by Edgar J. Steele
February 24, 2003
great misery for mankind an even greater approaches.
The great cycle of the centuries is renewed:
It will rain blood, milk, famine, war and disease.
In the sky will be seen a fire, dragging a tail of
Quatrain 46 (1654)
First, a couple of current items that donít warrant extended
discussion. Well, actually, they do, but Iíll leave that to others
for the moment.
Weíve all heard about little Jessica, the girl whose first
heart/lung transplant was botched because of mismatched blood types.
She got a second transplant a few days ago, but has just died. The
mother wants the doctors to go to jail. Massive civil lawsuit sure
What you didnít hear is that she and her mother are illegal aliens,
spirited across the Mexican border specifically to get Jessica free
American medical treatment.
Reportedly, 16 Americans die each day for want of transplants.
Jessica got two inside one week.
It seems uncaring to complain about this state of affairs, but what
about the two Americans who died this week because they didnít get
the heart/lung combinations given to Jessica? You havenít heard a
thing about them, have you? What if one of those was your father,
mother, husband, wife, son or daughter?
Second, did you notice the media smoothly follow the lead of Bush
the Second in characterizing our impending adventure in the Middle
East as an endeavor to "disarm" Iraq? What happened to our being
concerned about only "weapons of mass destruction?" Of course,
whatever happened to our pursuit of Osama, for that matter?
"Disarm." Amazing, isnít it? Nothing up his sleeves, ladies and
Something else truly amazing is taking place in the solar system at
this moment. A huge comet is rounding the sun, a comet twice the
size of Jupiter (about 22 times the size of
Earth). Some have seen
it at sunrise and sunset; otherwise, it is not visible because it is
occluded by solar glare. Essentially, it is coming from behind the
sun and was first observed by NASA less than two months ago.
NASAís solar observatory has released a number of pictures of this
comet, but those stopped just as a huge coronal mass ejection (an
event which is to the hydrogen bomb as the hydrogen bomb is to a
firecracker) erupted from the sun toward the comet. Some call these
This comet is passing within 9 million miles of the solar surface.
In celestial terms, that is a very near miss.
You havenít heard about this, have you?
Remember the hullabaloo over
Levy/Shoemaker? They were
pikers by comparison with what has been dubbed Comet "NEAT."
Why all the silence this time?
I have read a good deal of speculation on several different
internet sites. Some see it as biblical prophecy fulfilled (see
Revelations - you might agree). Some consider this to be "Nibiru" or
"Planet X," foretold by the
Mayans as passing through the solar
system every 3600 years or so. Some consider this simply to be an
awesome photo opportunity.
Some say the strange weather on Earth lately is the result of an
effect caused by the sun which in turn is responding to Comet NEAT.
Electromagnetic fields reach hundreds of millions of miles into
space, you see, and are generated by all celestial objects.
Influences occur at distances far in excess of that between the sun
and comet Neat or, for that matter, between Earth and comet
The sun has a regularly-repeating solar "sunspot" activity cycle of
approximately 11 years. 2000 was to have been the most recent peak.
Solar activity, rather than dropping off in year 12, as it always
has, has continued to rise ever since.
Earthís magnetic field has been weakening in an accelerating fashion
of late. The North Pole, which wanders anyway, has traveled almost
as far in the past 20 years as it did in the 100 years prior to
that, when it was located in Canadaís northern Yukon Territory.
Some hypothesize that Earthís poles reverse
when its magnetic field
reaches zero. The geological record proves the poles have shifted
many times down through the history of the Earth (metal flakes in
lava align with the magnetic field, to be frozen in place when the
lava cools, you see, just like the needle in a compass).
Maybe it is nothing. Maybe it is something. If something, it could
be the most significant occurrence in recorded human history.
Generally, the concern is not that Comet NEAT will strike Earth or
even come near us (though I have yet to see a good description of
its path relative to Earth). Rather, the concern is for the effect
upon us through the electromagnetic interaction between it and Earth
and the Sun. There is a secondary concern that something this huge
could have smaller objects following in its wake, or that pieces of
it broke off during the massive solar flare when it passed near the
Sun, pieces that might find their way to Earth. "Planet buster"
asteroids can be as small as 1/3 mile in diameter.
Just five days ago, a
Rand Corporation (government think tank)
scientist, Dr. Geoffrey Summer, publicly stated that secrecy would
be the best option if it were discovered that an asteroid were about
to hit the earth:
just by the public but by policy-makers scurrying around before
the thing actually hits because we canít do anything about it
anyway ... to a large extent you are better off not adding to
your social costs."
official photographs of this comet:
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image for details)
showing the paths of comets NEAT (red markup) and
Kudo-Fujikawa (green markup).
The video shows the period
from December 1, 2002 - March 11, 2003, first forwards,
then backwards ("swing" mode). Also appearing is C/2002
image & movie above, projects the full sky map in
ecliptic coordinates, so anything that moves in this
type of movie is moving relative to the stars as seen
from SOHO. Comets can be seen by
SWAN because their water ice evaporates as they
are heated by the Sun. The water in turn is split into
oxygen and hydrogen by the radiation from the Sun. The
resulting hydrogen cloud is denser than the diffuse gas
normally observed by SWAN, so it stands
out clearly in their full-sky images, in particular
after removing the signal from stars and a smooth
For the moment, my
question is, "Why is there no media coverage of Comet NEAT?"