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Re: Planet X/12th Planet Retrograde Orbit

Article: <6g2rj0$> 
Subject: Re: Planet X/12th Planet Retrograde Orbit
Date: 3 Apr 1998 14:26:40 GMT

In article <6ful24$mli@pmgm.Stanford.EDU> John Ladasky writes:
> Your imaginary 12th planet is more massive than the Earth, 
> but less massive than Jupiter, correct?  It's also presently 
> supposed to be many times farther away than Jupiter.  How 
> can such an object appear DIFFUSE?

Because it's a brown dwarf, smoldering in a slow burn and emitting a
slight glow.  See below for some more vintage ZetaTalk.

(Begin ZetaTalk[TM])
Humans are aware of heat and light being produced together - fire, the
Sun, and elements heated until they glow.  Humans are also aware of
light being produced without heat, as with fireflies or minerals that
are phosphorescent.  And of course, there is heat without light, close
at hand as in 98.6 degrees.  The 12th Planet has both heat and light,
generated from within its core.  Life on the 12th Planet, which is
inhabited by a large hominoid indistinguishable from humans other than
by its size, experiences continuous day.  Life that has evolved there
does not sleep, but rests.  The light is diffused in the atmosphere,
and returns to the land surface, but emerges from the core to interact
with the atmosphere only via the surface of the deep oceans, which
cover the majority of the planet's surface.  You may equate this to
volcanic activity, where the Earth has numerous places both above
ground and under the oceans that ooze molten lava.  Just so the 12th
Planet has places where the molten and churning substance in its core
escapes to the surface.  

Fires such as go on in the center of suns do not only proceed full
bore.  Why would they?  Do you not have a fire within you that is
maintained at a steady temperature?  Do you not find that the fire in
your fireplace can be slowed by adjusting the damper?  Humans do not
understand what is occurring within the Sun, a combustion of sorts that
ignited because of the pressure of elements following the big bang,
during the congealing period.  The Sun was not born, lit.  It lit as
compression continued to the point where a product of subatomic
particle collision did not dissipate, but accumulated, and the
degradation of this substance is what you are viewing and feeling in
your sunlight.  This is a simplistic explanation for a complicated
process.  The 12th Planet has a similar process ongoing within its
core, but being composed of heavier substances than your Sun, this
process is slowed.  You can equate this to mixing medicine into food,
rather than taking it directly.  This is tolerated because the incident
or rate of medicine reacting with a taste bud is reduced, or slowed.  

On the 12th Planet, the heat released diffuses in all directions, so
the surface of the planet is warm but not hot.  Your feet would not
blister, but they may feel cool in places where the rock strata do not
provide a good passage for heat, should you visit that planet.  Light
only escapes the core where what is essentially volcanic activity under
the water occurs.  Of course, this would occur if there was volcanic
activity on the land surface of the planet, but there is little land
surface, and this long ago hardened.  Volcanic activity would not be on
the surface of the Earth, either, should her proportion of water to
land be increased.  Water is pooling in the low spots, and the low
spots have less hardened surface mantle as a barrier.  Thin places
break, and give release to the pressure from the churning molten core. 
The oceans of the 12th Planet, therefore, have places where diffused
light is rising, and other places where the oceans would appear to you
much as your own do here on Earth.  
(End Zetatalk[TM])