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1. Extra-Solar Planets: An Update [Aeon Journal $]
... 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, the planet was calculated to be "two to three times Jupiter's mass, flung off in a gravitational tug-of-war between the [two stars." The planet was said to be racing away at a speed of 20,000 miles an hour. [2 This discovery, as brought to my attention by Ken Moss, has now been questioned. The pertinent planet has now been explained as nothing more than a background star. This was "deduced" from the spectrum of the object in question which (a) showed no signs ...
2. The Twelfth Planet: by Zecharia Sitchin [Kronos $]
... From: Kronos Vol. IV No. 4 (Summer 1979) Home¦ Issue Contents The Twelfth Planet: by Zecharia Sitchin (Stein and Day, New York, 1976; 384 pages, $12.95) Reviewed by Roger W. Wescott Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics Sitchin writes well. His book has good graphic illustrations. His scholarly sources- including the works of such orientalists as Henri Frankfort, Thorkild Jacobsen, and Samuel Kramer- are of high quality. And his contention that our solar system has undergone drastic changes in its planetary composition is refreshing to any reader willing to view natural history from a standpoint other than one of rigid uniformitarianism. Once these acknowledgements have been made, however, it is difficult to find much to commend in The Twelfth Planet. Sitchin is a dogmatist. His favorite expressions are such phrases as "without question" and "there can be no doubt," which, regrettably, he applies to the most questionable assertions and the most doubtful interpretations. I do not fault Sitchin either for maintaining that the solar system ...
3. The Organization of the Solar System, Part II: A Galactic Capture Hypothesis [Aeon Journal $]
... "concedes" to the nebular hypothesizers that mere chance might result in the acquisition of spin, then immediately the evolutionist faces an even more difficult task for his tireless workhorse, chance. It is the acquisition of spin rate in pairs Table I illustrates. Usually, planets are listed geographically, from nearest the Sun to farthest from it. Table I lists the planets not by location, but rather by spin rate (from the fastest pair to the slowest pair). The Moon and the Sun are added for comparison. The planet masses and angular momentums (relative to Earth) are added to give some idea as to where resides most of the spin momentum in our solar system (Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn). On the one hand, the difficulties of the nebular hypothesizers escalate steeply with the realization that six planets have spin rates in pairs. On the other hand, the difficulties of the fiat creationist escalate as one realizes that the planets acquired spin in pairs even as Genesis teaches our planet acquired animals in pairs. On the basis of ...
4. Indra and Brhaspati (Forum) [Kronos $]
... the purohita of Indra-- a great favorite of the latter, based in part on joint exploits; hence Indra's epithet "he whose purohita is Brhaspati". DICTIONARY ENTRY UNDER "JUPITER" Ashton misinterprets the entry under "Jupiter" in Bhargava's Standard Illustrated Dictionary of the English Language (Anglo-Hindi Edition), compiled and edited by (the late) Prof. R. C. Pathak. (2) The latter does not assert that a single Hindi word or concept-- Brhaspati-- means both Indra and the planet Jupiter. Pathak writes: "JUPITER... n. the king of gods, the largest of the planets." This is of course entirely correct: The one word "Jupiter" has the two different meanings in English. In Hindi (and in Sanskrit as well) these two meanings require two entirely unrelated, different words: B,rhaspati when referring to the planet Jupiter-- to make this clear Prof. Pathak puts the Hindi word for planet (" graha") in brackets immediately after " ...
5. Ra as Saturn [SIS Internet Digest $]
... most convincing evidence concerning the interpretation of the Duat as a circle, however, comes from the hieroglyphic determinative of the name "Duat" itself which is simply depicted as a star, or sun, surrounded by a band or circle.(20) It is thus obvious that, whatever Ra once signified, it was a celestial body that resided within a circle or band or ring. As we all know, the Sun does not send forth its rays into a circle; it does not reside in a ring. The planet Saturn, however, does.(21) There will now be those who will tell us that, under certain conditions, the Sun IS seen to be surrounded by a ring. They will of course be alluding to that atmospheric refraction which lends a halo to the solar orb. But not only is this too rare an apparition to have earned Ra his title of "Governor of his Circle," it is also a phenomenon that is restricted to northern regions and hardly, if ever, seen at the latitude of ...
6. THE DISASTROUS LOVE AFFAIR OF MOON AND MARS: PART TWO: GODS, PLANETS, MADNESS, CHAPTER 8 [Quantavolution Website]
... from her, and, though the story is not mentioned here, she is the mother of three children by Ares. She is one of the few ever to have expressed love for Ares, and in "The Battle of the Gods," in the Iliad, 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? We cannot be certain- not now, nor in ancient times, if we follow the record. Our difficult task of astral-mythical correlation is to be made even harder by the requirement that we show that Aphrodite in the Love Affair is, if not certainly, ...
7. On Mars and Pestilence [Aeon Journal $]
... :4 (Dec 1993) Home¦ Issue Contents On Mars and Pestilence Ev Cochrane The recent emergence of archaeoastronomy as a science has produced a wealth of information about the various celestial bodies. To date, however, the collection of information has proceeded at a faster 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 central tenets of modern astronomy, could be multiplied by the hundreds. From a methodological standpoint, it is possible to investigate archaeoastronomy from several different vantage points. The most obvious, of course, is to collect and analyze the ancients' observations and traditions with regard ...
8. "Deus Ex Machina" Redux and Planet X Update (Forum) [Kronos $]
... From: Kronos Vol. IX No. 3 (Summer 1984) Home¦ Issue Contents Forum "Deus Ex Machina" Redux and Planet X Update To the Editor of KRONOS: Ray Vaughan composed a very thoughtful rebuttal to my comments on his highly speculative Planet X scenario (KRONOS VIII:4, pp. 9496). Nonetheless, despite his logic and intellectual dexterity, he succeeded in salvaging neither the plausibility nor the credibility of his speculation. The following points are noteworthy: One, Vaughan seems not to appreciate the ramifications of the fact that the orbit he envisions for Planet X is not the orbit deduced by astronomers from the data. Quite simply, Vaughan's Planet X on its highly eccentric 3,500 year (or 2,800 year) orbit would not produce the same time pattern of residuals for Neptune and Uranus as has been observed. As I pointed out originally, the residuals can be explained as the result of perturbations from a two to five Earth-mass body on a less eccentric orbit currently between 50 and 100 AU from the Sun ...
... plus agni "fire". Vahagn is thus simply the "bringer of fire".(4) In this capacity he may be equated, then, with the Greek Prometheus and the Vedic Matarisvan, both of whom stole the fire of Jupiter (i.e. 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 fire, is connected with the worship of the flaming naphtha fields of the Apcheron Peninsula (now in Soviet Azerbaidzhan but long in the territory of the ancient Persian Empire). These fields, of course, could be nothing more than the naphtha which Velikovsky believes to ...
10. The Great Comet Venus [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon III:5 (May 1994) Home¦ Issue Contents The Great Comet Venus David Talbott Venus in myth and science The planet Venus is Earth's closest planetary neighbor, moving on an orbit 108 million kilometers (67 million miles) from the Sun. Modern astronomers have always believed that Venus, evolving within its own enclave in the solar system, has followed its present path for countless millions of years. Working under this assumption most planetary scientists believed-- until the 1960's-- that Venus might be very much like the Earth, and many scientists speculated freely on the possibilities of life on Venus. (1) But the space age brought more than a few surprises. Instead of an earth-like environment, astronomers discovered an incredibly violent planet, a seething, volcanic cauldron-- and a host of paradoxes yet to be unraveled. The mythical Venus-image presents many paradoxes as well. In the popular imagination, Venus means something like "the love goddess," and many authorities connect the very name of the planet-goddess with feminine charm. ...
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