ZetaTalk dated November 24, 1996
Since the public has finally been roused and has come to
notice that the dramatic pictures of Hale-Bopp, so much on the
Internet and in the media in the early days, are now absent
without adequate explanation, we predict that the single
individual, the NASA Principal Investigator who has been given
exclusive rights to Hubble pictures of Hale-Bopp, will come
forward and grant the public a look at these prizes. However,
these pictures will be of times long past, preferably months ago,
and will not be pictures of dates announced ahead of
time so that the public might correlate their own observations
with those of the Hubble. It will be "take our word for it,
this is what it looked like". The Hubble's schedule
will be kept a close secret. How dare you ask, you just pay for it!
Since Hale-Bopp advocates have diminished down to a precious
few, in light of the increasing embarrassment those trying to
hold to the party line are experiencing, and as our emissary
Nancy has pointed out the thinning ranks, we predict that some prestigious individuals will come forth, descending
from their ivory towers to enlighten the masses, and explain
- Why Hale-Bopp could be a comet that outgassed violently
out beyond Jupiter, when such instability stands at odds
with its being a repeater at all.
- Why Hale-Bopp outgassed violently out beyond Jupiter, but
ceases this activity the closer it gets to the Sun.
- How Brian Marsden could announce the orbital period of a
comet to be between 3,000 and 4,000 years, based on the
orbital element calculated between 1993 and 1995, and yet
the orbit of Hale-Bopp has skewed around mightily,
undergoing almost daily changes, so that the unstable
Hale-Bopp orbit today looks nothing like the
original orbit Marsden announced and predicated upon.
- Why it is that NASA and JPL, so proud of Hale-Bopp they
went front page with it in 1995, then gave exclusive
rights to a Principal Investigator who holds and hides
all Hubble pictures of Hale-Bopp. Didn't they know the
man? Or was he chosen for this very propensity?
- Why the blackout on Hale-Bopp is closing in the closer
this "comet of the century" gets to giving us
the "glorious show" that was predicted.
Shouldn't we be opening the windows wide, and pointing to this glory so that all can see?
- Why all the Hale-Bopp touters are finding they have
"no time" to put pictures on their web sites or
have to go fishing or whatever. Who's going to be left in
the end? Probably the illusive and reclusive PI who holds
the Hubble pictures. We must all wait a year to find out
why Hale-Bopp didn't show as expected. Alas, he's
probably going to take these pictures to his mountain
cabin and have a fire!
- How it is that NASA and JPL can do an about face on life
on Mars, suddenly deciding they must go to Mars
and will photo those artifacts that demonstrate
intelligence once walks about up there - yet they weren't
liars before. If they lied then about life on Mars, then
why is it not possible for them to be lying now about
We predict that the prestigious individuals who come
forth will not address any of these questions screaming
to be answered. They will pontificate, and refuse to debate or
respond, and then leave. This is what we predict.
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