The Nature of the Solar System: Redux
It goes without saying that the study of space and space exploration has become a dominant theme in the American Way of Life. Americans have always sought to explore the unknown; to forge into the New Frontier; to go where no man has gone before.
But, while many scientists have become preoccupied with learning how the universe was created, and obsessed with dark matter, which accounts for 96% of the universe, it appears that by focusing on our immediate neighborhood, the solar system itself may provide vital clues as to the workings of the universe.
The world was turned upside down when Copernicus derived his model of the solar system; that the sun was the center and that the earth and other planets orbited it and not the sun. Kepler’s theories on the elliptical orbits of the planets showed that they were not random events; that there was symmetry. And, Galileo’s work with the telescope to verify the motion of heavenly bodies, and work to explain the motion of objects did much to advance the cause of science. But, it was Newton, with his Natural Laws, who showed that there were universal constants; that objects in motion on earth adhered to the same principles as those in space; and that logic and reason could be applied to the heaven’s, displacing the notion of God.
There is no doubt that the sun is the center of the solar system. But, what of the relationships that exist; what of the fact that the sun is 500x’s (some calculate it to be as great as 700x’s) the mass (.0018) of the orbiting planets; that the sun is 1000x’s times the volume (1,304,000) and mass (333,000) of the planet Jupiter (1,321 and 317 respectively), which has a diameter (86,500 miles) 10x’s that that of the sun (865,000); and that, coincidentally, the sun has a surface temperature (9,941 F) 10,000x’s that of Jupiter (-162 F). Could it be that the planet Jupiter, which emits more electromagnetic energy than the sun itself at times, might be the counterweight which keeps the planets from being drawn into the sun? Or, what of the relationship between the distance of the earth (500x’s the speed of light, or 93,000,000) or that of Jupiter from the sun (500x’s the distance from the earth to the sun, or 1 AU).
And, there is the question of Uranus, the planet which rotates at 97 degrees upon its axis; as opposed to the sun which rotates at 7 degrees upon its axis. That the planet Uranus may prove to be a gyroscope of sorts; that keeps the planets upon a level plane, to a certain extent, while those far enough outside of its sphere of gravity freely orbit upon a higher plane; that Uranus has almost as much gravity (.90) as Venus (.91) or that of the earth (1.00).
Could it be so simple as to say that the planets are but objects in a sophisticated machine; that the sun is the center of heat light and gravity; that the plane Jupiter is the counterweight that keeps the planets in check, preventing them from being drawn into the sun; and that the planet Uranus is like a great gyroscope that keeps the planets on a level plane, an even keel, preventing them from randomly and erratically orbiting the sun like the electrons of an atom.
And, there is the question of the similar densities of the sun (.26); that of Jupiter (.24); and that of Uranus (.23), which by and large is different from all but two the smaller planets. That the distribution of the mass of the planets which adheres to a bell curve function. It could very well be that when the solar system was first created billions of year years ago, it was nothing more than a swirling cloud of gases, particles, and subatomic energy; what astronomers refer to as dark matter; that over billions of years this cloud continued to grow, like a nebulae, with more and more gases and particles accumulating with time, until which time that the cloud may have been ignited by the collision of two comets, creating the sun.
There is a great deal that we do not know about our universe; there is an equal amount that we do not know about our solar system. That these mathematical relationships and physical anomalies exist, however, indicates that relationships do exist, and that the solar system might very well be considered to be a very sophisticated piece of machinery. While earlier attempts at creating a model of the solar system have relied upon the motion of the planets, it is obvious to see that relationships do exist that might be best explained mathematically; that the sun is 500x’s the mass of the orbiting planets; that the earth is 500x’s the speed of light from the sun; that the planet Jupiter from the sun is 500x’s the distance from the sun to the earth; that the temperature of sun is 1000x’s that of Jupiter despite similar densities; that the sun has a mass 1000x’s times, or 2 x 500x’s, that of Jupiter; that Uranus should behave like that of a gyroscope; or a torpedo; that the inner planets should orbit the sun at a greater speed than those within the outer circle, despite their apparent rotations.
Thus it is possible that the solar system does adhere to logic and reason; and that like Newton’s Natural Laws for the Motion of Objects, do adhere to a set of mathematical principles, or Natural Laws.