possibility that water has moved across the Martian surface in the relatively recent past. So it is plausible that the Martian life might be nearer to the surface of the planet than originally anticipated.
The finding, if proven, would be a great step forward for those of us who advocate that life is as routine a feature of the galaxy as stars and planets. Whether life emerges as a natural event all over the universe, or is widely spread by comets (panspermia) once it takes hold, it is everywhere.
Andy Lloyd, 15th January 2009
Well, the announcement did go ahead, but in typical NASA style, they sat on the fence. Indicating that there may have been a subterranean volcanic source for the methane in the atmosphere, they did not offer the conclusion expected by many commentators - that methane indicated life. But that is surely what it does mean. NASA seem to be struggling with this fairly simple concept. What is unclear is ... why? This extract from the Financial Times (16/1/09, p6) neatly summarises the likely source of the methane:
"The most interesting possibility is that Mars harbours "deep bio-communities" that use hydrogen as an energy source and emit methane, similar to those found 2-3 km below ground in the Witwatersrand basin of South Africa. They could have been isolated for millions of years from the inhospitable conditions on the planet's surface."
Just to add fuel to this puzzling fire, now there's this little gem:
Water dripping on Mars...DRIPPING, Nasa!....Hello!!
The impossible has become possible...water on Mars. How??? The only real conclusion - our consensus understanding of the surface environment of Mars is wrong. Plain wrong. This remarkable 3 minute bulletin on BBC radio news is simply astounding:
"A series of photographs taken by NASA's Phoenix Lander show what look like water droplets clinging to one of its landing struts, which may have splashed up when the spacecraft landed on Mars. Science correspondent Tom Fielden explains the implications of finding water on the red planet."
Planet X Conference, Rome 2009
I had a great time at 'The Return of Planet X' conference in Rome during the weekend of 7th-8th February 2009. I've put together a blog, complete with photos, all about the event and the hair-raising events leading up to it:
Andy's review of the Planet X Conference in Rome 7th-8th February 2009
New Scientist asks: Is there a Planet X?
"Any new object would have to be well clear of the Kuiper belt to qualify as a planet. Yet intriguingly, it is studies of the belt that have suggested the planet's existence [Planet X]. Some KBOs travel in extremely elongated orbits around the sun. Others have steep orbits almost at right angles to the orbits of all the major planets. "Those could be signs of perturbation from a massive distant object," says Robert Jedicke, a solar system scientist at the University of Hawaii.
"That is by no means a general consensus. An early, slow outward migration of the giant planets could also explain some of these strange KBO orbits - although it has difficulty explaining all of the belt's observed properties.
"Over the past 20 years, huge swaths of the sky have been searched for slowly moving bodies, and well over 1000 KBOs found. But these wide-area surveys can spot only large, bright objects; longer-exposure surveys that can find smaller, dimmer objects cover only small areas of the sky. A Mars-sized object at a distance of, say, 100 AU would be so faint that it could easily have escaped detection."
Reference: Govert Schilling "Is there a Planet X?" 31st January 2009 http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126932.200-is-there-a-planet-x.html with thanks to Lee
Homo Floresiensis "not human"
If one accepts the alternative view of humanity's emergence through some kind of external genetic meddling by visitors to our world, it might be interesting to speculate whether Homo floresiensis is how we would have turned out if evolution had been left to its own devices. In other words, the hobbit is the organic descendent of the Homo line, and we are the genetically modified version:
The Hobbit Update
Publisher Kopp-Verlag in German has released a translated copy of 'Dark Star'. To celebrate, I've created a webpage in German, including Kopp's description of the book, a translated copy of my recent 'Planet X and 2012' article, and an author bio: