Monthly Archives: March 2016

More Evidence for Planet Nine

One of the pair of Caltech scientists who announced in January that there was a very high probability that a ‘super-Earth’, dubbed ‘Planet Nine’, exists beyond Neptune (1,2), has noted that a newly discovered eccentric Kuiper Belt Object cuts down the possibility that they were wrong still further.

“The object [uo3L91] shares some of the same behavior as the other six Kuiper Belt bodies, suggesting it has also been pushed by a large planet that is between 200 and 1,200 times the distance from the Sun to Earth. The object was discovered by the Canada France Hawaii Telescope, which is conducting the Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS); information about its movements were presented recently by astronomer Michele Bannister at the SETI Institute.” (3)

An Artist's impression of Planet Nine. Image credit: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)

An Artist’s impression of Planet Nine. Image credit: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)

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Weird Weekend North 2016

I’ll be giving a talk on Saturday 2nd April, at the Weird Weekend North 2016 conference, to be held at Rixton with Glazebrook Community Hall.  My subject of ‘The Hunt for Planet X’ is just one of a number of eclectic talks to be given that day.  I’ll also have a table of cheap second-hand books to sell, and copies of Dark Star with me.  This is a rare chance in the UK to attend a lecture about Planet X, and to discuss the work of Zecharia Sitchin, as well as the very latest exciting developments in the search for new planets in the outer solar system.

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The Most Eccentric Planet Yet

A recent discovery of a new exoplanet has revealed a Jupiter-sized world which whizzes around its parent star as if it were a comet.  The planet, dubbed HD 20782b, is located some 117 light years away, and was discovered initially from the a signal of reflected light as the planet made its closest approach to the star.

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Caesar’s Star

I received some correspondence recently from an anonymous writer who was discussing the length of Nibiru’s orbit with respect to the Babylonian Sar (1). In his/her email, Caesar’s comet came up – an event which is said to have taken place in 44 BCE, shortly after the assassination of the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar. The appearance of this star, thought to be a very bright, daytime comet (indeed, possibly the brightest comet in all recorded history), was recorded by the Romans and the Chinese – although there are actually very few descriptions of such a remarkable comet at the time it took place, which has led some scholars to doubt that this was really an historical event (2). it is said to have appeared for about 7 days, and may have had a magnitude as high as -4, similar to Venus at its brightest. This comet, if such it was, is not a short-period comet, and may have either disintegrated during its perihelion passage, or returned back to the outer solar system (at which point it may be about 800 AU away by now.

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Sun-dogs and Englishmen – revisited

A couple of times a month, I receive emails containing photos, or with links to YouTube videos, purporting to show the presence of Planet X near to the Sun.  Usually, although not always, these images are taken by a camera looking directly at the Sun at sunset or sunrise.  When I thank the sender, but provide a note of skepticism, I generally find that my comment (which has been sought by the correspondent in the first place) does not tend to go down too well.  In most cases, I think the correspondents are simply seeking publicity for their images/videos and don’t really care too much for what I have to say about them.  The forum on this website will offer an opportunity for readers to post and comment on these images and videos which I’ll set up later today.  In the meantime, I wanted to re-post a blog piece I wrote in December which clarifies my position on this, and why I think that the widespread thinking about these images and videos is fundamentally flawed.  Many will disagree, of course:

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Dark Star Symbolism in the Zohar

Last month, I discussed the assumed orbital period of Nibiru, 3600 years, and how Zecharia Sitchin may have arrived at that figure (1).  This included a description of a journey to ‘Olam’ through seven heavens of 500 years each mentioned in a conversation between a heretic and the Jewish savant Rabbi Gamliel.  Sitchin may have been influenced by this Hebrew text when he considered the likely orbital period of Nibiru/Marduk, a Planet X body which he described from his reading and interpretation of various ancient Sumerian texts (2).

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Book Review: “The Aztec UFO Incident”

“The Aztec UFO Incident” by Scott Ramsey, Suzanne Ramsey and Frank Thayer

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I, like many readers of UFO lore, had always assumed that the widespread condemnation of the 1948 Aztec UFO crash as a hoax probably meant that it was just that – a hoax.  After all, what better way to muddy the Roswell waters than create additional UFO crash stories that later turn out to be fictitious?  Some of the top researchers in the field have dismissed this case in the past, mostly on the basis of a court case which brought into question the honour and integrity of some of the key ‘expert witnesses’ of the case.  A domino effect has killed this story across five decades.

But not anymore…

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