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 the Milky Way Galaxy."


"Planets 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 night)."

An artist's impression of a planet in orbit around a red dwarf.

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 that point:


Astral Religions

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...

Axis Tilts

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 planets:

 Axial tilt of selected objects in the solar system

Object Axial tilt () Axial tilt (radians)
Sun 7.25 0.1265
Mercury 0.0352 0.000614
Venus 177.4 3.096
Earth 23.44 0.4091
Moon 6.688 0.1167
Mars 25.19 0.4396
Ceres ~4 ~0.07
Pallas ~60 ~1
Jupiter 3.13 0.0546
Saturn 26.73 0.4665
Uranus 97.77 1.7064
Neptune 28.32 0.4943
Pluto 119.61 2.0876

What the data appears to be saying is that the sun somehow or other captured most of the other bodies and did not originate with them...

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 point.

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.

Composite 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:

They 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.

Now, given 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 clasp:

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 like this:

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:

But 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 version.


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