I’m really enjoying Graham Hancock’s new book “Magicians of the Gods” (1), which is a rather belated sequel to his bestseller “Fingerprints of the Gods” (2) – a book which steered my interest in the direction of ancient cataclysms and their impact on Ice Age peoples and their (possible) lost civilisations. The incredibly ancient site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey strongly indicates how far humanity had already come as the Ice Age drew to a close, and other (often submerged) archaeological sites offer similar tantalizing evidence of Ice Age civilizations.
Those interested in archaeo-astronomy have been quick to discern sky markers to constellations at Göbekli Tepe, perhaps indicating that these ancient post-Ice Age folk were trying to tell us something about what had taken place. The famous Pillar 43, for example, seems to clearly show the constellation of Scorpius, with an enigmatic central disk lying within the non-zodiacal constellation of Cygnus (represented here by a vulture) (3,4). The central belt of Orion also seems to feature heavily in the monument’s ancient alignments (3).
The combined power of two major telescopes has enabled astronomers to re-assess the size and albedo of the dwarf planet 2007 OR10, which moves around the Sun in an elliptical orbit beyond Neptune. This extended scattered disk object, currently located beyond the traditional Kuiper Belt, lies about twice the distance of Pluto away. It turns out to have a remarkably slow rotation, is darker than previously thought, and is significantly larger with a diameter of 955 miles. Its size upgrade makes it the largest un-named body in the solar system; a situation which is unlikely to remain so for much longer:
“According to the new measurements, the diameter of 2007 OR10 is some 155 miles (250 kilometers) larger than previously thought. The larger size also implies higher gravity and a very dark surface — the latter because the same amount of light is being reflected by a larger body. This dark nature is different from most dwarf planets, which are much brighter. Previous ground-based observations found 2007 OR10 has a characteristic red color, and other researchers have suggested this might be due to methane ices on its surface.
I’m a big fan of these two authors. Their no-nonsense approach to research is refreshing, and has undoubtedly been one of a number of factors which have placed the Roswell incident at the fore of UFO reality. Carey and Schmitt have written several books about Roswell down the years, each essentially an update on their on-going research over a 25 year period.
This particular book begins with a wise and thought-provoking overview of why the stasis of non-disclosure persists, despite the well-documented evidence compelling the need for answers from government and the armed forces, which took firm control of this incredible event back in July 1947. Given the probable nature of what actually crashed on the desert floor at that time, it’s hardly surprising that the event was buried beneath an Orwellian edifice for so many years, before witnesses finally felt safe enough to come forward… helped no doubt by safety in numbers, and a changing climate towards the rights of the individual before government power post post-war.