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Re: Planet X/12th Planet Coverup Mechanism

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Subject: Re: Planet X/12th Planet Coverup Mechanism
Date: 9 Apr 1998 02:34:39 GMT

In article <3528F426.B1CB51BB@my.signature> Joshua Hewitt states:
> Here's a '93 abstract from Astronomical Journal (ISSN 0004-6256), 
> vol. 105, no. 5, p. 2000-2006 (Planet X - No dynamical evidence 
> in the optical observations; STANDISH, E. M.):
> there is still no evidence which requires or even indicates the 
> existence of any planet-sized object; there remains no need to 
> hypothesize the existence of a tenth planet in the solar system. 

What it boils down to is that when they increased the weight of one of
the outer planets by a fraction of 1%, they CLAIMED that all the
evidence that set them looking in the last 70's and early 80's was
eliminated.  Why on earth didn't they tweak their equations like that
BEFORE the search was undertaken?  And all this mathematical
manipulation STILL does not explain what was sighted by the IRAS team
in 1983, resulting in a front page Washington Post article, or all the
REASONS for the search in the first place.  Are you really that

Astronomy magazine, Dec '81, discussion on Planet X
:: However, tiny Pluto is 100 to 1,000 times too small to fully 
:: account for Uranus' wobble, according to Thoman Van 
:: Flandern of the USNO.  A brief flurry of excitement, 
:: followed Charles Kowal's 1977 discovery of the planetoid 
:: Chiron, orbiting between Saturn and Uranus, until it was 
:: determined that it was too minute to be planet 10.  

Astronomy magazine, Oct '82, discussion on Planet X on page 62.  
:: Both Uranus and Neptune follow irregular paths that 
:: observers can explain only by assuming the presence 
:: of an unknown body whose gravity tugs at the two planets.
:: Astronomers originally though Pluto might be the body 
:: perturbing its neighbors, but the combined mass of Pluto 
:: and its moon, Charon, is too small for such a role.

Newsweek magazine, June 28 '82, a short article on page 83.  
:: A "dark companion" could produce the unseen force that 
:: seems to tug at Uranus and Neptune, speeding them up at 
:: one point in their orbits and holding them back as they pass.
::   ...  Anderson thinks the best bet is a dark star orbiting at 
:: least 50 billion miles beyond Pluto, which is 3.6 billion miles 
:: from the sun.  It is most likely either a brown dwarf - a 
:: lightweight star that never attained the critical mass needed 
:: to ignite - or else a neutron star, the remnants of a normal sun 
:: that burned out and collapsed.  Other scientists suggest that 
:: the most likely cause of the orbital snags is a tenth planet 
:: 4 to 7 billion miles beyond Neptune.  A companion star 
:: would tug the outer planets, not just Uranus and Neptune, 
:: says Thomas Van Flavern of the U.S Naval Observatory.  

Washington Post, 31-Dec-1983, a front page story, 
Mystery Heavenly Body Discovered
:: A heavenly body possibly as large as the giant planet 
:: Jupiter and possibly so close to Earth that it would be 
:: part of this solar system has been found in the direction 
:: of the constellation Orion by an orbiting telescope aboard 
:: the U.S. infrared astronomical satellite.

US News World Report, Sept 10, 1984, article on page 74
:: Shrouded from the sun's light, mysteriously tugging at 
:: the orbits of Uranus and Neptune, is an unseen force that 
:: astronomers suspect may be Planet X - a 10th resident 
:: of the Earth's celestial neighborhood.  Last year, the 
:: infrared astronomical satellite (IRAS), circling in a polar 
:: orbit 560 miles from the Earth, detected heat from an 
:: object about 50 billion miles away that is now the subject 
:: of intense speculation.