by Andy Lloyd

May 2011

from Darkstar1 Website



  1. Comet Elenin

  2. Free-floating Planets "Twice as common as Stars"

  3. Io and the Dark Star

  4. Hot Jupiters with Reverse Swing








Comet Elenin

15-25 May 2011

2012 is nearly upon us, and there is great concern that an in-coming Planet X body might bring catastrophe to our fragile world.


The environmental calamities of recent times do not augur well.


There has been a spate of earthquakes around the globe:

  • Chile

  • Japan

  • New Zealand

Even Spain has not escaped our planet's seismic ripples, on the very same day that an earthquake was predicted for Rome almost 100 years ago (1).

Predicting earthquakes is practically impossible, we are told, unless, of course, you're a small animal sensitive to mysterious fluctuations before the quake strikes.

Comet Elenin is currently moving through the solar system.


Many have expressed concerns about this body, which appears to have disappointed astronomers with its relatively pathetic celestial showing (2). But it's appearance preludes the 2012 period we are moving into, so it's reasonable to ask whether this small comet might be the first of many, or even the front rider for a much more substantive body.

Amid the hype, there is an intriguing bit of science. An academic from Cornell University, Mensur Omerbashich, has presented a paper outlining his assertion that there is a tangible link between cosmic alignments and seismic activity on Earth, based upon his theory of hyper-resonance (3).


He presents evidence that some earthquakes are coincident with planetary alignments, or with Full Moons. He argues that the Comet Elenin is a case in point - it has been noted that it was on the exact opposite side of the Sun to us during the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.


From this data he extrapolates:

"The Elenin will continue intensifying the Earth's very strong seismicity until August-October, 2011. Approximate forecast of earthquakes based on my discoveries is feasible." (3)

And there's the thing:

  • Could Omerbashich's theory predict earthquakes from planetary, cometary and lunar alignments?

  • Does the Earth respond to such cosmic goings on, performing some kind of seismic astrology?

  • Did Elenin really cause the Japanese quake?

To give credence to his theory, Omerbashich needs to pick up the trail of a future in-coming comet and plot its course until an alignment is achieved with the Earth and Sun, and then predict trouble here on Earth ahead of time.


If he's proven right, then we should all sit up and take notice. And if you listen to the many concerned voices on the internet about 2012, then such a predictive tool cannot come soon enough.

Which brings me to the issue of whether Comet Elenin is actually the returning Dark Star, as many are thinking at the moment.


To be totally honest, people are excited about the hype over the alleged arrival of Planet X, and jumping to conclusions about a simple comet that, itself, is unspectacular.


Let me lay out what a multi-Jupiter mass brown dwarf would look like right now if it was as close as is being speculated by many (i.e. that it's actually comet Elenin).


This Dark Star would appear in the night sky as a red/magenta planet about the same size as Jupiter.


In other words, it would be one of the brightest objects in the night sky, very probably brighter than Venus. In addition, I believe that it would have a visible aura, or tail, that would be rather spectacular. That fiery aura would extend out from the planet itself by some considerable degree, possibly extending out to the very edge of the Dark Star's very considerable magnetosphere (which would be about 4 x the moon's diameter across, or more).

The combination of the bright planet, its contingent of large moons, and in particular its fiery aura would produce the 'winged' disk' effect in the sky, like a mighty red celestial dragon.

Now I don't know about you, but when I pop outside at night to look in the direction of Elenin, I'm not seeing this at all.


Frankly, that's because Elenin is a comet, and not a very good one at that. It is clearly not an incoming Dark Star/Planet X/Nibiru object.


(1) "All roads lead OUT of Rome - Streets of Italian capital empty after 1915 prediction of ‘big one’ earthquake" - 11 May 2011 
(2) JPL Press Release - 4 May 2011 
(3) Mensur Omerbashich - "Astronomical alignments as the cause of ~M6+ seismicity"

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Free-floating Planets "Twice as common as Stars"

18 May 2011

Japanese astronomers have discovered 10 free-floating Jupiter-sized planets during a sky survey of a portion of the Milky Way (1).

Confirming the existence of these wandering interstellar planets, which have no parent star, they have been able to extrapolate a remarkable statistic for the number of such planets in our galaxy:


"The discovery indicates there are many more free-floating Jupiter-mass planets that can't be seen.


The team estimates there are about twice as many of them as stars. In addition, these worlds are thought to be at least as common as planets that orbit stars. This would add up to hundreds of billions of lone planets in our Milky Way galaxy alone.

"Previous observations spotted a handful of free-floating, planet-like objects within star-forming clusters, with masses three times that of Jupiter.


But scientists suspect the gaseous bodies form more like stars than planets. These small, dim orbs, called brown dwarfs, grow from collapsing balls of gas and dust, but lack the mass to ignite their nuclear fuel and shine with starlight.


It is thought the smallest brown dwarfs are approximately the size of large planets." (2)

What is clear is that the galaxy must be teeming with planets - some conventionally orbiting stars, but many flung into the dark void between stars.


Apart from this being a remarkable discovery that changes how we think about planets in our galaxy, it must also have far-reaching consequences for our understanding of cosmic catastrophism.


The implication is simple. Increase the density of populations of brown dwarfs, gas giants and regular planets all swirling about in the void, and you increase the potential for visitations to our solar system over the lifetime of our Sun. Hence, statistical probabilities of the captured objects, close-flybys and, yes, collisions with the planets in our system all increase.


Back to the drawing board for many astrophysicists, and an enhanced appreciation of the dark objects that fill the sky between the stars for the rest of us.



1) "'Exciting' find: Possible planets without orbits" - 18 May 2011
2) NASA press release, " Free-Floating Planets May be More Common Than Stars" - 18 May 2011

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Io and the Dark Star

13 May 2011

Jupiter's closest Galilean moon, Io, is a furnace of volcanic activity across its entire surface - making it the most active of all the worlds in the solar system.


This is attributable to its proximity to Jupiter, whose immense gravitational power and magnetic field play havoc with the tiny world's interior. This is an important consideration for the Dark Star Theory, because it shows how a similar scenario could play out in the much colder outer solar system. In other words, a Earth-sized moon orbiting a sub-brown dwarf in the outer solar system could be significantly warmed internally by the same mechanism.

Recent work by scientists has shown that Io has a global magma ocean about 30 to 50 kilometers (20 to 30 miles) beneath its crust. It's a remarkable find in a world so small:

before this, magma oceans have been known to exist only on Earth.

Krishan Khurana, lead author of the study and former co-investigator on Galileo's magnetometer team at UCLA, says,

"It turns out Io was continually giving off a 'sounding signal' in Jupiter's rotating magnetic field that matched what would be expected from molten or partially molten rocks deep beneath the surface." (1)

Over ten years since I first presented my hypothesis, I still get emails from other Sitchinites who argue that a terrestrial world in the outer solar system could be internally warmed, independently of a Dark Star.


In his final book, the late Zecharia Sitchin defended his stance on this issue, believing that a sufficiently robust atmosphere would hold in the heat generated by Nibiru's core (the heat is presumably generated by radioactivity in his scenario) (2).


Regrettably, this seems almost impossible (I say 'almost' because one can never say "never" in science - It just seems hopelessly unlikely). Instead, the gases of a fledgling Nibiruan atmosphere would simply precipitate out in the intense cold of the outer solar system, to form a thick layer of ice across the planet's surface.


Without an external source of gravitational, magnetic and infra-red energy, Nibiru would be dead in the water.


Only a neighboring Dark Star offers a tangible solution to this issue:

A habitable surface on a warm terrestrial world orbiting a sub-brown dwarf.


(1) Galileo Data Reveal Magma Ocean Under Jupiter Moon - NASA Press release 12 May 2011
(2) Zecharia Sitchin 'There Were Giants Upon the Earth' - Bear & Co, 2010, p136

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Hot Jupiters with Reverse Swing

13 May 2011

Extra-solar planets are plentiful, and often bizarre.


Here's a very odd example. It's in the Scorpius constellation, about 1000 light years away, and is called WASP-17. Unusually, its orbit proceeds backwards, and is tilted at a spectacular 150 degrees, whilst lying extremely close to its own sun (1).


It is twice the size of Jupiter, with half the mass, so is too small to be classified even as a sub-brown dwarf.



Nevertheless, it shows some interesting Dark Star characteristics.


Astrophysicists now think the backwards-spin may be attributable to a gravitational coupling between two planets:

"In some solar systems, the sun spins one way while a giant gassy planet, known as a hot Jupiter, orbits in the opposite direction.


Scientists, reporting in the journal Nature, attribute the effect to gravitational coupling between two planets as they near each other, which leads to the planet nearest its sun, over time, having its orbit flipped as it is hauled much closer to the star." (2)

The whole scenario of oppositely-spinning planets is a bizarre one. It defies conventional wisdom.


To explain such blatant anomalies, scientists have to reach for some unconventional concepts. Like highly remarkable migrations of gas giant planets.


The concept of such immense migration is outlined here:

"'How can one be spinning one way and the other orbiting exactly the other way? It's crazy. It so obviously violates our most basic picture of planet and star formation.'

Astronomers have long theorized that big gas planets form further away from their stars, while Earth-like rocks are born closer in.


But just because a Jupiter-like planet forms in the outer reaches of a solar system doesn't mean it stays there, [Frederic Rasio of Northwestern University] and his colleagues reported. When planetary systems contain more than one planet, in addition to a star, each planet has its own gravitational force, causing the planets to interact and eventually pulling the gas giants close to the star and even reversing its orbit, the scientists found.


This process is known as gravitational perturbation, or an exchange of angular momentum." (2)

In these crucial lines I see mechanisms for how a massive Planet X body could find itself in a wide elliptical orbit around the Sun.


The Dark Star may have formed initially nearer to the Sun, causing cataclysms early in the solar system's history. It was those fateful interactions that 'exchanged angular momentum' through 'gravitational perturbation' and flung the Dark Star out into its current wider orbit.


One does not need to imagine a captured planet at all - a key critique of Sitchin's 12th Planet Theory down the years, especially by the late Tom van Flandern.



(1) Daily Mail, "Backwards galaxy: First planet found that orbits in opposite direction to its star" - 14 August 2009
(2) Daily Mail "Reason why giant planets in other solar systems orbit the 'wrong' way finally explained" - 12 May 2011

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