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Monday, John DiNardo — 4 Comments

  1. This show was mistitled as “John DiNardo talks about the Evolution of the plasma universe.” DiNardo knows next to nothing about the plasma universe (and discussed it hardly at all).

    Astronomer Halton Arp once mused that it’s better not to know something that’s wrong than to know a hundred things that are right.

    Gravity is a relatively very weak force. The electric Coulomb force between a proton and an electron is of the order of 10^39 (that’s 1 with 39 zeros after it) times stronger than the gravitational force between them.

    Essential Guide to the EU – Chapter 2 Magnetic and Electric Fields in Space | thunderbolts.info http://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2011/10/17/essential-guide-to-the-eu-chapter-2/

    … with the occasional exception of relatively cool, stable and near-neutral planetary environments like those found here on Earth, most other matter in the Universe consists of plasma; i.e., charged particles and neutral particles moving in a complex symphony of charge separation and the electric and magnetic fields of their own making. Gravity, while always present, is not typically the dominant force.

  2. Planet X

    There is much emphasis placed on the 1983 “discovery” of a mysterious heavenly body by NASA’s Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) on the outskirts of the Solar system, some 50 billion miles (540 AU) away. Naturally the world’s media will have been very excited by such a discovery and began making noises that perhaps this was Planet X (the most popular accessible resources for Planet X advocates is the Washington Post article published on December 31st 1983 titled “Mystery Heavenly Body Discovered“). In actuality, astronomers weren’t sure what the infrared object was (the clue is in the word “mystery”). Initial media reports postulated that it could be a long-period comet, or a planet, or a far-off young galaxy or a protostar (i.e. a brown dwarf). As soon as the last possibility is mentioned, suddenly this became the “discovery” that Planet X was in fact a brown dwarf orbiting in the outer reaches of our Solar System.

    “So mysterious is the object that astronomers do not know if it is a planet, a giant comet, a nearby “protostar” that never got hot enough to become a star, a distant galaxy so young that it is still in the process of forming its first stars or a galaxy so shrouded in dust that none of the light cast by its stars ever gets through.” – Thomas O’Toole, Washington Post Staff Writer, December 30th 1983 (from text on the Planet X and Pole Shift website)

    So where did the Washington Post get its story? The story was published in response to the research printed a paper titled “Unidentified point sources in the IRAS minisurvey” (by Houck et al, published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, 278:L63, 1984). Dr. Gerry Neugebauer, co-investigator in the IRAS project, was interviewed and strongly stated that what IRAS had seen was not “incoming mail” (i.e. the results did not suggest there was an object approaching Earth). On reading this interesting research, I was especially drawn to the paper’s conclusion:

    “A number of candidate identifications have been considered including near-solar system, galactic, and extragalactic objects. Further observations at infrared and other wavelengths may provide additional information in support of one of these conjectures, or perhaps these objects will require entirely different interpretations.” – Houck et al, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 278:L63, 1984.

    Although these IRAS observations were seeing mysterious objects, at this stage, there was no indication that there was an object (let alone a brown dwarf) powering its way toward us. But the rumours had already begun to flow.

    The only huge discovery NASA announced along these lines was the discovery of the first major trans-Neptunian object (TNO) called 1992 QB1. It has a diameter of 200km and is confined to the Kuiper Belt (not the “Oort Cloud”), a zone of minor planets (where Pluto lives)… just outside Neptune’s orbit. Some of these bodies (like Pluto) cross the path of Neptune’s orbit and they’re therefore designated as a TNO. These TNO’s pose no threat to the Earth (in as much as they won’t be leaving the Kuiper Belt to pay us a visit any time soon). Since then, any Neptune orbital perturbations have been put down to observational error and have since not been observed… so there doesn’t appear to be any obvious object any bigger than the largest Kuiper Belt objects out there.

    2012: No Planet X http://www.universetoday.com/14486/2012-no-planet-x/

  3. Robert Sutton Harrington (October 21, 1942 – January 23, 1993) was an American astronomer who worked at the United States Naval Observatory (USNO). Harrington died of esophageal cancer in 1993 (not “mysteriously” and not suddenly.)

    Harrington became a believer in the existence of a Planet X beyond Pluto and undertook searches for it. Harrington collaborated initially with T. C. (Tom) Van Flandern. They were both “courted” by Zecharia Sitchin and his followers who believe in a planet Nibiru or Marduk, who cite the research of Harrington and van Flandern as possible collaborating evidence, though no definitive proof of a 9th planet has surfaced to date.

    DiNardo is a deluded fool, who has likely read one book by Zecharia Sitchin and has chosen to believe it. Too bad he is given air time to feed his hokum to people who also have bought into the scam.

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