ZetaTalk: Roller Coaster Ride
Note: written Apr 15, 1997. Planet X and the 12th Planet are one and
Since the passage of the 12th Planet is so devastating to the Earth, what
must the ride be like for the giant hominoids who live on the surface of
the 12th Planet? Surprisingly gentle, for the following reasons:
- The 12th Planet is in the main a water planet, with the land masses
that do exist sticking well out of the waters' calm surface. The rifts
or friction points between plates thus lie well below the surface of the
water. Just as mankind is barely aware of earthquakes that happen deep
under the sea, just so the hominoids on the 12th Planet do not
- In a magnetic clash, the lesser of the two bodies adjusts to the
larger. All the adjustments of a pole shift occur, thus, on Earth.
The 12th Planet experiences no pole shift whatsoever.
- The passage through the Solar System is quick, occurring in a few
short months [Note: see 2003 date explanation], so the combined warming from
the Sun as well as the interior of the 12th Planet scarcely has a chance
to begin before it ends. The warming that does occur simply results in
more active winds.
- Any tearing away of the atmosphere on the 12th Planet is no more
severe during its passage than at other times. Where some loss is always
occurring from a planet's surface, the rate of loss is dictated by the
mass of the planet, not by motion through space. In empty
space, there is nothing to tear at an atmosphere.
During the passage, the hominoids are using history as a guide, as those
who last experienced the passage are long dead. This history is recorded
as astronomical terms, so sighting the Solar System and confirming the
orbits of the planets is reassuring to those who might be nervous about
the coming passage. In fact, the passage is viewed not unlike a holiday,
where great dramas are played out before the eyes of the rapt audience.
They pass by a Sun, as close as the planets bound to the Sun, a new and
unique experience for those on a traveling world. When passing the Earth,
they can visually see the pole shift as it occurs, a phenomenon which
draws rapt crowds just as an eclipse of the Sun by the Moon does on Earth.
Lightning storms occur in their upper atmosphere during the passage,
fireworks rarely seen on their calm world.
Thus, the passage is more a holiday than a dreaded situation. However,
those with empathy for the human population of Earth grieve, but there is
scarcely anything they can do about what is occurring on Earth. They can
no more steer their planet than mankind can.
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