Ancient Greeks were known to observe planets
quite diligently, because they believed that "gods"
traversed the skies and navigated between stars in cosmos.
Planets are quite easy to distinguish from stars, because
they "move" with respect to the "fixed"
pattern of stars and constellations that ancient Greeks
called "cosmos". The word cosmos means "pattern"
or "ornament" in ancient Greek.
Names that ancient Greeks gave to planets in our solar system
are still identifiable today. There has never been any doubt
which planet was which.
Greeks knew that some time ago there existed a planet called
Phaeton, that does not exist today, because
it perished in a flash.
In ancient Greek the meaning of the word Phaeton is "shiny",
"luminous", "source of light". Words
"photon" and "Phaeton" originate from
the same ancient Greek root.
Phaeton was considered by Greeks "a son of Helios"
(son of Sun), due to its extreme brightness in comparison
to all other "gods".
The name and status given to Phaeton confirms that Phaeton
was one of the brightest and the most prominent objects
in the sky at night. As a "Son of Sun" Phaeton
was as prominent during the night as Sun was during the
There is no possibility that Phaeton was an asteroid, meteorite
or some cometary debris. Phaeton was definitely a planet.
When Phaeton perished following a flash that some people
saw - everyone in Greece knew about it. Absence of Phaeton
must have been really difficult not to notice by people
who remembered seeing it all their lives.
Plato (one of the greatest philosophers of all time) was
aware that the belief that "Phaeton was destroyed by
lightning" introduced by religion to explain the disappearance
of Phaeton was just a clumsy interpretation of the real
Imagine generations of people praying daily to their "god"
all their lives finding out that it disappeared in a flash
They could no longer pray to this god, couldn't they? To
them, the planet that vanished was as real as sunshine...
The story of Phaeton is one of the the best witness accounts
of any cosmic event in human history. Documents can be altered,
mistranslated and destroyed, but information carried through
cultural traditions, language and heritage is very difficult
Some people may consider the story of the planet Phaeton perishing
in a flash to be a result of collective hallucination or stupidity
of ancient Greeks. However, there exists material
evidence that a planet has indeed exploded in our
After a planet explodes - the center of mass of all debris
should still circle the Sun along a trajectory similar to
trajectory of the planet before explosion. The center of mass
of the "asteroid belt" that exists between Mars
and Jupiter is near Ceres, the largest asteroid that orbits
the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. Coincidence?
Since explosion is a process that creates similar
energy in all directions, the mass distribution of the debris
in the resulting "belt" should be similar in the
axial and radial directions of the "belt orbit".
This is due to the elementary conservation of momentum principle.
Interestingly, the "thickness" of the "asteroid
belt" between Mars and Jupiter is similar in axial and
radial directions. Coincidence?
Significant axial size of the asteroid belt directly contradicts
the vigorously defended dogma that the belt is a remnant of
"protoplanetary disc" that formed after formation
of our Sun.
The average "thickness" of the asteroid
belt together with the total mass of all objects in the belt
can be used to estimate the energy of the actual explosion.
The fact that not a single scientist on Earth since Plato
ever considered explaining how a planet can perish from the
solar system is a sign of continuing decay of humanity on
Anyone who dares to admit the ancient Greek witness report
and existing material evidence for consideration and tries
to explain how a planet could perish from the Solar System
- is instantly called a heretic, even though such a consideration
leads to discoveries
no less important than discoveries of Galileo and Copernicus.
There is not much progress in human attitude on Earth since
times of Great Inquisition, isn't it ?
A planet, like everything material in the Universe,
is expected to decay in time. The rate of this decay, however,
depends on a number of factors.
For example, 1 gram of plutonium can be expected to decay
for many thousands of years. But 1 kg of plutonium will not
last even 10 milliseconds... When a radioactive isotope reaches
so-called "critical mass" - it explodes.
Can we guarantee
that our reckless abuse and overheating of Earth does not
increase the probability of radioactive isotopes in the Earth's
core reaching critical mass?
The story of Phaeton proves that existence of a planet in
our Solar System cannot
be taken for granted...
Do we need planet Earth? Maybe we don't...