The Nature of Our Solar System
Recently, some of these topics
have gotten markedly easier to talk about without the speaker sounding as
if he had just fallen out of a tree...
Consider some of what Wikipedia has to say about red
dwarf stars for instance, e.g.
"Determining the habitability of red dwarf systems could help reveal
the likelihood of extraterrestrial life as red
dwarfs make up most stars in
that are close enough to red dwarfs to receive a sufficient amount of
radiation for liquid water
are likely to have long
been tidally locked to their respective stars so that the
planet rotates only once for every time it completes an orbit; this means that
one face always points at the star (creating perpetual day) and one face
always points away (creating perpetual
impression of a planet in orbit around a red
In other words, the most common planetary situation in
our galaxy is for a planet to orbit a red dwarf star in tidal lock.
The author assumes such a situation would be the same as
our moon is now, i.e. with the planet rotating so as to maintain phase lock and
its axis still closer to being perpendicular to the line between star and
planet. Neglected is the possibilityof the planet's axis being pointed
straight at the dwarf star...
Assuming life on such a planet was possible at all, you'd
live on the starward side and leave the dark side alone and, at the same time,
since there would be no seasons (as Plato, Hesiod, Ovid and others describe the
world before the flood), you'd basically just pick a latitude to suit your own
taste in weather.
Now a tidal lock situation over any space of time would
create a tidal bulge on the planet underneath its star and it might easily pull
most if not all of the land mass of the planet onto one side.
Try this and see what you
think. Open up Google Earth on your computer and point it at the
Portuguese Azores and the island of Pico, which contains the highest point in
what is called the Mid Atlantic bulge at something like 7700'
above sea level:
Mt. Pico isn't as high as
Everest of course, but for sure it is the highest thing anywhere close to where
it actually is. In fact the bulge is rather striking when seen on Google
Earth and represents a gigantic local upwelling of Earth's crust.
The idea is to bring Pico Island to the very center of
the planet (on Google Earth), and then spin the planet roughly 180 degrees
around; here's what I get:
I mean it isn't perfect but it's
very close to what you might expect if our own planet had once been in the
situation which the wiki page describes for planets orbitting red dwarf stars in
tidal locks. For
that matter, Wikipedia shows the Mid Atlantic Bulge and Pico Island as the central point, more or
less, of the former super continent (Pangaea) and the continents slipping away from
There's no way to believe our present
sun would ever have been a red dwarf, but there is a mountain of evidence to
suggest that Saturn once was.
Ancient religions were basically astral, i.e. people were
worshipping things they saw in the skies. Funny thing...
If you were to go to some place where primitive people congregate today, DNC
headquarters in Baltimore Md. for instance, and offer the people you saw there
$100 a head to devise an astral religion straight off the tops of their heads
from scratch, you'd expect them to end up worshipping the sun and the
moon. Nonetheless the two chieftain gods of all ancient religions were
Jupiter and Saturn, and not the sun and moon...
Consider the axis tilts of the planets of our
system. The problem from the perspective of uniformitarian astronomers is
obvious enough. If our system had formed up from a swirling disk of solar
material as claimed, all axial tilts should be approximately the same, that is,
all near zero. That is, the axes of the planets should all be roughly
perpendicular to the plane of the system. But that isn't what we
observe. Wikipedia provides the following table for axis tilts of our
tilt of selected objects in the solar system
What the data appears to be saying is that the
sun somehow or other captured most of the other bodies and did not originate
Or does it?? Another way to
interpret the data would be to claim that the sun, Jupiter, and Mercury with
tilts less than ten might have been an original system; that Uranus
and Pluto with their odd tilts were probably captured separately, but that
Earth, Mars, Saturn, and Neptune with their tilts of approximately 25 degrees
constituted some sort of an elder system which the sun captured at some
The near 180 degree axis tilt of Venus means
it basically spins backwards from the rest of the system. Robert Bass, one
of Am erica's best mathematicians, noted that such a reverse spin could not
plausibly be primordial and must have arisen via some entanglement with another
body and the curious phase lock between Venus and Earth indicates which body
that was. Venus also was part of the elder system.
In other words, we are living in a composite
system: an older part including Saturn, Mars, Venus, Earth, and probably
Neptune, and a newer part centered on a larger star, our present sun, along with
at least two of its original planets (Mercury and Jupiter). The one
captured the other very recently, while humans were on the Earth.
Mars used to have oceans: http://www.space.com/3933-mystery-solved-mars-large-oceans.html
were big and nobody has any sort of a theory as to how a planet LOSES
oceans. At least not any normal sort of theory, and the two billion years
ago part of it is obvious garbage.
Nonetheless when you see four boxes of
cookies missing from the kitchen and cookies all over the place in one of the
kids' rooms, you normally assume the two problems might be related and the
situation with Mars missing entire oceans and people having to dream up theories
as to where flood waters came from on Earth is similar.
standard theories as to the history of our solar system, there is no conceivable
way to picture our planet snatching Mars' oceans. Nonetheless and as
mentioned, those theories offer no clue as to Saturn and Jupiter being the
two chief pantheon gods of antique religions either; you'd assume ancients
would have been worshiping the sun and the moon if they were going to worship
anything they saw in the sky.
I've mentioned that the most common
situation for planets in our galaxy is orbitting a red dwarf star in tidal
lock. Now, if several planets were to orbit a small star like that AND IF
their axes were all pointed at the star, then they would likely line up like a
shish-kabab, walking around the small star as a group. People living on
one such planet might look up and see something like this:
And fashion jewelry like the Egyptian shen-bond
and draw pictures to represent chieftain gods
looking like these:
Actually, that would be after the small system was
captured by a larger star and the light of the larger star began to light up an
edge of the dwarf former star like a crescent (another longish story) but you
get the basic idea, along with the basic origin of the Shamesh glyph above and
the Islamic crescent/star symbol which is descended from it.
Now, as long
as the orbits of the bodies involved were fairly circular, such a configuration
could last for a long time. But if the orbit of the red planet in the
picture were to become more pronouncedly elliptical, then you'd have something
To a person living on that third planet, the red planet on
the eliptical orbit would appear to advance and recede on a regular basis as the
planets moved around the small star. Antique literature or some of it
might describe the red planet from that period as a character who morphs from a
dwarf to a giant and back on a regular basis:
some time after the small system was captured by the larger one, the thing could
become increasingly unstable and that elliptical orbit could become more
pronounced until, in one final pass before the entire antique system broke up
and the parts of it began to orbit the larger star individually as they do now,
the two planets would get closer than you'd want them to be and the oceans of
the smaller could end up being ripped off by the larger, producing a gigantic
flood and drastically increasing the volume of water there.
The other and
slightly different version of the thing would have the flood waters arising from
Saturn itself, but to my thinking Occam's principle favors the Mars-origin
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