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The Planet X Cover-up in the Mainstream Media

Yowusa.com, 18-March-2012
Justin Braithwaite

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The Planet X Cover-up in the Mainstream MediaOn December 30th, 1983, NASA's Chief Scientist of the Infra-Red Astronomical Satellite telescope (IRAS) announced that NASA had discovered Planet X. 

Just one week after the story of Planet X was released, the magazine US News and World Report ran a story retracting the announcement and NASA has been silent ever since.

That didn’t stop Dr. Robert S. Harrington who was the chief astronomer of the US Naval Observatory until his mysterious death in 1993.

By analyzing an extensive amount of publications relating to Planet X, in chronological order, not only does the cover up of Planet X become extraordinary, but one gains a unique perspective of the evolution of the Planet X discovery.

The following is a comprehensive collection of excerpts from Planet X articles dating back to the 1950’s. Pay close attention to the tone of each article as the theories progress.

Early Speculation — 1950 to 1968

In 1950, Immanuel Velikovsky published his ground-breaking work, Worlds in Collision. The hateful scientific attacks upon him were crushing, yet, his book was found open on Einstein's desk after his death.

This suppression was aimed not just at Velikovsky. It was aimed at the kind of knowledge that naturally flows out from what is certainly, one of the most challenging books in the history of science. If was in the midst of this scientific pogrom, that the Planet X story truly began.

Spokane Daily Chronicle - Dec 9, 1950
Planet Pluto Almost Defies Measurements

The new object for some time was designated by such names as Planet X, the Flagstaff object, and the trans-Neptunian planet.

Some suggested that is should be called Lowell of the late director of the observatory since he had calculated that another planet must lie beyond Neptune and had seemingly predicted its location fairly accurately.

The Washington Reporter - Jan 2, 1952
Astronomers’ Scan Skies Seeking Tenth Planet X

He says scientists have observed that Neptune is being lifted above it's normal path in the heavens and that the cause may well be a huge tenth or perhaps even an eleventh planet slowly circling in space millions of miles beyond the present known limits of the solar system. "Perhaps in the near future,"

Dr. Levitt declares, "astronomers will again be pointing their telescopes to predetermined points searching for the point of light called Planet X."

The term Planet X is a scientific designation for an unobserved object as indicated by the way in which it perturbs or tugs at the orbit of a known object. In this case, the search for Planet X was launched due to noticeable disturbances in the orbits of Neptune and Uranus.

The Evening Independent - Oct 14, 1963
The Discovery of the Planet Pluto

PlutoThe next day the news spread out over the world. Soon newspaper and magazine reporters arrived in Flagstaff and swarmed over the observatory located on Mars Hill.

Letters and telegrams poured in, containing congratulations and suggesting names for the new planet. In early May, the name Pluto was selected by Lowell Observatory and officially proposed to the American Astronomical Society.

The discovery of Pluto was officially announced on March 13th, 1930 and this article was telling the story of its discovery on the 33rd anniversary date.

The Victoria Advocate - Jun 14, 1998
Pioneer 10 Still Searching

"We have a 90 to 99 percent confidence that Uranus and Neptune are being disturbed , and one candidate for is a single Planet X. It's conceivable there could other gravitational effects on the two orbits."

"We haven't ruled out other matter which could be in orbit around the sun. It could be small particulate matter. It could be more than one planet that are very small. The best hypothesis is a single planet X at one to four Earth masses."

CORRECTION NOTE 13-Oct-2013: The original date for this article was Jun 14, 1988. We've left it where the author originally placed it in the article. The original news story was removed from the Google News site since this article was published, so we are providing a copy for subscriber download.

A Watershed Year for Planet X Resarch — 1972

It seems NASA was confident that something was out there and since it was yet to be discovered, there was no need to hide anything.

The Nevada Daily Mail - Apr 26, 1972
Planet X Delays Comet's Arrival

"Intolerable errors" in the predicted timetable of Halley's Comet have led a University of California scientific team to believe a 10th planet may be circling the sun beyond Pluto - outermost known planet in the solar system.

Three computer scientists at the University's Lawrence Livermore Laboratory said Friday their prediction of the planet's existence is based on mathematical calculations related to the orbit of the mysterious comet.

It is important to note that while Planet X was still undiscovered, the scientific community was very open about their theories and research.

At this point, NASA is already on record stating that they are sure Planet X exists and now a scientific team from the University of California concurs.

Bangor Daily News - Apr 28, 1972
10th Planet a Possibility

To make his predictions, Joseph L. Brady, supervisor of numerical techniques at the University of California, used information from previous observations of Halley's Comet, which has been reported since before the birth of Christ. With the laboratory's enormous computer system he worked out the planet's probable location.

Beaver County Times - Apr 28, 1972
Planet X Joins Solar System

Existence of the mysterious 10th planet had been predicted before, but Brady is the first to predict its orbit, mass and position, Lawrence officials said.

The previous two articles are discussing the same research methods and theories. However, scientists and astronomers wouldn’t publish their theories in the Journal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific if they were not convinced in their work, would they?

The Phoenix - Apr 28, 1972
10th Planet Suggested

The calculations concerning Planet X evolved from the studies of Halley's Comet. The comet's orbit contains mysterious deviations and its appearance to Earth has never been predicted with accuracy.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Apr 29, 1972
10th Planet a Possibility

The proposed body - dubbed "Planet X" by scientists - would be 3 times as large as Saturn and twice as far as Neptune from the Sun.

Sunday Times-Sentinel - Apr 30, 1972
Planet X Will Be Found Soon

Discovery of a "Planet X," nearly 6 billion miles from the Earth on the border of the Milky Way, has been predicted by scientists at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.

The Sydney Morning Herald - May 2, 1972
Haley's Comet Gives Clue to Planet X

Haley's CometBut Brady thinks he can supply a good diary or "ephemeris" of Planet X's movements. And astronomers might spot it because the planet would move against the background of stars which are so much further away they appear not to move at all.

By studying the mysterious deviations in the orbit of Haley’s Comet, scientists in the 1970’s are beginning to formulate hypothesis to the size, location, orbit and distance of Planet X.

The Montreal Gazette - May 6, 1972
Beyond the Edge

A school boy in Britain says he knew it was there all the time. Perhaps so, but he didn't know just where it was, and among astronomers, as among old wives, seeing is believing. X may take a long time to find.

It is now on the edge of the Milky Way, where even a small area encompasses thousands of stars, many brighter than our new planet.

It took 15 years to find Pluto even after its location was known. We may have to be patient.

The important thing to note from this article is that it is indicative of the scientific community’s increasing acceptance of Planet X.

It is becoming more a question of when, and not if, Planet X will be discovered.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Jul 16, 1972
Planet X

The discovery of a tenth planet in our solar system by virtue, evidently, of a ripple in the glide path of Halley's Comet is unquestionably a triumph of mathematics best appreciated by mathematicians. The scientists of the University of California's Lawrence Livermore Laboratory can take a bow.

The mathematic existence of Planet X is celebrated by the University of California…

Tri City Herald - Nov 2, 1972
Astronomer's Report X's Out Planet X Calculations

"Not so." Retorted Giclas. (Henry L. Gicias, executive director of Lowell Observatory)

"If Brady had contacted us, we would have showed him photographic plates for his predicted position of the planet. These plates have been carefully examined and no planet has been found.

This is the first article to oppose the Planet X momentum. It does not, however, seem to be disinformation oriented or seek to cover up Planet X.

Gicias is referring to the photographic plates that were taken from 1929-1945 at the Lowell Observatory that covered the whole northern sky down to magnitude 16 and 17.

Brown Dwarf Possibilities — 1973 to 1980

Of course, what is known today is that Planet X is a brown dwarf-like planet that would not show up in a regular photograph as it would have to be viewed via the infrared spectrum.

The Rochester Sentinel - Feb 2, 1973
Planet Mercury is Visible this Month

Last year Joseph Brady announced that disturbances in the orbit of Haley's Comet could be accounted for by a planet even more distant than Pluto and having a mass of three times that of Saturn. Brady's Planet X has been searched for carefully but it has not been found. Like Vulcan, is Planet X non-existent?

Take notice that there are several articles included in this conglomeration that do not deny the existence of Planet X but merely contend that it has not yet been found.

The Times-News - Feb 19, 1980
Pluto: A Recognized, Yet Still Enigmatic World

In 1978, Dr. James W. Christy of the United States Naval Observatory found that Pluto had a moon. It was named Charon for the boatman in Greek mythology. Subsequent analysis of the moon's motions made it clear that Pluto was small in both diameter and mass.

It could not be Planet X. Indeed, astronomers now believe that the whole hypothesis was based on erroneous observations, and that there is no Planet X anywhere.

The above referenced “erroneous observations” is a phrase to remember as it will surface again later in the cover up of Planet X.

Ocala Star-Banner - Apr 9, 1980
Pluto May Disappear in the 1980's but the 10th Planet May Be Found

Two other astronomers at the The Naval Observatory - Robert Harrington and Thomas Van Flanders - theorize that in the distant past an unknown planet passed near Neptune and gravitational forces ripped off a chunk of matter that became Pluto.

Planet X's own motion was violently disturbed by the near collision and it was hurled into the darkest regions of the solar system, where it's probably drifting around, too faint to be seen.

It is interesting that the subject of Planet X fell silent between 1973 and mid-1980. That would change in April of that year.

Enter Dr. Robert Harrington — April 9, 1980

On April 9th, 1980, Robert Harrington enters the picture. Although he would not actually discover Planet X for over another decade, we can see that he had theories of Planet X back in 1980.

The author of this article goes on to prognosticate that Pluto would ultimately lose its status as the 9th planet in the solar system and Planet X would take its place.

Anchorage Daily News - Feb 6, 1983
Old Clues Spark New Scramble to Find Planet X

UranusRecent calculations by the US Naval Observatory have confirmed the orbital perturbation exhibited by Uranus and Neptune, which Dr Thomas C. Van Flandern, an astronomer at the observatory, says could be explained by "a single undiscovered planet."

He and a colleague, Dr Robert Harrington, calculate that the tenth planet should be two to five times more massive than Earth and have a highly elliptical orbit that takes it some 5 billion miles beyond that of Pluto - hardly next-door but still within that gravitational influence of the sun.

After falling off the radar during the 1970's, Planet X became a hot topic again due to the work of Flandern and Harrington.

This article goes on to explain that even the astronomers who are not proponents of the tenth planet theory agree that something else is responsible.

However, the perturbed orbits of Neptune and Uranus is no longer a debate.

Daily Leader - Mar 10, 1983
Planet X Keeps Astrologers Guessing

They say it's like looking for lint in a storm. Herrington creates theoretical models of the solar system, inserting Planet X in various places, to see if anything agrees with what is already known about the heavens. Van Flandern does the same thing with complex mathematical computations.

The astronomers report they are looking exclusively in the southern hemisphere. And they believe the planet will be found beyond Pluto, perhaps as many as five billion miles away. Herrington thinks the planet is of intermediate size, or three to five times the mass of Earth.

This article is essentially a chronological record of the search for Planet X to date and then moves into the research of Van Flandern and Harrington.

It closes with an interesting tidbit about Harrington feeling pressed for time to find Planet X before funding dries up for their research.

Additionally, the northern hemisphere has been the focal point in the search for Planet X until now, and Robert Harrington is searching in the southern hemisphere.

Nature 31 - March 1983
Comets, Planet X and the Orbit of Neptune

NeptuneThe recent discovery that Pluto's mass is negligible compared with that of the Earth has raised again the question of the cause of the important discrepancies between the observed and computed positions of the outer planets.

...but the non-discovery of any single body of this size puts the 'Planet X' hypothesis in severe difficulty.

M. E. Bailey of the Astronomy Centre at the University of Sussex was the author of this article and merely summarizes where the astronomy community was at to date with the Planet X issue.

It is noteworthy that he credits Harrington for determining that the mass of Pluto is not sufficient to account for the discrepancies in the orbits of the outer planets.

Anchorage Daily News - Apr 26, 1983
Pioneer 10 Pushes Beyond Goals, Into the Unknown

Pioneer 10Accordingly, Pioneer 10 may lead scientists to the discovery of some massive object toward the edge of the solar system.

It may be, as some astronomers suspect, a "brown dwarf" star, a celestial object that was not quite massive enough for its thermonuclear furnace to ignite.

Since most stars are paired, it is not unreasonable to assume that the Sun might have such a dim companion.

Or the force could be from a 10th planet, the long-sought Planet X. Evidence assembled in recent years has led several groups of astronomers to renew the search for a large planet out beyond Pluto and Neptune.

Of significance, this is the first reference to the existence of a brown dwarf star on the edge of the solar system or to the possibility that the sun may have a twin. Continue reading...

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