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In 1984, Physicist Richard A. Muller postulated that the Sun has a heretofore undetected companion, either a brown dwarf or gaseous giant planet, in an elliptical orbit within the Oort cloud. This object, known as Nemesis, is hypothesized to pass through a portion of the Oort cloud approximately every 26 million years, bombarding the inner Solar System with comets. However, no direct evidence of Nemesis has been found.
A somewhat similar hypothesis was advanced by astronomer John J. Matese of the University of Louisiana in 2002. He contends that more comets are arriving in the inner Solar System from a particular region of the Oort cloud than can be explained by the galactic tide or stellar perturbations alone, and that the most likely cause is a Jupiter-mass object in a distant orbit.
Oort cloud objects (OCOs)
Main article: Detached object
Sedna, a possible inner Oort cloud object discovered in 2003Apart from long-period comets, only four known objects have orbits which suggest that they may belong to the Oort Cloud: 90377 Sedna, 2000 CR105, 2006 SQ372 and 2008 KV42. The first two, unlike scattered disc objects, have perihelia outside the gravitational reach of Neptune, and thus their orbits cannot be explained by perturbations from the gas giant planets. If they formed in their current locations, their orbits must originally have been circular; otherwise accretion (the coalescence of smaller bodies into larger ones) would not have been possible because the large relative velocities between planetesimals would have been too disruptive. Their present-day elliptical orbits can be explained by a number of hypotheses:
1. These objects could have had their orbits and perihelion distances "lifted" by the passage of a nearby star when the Sun was still embedded in its birth star cluster.
2. Their orbits could have been disrupted by an as-yet-unknown planet-sized body within the Oort cloud.
3. They could have been scattered by Neptune during a period of particularly high eccentricity or by the gravity of a far larger primordial trans-Neptunian disc.
4. They could have been captured from around smaller passing stars.
I cannot speculate what these pictures are. There is no scale. This could be photos of a microscopic surface or another planet. You will have to provide more information for us to try to identify them.
Thank you very much for your reply. I tend to think it is something on the microscopic scale, because they don't look like anything that could even occure naturally on another planet. Am I mistaken with this assumption?
Hello Mr. Johnson,
I am e-mailing you to inquire if you may be able to shed some light on the images I will be forwarding you. The images are claimed to be taken from a non-terrestrial planetary body. The images, as you will see show what appears to be several "artificial looking structures" on the surface of this unknown body. I have postulated that these images come from a planetoid (Kuiper Belt object) for several reasons which are irrelevant to your professional opinion. I am asking your opinion on the following:
1. Do these images look like they could come from a planetary body?
2. If so, do you see anything in these pictures that looks like it could not be due to natural phenomina?
3. What have you based your final conclusion from?
4. If possible, considering the color and terrain of the surface (if this is a planetary body) what planet, moon, or planetoid do you think these were taken from?
Thank you for looking into this as I am not qualified to do so. Any opinion you give would be greatly appreciated, as would your prudence in answering. Again, thank you and best regards~Justin
Originally posted by odyseusz
For me it looks like a macro photos of some minerals with cristal structure. Could be even ordinary coal. All that giant civilization you can probably put in your pocket.
100% of Haox
[edit on 31-5-2009 by odyseusz]
Originally posted by MysterE
reply to post by olegkvasha
I saw that last night, but I thought I had been up too late and my eyes were playing tricks on me. Check this one out...
Originally posted by snoober
This has been a great thread to keep up on. I wanted to point out that over on Mike Bara's blog he just posted three pictures that:
1) Appear to be very similar to the images we are talking about
2) Have the file names "MRO-ruins-Di-Bello"
3) Seem to be a better resolution than the VLC images that we all have
The ISA doesn't have any direct link to the MRO project listed on their website but they do have people working on the high res camera that is a part of Mars Express. Just thought I'd throw that out there. Can any of you with the better images confirm or deny if these are the images that Di Bello passed on to you?