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1. Extra-Solar Planets: An Update [Aeon Journal $]
... of 0.04 M, and an orbital period of 15 years, it was detected near the star Ross 614. [17 Another body, which Firsoff refers to as "a dark companion of about 10 times the mass of Jupiter," was also detected orbiting the red dwarf star Lalande 21185, which is calculated to be 8.1 (or 8.25 as newer sources have it) light years away and said to have a mass of 0.4 M. As Firsoff adds: "This discovery was due to the exceptionally large proper motion of ... From: Aeon VI:1 (Feb 2001) Home¦ Issue Contents Extra-Solar Planets: An Update Dwardu Cardona In a previous article, I had reason to mention the discovery of an extra-solar planet that was believed to be streaming away from the double star system known as TMR-1, said to be located at 450 light-years from Earth. [1 Unlike other extra-solar planets reported to have been recently discovered, which were merely detected, this one was actually visible and photographed through the Hubble Space Telescope. Discovered by Susan Terebey, ...
2. Venus and Sirius: Some Unexpected Similarities [Kronos $]
... on its own, and deserves documentation. This essay presents evidence concerning the similarities in perceived qualities of Sirius and Venus, and proposes that if not due to mere or observational coincidence, they could have come about through Pre-Columbian diffusion. Table 1. VENUS AND SIRIUS RED (Venus and Red, Sirius and Red) DOG (Venus as Dog, Sirius as Dog) SOUTH (associated with Venus and Sirius) K'AN, Q'AN, KAN (found in names for "red", "dog", "south", ... : Some Unexpected Similarities Brian Stross Copyright (c) 1986 by Brian Stross INTRODUCTION Venus and Sirius share the distinction of being the brightest asterisms (heavenly bodies) in the night sky, except for the Moon. But Sirius is a star, while Venus as a planet is a mover among stars. Nevertheless, Sirius in the Old World and Venus in Mesoamerica share a number of attributes quite apart from their shared brightness. Some of these characteristics-- such as their color and the sounds of their names- appear to be ...
3. On Mars and Pestilence [Aeon Journal $]
... overlooked, would be to compare ancient reports surrounding the various planets with traditions involving heroes or heroines identified with the respective planets. Ancient beliefs surrounding the planet Mars, for example, might be compared with traditions surrounding Heracles, the identification of the Greek strongman with the red planet being widespread in Hellenistic times. (65) Here, too, it would appear students of archaeoastronomy have overlooked a valuable source of information. Indeed, it was the vast nexus of characteristics shared in common between the planet Mars and Heracles which led me ... pace than has analysis. This is nowhere more apparent than in comparative analyses of ancient traditions surrounding the planets. One wants to know, for example, what to make of the fact that the ancient Mesoamerican skywatchers-- like their Babylonian counterparts-- represented the planet Venus as a great warrior or as a fire-breathing dragon. (61) Or why the Babylonians together with several other advanced cultures described the planet Saturn as a "Sun." (62) Such puzzles of planetary lore, difficult to understand according to the ...
4. Morning Star* [Aeon Journal $]
... stressed by many an anthropologist and researcher. This pre-eminence is such that no writer can treat of this North American Indian nation without wondering how this star acquired such significance in the religious belief of these people. Morning Star was represented as a young and virile warrior painted red whose feathery head-dress was dyed the same color. (27) Moreover, the star itself was described as having actually been red. (28) The beliefs associated with this astral deity are impressive to say the least, and although space will not here permit ... stars" were one and the same is one thing, trying to resolve which deity stood for which "star" is something else-- which brings me next to Moe Mandelkehr's recent assertion that the Morning Star mentioned in the earliest mytho-historical records was not originally the planet Venus. (10) One thing that can be stated for certain is that not all morning stars are to be identified as Venus-- which is not at all what Mandelkehr had in mind. Being the closest planet to the Sun, Mercury not only ...
5. THE DISASTROUS LOVE AFFAIR OF MOON AND MARS: PART TWO: GODS, PLANETS, MADNESS, CHAPTER 8 [Quantavolution Website]
... (Moon)... allied by birth to Heaven and Earth in kinship. The Gods discovered in the midst of waters beautiful Agni (the Moon) with the Sister's labor. Him, Blessed One, Seven strong Floods augmented, him white at birth and red when waxen mighty.... Then they, ancient and young, who dwell together, Seven Sounding Rivers, as one germ received him." [9 Ziegler has also identified as Moon-names of the Rig-Vedas: Pusan, Indu, Two-Mothered Sun, Pavamana ... , she goes to his aid in battle and is roundly smacked by the Goddess Athena. If we look into Homer for the precise astronomical referents of Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus and Athena, we are disappointed. Homer does not say that the three sky bodies- planet mars, Moon, and planet Venus are represented by them, not in the Iliad, nor the Odyssey, nor in the Love Affair. How then are we to assure ourselves that we are on the right track when we allocate among them several celestial bodies ...
... the only terminology which the survivors were able to use? A thorough examination of the mythologies of all nations for similar accounts in reference to the various local gods of war may well provide fruitful supports for Velikovsky's hypotheses in regard to the activities of both Venus and the red planet.(18) REFERENCES AND NOTES 1. M.H. Ananikian, Armenian Mythology in the series Mythology of All Nations (New York, 1925; reprint, 1964). 2. Moses of Khoren (Movses Khorenatsi fl. Seventh-eighth century?), ... from Zeus, in the first instance and Dyaus Pitar in the second). Now, in time-- we are told by the Vedas-- the fire which Matarisvan stole became the god Agni and this is significant because Velikovsky has already identified Agni with the planet Venus(5) and had connected the myth of Prometheus with the fall of Naphtha from the same body.(6) The assimilation of Vahagn to the Mazdean Verethraghna supports this identification of Vahagn with Venus, for Verethraghna, in his capacity as patron of ...
7. The Extended Habitation Zone [SIS Internet Digest $]
... among them (15). Let us imagine for a moment that a brown dwarf moved through the solar system and became a visible phenomenon in the heavens. Perhaps the brown dwarf has an orbit similar to a comet, for instance. Brown dwarfs shine with a red flame, despite their name. They are also known to be more active when in the company of a parent star. In a way, our dark ember would be re-lit during this close passage by the Sun, akin to a 'perihelion' transit of a ... the potentialities further. The 4 major moons of Jupiter are 'warmed' by the gravitational influence of the gas giant, and, among them, Europa almost certainly boasts a liquid water ocean below its icy crust (3). The tidal effect produced by the parent planet opens up some new possibilities, and has shown that our previous assumptions about what constitutes the habitable zone around a given star have been 'oversimplified' (4). So what chances would there be for Europa's ocean if Jupiter were located further away from the Sun ...
8. Mars Gods of the New World [Aeon Journal $]
... this series, we have investigated various gods of the Old World, including Heracles, Gilgamesh, Indra, Horus, Cuchulainn, Apollo and others, discovering compelling evidence that each of these figures originally personified the planet Mars, their cults reflecting ancient conceptions associated with the red planet. Throughout each step of the investigation, the cult of Nergal has loomed large, not only because of its antiquity but because it offers a solid link with the earliest astronomical traditions of Babylon. Nergal's well-attested identification with the planet Mars thus serves as a ... Gods of the New World Ev Cochrane In previous articles in this series, we have investigated various gods of the Old World, including Heracles, Gilgamesh, Indra, Horus, Cuchulainn, Apollo and others, discovering compelling evidence that each of these figures originally personified the planet Mars, their cults reflecting ancient conceptions associated with the red planet. Throughout each step of the investigation, the cult of Nergal has loomed large, not only because of its antiquity but because it offers a solid link with the earliest astronomical traditions of Babylon. ...
9. Martian Metamorphosis (Book) [Maverick Science Website]
... Aeon, PO Box 1092, Ames Iowa 50014. USA. Pay online with Paypal: Earthlings have long been fascinated by the planet Mars. Well before modern science fiction speculated about advanced civilizations on Mars and the dire threat of invasion by little green men, the red planet was regarded as a malevolent agent of war, pestilence, and apocalyptic disaster. In an attempt to appease the capricious warrior-planet, various ancient cultures offered it human sacrifices. What is there about this distant speck of light that could inspire such bizarre conceptions culminating ... $2 postage, $8 for overseas delivery ($ 1 for each additional item, $5 overseas). Send to: to Aeon, PO Box 1092, Ames Iowa 50014. USA. Pay online with Paypal: Earthlings have long been fascinated by the planet Mars. Well before modern science fiction speculated about advanced civilizations on Mars and the dire threat of invasion by little green men, the red planet was regarded as a malevolent agent of war, pestilence, and apocalyptic disaster. In an attempt to appease the capricious ...
10. The Mars Mystery: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet by Graham Hancock [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon V:3 (Dec 1998) Home¦ Issue Contents The Mars Mystery: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet by Graham Hancock (Crown, New York, 1998) Reviewed by Frederic Jueneman Mars has become as prominent a body in our contemporary book and tabloid literature as it has been a celebrated celestial object in our night skies. The red planet has been recently visited by two space probes: Pathfinder, the lander that bounced its way onto the surface and opened its lotus-like petals for the ... wheeled rover to explore the immediate environment, and the orbiting Surveyor that is currently analyzing and mapping the surface to satisfy our insatiable curiosity in a more global frame of reference. The author Graham Hancock should be familiar to the readership as a peripatetic investigator of arcane subjects among his several books, [1 in recent years digging into the peculiar mysteries surrounding ancient civilizations and, specifically, their seemingly intellectually advanced predecessors who vanished under cataclysmic circumstances while leaving a legacy in code for us to decipher. Hancock's latest, half written by his ...
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