Mercury Meteor Showers
In the Cyclic Catastrophism scenario, Mercury is the former solid iron core of Mars, which left that planet only 2,703 years ago when it orbited the Earth. Ironically, the many impact craters on Mercury’s surface are the result of a small infinity of rocky bodies ejected from Mars as it orbited the Earth prior to Mercury’s ejection. Evidence of the many convulsive ejections from Mars are still present in the form of all meteorites and the famaliar meteor showers.
MESSENGER data has now revealed that meteor showers carrying volatile elements such as calcium, are pelting Mercury, as predicted years ago by Cyclic Catastrophism. Based on the ‘standard model’, the planetary science community has for years claimed that the meteor showers are the debris of various comet tails that have been blown off their orbits. As explained in two earlier posts on this site, the orbital paths of the meteor shower particles preclude the possibility of thier cometary origin since they converge at the points where they are tangent ot the Earth’s orbit. This is the reason that each shower appears to originate from a specific radiant in the heavens.
The orbits of a number of shower particles, determined photographically, have been shown to correspond to those of larger particles (Near Earth Asteroids) as opposed to comets. As shown in the posts (A and B), each of the showers that can be seen and imaged photographically were due to convulsions within Mars that occurred at night, when its orbital velocity relative to the solar system was added to that of the Earth. As a result, their origin points, tangent to the Earth’s orbit, were at perihelion, i.e. they swing out beyond the Earth’s orbit and could not have been the origin of the meteor showers observed on Mercury.
However, during the Vedic Period, Mars, in a geostationary orbit, was also convulsed in the daytime, whenever it passed through alignments with the Moon, worse yet with the Moon and the Sun combined. Two of these daytime showers, with radiants in Aries and Perseus produce showers with some 60 shooting stars per hour. Their radiants are so close to the Sun, that they were first discovered in 1947 by the radio telescope at Jodrell Banks (ref.). The daytime showers originated from Mars when its orbital velocity was in the opposite direction to that of the Earth relative to the Sun, resulting in showers which diverged from a point that was the aphelion of their orbits. Thus these particle orbits remain completely inside the orbit of the Earth, potentially crossing the orbits of Venus and Mercury on the far side of the Sun.
Mars was a living planet prior to its captures in geosynchronous orbit. Its entire complement of atmosphere, oceans, crust, minerals and biosphere were blasted into space and most captured by the Earth between 3717 and 687 BC. One clue to the great mass blasted to the Earth during this period is the total thickness of several kilometers of so-called regolith which covers the near side of the Moon, a tiny body some ten times more distant from Mars than the Earth, all of which came recently from Mars. In fact, the abundance of the elements in the entire solar system is based on the composition of a select class of carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. These are currently believed to be the stuff from which the planets of the solar system were formed because absorption spectra of the Sun is quite similar. However, the meteor showers detected on Mercury, a tiny dot compared to the Sun, explain this similarity because infinitely more of this volatile material is falling into the corona of the Sun heating spots to 100 million degrees, currently dubbed ‘nanoflares’ by scientists who insist that they come upward from the surface of the Sun.