March 14, 2004

Planet X Discovered!

monolith2001a.jpgAt least I hope it's Planet X; if the mystery object in our solar system that NASA is planning to announce Monday turns out to be a mini black hole, then we're all fucked.

What is Planet X? It was the planet they were looking for when they discovered Pluto in 1930. Uranus's and Neptune's orbits were showing wobbles that could be explained by the gravitational pull of an extra planet. The problem with Pluto, however, is that it is far too small to explain these orbital anomalies. Something sofar undiscovered causes them.

A remote possibility: It's Nemesis, the Sun's hypothesized companion brown dwarf that every 30 million years swoops in on a highly elliptical orbit and spells the end of life as we know it on earth. Last time it would have done this it caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, and that was 30 million years ago just about... now.

I'll settle for a monolith orbiting Jupiter.

Update: I guess it's already Monday in Australia.

Posted by Stefan at 08:26 PM GMT

The dinosaurs were wiped out 30 million years ago? Try 65 million years ago.

Posted by: M on March 15, 2004 01:40 AM

That would have been 2 cycles ago, obviously. There seems to be a 30 million year cycle in iridium spikes in soil layers, with the one 2 cycles ago corresponding to the disappearance of the dinosaurs. I think that's a bit of coincidence, but proponents of Nemesis say not.

Posted by: Stefan Geens on March 15, 2004 01:51 AM

But, er, yes, no dinosaurs 30 millon years ago.

Posted by: Stefan Geens on March 15, 2004 01:54 AM

Either way, you just scared the hell out of me. Usually I'm more circumspect, if everybody dies, then it really doesn't matter, cuz nobody's around to miss us. Maybe I've just had too much sugar. That carmel mixed in with the chocolate ice cream is great, but makes me edgy.

Now where'd I put that lithium?

Posted by: Emcee Fleshy on March 15, 2004 02:04 AM

As seen in this BBC News Story,

Astronomers have detected what could be the Solar System's 10th planet.

Found further away than other planets by the recently launched Spitzer Space Telescope, it has been called Sedna after the Inuit goddess of the ocean.

Observations show it is about 2,000 km across and it may even be larger than Pluto, which is 2,250 km across.

There is likely to be debate about whether it qualifies as a true planet, but some astronomers are already saying it re-defines the Solar System.

The Hubble Space Telescope has also seen it.

Details will be announced by the US space agency Nasa later on Monday.

more info at the link.

Also see this nasa press release for more info, as nasa releases it. Note that you can dial in and listen to the press conference live this monday.

Posted by: sickmind on March 15, 2004 03:27 AM

Zecharia Sitchin and ancient Sumerian tablets tell about a giant red planet orbiting our sun, passing between Mars and Jupiter every 3,600 years. This planet called Nibiru, meaning "Planet of the Crossing", is where our alien ancestors come from. As early as 1981, astronomers have already detected a huge planet hovering at the edge of the solar system which they call Planet X. Then suddenly nobody wants to talk about it today. I think there's a conspiracy here, and that NASA already knows about Planet Nibiru because it is very very strange that they could detect a very very small planetoid like Sedna which is very far away due to its 10,500-year orbit, and yet they deny that they could see a planet as big as Jupiter which is definitely nearer due to its 3,600 a year orbit! It's like they saw a grasshopper thousands of miles away but they could not see an elephant just several meters away. Those NASA people are hypocrites!

Posted by: Joe on March 18, 2004 06:54 AM

Zecharia Sitchin, Richard Hoagland, and other scientists have been labeled by society as "wackos", because they found out about the Face on Mars, which is over a mile long, giant pyramids, and what looks like the remains of an ancient space base, all on planet Mars, near Mount Olympus Mons. Strange. Last January, after Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars, Pres. Bush immediately announced his new space plan. Now, what the hell did NASA see on Mars that prompted Bush to investigate Mars further? NASA Engineers have said 95% of Mars is not fit for landing of the probes. Strange. There's no sea nor storm on Mars; it's all desert. Why are they avoiding the spectacular Mt. Olympus Mons? It's the biggest volcano in the solar system, an awesome sight too big to ignore. NASA is hiding something again.

Posted by: Joe on March 18, 2004 07:09 AM