Nudging the axis of rotation

8 May 2014
Catastrophism

Velikovsky, in his Epilogue to Worlds in Collision, page 367, speculates on what might cause the axis of rotation to tilt. He was trying to think up a mechanism to explain the Long Day of Joshua which probably had nothing to do with an axial shift. One idea, he suggested, was that the Earth might pass through a strong magnetic field at an angle to the Earth's magnetic axis. Citing a steel spinning top as an example, he said when tilted by a magnet the top will continue to rotate and theoretically such a tilt would last for a certain amount of time – presumably the day he required to explain the long day. However, could the tilt last somewhat longer – or even become permanent? Has anyone toyed with the idea of using electro-magnetic forces to tilt the Earth – and how big a body does it require?

The Electric Universe people are saying comets are electric – and they flare up as they approach the Sun as a result of their electric nature (rather than as a consequence of ice melting). Those comets investigated in the Space Age have largely proven to be rocky – unlike a dirty snowball affair. So, is mainstream comet theory awry – and what might that mean for shifts in the axis of rotation.

It seems to me that we have at least three possible axis shifts (tilts) that are recognisable by huge variations in global sea levels. These are at 18,000 years ago (keeping faith with the C14 methodology), at 8000 years ago, and at 5000 years ago. The first of these was huge, the middle was middling, and the last one was quite puny. Now, we know that Comet Halley must have been a very large comet when it first entered the inner solar system and started rucking with the Sun every 76 years or so. Its present mass is but a shadow of itself – while the hypothetical Clube and Napier comet might have been even bigger at one time. If so, the intensity of the tilt events changing over time might reflect the shrinking of the comet as it regularly rendevoused with the Sun (losing mass on each occasion). Is that feasible?

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