This week we’d like to tackle an unconventional question, which actually was submitted weeks ago, but it has taken some time to look into it. It’s no surprise that the question comes from an unconventional Aquarius, Rossa in the U.K., who is a regular here on RealAstrologers. She asks:
I don’t know if you’ve picked up on the reports confirming (or appearing to confirm) that there is a brown dwarf star on the outskirts of our solar system. Some astronomers in Spain reckon it confirms the theory that we are a binary star system, which is fairly common throughout the galaxy . . . It was discovered in the 80s but until recently no one actually came out to say what it really might be. Found in the Sagittarius part of the sky. Just wondered whether you two lovely ladies have any insights? I’m aware of the Planet X/Niburu stories on the ‘Net, although this seems more ‘official,’ and NASA is aware of it.
[Note: Diane is on hiatus this week. She’ll be back to answer more of your questions next Friday.]
Thanks for your question, Rossa. This is the first I’d heard of it, and I checked out the URL you provided.
It was tricky researching this. As you say, it appears to be confirmed by real astronomers, and this article sounds very scientific. Moreover, many sites picked up the story, making it look as though it were true. This is a real problem on the Internet.
As a former reporter, I’ve got a lot of experience in confirming rumors, which do sometimes turn out to be true. The key is to find a reliable source. Normally, we’d turn to NASA for that, but for many people, a U.S. government site isn’t credible, because it must be hiding something it doesn’t want people to know, right? So I went to the site of Mike Brown, the Caltech astronomer who was part of the team that discovered Quaoar, Sedna, and Eris. He’s got a great blog, and apparently he gets questions all the time about stuff like this. I found an interview with him on a Discovery Channel site, which is very interesting because it also discusses his role in demoting Pluto to a dwarf planet.
“I really do get many emails and even worried calls from people who are convinced that I know something and am not telling,” Brown says in the interview. “It is very hard to convince someone who thinks that there is a conspiracy that you are not part of the conspiracy. I really, really wish there were a Planet X and that I had discovered it. That would have been serious fun.”
That’s your answer, in a nutshell. But why, then, does a story like this make such a splash? Why are people so ready to believe it? And is there anything else we should infer from the existence of brown dwarfs?
I agree with the author of the article you cite that the sense of “something big” about to happen is shared by many, and this could be feeding the belief in Planet X or Nibiru. Diane and I, along with many other astrologers, have written that the cardinal T-square and grand cross that is developing heralds sweeping changes between now and 2012. I believe this shift could be accompanied by events that we can’t predict, because we can’t even imagine them right now. Could it include some startling discoveries about our solar system and galaxy? Absolutely!
The description of brown dwarfs is fascinating, especially the idea that they are “failed” stars. As we explore this concept, we may broaden our perspective of everything being connected and gain a better understanding of the idea that some things die so that others may live.
As for Planet X, Nibiru, and 2012, I believe that it’s misguided to look for material evidence of a planet or celestial body that is going to collide with Earth. For example, Paul LaViolette has written about energy outbursts from the Galactic Core as the possible cause of global catastrophe. Energy events are every bit as real as material bodies. That may be one of the lessons here.
Thanks again for writing, Rossa. I encourage everyone to send us a note when you find news items like this. There’s so much information out there that it’s not possible for one person to keep track of it all.
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