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Comet Shoemaker-Levy

On March 25, 1993, David Levy, along with Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker discovered the comet which now bears their name.  Within a few days, it was determined that Shoemaker-Levy 9 was orbiting Jupiter instead of the Sun.  By the end of April, calculations demonstrated that the comet was on a collision course with Jupiter.  But it was another six months before Brian Marsden (the "celestial policeman" and Head of the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams of the International Astronomical Union) was willing to announce to the world the specter of the imminent collision.  (Apparently, just writing down his title took an inordinate amount of time.)  

At the same time, however, scientists had at one point calculated that Comet Swift-Tuttle, a five mile wide chunk of ice, would smash into Earth in the year 2126.  This forecast naturally caused an uproar.  The calculations were quickly revised, however, such that Swift-Tuttle would "surely pass by Earth at a safe distance." [1]  On the other hand, could the celestial police force possibly admit to the possibility of Swift-Tuttle actually colliding with the Earth -- even if were 125 years or so from now?  Not likely.  

Just prior to Marsden's announcement, on July 16, 1993, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 had reached its furthest point (31 million miles) from Jupiter.  Then exactly one year later, the "string of pearls" of the comet's 21 fragments began to collide with the giant planet, a process which lasted from July 16th through the 22nd.  The fact the comet's orbital period was almost exactly two Earth years might be construed as significant, as if there were some connection between the comet and the Earth.             

Perhaps there is a connection.  On the one hand, the week of 16 to 22 July, 1994 was the 25th anniversary of Mankind's first landing on the Moon, July 20, 1969.  The implication is that Shoemaker-Levy 9 was providing a spectacular astronomical light show for Earth, but without the specter of any local devastation.  This connection might be something of a stretch, but there are several other factors involved.           

A curious result of the Lunar landing, for example, was that Neil Armstrong, the first human allegedly to ever set foot on the moon, virtually dropped from public view after the most successful mission in history.  This has to be highly unusual, and flies in the face of the norm for a governmental agency such as NASA to milk the resulting hero worship for all it was worth.  A possible reason for this strange if not bizarre behavior is that something happened on the mission which Armstrong might have wanted to tell the world, but which NASA did not.  Inasmuch as NASA had the power of imposing military secrecy rules on its astronauts (and military officers), NASA would inevitably have the final say in any disagreement between them and, say, Neil Armstrong.           

One theory on the basis of the Armstrong/NASA conflict is that Armstrong and his companions encountered extraterrestrials or their artifacts either during their stay on the Moon or shortly thereafter.  This possibility would explain Armstrong's reticence to speak out after the mission -- because of the imposition of military secrecy rules and the very real threat of severe disciplinary action -- and NASA's opposition to allowing such world shaking news to leak out.  And considering the degree to which the International Astronomical Union (Marsden's organization) was hesitant to announce Shoemaker-Levy 9's fate, the likelihood of a patriarchal governmental agency such as NASA (an acronym for Never A Straight Answer) announcing first contact with extraterrestrials, or even the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence artifacts, would be minimal.           

There is a second connection between the history of Earth and the Shoemaker-Levy 9 collision with Jupiter.  On July 22, 1994 -- the final day of the 21 fragment salute hitting Jupiter -- a crop circle appeared in England, which consisted of a large circle, connected with 21 smaller circles of diminishing size strung out in a slightly looping arc like a "string of pearls".  It would be difficult to dismiss the possible interpretation of this crop circle as implying a connection between the fate of Jupiter at the hands of Shoemaker-Levy 9 and the fate of the Earth.  

If one relates this in some way to the Tunguska Explosion (where an alleged comet or meteorite crashed into Siberia in 1908), the Shoemaker-Levy 9 collision with Jupiter might have also been a sign or a warning signal of some sort.  As Time Magazine phrased it, "A shattered comet is about to hit Jupiter, creating the biggest explosion ever witnessed in the solar system.  Could it happen here on Earth?  Yes..." [1]           

There is another curious circumstance connecting the Earth and the 21 fragments making up Shoemaker-Levy 9. The combination of the numbers 21 (the number of fragments) and 1 (the planet) also corresponds to the Major Arcana of the Tarot -- more specifically, to The Fool’s Journey.  The planet may refers to The Fool Tarot card and the 21 other cards of the Major Arcana, which represent the 21 significant events encountered by the Fool as he/she experiences the world (before again becoming the Fool).  The analogy may be particularly appropriate if one suspects that any wake up call to humanity, occasioned by the Shoemaker-Levy 9 collision with Jupiter, has gone unheeded.  Clearly, the inability of most of mankind to get the message might imply that the effort of Jupiter to endure 21 separate collisions in rapid succession might indeed be consider a "fool's journey".


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[1] Reston, James, Jr., "Collision Course", Time Magazine, Vol. 143, No. 21, May 23, 1994, pages 54-61.  



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