posted on Dec, 26 2003 @ 07:03 PM
Originally posted by RANTJust for fun, take a look at www.metaresearch.org...
(peering at site..)
I dunno. I see some obvious mistakes... such as "
Comets are so strikingly similar to asteroids that no defining characteristic to distinguish one from the other has yet been devised." There's
quite a bit of difference -- comets, if you remember, are balls of ice. Asteroids aren't.
And then there's this one: "But it should be noted that galactic tidal forces would eliminate comets from any bodies that exploded prior to 10 Mya,
so only very recent explosions can produce comets that would remain visible today" I'm afraid that "galactic tidal forcess" are almost
negligable; unmeasurable. A "tidal force" indicates something is orbiting around something else and its gravity is influencing the first object.
We are smack in the middle of a galaxy; no other galaxies affect our solar system. The pull of Jupiter on your body is less than the gravitational
pull of the cup of coffee next to you. Galaxies are billions of times farther from you (and the oort cloud) than Jupiter is.)
There are not galactic tidal forces.
...and so on and so forth.
I'm ppuzzled by this site, though, and wondered if it was a hoax. I did a credentials search for Von Flandern and found he's authored astornomy
papers and is a PhD. But he also says rather unsupported things such as Mars was once an amusement park for a galactic race; something that's very
So I'm less inclined to believe him, and wonder just what his credentials really were at NASA.