MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
Our thoughts and conjectures about life and the universe are often based on assumptions, unproven theories, hearsay, rumors, and misinformation. Decisions we make in life may be based on ancient attitudes and archaic practices. Mythologies, astrology, prophecy both biblical and non-biblical shape the way we see the world.
The other day I posted an article on Facebook about how the farms have been affected by the bad weather that has plagued us so far this year. There was a response from a listener that stated: “We will be alright, for many years shows like Ground Zero have predicted the end of the world and guess what – we are still here – nothing is happening.”
Well, first of all, Ground Zero has never predicted the end of the world nor have we given any expiration date.
I leave that up to preachers who wish to fill their pews and climate change activists that have given the planet another 12 to 20 years depending on who is joking and who is serious.
I can only surmise that when someone posts a statement indicating that “nothing has happened” or that “nothing will happen” they are really saying “Nothing has happened to me that affected my life in the way that you have stated.”
You have to understand that it is a big planet – it is a big solar system and while people think nothing is happening, then they have blinders on and I guess really don’t care that there are places all over the planet that are being affected by extreme events all around the planet.
Many of those you care about may still be here, you may have the safety of a home and a community that isn’t affected by things but someday there may be something that jars you into putting things into a wider perspective.
We always say that things will never happen to us and I can’t count how many times I have heard on the news the phrase: “This only happens in the movies — not in my community.”
When we see tragedy in other countries we tend to Americanize that tragedy and place our focus on the same old tired theories about what is really happening and it is frustrating to come out with something that is even different from what I call the so-called independent media that usually mimics who they perceive as in the know when they also carry agendas that always seem to be predictable.
World problems in comparison to America’s problems can’t even muster concern with mainstream America. As long as people stare at the news without being affected they may show signs of empathy but beyond empathy, most people couldn’t care less.
Aldous Huxley once said that if the entire nation of China were to disappear from the face of the earth tomorrow, it would mean less to us than if we were to lose the tip of one of our little fingers.
A disaster has to happen here to make it valid. We tend to forget that the whole world is being affected by extreme events.
It is unfortunate that if people do not see it or experience it, they can pretend it is not there, or dismisses anyone else who claims to have seen or experienced it.
There are now parts of the world that are cracking up geographically.
There have been earthquake swarms in California. Tar has been rising near the La Brea tar pits and there was a 4.0 earthquake reported in Ohio. Mount Sinabung in Indonesia exploded two days ago sending a terrifying plume of ash and smoke into the air. The eruption and the earth rumbling lasted for 9 minutes. It was dormant for 400 years prior to 2010.
Earth’s magnetic field is in a state of dramatic weakening – this is not a conspiracy theory; this is a fact. This is not some Ozone layer; fluorocarbon mythos to get you to stop using your deodorants this is happening I am sure because of our continued efforts to disrupt the core with particle accelerators and ionospheric heating arrays and quark cannons inside the earth not only responds to perturbations from our destructive innovations but it also responds to what is happening out in space.
The Sun has been ominously quiet.
Solar Images reveal that the Sun’s face looks completely blank with no sunspots visible – indicating it has reached the solar minimum stage of its cycle.
Solar minimums mark a period of reduced activity on the Sun and happen every eleven years. During these times sunspots and solar flares are less frequent.
At the cycle’s peak, solar maximum, the Sun is continually peppered with spots, some as big as the planet Jupiter.
The website Space Weather wrote: ‘The sun has been without spots for 16 consecutive days–a sign that Solar Minimum is underway.
Many people think Solar Minimum is uninteresting. Not so.
This phase of the solar cycle brings extra cosmic rays and long-lasting holes in the sun’s atmosphere.’
When the sun leaps back from its minimum after roughly 11 years, we’re likely to see more and more ferocious explosions on the sun.
NASA warned: ‘After our Sun passes the current Solar Minimum, solar activity like eruptive prominences are expected to become more common over the next few years.’
Our solar system is a vast, beautiful space which undergoes changes almost every second that we aren’t even aware of. Some of these changes are massive while some others are too diminutive to even notice.
Somewhere in the outer reaches of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, something weird is happening. A few objects are orbiting differently from everything else, and we don’t know why.
A popular hypothesis is that an unseen object called Planet Nine could be messing with these orbits; astronomers are avidly searching for this planet. But earlier this year physicists came up with an alternative explanation they think is more plausible.
Instead of one big object, the orbital wobblies could be caused by the combined gravitational force of a number of smaller Kuiper Belt or trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs). That’s according to astrophysicists Antranik Sefilian of the University of Cambridge in the UK and Jihad Touma of the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.
If it sounds familiar, that’s because Sefilian and Touma are not the first to think of this idea but their calculations are the first to explain significant features of the strange orbits of these objects while taking into account the other eight planets in the Solar System.
A hypothesis for Planet Nine was first announced in a 2016 study. Astronomers studying a dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt noticed that several TNOs were “detached” from the strong gravitational influence of the Solar System’s gas giants, and had weird looping orbits that were different from the rest of the Kuiper Belt.
But the orbits of these six objects were also clustered together in a way that didn’t appear random; something seemed to have tugged them into that position. According to modeling, a giant, heretofore unseen planet could do so.
So far there has been no sighting of Planet 9 and NASA will not acknowledge the possibility of a Planet X hiding somewhere.
But there is a terminology that has come up recently that I have never heard of and that is the term “Stowaways.”
Stowaways are left over rocks in the clouds of comets that are undetected that are being effected by immense gravity from these hypothetical planets and stars.
There are so many strange things happening in the solar system right now that science cannot keep up with the anomalies.
It was reported a few days ago that NASA just observed a star, other than the Sun, emanated CME something that happens with our sun that is often tagged as Earth’s greatest threat.
A group of researchers recently identified a powerful eruption for the very first time from an active star, named, HR 9024, which is about 450 light-years away from us, using Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The star was observed emanating intense flash of X-rays followed by the emission of a giant bubble of plasma, i.e. hot gas containing charged particles. A High-Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer, or HETGS, was the instrument used to measure the motions of coronal plasmas.
The results of the study confirms that CMEs can also be produced in magnetically active stars and further opens up the opportunity to study what is ejected into the cosmos from particles to other possible projectiles that find their way into our solar system.
However, the big concern for astronomers is a rare meteor shower that will begin in mid-June and carry over into September.
The Beta Taurid meteor shower is less well known because it is considered a weak daytime shower that peaks after sunrise, making it very difficult to spot from Earth. But for at least a few decades now, some scientists have suspected that the Beta Taurids have made their presence felt in other ways in the past.
Oxford scientists published research in 1993 suggesting that the space rock behind the Tunguska Event may have been hiding among the cloud of debris left behind by Comet Encke, which is responsible for the Taurids. The little bits of dust and pebbles burn up in our atmosphere and are seen as “shooting stars.” But the researchers said there’s reason to believe that Encke’s dust cloud also harbors bigger boulders and that it dropped one on the Tunguska River region of Siberia in 1908.
The Tunguska Event represents perhaps the most powerful meteoroid impact with the Earth in modern times. A bolide exploded in the atmosphere over the Siberian wilderness, flattening the forest and tossing people from their chairs over 40 miles away.
More recent research has backed up the idea that the Tunguska bolide may have come from a so-called “swarm,” or dense pocket of debris, within the much broader cloud of Taurid boulders.
Related research finds that this month Earth will make its closest approach to the center of the Taurid swarm since 1975. The scientists aren’t suggesting that we should worry about a Tunguska-like impact, as we’ll still be 18.6 million miles away from the swarm center.
But they are not ruling out the possibility of stowaways getting through.
Astronomers are saying that seeing daylight bolides and hearing significant airbursts is not out of the question.
Astronomers are hoping to take advantage of the close approach to get a better look inside the swarm to see if they can spot any large objects.
Cataloging any hidden asteroids within the Taurids now could be especially useful in the 2030s, when Earth will make an even closer pass by the swarm — the closest in over a century – not once, but twice.
Only last month, US scientists took part in an exercise simulating an imminent asteroid impact with the Earth and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine warned that we need to take the real-world threat seriously during his keynote speech at the International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Maryland.
Birdenstine reportedly said that we would see a meteor or asteroid catastrophic event in our lifetime.
In September we have been warned that there is a chance that something like what happened in Chelyabinsk Russia may happen at the end of the summer.
A football field-sized asteroid has a one in 7,300 chance of smashing into the Earth on the morning of September 9, 2019, according to the European Space Agency.
Known as asteroid 2006 QV89, it has a diameter of 164 feet — that’s double the width of the exploding meteor that exploded in the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013. That meteor came from behind the shadow of the sun and wasn’t seen by astronomers until it was already entering our atmosphere.
Current modeling of the asteroid’s orbit shows it more likely passing by Earth at a distance of over 4.2 million miles this September, but ESA says there’s a roughly one-hundredth of a 1 percent chance the model is wrong and it hits our planet instead.
It was exactly one year ago that NASA produced a 20-page plan that details the steps the US should take to be better prepared for Near Earth Objects or NEOs that come within 30 million miles of Earth.
Lindley Johnson, the space agency’s planetary defense officer, said that the country “already has significant scientific, technical and operational capabilities” to help with NEOs, but implementing the new plan would “greatly increase our nation’s readiness and work with international partners to effectively respond should a new potential asteroid impact be detected.”
According to a 2018 report put together by Planetary.org, there are more than 18,000 potentially dangerous NEOs.
Keeping the asteroid collisions in mind, NASA and the European Space Agency are working towards a new defense weapon to save earth from these asteroid collisions. Apparently, development of a gargantuan spacecraft is underway that can hit away the different space bodies approaching our Earth by changing the overall trajectories of these asteroids.
So far, most of the work that’s underway is on DART which stands for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test. DART will be the first demonstration of the kinetic impactor technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space.
It was reported earlier this month that Asteroid 2019 KA4 was first spotted flying towards Earth on May 29 this year. NASA has now said the asteroid came scraping past our homeworld in the morning hours of Wednesday, June 4. According to NASA’s trackers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) the space rock flew by around 1:23am Eastern. When this happened, NASA has revealed the asteroid shot by at speeds breaking 16,016.5mph.
This was yet again a close shave for the earth.
Following the passing of this rock, there were “sweeper rocks” that were seen all over the world.
Adelaide Australia experienced a spectacular and somewhat alarming sight as a fireball released a massive flare in the night sky before plummeting to Earth. The meteor, captured on the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s helipad camera, shined so bright that it made the sky appear to be in mid-sunrise at one point.
Meanwhile as a prelude to this potentially dangerous meteor shower is the appearance of what are called noctilucent clouds.
These are clouds that glow at night as they are so high they reflect the sun’s rays.
The electric-blue ripples and pale tendrils of noctilucent clouds reaching across the night sky resemble something from another world some have been reported as looking like UFOs in the sky.
Scientists claim that they are made up of ice crystals, methane and meteor smoke.
Meteor dust is the nucleating agent around which noctilucent clouds form. Noctilucent clouds have been visible in the northern U.S. in the past few days. These clouds form in the mesosphere, nearly 50 miles above the ground.
Noctilucent clouds are best viewed at dusk and dawn, when the sun is 6 to 16 degrees below the horizon.
If you’ve never heard of noctilucent clouds, that’s because they occur under strict atmospheric conditions and are visible only during a handful of weeks each year, which happens to be right now.
They also have a tendency to show up during or before major meteor showers.
For the time being it looks like Chicken Little may be right – there will be a sky fall and the real significance of this event is that it highlights the growing capability of modern sky surveys to discover asteroids targeting Earth. Even small faint space rocks are being caught in the net.
However, some have slipped through the cracks in the past and even though NASA says that there are slim chances that something might hit us, there is no indication what rocks could airburst causing a massive explosion and maybe even an EMP.
In the past, NASA has admitted there are many Apollyon class asteroids lurking in places where they cannot always be seen and many times they have to rely on amateur astronomers to get the word out. By then, it may be too late.
On February 6, 2016, a chunk of what has been called Unknown Interplanetary Material, plunged into Earth’s atmosphere and exploded about 19 miles above the Atlantic Ocean. The explosion was detected 600 miles outside of Sao Paulo Brazil. It was moving at over 9.6 miles per second. It had a diameter of 23 feet and the energy released was equivalent to the detonation of 13,000 tons of TNT.
It was detected by its sound — it was not seen.
The report and information on the event were given to NASA by the U.S. Government. Detecting atmospheric explosions is most likely a high priority of several branches of the U.S. military, so a fireball of such magnitude could have been easily picked up. Satellite imagery and infrasound atmospheric microphones could both be used to detect an impact like this.
Now, we know that Near Earth Objects pass over the earth all the time, but Apollo-class asteroids are tricky to predict or even detect obviously.
Again, NASA will tell you that “stowaway” boulders are a low probability danger but highly consequential if something happens unexpectedly.
Extremely low-probability events such as cosmic impacts are beyond our personal and even historical experience and so if they happen I am sure we will not know how to respond.
Having a close cosmic shave this summer will give us a wakeup call, making us realize that we all have to bow to Mother Nature sometimes.