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Posted on 04/02/2006 2:13:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Did a planetary wobble kill the dinosaurs?
by Nicola Jones
New Scientist
June 27 2001
Bruce Runnegar from the University of California at Los Angeles' Center for Astrobiology... and his colleagues used computer models to map out the Solar System for the past 250 million years. In particular, they looked at the perihelion of each planet - the point in its orbit where it is closest to the Sun. The perihelion of Earth rotates around the Sun with a period of hundreds of thousands of years. Because of subtle tugs and pulls between the planets, this period changes slightly with time... Their model suggests one of these blips significantly changed Mercury's orbit 65 million years ago. This wobble would have pulled at the asteroid belt, increasing the chances that asteroids in the Hungarias region would be knocked out of place. Now the researchers are running a fresh set of models to see how much the orbits of these asteroids changed. It wouldn't have been enough to send a shower of asteroids into the Earth, but Runnegar says the wobble could have sent a single asteroid onto collision course with our planet... Now he is planning to run his models forward in time, to see when the next potentially catastrophic planetary wobble will be.


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http://exoplanet.eu/star.php?st=HD+149026

25 Nov 06: Wright et al 2006 raise doubts about this planet


161 posted on 02/09/2007 11:30:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, February 3, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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A big thank you goes out to MegaMillions and the Yemen Times.

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162 posted on 02/14/2007 12:05:29 AM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Wednesday, February 14, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Just a test.


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163 posted on 02/19/2007 6:53:10 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, February 19, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Just a test.
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164 posted on 03/31/2007 8:01:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, March 31, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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165 posted on 03/31/2007 8:13:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, March 31, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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166 posted on 04/01/2007 4:24:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, March 31, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Earth stretched by seasonal water movement
by Jeff Hecht
December 28, 2001
New Scientist
Each winter, snow and soil moisture accumulates in cold polar regions and the atmosphere becomes denser. The elastic body theory predicts that this extra weight should slightly compress the hemisphere experiencing winter. In the north, the maximum compression should occur in February or March, when the most water has accumulated. The polar region should then dry out during spring and summer, while moisture settles out at the opposite pole. The result is an annual oscillation of Earth's shape. And this is exactly the pattern shown in the GPS data. Sites near the north pole sank up to three millimeters in February and March, while regions near the equator moved about 1.5 millimeters north. Then the cycle reversed, with moisture accumulating near the south pole causing it to sink about three millimeters during the southern hemisphere's winter in August and September... Once they understood the oscillation pattern, the geophysicists were able to estimate that a load of about 1016 kilograms shifts between the hemispheres each year.

167 posted on 04/02/2007 11:09:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Monday, April 2, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 75thOVI; AFPhys; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; Avoiding_Sulla; BenLurkin; Berosus; Brujo; ...
"Rogue Asteroids and Doomsday Comets" by Duncan Steel
review by Clark R. Chapman
1996
Although Steel disarmingly introduces Chapter 8 as devil's advocacy that "many will find bizarre," he has a more serious purpose: it is to gain some acceptance (in this case concerning the distant past, which will always be shrouded in uncertainty) of a theory, promoted by Steel's British colleague Victor Clube, for which the word "bizarre" would be an understatement. Clube believes that the modern history of Western civilization (one example is the Protestant reformation) has been shaped chiefly by comet storms which, furthermore, he believes are increasing at the present time. Indeed, Steel himself approvingly quotes Clube's theory that the Dark Ages commenced as a result of "conflagrations" due to the so-called Taurid complex of meteors and comet fragments.

Here is where professional meteoriticists and planetary scientists should take note. Steel attributes many impact occurrences (including the Farmington meteorite and the Tunguska blast) to the Taurid complex, an ill-defined and inherently difficult- to-observe heterogeneous belt of debris, orbiting in the inner solar system, derived from a giant comet that he believes was disrupted about 5,000 years ago. Encke's comet and several meteor showers are the primary observables. A theme that runs through this book, and pops up in subdued form even in some of the chapters I label as being authoritative, is that coherent clusters or streams of cometary debris -- the Taurid complex is a particular, current example -- somehow dominate the terrestrial impact rate, and invalidate the average rates (and hence hazard of future impacts) deduced by Gene Shoemaker and others...

...In conclusion, I recommend buying "Rogue Asteroids and Doomsday Comets" along with a pair of scissors. Cut out and throw away pp. 60-64 and 70-73 from Chapter 4, pp. 114-116 and 125-136 from Chapter 7, and all of Chapters 6 and 8. Then have an enjoyable read, being just a little wary, however, whenever the Taurid complex is mentioned.
Yeah, book mutilation is a scholarly practice.

Chapman mentioned in posts 36, 66, and 67.
168 posted on 04/29/2007 8:56:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, April 28, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I think that a case can be made that sometime about 5000 years ago men all over the world began to look up.

And this — not just because of the datings of things like stonehenge or various astronomical megaliths around the world but also because sailors from different races civilzations and opposite ends of the earth —navigating by the stars — arrived in Hawaii within 1000 years of each other. In dog years that a lot—but in the broader scheme of things its not.

Coastal sailing has been around maybe 50,000 years.


169 posted on 04/29/2007 12:40:08 PM PDT by ckilmer
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To: 75thOVI; AFPhys; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; BenLurkin; Berosus; ...
The 13th anniversary of the SL-9 impacts approaches:
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
The Nine Planets

(that's right, Nine, wanna make somethin' of it?!? ;')
In 1992, SL 9 passed by Jupiter within the Roche limit. It was broken into at least 21 separate fragments which were dispersed several million kilometers along its orbit... The estimates range from 2 to 10 km in diameter for the original body and from 1 to 3 km for the largest fragments. Between 16 July 1994 and 22 July 1994 the fragments impacted the upper atmosphere of Jupiter. This was the first time that scientists had an opportunity to witness the collision of two extraterrestrial bodies... The after-effects of the impacts were visible on Jupiter for nearly a year after the event. There are linear chains of craters on Ganymede and Callisto that are believed to have been formed by the impacts of bodies similar to SL 9.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
[and from the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) website] On 1994 July 16-22, over twenty fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with the planet Jupiter. The comet, discovered the previous year by astronomers Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy, was observed by astronomers at hundreds of observatories around the world as it crashed into Jupiter's southern hemisphere. This Web site is here to provide some of the images taken by amateur and professional astronomers before, during, and after the events, and to provide more information on this historic event.

170 posted on 07/12/2007 10:04:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, July 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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So if I am reading this chart correctly, there is just as much chance of dying from an Asteroid/Comet Impact as there is of dying in a Passenger Aircraft Crash.

According to the NTSB (report here), there were in 2006 (latest figures available) 50 fatalities recorded for US air carriers.

Where does one look for numbers on asteroid / comet impact fatalities?

171 posted on 07/12/2007 10:59:47 AM PDT by Brujo (Quod volunt, credunt.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for the ping. I had not run across this thread before. Excellent compendium on catastrophism.


172 posted on 07/12/2007 3:51:18 PM PDT by Kevmo (We need to get away from the Kennedy Wing of the Republican Party ~Duncan Hunter)
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To: Brujo

The horizon. When you see the tongue of flame, start counting backwards from 1000. ;’)


173 posted on 07/13/2007 8:44:28 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, July 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Kevmo

Thanks. This is the ‘blog topic for the ping list. :’)


174 posted on 07/13/2007 8:45:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, July 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
The horizon. When you see the tongue of flame, start counting backwards from 1000. ;’)

OK, truly funny. I have to buy a new keyboard.

By the way, thanks for all the work you do with the Catastrophism and GGG ping lists. For me, these are consistently the most interesting reading on Free Republic. (A lot of other stuff is consistently the most blood-pressure raising! ;-)

175 posted on 07/13/2007 8:57:08 AM PDT by Brujo (Quod volunt, credunt.)
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To: Brujo

My pleasure, sorry about the keyboard... ;’)


176 posted on 07/18/2007 9:42:25 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Friday the 13th, July 2007. Trisdecaphobia! https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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177 posted on 07/28/2007 8:53:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, July 26, 2007 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Ongoing research places the Holocene Working Group under the watchful eyes of scientists as they attempt to prove their large-scale meteor collision theories.

Holocene group rework collision theory

178 posted on 08/17/2007 11:24:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Friday, August 17, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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During the past day or so, the following topics had the ‘catastrophism’ keyword removed by FR staff (similar mass removals of the ggg keyword occurred at least three times in 2005 I think it was):

Ancient Crash, Epic Wave
NY Times | November 14, 2006 | SANDRA BLAKESLEE
Posted on 11/14/2006 7:07:33 AM EST by Pharmboy
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1738251/posts

Did an Asteroid Impact Cause an Ancient Tsunami?
NYT | Nov 14 2006 | SANDRA BLAKESLEE
Posted on 11/15/2006 11:00:40 PM EST by djf
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1739396/posts

Apocalypse soon?
San Berdoo Sun dotcom | 08/11/2007 12:19:22 AM PDT
Posted on 08/17/2007 12:39:09 AM EDT by BenLurkin
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1882399/posts

Discovery of Vast Tail on Dying Star Promises Clues to Solar Birth
The Washington Post via Drudge Report | August 16, 2007 | Marc Kaufman
Posted on 08/15/2007 10:42:32 PM EDT by RDTF
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1881836/posts

Earthquake Magnitude 6.6 - CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
USGS | August 20, 2007
Posted on 08/20/2007 7:21:31 PM EDT by bd476
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1884037/posts

Hot tempers on global warming
boston.com | August 15, 2007 | By Jeff Jacoby
Posted on 08/17/2007 10:18:52 PM EDT by Reform Canada
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1882899/posts

Living Fossils, Rooted in Antiquity
star ledger | KITTA MacPHERSON
Posted on 08/20/2007 9:04:45 PM EDT by Coleus
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1884098/posts

Lost Civilisation From 7,500 BC Discovered Off Indian Coast
Ananova | 1-16-2002
Posted on 01/16/2002 8:18:59 AM EST by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/609248/posts

‘Lunar Ark’ Proposed In Case Of Deadly Impact On Earth
National Geographic | 8-14-2007 | Kevin Holden Platt
Posted on 08/16/2007 5:57:05 PM EDT by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1882237/posts

New Dinosaur Species Found in India
AP | August 13, 2003 | RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM
Posted on 08/14/2003 12:02:05 AM EDT by nwrep
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/963744/posts

NSF Press Release: Comet May Have Exploded Over North America 13,000 Years Ago
National Science Foundation Press Release | August 14, 2007 | Cheryl Dybas, NSF
Posted on 08/15/2007 8:32:04 PM EDT by baynut
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1881784/posts

Supernova Storm Wiped Out Mammoths?
Discovery News | Sept. 28, 2005 | Jennifer Viegas
Posted on 10/17/2005 11:57:32 AM EDT by Fzob
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1503957/posts

Tourists hurt by giant wave after Arctic glacier breaks
Reuters on Yahoo | 8/9/07 | Reuters
Posted on 08/09/2007 1:06:54 PM EDT by NormsRevenge
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1878764/posts


179 posted on 08/21/2007 11:28:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, August 20, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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180 posted on 10/29/2007 11:54:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, October 22, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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