If anyone has noticed, I’m finding a lot of my article material by roaming about YouTube. I tend to do it quite a bit. Yesterday I came across an alien enthusiast video by one DarkSkyWatcher74 titled “Nibiru Mothership – Large UFO Fleet Gathering Near Sun???” I kept the triple-question-mark in there because the lack of literary ability is extremely telling of what is to come.
I would have left it alone, too. It’s not like this guy is the only nutjob out there claiming that some rogue planet or star is presently floating through our solar system boasting alien life. I saw one video which claimed that NASA had discovered life on Nibiru, which is surprising given their present official position on Nibiru, namely that it doesn’t exist. To my knowledge, NASA works like any other scientific organisation—it requires observation and evidence! But, the fact is, there are people out there who buy into this nonsense. Given my position on nonsense, this can’t be allowed to stand.
The Orientation of the Solar System
Quite likely a slight misnomer on his part, but one I’d like to address pretty quickly, is his depiction of the solar system and how it moves through the galaxy. There is a subtle problem I see with his addressing of this and I will break it into two points, the first a preface of the second.
The first is pretty simple. Our solar system moves at an angle of roughly 63-degrees through the galactic plane. This is not abnormal as the orientation of a stellar system is determined by the angular momentum of the system from which it evolved and has absolutely no reason to follow with the galactic plane. This, however, has no impact on our observations of the Sun, because…
The second point. The motion of the solar system through the galaxy is entirely irrelevant when dealing with motion within the solar system itself. It is a question of relativity. The only motion which matters when handling observations of the solar system (the motion of the planets, comets, asteroids, moons, etc) is the motion within the solar system. Our solar system counts as an inertial frame of reference—we don’t need to know what’s happening from an outside perspective to know what’s happening from where we stand. In fact, our observations from Earth of the solar system are so good, so precise, that Sir Isaac Newton was able to derive his Laws of Motion and the Law of Universal Gravitation, physics concepts which stick with us even today.
“The laws of physics which apply when you are at rest on the Earth also apply when you are in any reference frame which is moving at a constant velocity with respect to the Earth. For example, you can toss and catch a ball in a moving bus if the motion is in a straight line at constant speed.
The motion may have a different appearance as viewed from a different reference frame, but this can be explained by including the relative velocity of the reference frame in the description of the motion.” – http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/relmot.html
I would argue that the entire first part of his video is irrelevant for the claims he makes later on. It seems to be some kind of set up to “demonstrate” his credentials when talking about things like this. The model of the solar system that we’re taught in school is not “dead on wrong”, it’s entirely relevant when discussing what we see within the solar system. It’s a little like telling a surveyor he’s wrong about how flat the ground is because the Earth is a sphere (actually, it’s correctly classified as an “oblate spheroid” but you catch my drift, I’m sure). Sure, it’s wrong when viewed from a distance, but for the sake of the particular frame of reference of the surveyor, it’s an entirely useful kind of “wrong”.
And the planets aren’t being pulled along by the gravity. It’s an inertial frame of reference, the planets move with the Sun through the galaxy for the same reason you don’t fall off of the Earth (which moves through the solar system at around 30km/s, which is about three times higher than Earth’s escape velocity) every time you jump.
The SOHO Images of Aliens
The claim is (and has been for some time) that the bizarre lights that flicker across the images presented by SOHO are of alien craft. There is even one in this video which shows, what appears to be, a large “sword” shaped craft. Is it true?
Well, no. The official word from NASA regarding these things is “cosmic rays”, and some of them have been comets and other normal stellar debris. High energy particles which are emitted from our life-giver in a constant stream. The conspiracy folks don’t buy this explanation, but even the astronauts of the Apollo program noticed the same phenomena. Flashes of light which were present even when they closed their eyes. It was such an unexpected outcome that NASA performed experiments in an attempt to determine the cause.
The fun part is that you can see this on Earth if you happen to stick a camera in the path of a neutron beam. Thunderf00t does a good way to explaining why these things occur. After taking a quick look at the SOHO instrument list, we discover that there’s quite a lot dedicated to ultraviolet measurements. It’s not really any wonder that the satellite happens to pick up high-energy particles when that’s, at least in part, what it has been designed to do.
In short, really, our Sun spews out a lot of stuff all the time. In the month-long clip he shows, we get to see several solar flares, each of which throws off truly immense amounts of radiation and a veritable storm of particles.
The Simplest Explanation?
Is, thankfully, that NASA has no real reason to lie to people about this kind of thing. Like most others within the scientific community, they are honestly excited by the discoveries they make and rather openly share them with the public. For all that you can say about the US government (and I’m sure a lot of people can say quite a bit), the one thing that stands as a testament to their ability is NASA. They’re still the best at what they do—namely, the science. If they were to discover another planet in our solar system, they’d certainly share it.
Ignoring, of course, the impossibility of hiding it. The US government would have, roughly, zero chance of doing so given the many thousands (likely much more) amateur astronomers who look up at the sky every night. If there was a large object in our solar system, unaccounted for, you’d think that one of them would leap at the chance to make a name for themselves with such a discovery. To assume that it’s being hidden from us by, not only the scientific community, but also the preponderance of amateurs is absurd.
It is, then, a simple matter of finding the most likely explanation. Are amateur astronomers not telling us what they see or is Nibiru simply not there? I tend to align myself with the latter of the two, given my own inclinations toward watching the night sky through simple telescopes.
As, somewhat, of a personal experiment I can point you in a fun direction. First, you need a program (or simulation or game, it’s a little bit of each) called Universe Sandbox, it’s free to try in it’s full form for two hours which is plenty of time. Now, play around. See what happens when you take a brown dwarf star roughly 10% the mass of our Sun and pass it through the inner solar system. Take a planet four times the mass of Jupiter and do the same thing.
Or do whatever, it’s really just a fun thing to play with and I wanted a reason to share it.