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ZetaTalk: Distance from Earth
Note: written on Nov 15, 1999. Planet X and the 12th Planet are one and the same.

The 12th Planet is far closer than anyone would expect. Comet behavior is anticipated to follow the speed and route of the dirty snowballs that humans call comets. These have a tiny mass compared to the mass of the 12th Planet, and thus engage neither the gravity attraction or repulsion force interactions that the 12th Planet does with the Sun and surrounding planets. Dirty snowballs are held at a distance by the solar wind alone, not the repulsion force, and thus the gravity pull differs little from their extra-solar placement and their placement within the solar system where they are visible to man. Their speed, thus, barely increases during the course of their passage. The 12th Planet, on the other hand, heads straight toward the sun, deflected not at all by the solar wind, and avoids a collision with the sun and the other planets only due to the repulsion force incited by its approach. Thus, its speed increases as it is essentially plummeting into the sun!

The 12th Planet is circling on a long elliptical orbit around the sun and its dead companion which lies at a distance some 18.724 times the length from the sun to Pluto. It is not a long distance to be traveled in 3,657 years, especially considering that it transverses the solar system in 3 short months [Note: see 2003 Date explanation, as it lingers near the Sun and does not speed past]! Clearly, the uptick in speed is considerable, and the rate of speed as it floats from one binary sun to the other is sedate in comparison. Thus, when the passage is due in 2003 [Note: see 2003 Date explanation], there is an exponential increase in speed during the last years, and this speeding up has already started. To compute the distance from the solar system on any given date, create an exponential equation which takes into consideration the total distance we have given for the sun's dead companion, the years the 12th Planet takes to make a complete ellipse (3,657), and the approximate May 15, 2003 date [Note: see 2003 Date explanation] of the next passage. The distance will differ greatly, thus, depending upon the date.

At the turn of the millennium the 12th Planet is still close to the mid-point between the two foci, as astonishing as this may seem. It spends the vast majority of its time in an essential dither these two massive suns, picking up speed as it approaches, inbound, then zooming through, turning around after coming to a standstill after having overshot the solar system, then shooting through again and returning to the essential dither point between the its two foci. What makes it move and progress from one sun to the next? The fact that there is a slight momentum, and this is a slight momentum. When the 12th Planet overshoots and goes to the far side of one of its suns, before it turns around and comes back on its narrow track, it is vulnerable. This orbit is not what human astronomers might paint, as it is like a train track between the two suns and slightly beyond, in each case. The 12th Planet is also vulnerable to the call of the wild when it lies between the two suns, should the larger universe present something that would draw it away.

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