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A schematic of the Solar System out to the nearest star. Credit: NASA


A Spectre Haunts the Darkness
Jun 01, 2011

Could a giant planet be lurking at the outer boundaries of a hypothetical cometary cloud?

The Oort Cloud is supposed to be a giant nimbus of small fragments left over from those early days when the Sun was a newborn star. It is said to be a spherical region enclosing the Sun at a maximum radius of about 5 trillion kilometers and contains billions of objects, some as big as small planets, but most around the size of a medium asteroid.

A recently published paper seeks to explain the appearance of comets passing through the inner Solar System by invoking the occasional influence of a solar companion that could be larger than the planet Jupiter. That theoretical object nudges the Oort cloud, causing one or more of its frozen denizens to be dislodged from its orbit and begin falling toward the Sun.

The reason such a large planet was proposed is because more than 25% of observed comets would require at least that much gravitational impetus for them to change their motion around the Sun. However, since stars are nodes in vast electrical circuits connected by Birkeland current filaments within galaxies, their attendant planets, moons, asteroids, and comets are electrically charged and exist within a radial electric current that surrounds most stars, including our own Sun.

Comets, specifically, have nothing to do with an ancient nebular cloud of cold gas and dust that became gravitationally unstable and collapsed into the Solar System of today. Comets and their asteroid sisters are relative newcomers to the solar family and might have been blasted out of larger bodies by tremendously powerful electric discharges in the recent past. They are not "snowballs" or blobs of muddy slush, they are solid, rocky, cratered, electrically charged objects.

Several previous Picture of the Day articles have dealt with the problems that the frozen ice and mud comet model incite. The observed high-energy cometary events require a new understanding of what makes a comet work: X-rays, an ultraviolet coma several times the size of the Sun, turbulent magnetic fields, million degree “temperatures” in the coma, collimated, supersonic jets, filamentary tails stretching out to one hundred million kilometers, the break up and complete disintegration of comet nuclei far from the Sun, sharply etched surface relief, and bright surface patches that overload camera optics are a few points that cannot be adequately explained using conventional theories.

An electrical model of comets fits the bill quite well when it comes to gathering the collection of phenomena under one roof.

Electric Universe advocate Wal Thornhill asks: "How many surprises and disconfirmations of cherished beliefs about comets will it require before a fundamental rethink occurs, instead of mere revision of old ideas"?

An electric comet must exist within an electric Solar System powered by an electric Sun that receives energy from the electric Milky Way galaxy. The galaxy, in turn, is supplied with external power from tremendous Birkeland current filaments that span the Universe, carrying electricity along virtual transmission lines a billion light years long. This viewpoint is not countenanced by consensus opinions because it means a shift in the foundations of thinking.

There is little in astronomical theories that can meet the test of new information. The flood of data from space-borne telescopes and telemetry from remote sensors, some orbiting other planets, has literally overloaded the scientific establishment. New ideas must always be given their place.

As philosopher Paul Feyerabend wrote:

"Given any rule, however 'fundamental' or 'necessary' for science, there are always circumstances when it is advisable not only to ignore the rule, but to adopt its opposite."

Stephen Smith

The Lightning-Scarred Planet Mars

A video documentary that could change everything you thought you knew about ancient times and symbols. In this second episode of Symbols of an Alien Sky, David Talbott takes the viewer on an odyssey across the surface of Mars. Exploring feature after feature of the planet, he finds that only electric arcs could produce the observed patterns. The high resolution images reveal massive channels and gouges, great mounds, and crater chains, none finding an explanation in traditional geology, but all matching the scars from electric discharge experiments in the laboratory. (Approximately 85 minutes)

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Professor of engineering Donald Scott systematically unravels the myths of the "Big Bang" cosmology, and he does so without resorting to black holes, dark matter, dark energy, neutron stars, magnetic "reconnection", or any other fictions needed to prop up a failed theory.
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