Dark Star News
by Andy Lloyd
I've been writing a monthly blog full of news, links, videos and comment relating to Planet X, and various other items of interest, to run alongside the Dark Star website. The Dark Star Blog is now a year old! This format allows me to provide bite-size items of news, as well as the publication of correspondence which might interest a broader audience:
Dark Star Blog August 2014 - Early Earth Pummelled for over 1 Billion Years
Dark Star Blog June 2014 - The Kozai Effect and our Haunted Solar System
Dark Star Blog May 2014 - Moon Was Knocked onto its Side
Dark Star Blog April 2014 - New Object in Outer Solar System Hints at Planet X
Dark Star Blog March 2014 - WISE Fails to Find Dark Star
Dark Star Blog February 2014 - A Red Brown Dwarf
Dark Star Blog January 2014 - Star Trek goes to Nibiru
Dark Star Blog December 2013 - A Personal Tribute to Lloyd Pye
Dark Star Blog November 2013 - Astrological Clock at Chartres Cathedral
Dark Star Blog October 2013 - Watery Destruction
Dark Star Blog September 2013 - Life Started on Mars?
Dark Star Blog August 2013 - Jupiter-like exoplanet challenges planetary formation
Dark Star Blog July 2013 - NASA's ENLIL Program
Dark Star Blog June 2013 - Nibiru Trojans
Dark Star Blog May 2013 - Dark Star Symbolism
Dark Star Blog April 2013 - Golden Nanobots
New Book Reviews
'Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind' by Nick Redfern
'UFOs: God's Chariots?' by Ted Peters'
'Viral Mythology' by Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman
'Dragonflame' by Lawren Leo
'Remnants of the Gods' by Erich von Däniken
'The Lost Colonies of Ancient America' by Frank Joseph
New Object in Outer Solar System Hints at Planet X
Astronomers Chadwick Trujillo and Scott Sheppard have discovered a new distant object beyond the Kuiper Belt, similar to Sedna. 2012VP113 is 450km wide and is orbiting the Sun at 80 Astronomical Units (1), making it the second most distant object in the solar system discovered so far (after Eris (2)).
"Here we report the presence of a second Sedna-like object, 2012VP113, whose perihelion is 80 AU. The detection of 2012VP113 confirms that Sedna is not an isolated object; instead, both bodies may be members of the inner Oort cloud, whose objects could outnumber all other dynamically stable populations in the Solar System." (1)
What's really exciting about this discovery is its orbit. Sedna, 2012VP113 and almost a dozen other Kuiper Belt Objects are aligned in an odd way compared with other objects in the solar system. The implication of this is that there may be another large planet well beyond Pluto affecting their orbits.
"One explanation for the alignment could be the tug of a rocky planet that is 10 times the mass of Earth that orbits the sun at 250 AU, the team calculate. That world would be cold and faint – and would push and pull at the closer objects like a distant but powerful puppeteer. NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) scoured this region of space in 2010 and 2011 searching for a so-called Planet X and came up empty.
"However, WISE was looking for the tell-tale warmth of gas giants – a rocky "super-Earth", like the one Sheppard's team suggest, would be too cold for the telescope to pick up. "This is too faint for WISE," says Ned Wright, the space telescope's principal investigator. Even if the planet has a small internal heat source – and absorbs some sunlight, it would still not generate enough heat to register, he adds." (3)
It's a strange thing, because one of the arguments made against an undiscovered Planet X is that the telescopes available now are so powerful that it is surely not possible that they could have missed a planet ten times more massive than Earth? Yet, as is indicated above, it is indeed possible at the kind of distances we are discussing here.
There are likely to be a lot more of these inner Oort Cloud objects discovered in the future. It's been 10 years since Sedna was discovered, and at the time Sedna also hinted at a more distant object (4). But Sedna was only one object. With two objects, we now have increasingly compelling evidence that an unknown major body affected the outer solar system in the past. Of course, there are other possible explanations for these unusual orbital alignments in these very distant outer solar system bodies. It may have been a passing star. It may have been an ejected planet, or early binary companion. Or, it may have been Planet X, which may still be out there affecting these orbits 4.5 billion years later.
What's potentially more remarkable about this scientific Planet X speculation is that the orbit of the proposed Ten-Earth-Mass 'monster planet' would be out at about 250AU, which puts it in the territory for Zecharia Sitchin's Nibiru. Now, Zecharia Sitchin's proposal for this Planet X body was for a rocky world similar to Earth, but much more massive (5). Should a Ten-Earth-Mass planet be pinpointed by astronomers - by triangulating the various orbital anomalies of the new inner Oort Cloud objects like Sedna and 2012VP113 - then it would fit the bill for Nibiru. It was my later revision of Sitchin's theories that introduced the idea of a brown dwarf system, an idea which has since taken hold among Planet X hunters (6). But the late Zecharia Sitchin always maintained that Nibiru was probably a self-heated rocky world. He would have been unphased by the following statement, for instance:
"Planet X hopers: Note that NASA just released results from its Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer that found nothing Saturn’s size (or bigger) as far as 10,000 AU, and nothing bigger than Jupiter at 26,000 AU." (7)
Despite this disappointment regarding hopes for a sub-brown dwarf companion, leading outer solar system astronomers seem to be admitting that a massive rocky planet 250AU from the Sun could have been missed by WISE.
If Sitchin was right all along I would be so delighted. It would have to be a pretty cold rock, though - however massive - making the life issue a bit of a problem for those hoping to find the Anunnaki on an habitable world with an atmosphere at this distance. Nevertheless, Planet X is Planet X, and it's possible that a brown dwarf lies way out there at the edge of the solar system as well. This announcement could be a game-changer.
Written by Andy Lloyd, 27th March 2014
A further discussion about this discovery and resulting astronomical speculation is on my June Dark Star Blog
1) Chadwick Trujillo and Scott Sheppard "A Sedna-like body with a perihelion of 80 astronomical units" Nature 507, 471–474 (27 March 2014) doi:10.1038/nature13156 http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v507/n7493/full/nature13156.html
2) Phil Plait "Cool Discovery: Another Incredibly Distant Member of the Solar System" 26th March 2014 http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/03/26/oort_cloud_revealed_2012_vp113_has_largest_perihelion_distance_known.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content&mc_cid=c372f6b8f9&mc_eid=f99c16d98f
3) Nicola Jenner "New dwarf planet hints at giant world far beyond Pluto" 26th March 2014 http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25301-new-dwarf-planet-hints-at-giant-world-far-beyond-pluto.html#.UzQuSah_sxG with thanks to Barry
4) Andy Lloyd "Sedna: A Clue to Nibiru" 15th March 2005
5) Zecharia Sitchin "The 12th Planet" Avon 1976
6) Andy Lloyd, Dark Star Theory www.darkstar1.co.uk (1999), "Dark Star: The Planet X Evidence" Timeless Voyager Press (2005)
7) Elizabeth Howell "Discovery! Possible Dwarf Planet Found Far Beyond Pluto’s Orbit" 26th March 2014 http://www.universetoday.com/110719/discovery-possible-dwarf-planet-found-far-beyond-plutos-orbit/#ixzz2xAp9xYKW with thanks to Lee
New Egyptian Chronology Fits with Return of Nibiru
It is well known that ancient Egypt was unified under one King, Menes, for the first time around 3000BCE. Until very recently it was thought that the land along the Nile had been originally settled by farmers about 1000 years before that. As someone interested in the ideas of author Zecharia Sitchin, I always found it curious that Egypt's chronology did not fit closer with the return of the planet Nibiru to our skies, which Sitchin claimed to have occurred around 3760BCE. This appears to be an remarkably important date, marking the beginning of the Nippur calendar and the Jewish count of days. So, if this date was so significant across the entire Levant region, then why wasn't the chronology of early ancient Egypt also configured along the same lines? It's a puzzle I have often pondered over. Fortunately, new radiocarbon dating work, performed by scientists from the University of Cambridge, has lead to a rethink which presents us with just such an alignment:
"Until now, the chronology of the earliest days of Egypt has been based on rough estimates. With no written records from this very early period, a timeline has been based on the evolving styles of ceramics unearthed from human burial sites.
"Now though, scientists have used radiocarbon dating of excavated hair, bones and plants, with established archaeological evidence and computer models to pinpoint when the ancient state came into existence. Previous records suggested the pre-Dynastic period, a time when early groups began to settle along the Nile and farm the land, began in 4000BC. But the new analysis revealed this process started later, between 3700 or 3600BC." (1)
For Egyptologists, this presents new problems, because the gap between the initial inhabitation of Egypt - by groups who farmed the land along the Nile - as indicated by this scientific work, and the acknowledged dates for the unification of Egypt is really rather short; at just several hundred years. By comparison, a similar evolution from agriculture to civilisation occurred over a much longer time period in Mesopotamia. So why was there such an accelerated race to civilisation in Egypt during this period?
Again, from a Sitchinite perspective, this may tie in with the return of the planet of the gods, Nibiru. Sitchin argued that the periodic return of Nibiru, which he configures with the Sumerian Shar of 3600 years, fitted with bursts of acceleration in human development:
"Not only the presence of the Nefilim but also the periodic arrivals of the Twelfth Planet in Earth's vicinity seem to lie behind the three crucial phases on Man's post-Diluvial civilization: agriculture, circa 11,000 B.C., the Neolithic culture, circa 7500 B.C., and the sudden civilization of 3800 B.C. [in Mesopotamia] took place at intervals of 3,600 years. It appears that the Nefilim, passing knowledge to Man in measured doses, did so in intervals matching periodic returns of the Twelfth Planet to Earth's vicinity." (2)
In the case of Egypt, does this argument also apply to the settling and emergence of agriculture along the river Nile, leading to a speedy development towards the high civilisation of the first Egyptian Dynasties? It would make sense, perhaps adding further credibility to the concept that something remarkable occurred around 3750BCE.
Andy Lloyd, 4th September 2013
1) R.Morelle "New timeline for origin of ancient Egypt" 4th September 2013 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23947820
2) Z. Sitchin "The Twelfth Planet" p415, Avon Books, 1976
An Ancient Warning?
The ancient site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey has set back the clock of ancient civilisations by thousands of years. It is thought to date to about 10,000BCE. Much of it remains underground, still, and is in the process of being slowly unearthed. As that process continues, its becoming increasingly likely that the key to understanding this most ancient of sites lies in the sky. However, deciphering any archaeo-astronomical clues is made tricky by questions about the relative chronologies of various parts of the site.
A recent paper written by archaeo-astronomer Giulio Magli speculates that the reappearance of the star Sirius, as the skies shifted over millennia, was the driving force behind the construction of this remarkable ancient observatory (1).
"I am thus proposing here the possibility that the structures of Göbekli Tepe were constructed to celebrate, and then follow in the course of the centuries, the appearance of a brilliant “guest” star in the sky: Sirius. ...Getting more insight in the symbolic world of the builders would certainly be of help; many of the animals [depicted on the stones] are tempting as representation of constellations, and – curiously enough – one of the most elaborated stelae present an upper register with three “bags” which are pretty similar to the three “houses of the sky” occurring in the much (very much!) later Babylonian “kudurru” traditions." (2)
You can see the "three bags" he mentions in the image of Pillar 43, to the right (3). Is the Turkish site a very ancient precursor to the civilisations that emerged much later in the Levant? This seems to be the implication of the shared symbolism employed here. Things take a more intriguing turn a little later into his paper. Right at the end, he makes a few speculative points, including this rather interesting observation:
"On the pillar 43 of enclosure D a suggestive, unique scene is represented: a sort of vulture with human traits delicately “rises up” with a wing what seems to be a sphere, or a disk. May this be a representation of the Heliacal rising of the newly born star we today call Sirius...?" (2)
This strange depiction seems to me to also share a passing similarity to the Winged Disk symbolism later employed by the Mesopotamians and the Egyptians alike. The broader astronomical context seems befitting, too.
If this really is a remarkably early precursor to the Winged Disk, then what does that tell us? Firstly, that this is unlikely to depict the star Sirius. Secondly, that this entire site is trying to tell us something important about a very, very ancient event in the sky. Is it a warning to later generations, perhaps? Putting my Sitchinite hat on, I would point out that the timing of the construction of Göbekli Tepe may provide a further clue. Zecharia Sitchin argued that the Biblical Flood took place around 13,000 years ago, an event similarly described at length by the Sumerians and Babylonians:
"Our endeavour to unravel the puzzle of the Deluge, then, focuses on Earth's climatic changes, and in particular the abrupt collapse of the ice age some 13,000 years ago." (4)
This event, he speculated, coincided with the transit of Nibiru through the solar system, triggering monumental Earth changes (4). For a number of reasons, the story of survival after this Deluge is connected with Mount Ararat, which is also in Turkey. I wonder if this is mere coincidence?
Consider the following possibility: About 13,000 years ago 'Nibiru' did indeed invoke a massive cataclysm. Whatever the mechanism, the Ice Age was abruptly brought to a halt by a global tsunami which wiped out low-lying human settlements all over the world. Water levels rose permanently, and the survivors shifted ground away from the submerged coastal areas and river valleys that they had lived in for generations. This traumatic period was marked by a desperate fight for survival and renewal which led in turn to an oral tradition that lasted through to Biblical times, becoming the legend of Noah - as well as similar myths all over the globe.
To supplement the warnings in these oral traditions, the ancients constructed complex stone sites to depict the arrival of Nibiru, and warn of what might happen next! This, I suggest, is what Göbekli Tepe was all about. This strange disk on pillar 43 held by an anthropomorphic vulture may be the earliest known depiction of the returning planet Nibiru, shortly to be followed by the cataclysm which almost destroyed the ancient world.
Andy Lloyd, 7th August 2013
1) "Astronomical Alignments at Gobekli Tepe?" 1st August 2013 http://www.dailygrail.com/Sacred-Sites/2013/8/Astronomical-Alignments-Gobekli-Tepe with thanks to Lee
2) Giulio Magli "Sirius and the project of the megalithic enclosures at Gobekli Tepe" http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1307/1307.8397.pdf
3) S. Clouth "Gbekli Tepe Yields Groundbreaking Insights" 13th August 2012 http://beforeitsnews.com/strange/2012/08/gobekli-tepe-yields-groundbreaking-insights-2442550.html
4) Z. Sitchin "The Twelfth Planet" pp401-4 Avon 1976
Jupiter-like exoplanet challenges planetary formation theory
When I first started writing about Dark Stars back in 1999, I had little realisation that they might turn out to be pink! At that time, knowledge about brown dwarfs was in its infancy and there had not yet been any discoveries of ultra low-mass failed stars. The larger versions, of masses between twenty and eighty times that of our own Jupiter, were red - despite the tentative moniker 'brown dwarf'. But as time has gone on, we have started to learn a lot more about the objects on the lower end of the spectrum. These sub-brown dwarfs are now being imaged, and their colours are turning out to be more magenta than red. In the case of GJ 504b, which orbits its parent star that's around 57 light years away, the colour is positively pink! Is this, then, the true colour of our own as-yet-undiscovered Dark Star?
Well, I would say its about the right size, weighing in at 4 times the mass of Jupiter. Astronomers studying the sub-brown dwarf GJ 504b think its pinkish colour might be attributable to a lack of cloud cover. It's also a lot younger than any Dark Star we might have circling at some distance from our Sun. Nevertheless, this might still be what we should expect of a "Nemesis"-style object. Less returning wrathful god than stylish succubus, n'est-ce pas?
This new Pink Lady, which fittingly lies in the constellation Virgo, is challenging planet-formation theories, too. Although it is four times more massive than Jupiter, its orbit around its parent star is further out than our own planet Neptune. Which begs the question of how it formed, given that the accretion disk at that distance should be insufficient to the task of building such a colossal world. Did it migrate out to that distance? Or was another mechanism involved in its creation? Either way, this discovery opens the door slightly wider to the potential for a similar world to have formed in the outer solar system.
Andy Lloyd, 7th August 2013
B. Parnell "Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star" 6th August 2013 http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/06/low_mass_jupiter_exoplanet/ with thanks to Lee
Dark Star now on Kindle!
My publisher, Timeless Voyager Press, has released my first book "Dark Star: The Planet X Evidence' in the Kindle format. The book presents many of my original ideas about a sub-brown dwarf lurking in the outer solar system, and how such a 'planet' might hold the key to understanding the source of alien visitation to - and intervention on - our own planet.
Since the publication of my Dark Star Theory website and the book 'Dark Star' (2005), these ideas have become inextricably intertwined with Zecharia Sitchin's concept of Nibiru.
Many advocates of his theories now accept the Dark Star concept as the best solution to explaining how the Anunnaki could survive in the cold depths of the outer solar system. Discussion of 'brown dwarfs' are now common-place on UFO-related websites and alternative talk-shows.
The Kindle download is now available through Amazon: see the link below. I'm currently working on an updated version of the book to include more up-to-date references and supporting material. I'm hoping to have it ready for publication by the end of this year.