Main Question or Discussion Point
1. Is The "planet X" Or "intruder Planet" Or "the Tenth Planet In The Solar System" Real? Or Just A Hoax?
No need to shout, lad; we might be old, but we ain't defe.young e. said:TNX MENTORS AND CO- PF USERS... ....BOUT THAT PLANET IT TERRIFIED ME A LOT
And it existed long before the net did. There were millions of people who believed that there was another Earth diametrically opposed to our orbit around the sun. They seriously figured that since we can't see over there, there's no reason to doubt it. Not one of them, I'll wager, did any study of orbital mechanics.Chronos said:The putative planet X of folklore is sheer fantasy.
Ancient legends, including the Bible, mention world catastrophes. Some people take those legends at face value, attribute specified dates to them and suppose they are due to the periodic passage of some planetary or stellar body.Atomos said:I am not sure if this is the same thing, but there was also a rumor around on the internet that a brown dwarf was roaming around our solar system and would pass by earth, causing its rotation to stop abruptly. If that is already hard enough to believe, it was also claimed this happens periodically every several thousand years.
Anyone who knows what a brown dwarf is ought to be clever enough to figure out that it would not float around unoticed in the solar system. Also there would be a hell of alot of geological and anthropoligcal evidence that would hint at a sudden deacceleration of 2000 mi/s^2 of all matter on the earth's surface.