by Joe LeSearne
Edited by Ken Wright
Since the 6th of October, 1995, several new planets orbiting other suns have been discovered and officially announced. However, in what may be a breakthrough for ufology, on the 20th of September, 1996, a planet was discovered orbiting the star Zeta 2 Reticuli.
In 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were abducted by aliens and taken aboard their spacecraft. During her abduction, Betty was shown a star map. She was asked by an alien to point out the Earth, but since Betty had no knowledge of astronomy, she couldn’t reply. After her abduction, and under hypnotic regression Betty Hill drew the star map as accurately as possible. A few years later, Marjorie Fish built a few models of star systems using plastic balls and wire .. one of these models matched Betty Hill’s diagram. The star system from which Betty had been told the aliens originated from was Zeta 2 Reticuli!
The Betty Hill Star Map as Interpreted by Ms. Marjorie Fish:
In 1988, Bob Lazar came forward with an incredible story. Bob Lazar claimed he had worked at Area 51 (S4) in Nevada to reverse engineer alien spacecraft that had been captured by the US Government. During his stay at S4 he was given briefing papers to read and some of them described the alien’s home solar system .. and yes, you’ve guessed it ... Zeta 2 Reticuli, and specifically the 4th planet in that solar system!
I have provided some interesting information below I found on several mailing lists:
In a rather strange “about face,” the above information was removed from the Extra Solar Planets Encyclopedia site after 4 days. The official reason for removal was that “the data may have been misinterpreted and there probably is no planet.”
Now this big quarter of a Jupiter mass planet is in an orbit about Zeta 2 Reticuli which lasts 18.9 days and has a Semi-Major Axis of 0.14 Astronomical Unit (AU). For comparison Mercury has a Semi-Major Axis of 0.387 AU equal to 36 million miles and Earth has a Semi-Major Axis of 1.00 AU equal to 92.9 million miles. Now if we assume that this newly discovered planet, which we will name Reticulum 1 in accordance with Bob Lazar’s convention, is the closest one to Zeta 2 Reticuli (it’s hard to imagine a closer one), then following Bode’s Law (the law which states each planet is about twice the distance from it’s sun as its inner neighbor) Reticulum 2 should be at 0.28 AU, Reticulum 3 should be at 0.56 AU and, INTERESTINGLY, Reticulum 4 would be at 1.12 AU in between the Earth’s 1.00 AU and Mars’s 1.52 AU, well within the “life-zone” of a G class star!
I just found another possible way that this recent discovery could confirm part of Lazar and Jarod 2’s story. I found the length of the Zeta 2 Reticulum 4’s year. How did I do this you might ask? Simple, with calculator in hand I used two elementary laws of Astronomy. Bode’s Law and Kepler’s 3rd Law.
The numbers I used were from that data on the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia Website are these:
First, Bode’s Law:
As I stated before if you apply Bode’s law which states: The semi-major axis of each planet is double that of it’s neighbor nearer to the star. Or simply each planet is about twice as far from its star as its inner neighbor (i.e. Jupiter is 5.2 AU from the Sun, Saturn is 9.5 AU). Now if you apply this to the new discovery of a planet around Zeta 2 Reticuli and you assume this planet is the closest to its star this making it the closest planet to Zeta Reticuli 2 (Reticulum 1 we will call it in keeping with Lazar’s naming convention, which, I should add differs from the IAU convention which would name it Zeta 2 Reticulum A - so far). At 0.14 AU it’s hard to imagine a closer planet to Zeta 2 Reticuli. For comparison, Mercury is located at 0.387 AU from the Sun so this newly found planet is Reticulum 1 in all likelyhood. Using Bodes law we can extrapolate where the other planets of Zeta 2 Reticuli should be.
Kepler’s 3rd law relates the planet’s period or year to it’s Semi-Major Axis of it’s orbit. Mathematically this is expressed as P2 = a3. “P” is the Period measured in earth years and “a” is the Semi-Major Axis measued in Astronomical units (AU). Using both of these we can find out the length of the year on each hypothetical planet in the Zeta 2 Reticuli system, INCLUDING Reticulum 4, Bob Lazar’s home of the Greys.
Now let’s apply Bodes Law and Kepler’s 3rd Law:
So one Reticulum 4 year is equal to roughly 1.12 earth years OR 432 days. And Reticulum 4 is in roughly the same position in Zeta 2 Reticuli’s “life-zone” as the Earth is in the Sun’s “life-zone.” Zeta 2 Retituli is a G1V spectral class star, the Sun is a G2V. They are both “G” class main sequence stars, the difference between the “2” and the “1” indicates that Zeta 2 Reticuli is a little hotter than the Sun. The higher the middle number the lower the temperature. The “V” means they are both main sequence (middle age) stars but given Zeta 2 Reticuli’s higher temperature, and lower metallicity, it is probably older than the Sun by a couple billion years. So basically the Sun is a little cooler and younger than Zeta 2 Reticuli.
For comparison here is a breakdown of the inner planets of our own solar system.
So this brings me to my conclusion. We can check part of Lazar and Jarod 2’s story by asking the simple question: “How long is a year on Reticulum 4?” If the answer is anywhere in the neighborhood of 410 to 445 days (I’m allowing a lot for error), then their stock will have gone up even more. Keep me posted as to what you find out.
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