Monthly Archives: October 2016

Winter is Coming

I was listening to the BBC radio the other day, and there was a discussion with a scientist about how the rising carbon dioxide level in the Earth’s atmosphere was driving global warming.  She compared the current mean level of over 400 parts per million to that during the last glacial period, of about 240 ppm, as a contributing factor towards the receding ice caps, and other global warming effects – one of several factors which also included orbital cycles, which could lead to glacial periods.  The interviewer asked whether this raised CO2 level was in effect preventing the onset of a new Ice Age.  Good question!  the scientist seemed to get quite uncomfortable at this point, almost appearing to laugh the question off.  Her answer was that we were not able to tell what the future would bring over these kinds of long time periods of 10s of thousands of years.

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Niku, Drac and L91 Perturbed by Planet Nine…or Something Else?

Dr Konstantin Batygin and Dr Mike Brown argue in their latest paper that the retrograde Kuiper Belt Objects Niku and Drac could have once been extended scattered disk objects (1).  If you have been following these blogs during 2016, it will come as no surprise to you to hear that the influence which perturbed them into their anomalous current orbits was Planet Nine, the 10+Earth-mass planet lurking several hundred-plus Astronomical Units away, whose gravitational influence seems to be influencing the objects in and beyond the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune (2):

“Adopting the same parameters for Planet Nine as those previously invoked to explain the clustering of distant Kuiper belt orbits in physical space, we carry out a series of numerical experiments which elucidate the physical process though which highly inclined Kuiper belt objects with semi-major axes smaller than a < 100 AU are generated. The identified dynamical pathway demonstrates that enigmatic members of the Kuiper belt such as Drac and Niku are derived from the extended scattered disk of the solar system.” (1) Read More…

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Hillary Clinton, Her Campaign Manager and Nibiru

It is well known that Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Manager, John Podesta, has more than a passing interest in Ufology (1).  He has gone on record calling for UFO disclosure, and arguing that the American people can handle the truth (2).  in the run-up to the U.S. Presidential election, WikiLeaks has made public thousands of Mrs. Clinton’s emails, including emails from Mr Podesta.  Some of these emails contain references to UFOs and/or aliens, although it has been noted that some of these are simply chance references by association, or to make a point (3).  Nevertheless, given John Podesta’s clear interest in the subject, some of these emails likely genuinely reflect his interest in UFOs and the possible existence of extra-terrestrial life.  As we shall see, Hillary Clinton appears to share this unusual passion, and so arguably is likely to be ‘in the loop’ with her campaign manager’s personal interest in UFOs and related subjects.

One of the emails from Mr Podesta to Mrs Clinton, sent 7th September 2014, originated from a correspondent, named Don Smalter, arguing that global warming could be attributable to Planet X/Nibiru (4), and warning of a possible “near-term worldwide cataclysm ahead” (5).  This appears to have been a generic email routinely sent out by campaigner Mr Smalter, which ended up in Hillary Clinton’s inbox (5). Read More…

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New Trans-Neptunian Object may add to Planet Nine Cluster

Astronomers have announced the discovery of the third most distant object in the solar system, designated 2014 UZ224 (1).  At a distance of 91.6AU, it is pipped to the title of ‘most distant solar system object’ by V774104 at 103AU (2), followed by the binary dwarf planet Eris at 96.2AU(3).  The new scattered disk object lies approximately three times the distance of Pluto away, and may be over 1000km in diameter – potentially putting it into the dwarf planet range.  Its 1140 year orbit is notably eccentric, which is becoming more expected than otherwise with this category of trans-Neptunian object.

The find is a fortunate byproduct of the Dark Energy Survey, which seems to be rather good at picking out these dark, distant solar system objects.  It was first spotted in 2014, with follow-up observations which have firmed up its orbital properties, but clearly delayed the announcement of its existence until now.  These follow-up observations were rather scatty over time, and so the Dark Energy team, led by David Gerdes  of the University of Michigan, developed software to establish its orbital properties: Read More…

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