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As most know, the Earth is approaching the plain of the ecliptic of our galaxy. The Earth will pass through a point on this plain estimated to be 12-21-12ish.
If I'm right, perhaps it's better to believe otherwise.
And if I'm wrong... It doesn't matter.
Originally posted by weedwhacker
Either way, this is rubbish. Nothing to worry about, and certainly not worth discussion, since it is ... utterly without merit.
Our Solar System is no where near any imagined 'plane of the Galaxy'....there really isn't anything remotely measurable, like that, within our current technology.
Wholesale bombardments by large meteoroids seem to have recurred at intervals of 30 to 35 million years. He also noticed that this magic number seems to be close to the length of time the Solar System needs to move up from and back down to the plane of our disk-like galaxy of stars, the Milky Way. Astronomers have known for a long time that, in its revolution around the central mass of our galaxy, the Solar System performs such an up-and-down motion quite regularly, like a horse on a merry-go-round. Material lying mostly near the galactic plane tugs with its gravitational force on objects only loosely bound to the Solar System, like the distant comets that occupy a vast halo far beyond the orbit of Pluto. Many of these shaken comets then rain down in a shower toward the Sun, much as ripe apples drop from a tall tree during a windstorm. Our Earth intercepts some of the infalling comets. The biggest gravitational disturbances of the outer comet halo are believed to be made by close encounters with very massive objects, like the huge clouds of gas and dust that lie between the stars.
To predict the length of time between the Solar System's crossings of the galactic plane, astronomers have had to gauge the up-and-down motion statistically, using the numbers and the velocities of many sample stars distributed above and below the plane. The mathematical analysis then yields as a final result both the period of the up-and-down motion and the space density of matter in the flat galactic disk. In the same way that a pendulum swings much faster on Earth than in a low-gravity environment, such as an Earth-orbiting spacecraft, the surprisingly large space density found in the galactic disk gives the Solar System an unexpectedly short up-and-down period of 30 to 35 million years. This new measurement agrees uncannily well with the known impact cratering period on Earth. And it is likely that another big impact on Earth will happen sometime soon, at least within the next million years, because the inner Solar System seems to be in a comet shower now.
Originally posted by Lil Drummerboy
sasquach knockin at the door, et's ringin the bell.. do me a favor and let em in. now that is funny. Thanks for pluggin your book by the way.I have been readin up on this theory of yours and nah.. science just doesn't have that view. sorry.