Articles in Dark Comets
Astronomer David Asher (from Armagh University) has agreed with Bill Napier and Janaki Wickramasinghe (Cardiff University) that “dark comets” are real and dangerous.
The following quotes are from a paper by Napier and Asher published in Astronomy & Geophysics.
We know that about one bright comet (of absolute magnitude as bright as 7, comparable to Halley’s Comet) arrives in the visibility zone (perihelion q<5AU, say) each year from the Oort cloud. It seems to be securely established that ~1–2% of these are captured into Halleytype (HT) orbits. The dynamical lifetime of a body in such an orbit can be estimated, from which the expected number of HT comets is perhaps ~3000. The actual number of active HT comets is ~25. This discrepancy of at least two powers of 10 in the expected impact rate from comets as deduced from this theoretical argument on the one hand, and observations on the other, is …
Up until today, as far as I am aware, I have been the only person to suggest a dark comet as the 2012 culprit. So to my surprise and delight I read this at the Daily Mail today:
Astrophysicist Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who discovered pulsars, believes the most likely disaster that could pencil Doomsday into Friday’s diary is a black comet.
Such an end would match that of the dinosaurs who after walking the planet for about 165 million years – homo sapiens has been around for a mere 200,000 years – were killed off by a 10km asteroid or comet that slammed into the planet.
Professor Bell Burnell believes if the world as we know it is to end on December 21 it would have to be a dark comet that strikes.
Dark comets have little of the ice and snow that most comets have, and a lot more dust which makes …
One of my best sources of information is Google Alerts – it lets me know all the new websites and web pages that show up for a particular key phrase. Alerts for keywords like 2012 cult or survival bunker provide so many new results each day Google only shows me the best. My alert for dark comet is particularly disappointing. Aside from results to do with what I suspect is a hacking tool with the same name, I cannot recall when I last saw information on the topic.
Two years ago there was a flurry of info, all resulting from the one scientific paper back in 2005:
Swathes of dark comets may be prowling the solar system, posing a deadly threat to Earth [New Scientist]
Comets could be the most significant impact hazard to Earth, with sky surveys underestimating the number that are potentially devastating by a factor of between 10 and 100 …
This totally sucks. Chandra Wickramasinghe is a superstar astronomer (in my opinion) and will most likely be acknowledged (one day) as the most progressive comet researcher of his era. He has given us the concept of dark comets, and greatly helped publicize the study of panspermia, which he collaborated on with Sir Fred Hoyle.
Now his department at Cardiff University, with a dozen staff, has been shut down to save a mere £15,000. While I’m sure their work will continue, no longer being associated with a university means their ideas won’t find as many people. This decision is seemingly political (or even religious?).
Prof Wickramasinghe added: “Most of our publications last year were in the International Journal of Astrobiology, a mainstream Cambridge University publication which is heavily peer-reviewed and is not a trivial journal.”
The professor, who appealed against his sacking, is now seeking private funding for the centre to continue as a …