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ZetaTalk: Periodic Passage
Note: written during the Live ZetaTalk IRC session on Dec 15, 2001. Planet X and the 12th Planet are one and the same.

At present the 12th Planet, aka Planet X, is almost as tiny as Pluto while reflecting less light. In size, it is larger than Pluto as it is surrounded by a halo of dust and swirling moons. But due to its size and primarily the dim light currently emitted and arriving at your eye, you need a lot of help in seeing this inbound planet. Until mid-2002 you should go to your local observatory to see the 12th Planet. This is because observatories enhance visibility in a number of ways.

  1. they are positioned for good visibility, excluding light pollution and clouds.
  2. they enhance this visibility by long tubes, which take in only the light from the part of the sky scanned.
  3. they increase the visibility of this portion of sky by magnifying, which means every pixel is increased to be several pixels.
  4. they can take images, have the equipment available, that are of better quality than less expensive equipment.
  5. in many cases they have infrared equipment, or filtering equipment, that would allow them to screen for infrared or red spectrum light.

Thus, until Mid-2002, astronomers or those determined to look for themselves will not have much luck. Between that date and the 7 week prior [Note: see 2003 Date explanation. It became visible naked eye on March 26, 2003.] to the shift period when all will be able to see the 12th Planet, with or without scopes, there will be gradual increase such that amateurs will begin to see it. Until we reach that date, we will hold off on the details, as giving too much ammunition to the enemy allows them to arm themselves against this information. Amateurs will not be kept waiting, as we will provide the information and specs in time, for them, to succeed.

As the 12th Planet approaches, the key characteristic to look for will be the reddish glow. This will at first be called a nova, with whatever nova characteristic would give a reddish appearance. However, novas don't move, nor last long, so the fact that this one continues, and moves, will cause other explanations to be forthcoming. When the 12th Planet passes, it will take on the appearance that the ancients described as a fire dragon in the sky. The swirling moons create a tail, of sorts. Due to the manner in which the human eye receives light, it will take on the appearance of a cross, as the ancients also recorded. This is not unlike looking at the stars, or squinting at bright lights, when it is easy to make them appear as a cross. Thus, the most distinguishing characteristic is the reddish appearance, fairly unique in the sky. Second, it moves, in accordance with our coordinates. Third, it will grow in size, while moving. Fourth, it will be accompanied by Earth changes, quakes and activating volcanoes, so that the two cannot be separated in most minds.

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