Review of the conference: Dr
Michael Salla, Exopolitics, 3/7/11,
"Is Comet Elenin an incoming spacecraft heralding a New Age?"
2012 is nearly upon us, and
there is great concern that an in-coming Planet X body might bring catastrophe
to our fragile world. The environmental calamities of recent times do not
augur well. There has been a spate of earthquakes around the globe; Chile,
Japan, New Zealand.
Even Spain has not escaped our
planet's seismic ripples, on the very same day that an earthquake was predicted
for Rome almost 100 years ago (1).
Predicting earthquakes is
practically impossible, we are told, unless, of course, you're a small animal
sensitive to mysterious fluctuations before the quake strikes.
Comet Elenin is currently
moving through the solar system (2) . Many have expressed concerns about
this body, which appears to have disappointed astronomers with its relatively
pathetic celestial showing (3). But it's appearance preludes the 2012
period we are moving into, so it's reasonable to ask whether this small comet
might be the first of many, or even the front rider for a much more substantive
body. YouTube is bubbling over with rumours.
Amid the hype, there is an
intriguing bit of science. Dr Mensur Omerbashich of Sarajevo, who
received a PhD from the University of New Brunswick in 2004, has presented a
paper outlining his assertion that there is a tangible link between cosmic
alignments and seismic activity on Earth, based upon his theory of
hyperresonance (4). He presents evidence that some earthquakes are
coincident with planetary alignments, or with Full Moons. He argues that
the Comet Elenin is a case in point - it has been noted that it was on the exact
opposite side of the Sun to us during the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
From this data he extrapolates:
Elenin will continue intensifying the Earth's very strong seismicity until
August-October, 2011. Approximate forecast of earthquakes based on my
discoveries is feasible." (4)
And there's the thing.
Could Omerbashich's theory predict earthquakes from planetary, cometary and
lunar alignments? Does the Earth respond to such cosmic goings on,
performing some kind of seismic astrology? Did Elenin really cause the
Japanese quake? To give credence to his theory, Omerbashich needs to pick
up the trail of a future in-coming comet and plot its course until an alignment
is achieved with the Earth and Sun, and then predict trouble here on Earth ahead
of time. If he's proven right, then we should all sit up and take notice.
And if you listen to the many concerned voices on the internet about 2012, then
such a predictive tool cannot come soon enough.
Which brings me to the issue of
whether Comet Elenin is actually the returning Dark Star, as many are thinking
at the moment. To be totally honest, people are excited about the hype
over the alleged arrival of Planet X, and jumping to conclusions about a simple
comet that, itself, is unspectacular. Let me lay out what a multi-Jupiter
mass brown dwarf would look like right now if it was as close as is being
speculated by many (i.e. that it's actually comet Elenin).
This Dark Star would appear in
the night sky as a red/magenta planet about the same size as Jupiter. In
other words, it would be one of the brightest objects in the night sky, very
probably brighter than Venus. In addition, I believe that it would have a
visible aura, or tail, that would be rather spectacular. That fiery aura would
extend out from the planet itself by some considerable degree, possibly
extending out to the very edge of the Dark Star's very considerable
magnetosphere ( which would be about 4 x the moon's diameter across, or more).
The combination of the bright planet, its contingent of large moons, and in
particular its fiery aura would produce the 'winged' disk' effect in the sky,
like a mighty red celestial dragon.
Now I don't know about you, but when I pop outside at night to look in the
direction of Elenin, I'm not seeing this at all. Frankly, that's because
Elenin is a comet, and not a very good one at that. It is clearly not an
incoming Dark Star/Planet X/Nibiru object.
Curiously, Comet Elenin attained opposition twice during its perihelion passage.
The first one, on 14th April, was coincident with the Japanese earthquake on
11th April. The second opposition is on 22nd November 2011 (2). If
Dr Omerbashich's theory is correct, then one would be forgiven for predicting a
major earthquake around that date somewhere on Earth. Of course, his
theory may be flawed, and Comet Elenin may break up as it head around the Sun,
so the threat must be seen to be low.
Andy Lloyd, 15th-24th June 2011
(1) "All roads lead OUT
of Rome: Streets of Italian capital empty after 1915 prediction of ‘big one’
earthquake" 11th May 2011
(2) C/2010 X1
JPL Press Release, 4th May 2011
with thanks to David
Mensur Omerbashich "Astronomical alignments as the cause of
~M6+ seismicity" Submitted on 11 Apr 2011 http://arxiv.org/abs/1104.2036
with thanks to Kerry Cassidy
Migrating Jupiter explains
The word planet is derived from the
Greek word meaning 'wanderer', as they were the stars which weren't fixed in
the firmament like the others. Perhaps the term is imbued with more
meaning than we usually credit it for. Astronomers have known for some
time that the gas giants were capable of wandering, or migrating, during the
lifetime of the solar system. Those considerations are strengthened by
the discoveries of the strange extra-solar planetary systems, where
Jupiter-sized planets exhibit very strange, and often seemingly unstable,
orbits. It indicates a potential volatility that knocks received
notions of solar system stability. As such, nowadays astronomers feel
more comfortable with playing around with planetary orbits, when they do
their computer simulations of the solar system's evolution.
A team from the Southwest
Research Institute had simulated what would happen if they allowed Jupiter
to migrate way into the inner solar system, and their results are startling
(1). They don't actually have a mechanism available to them to explain
Jupiter's assumed wild deviation, but the results explain aspects of the
asteroid belt's distribution and the small size of the planet Mars.
Simply put, Jupiter swept a collection of debris along with it as it moved
in, and then moved out, of earth's zone. That debris added to the mix
we can see today.
Dr. Kevin Walsh of the
Southwest Research Institute explained the findings of his team's work thus:
Jupiter had moved inwards from its birthplace down to 1.5 AU
from the Sun, and then turned around when Saturn formed as
other models suggest, eventually migrating outwards towards
its current location, it would have truncated the
distribution of solids in the inner solar system at about 1
AU and explained the small mass of Mars. The problem was
whether the inward and outward migration of Jupiter through
the 2 to 4 AU region could be compatible with the existence
of the asteroid belt today, in this same region. So, we
started to do a huge number of simulations. The result was
fantastic. Our simulations not only showed that the
migration of Jupiter was consistent with the existence of
the asteroid belt, but also explained properties of the belt
never understood before."
This scenario is not the
only possible game in town. It doesn't need to actually be Jupiter
to be a Jupiter-sized planet in the solar system causing these effects early
in the life of the solar system. Hell no. There's another
candidate which would fit the bill equally well, bringing with it a
completely different assortment of asteroid belt-building debris. Of
course, I am talking about the Dark Star. And these simulations would
similarly work for this outer solar system wanderer that had made its move
on the planetary zone.
Andy Lloyd, 6th June 2011
"A wandering Jupiter stunted Mars’s growth and reshaped the asteroid belt"
with thanks to Shad
The British Museum Evidence
My latest essay looks at
artefacts in the British Museum collection, including new photos, and how
academic scholars are too ready to jump to conclusions about Zecharia Sitchin's
work. I also revisit the controversy of the mummified remains of Nin
British Museum Evidence
"Twice as common as Stars"
astronomers have discovered 10 free-floating Jupiter-sized planets during a sky
survey of a portion of the Milky Way (1).
Confirming the existence of
these wandering interstellar planets, which have no parent star, they have been
able to extrapolate a remarkable statistic for the number of such planets in our
discovery indicates there are many more free-floating Jupiter-mass planets that
can't be seen. The team estimates there are about twice as many of them as
stars. In addition, these worlds are thought to be at least as common as planets
that orbit stars. This would add up to hundreds of billions of lone planets in
our Milky Way galaxy alone.
"Previous observations spotted a handful of free-floating, planet-like objects
within star-forming clusters, with masses three times that of Jupiter. But
scientists suspect the gaseous bodies form more like stars than planets. These
small, dim orbs, called brown dwarfs, grow from collapsing balls of gas and
dust, but lack the mass to ignite their nuclear fuel and shine with starlight.
It is thought the smallest brown dwarfs are approximately the size of large
What is clear is that the
galaxy must be teeming with planets - some conventionally orbiting stars,
but many flung into the dark void between stars. Apart from this being a
remarkable discovery that changes how we think about planets in our galaxy, it
must also have far-reaching consequences for our understanding of cosmic
catastrophism. The implication is simple. Increase the density of
populations of brown dwarfs, gas giants and regular planets all swirling about
in the void, and you increase the potential for visitations to our solar system
over the lifetime of our Sun. Hence, statistical probabilities of the
captured objects, close-flybys and, yes, collisions with the planets in our
system all increase. Back to the drawing board for many astrophysicists,
and an enhanced appreciation of the dark objects that fill the sky between the
stars for the rest of us.
Andy Lloyd, 18th May 2011
"'Exciting' find: Possible planets without orbits" 18th May 2011
NASA press release, " Free-Floating Planets May be More Common Than Stars"
18th May 2011
Io and the Dark Star
Jupiter's closest Galilean
moon, Io, is a furnace of volcanic activity across its entire surface - making
it the most active of all the worlds in the solar system. This is
attributable to its proximity to Jupiter, whose immense gravitational power and
magnetic field play havoc with the tiny world's interior. This is an
important consideration for the Dark Star Theory, because it shows how a similar
scenario could play out in the much colder outer solar system. In other
words, a Earth-sized moon orbiting a sub-brown dwarf in the outer solar system
could be significantly warmed internally by the same mechanism.
Recent work by scientists has
shown that Io has a global magma ocean about 30 to 50 kilometres (20 to 30
miles) beneath its crust. It's a remarkable find in a world so small:
before this, magma oceans have been known to exist only on Earth.
"Krishan Khurana, lead author of the study and former co-investigator on
Galileo's magnetometer team at UCLA, says "It turns out Io was continually
giving off a 'sounding signal' in Jupiter's rotating magnetic field that matched
what would be expected from molten or partially molten rocks deep beneath the
Over ten years since I first presented my
hypothesis, I still get emails from other Sitchinites who argue that a
terrestrial world in the outer solar system could be internally warmed,
independently of a Dark Star. In his final book, the late Zecharia
Sitchin defended his stance on this issue, believing that a sufficiently robust
atmosphere would hold in the heat generated by Nibiru's core (the heat is
presumably generated by radioactivity in his scenario) (2). Regrettably,
this seems seems almost impossible (I say 'almost' because one can never
say "never" in science. It just seems hopelessly unlikely). Instead,
the gases of a fledgling Nibiruan atmosphere would simply precipitate out in the
intense cold of the outer solar system, to form a thick layer of ice across the
planet's surface. Without an external source of gravitational, magnetic
and infra-red energy, Nibiru would be dead in the water. Only a
neighbouring Dark Star offers a tangible solution to this issue: a
habitable surface on a warm terrestrial world orbiting a sub-brown dwarf.
Andy Lloyd, 13th May 2011
(1) Galileo Data Reveal Magma
Ocean Under Jupiter Moon NASA Press release 12th May 2011 http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-141&cid=release_2011-141
with thanks to David
(2) Zecharia Sitchin
'There Were Giants Upon the Earth' Bear & Co, 2010, p136
Hot Jupiters with
Extra-solar planets are
plentiful, and often bizarre. Here's a very odd example. It's in the
Scorpius constellation, about 1000 light years away, and is called WASP-17.
Unusually, its orbit proceeds backwards, and is tilted at a spectacular 150
degrees, whilst lying extremely close to its own sun (1). It is twice the
size of Jupiter, with half the mass, so is too small to be classified even as a
sub-brown dwarf. Nevertheless, it shows some interesting Dark Star
characteristics. Astrophysicists now think the backwards-spin may be
attributable to a gravitational coupling between two planets:
solar systems, the sun spins one way while a giant gassy planet, known as a hot
Jupiter, orbits in the opposite direction. Scientists, reporting in the
journal Nature, attribute the effect to gravitational coupling between two
planets as they near each other, which leads to the planet nearest its sun, over
time, having its orbit flipped as it is hauled much closer to the star."
The whole scenario of
oppositely-spinning planets is a bizarre one. It defies conventional
wisdom. To explain such blatant anomalies, scientists have to reach for
some unconventional concepts. Like highly remarkable migrations of gas
giant planets. The concept of such immense migration is outlined here:
one be spinning one way and the other orbiting exactly the other way? It's
crazy. It so obviously violates our most basic picture of planet and star
formation.' Astronomers have long theorised that big gas planets form further
away from their stars, while Earth-like rocks are born closer in But just
because a Jupiter-like planet forms in the outer reaches of a solar system
doesn't mean it stays there,
[Frederic Rasio of Northwestern University] and his colleagues reported.
When planetary systems contain more than one planet, in addition to a star, each
planet has its own gravitational force, causing the planets to interact and
eventually pulling the gas giants close to the star and even reversing its
orbit, the scientists found. This process is known as gravitational
perturbation, or an exchange of angular momentum."
In these crucial lines I see
mechanisms for how a massive Planet X body could find itself in a wide
elliptical orbit around the Sun. The Dark Star may have formed initially
nearer to the Sun, causing cataclysms early in the solar system's history.
It was those fateful interactions that 'exchanged angular momentum' through
'gravitational perturbation' and flung the Dark Star out into its current wider
orbit. One does not need to imagine a captured planet at all - a
key critique of Sitchin's 12th Planet Theory down the years, especially by the
late Tom van Flandern.
Andy Lloyd, 13th May 2011
(2) Daily Mail "Reason why giant planets in other solar systems orbit the
'wrong' way finally explained" 12th May 2011
with thanks to Mart
Beelzebub, and Zecharia Sitchin
Author P.T. Mistlberger has
kindly given me permission to reproduce an abridged essay from his new book "The
Three Dangerous Magi", which looks at remarkable similarities between the
fictional writings of Gurdjieff, and the theories of Zecharia Sitchin.
Gurdjieff's writings predate those of Sitchin's by a couple of decades, and
there appears to be no link between the two men. Yet amazingly similar ideas
evolved independently of each other, across continents and time:
Gurdjieff, Beelzebub, and Zecharia Sitchin
Gurdjieff, Belcebú, y Zecharia Sitchin
Photosynthesis near a Dark Star
As many of my readers will
know, I've looked closely down the years at how a habitable environment might
exist on a terrestrial-sized moon in close orbit around a failed sub-brown dwarf
star. Where it is relatively straightforward to show how water would exist
on such a world, a more tricky question has arisen around how vegetation would
grow in such an environment. The so-called extremeophiles found on Earth are
testament to the sheer tenacity of life in harsh environments. But if
we're talking about actual vegetation growing on the surface of the terrestrial
world orbiting a Dark Star, then greater complexity is involved.
This has been presented as a
sticking point for my theory. Vegetation on Earth needs UV/blue light
radiation from the Sun to thrive, through photosynthesis. But could a Dark
Star provide the kind of energy required to sustain plant life? And if
not, then how could animal life be sustained on a world devoid of vegetation?
Well, recent research offers us a glimpse of how this might work: