Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Physics of the Phoenix

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Early last year I reviewed The Physics of the Oozlum Bird. The Physics of the Oozlum Bird is intriguing because it has the ability to fly around in ever-decreasing circles until it disappears [with an almighty big bang] into a … Continue reading

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Rock Around the Clock

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I greatly admire George Dodwell’s dogged [but doomed] determination to inform mainstream astronomy that Simon Newcomb’s Formula for the Obliquity of the Ecliptic was flawed because it couldn’t be reconciled with the observational data dating back to 1,100 B.C. reading

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Celestial Crystal Balls and the Temple of Amen-Ra

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Newtonian Celestial Mechanics has been plagued by problems from the very beginning. Firstly, Isaac Newton [1642-1727] provided “no hypotheses” about how his hypothetical “invisible force” was mediated “instantaneously” over “vast distances”. Newton’s theory of gravity offered no prospect of identifying … Continue reading

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Axial Tilt – Game Over

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IF Jupiter has released a series of planets into the inner Solar System THEN the data suggests the Axial Tilt and Heliocentric Inclination of these planets approaches zero as their orbital distance from the Sun approaches zero. Mercury, for example, … Continue reading

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The Earth is from Saturn – The Moon is from Jupiter

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The concept of Axial Tilt [aka Obliquity] is very straightforward. In astronomy, axial tilt, also known as obliquity, is the angle between an object’s rotational axis and its orbital axis, or, equivalently, the angle between its equatorial plane and orbital … Continue reading

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Inclined to Push and Pull

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The Heliocentric Inclinations of the planets in the Solar System can be used to visually interpret the Solar Wind imagery that encapsulated the results of the Ulysses mission. The Ulysses spacecraft completed two orbits through the solar system during which … Continue reading

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Inclination to Eccentricity

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Wikipedia provides a List of Gravitationally Rounded Objects of the Solar System from which 23 entries could be deemed to be a planet of some description or another [Planets, Dwarf Planets and Most-likely Additional Dwarf Planets]. Note: Data augmented … Continue reading

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Heliocentric Inclinations for Surfing

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The mainstream has a strange preference for reporting Geocentric Orbital Inclinations [for the planets within the Solar System] with reference to the Geocentric Ecliptic. Orbital inclination is the angle between a reference plane and the orbital plane or axis of … Continue reading

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Geriatric Geocentric Geometry

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Egotistical astronomers have a predilection for thinking they are the Centre of the Universe. Perhaps this explains why astronomers are comfortable with Geocentric Cosmology. In astronomy, the Geocentric Model (also known as geocentrism, or the Ptolemaic system) is a description … Continue reading

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