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  • Genre:SCIENCE
  • SubGenre:Astronomy
  • Language:English
  • Pages:55
  • eBook ISBN:9781483531618

We Live in the Helical Solar System

Our Home in a Helical Universe

by Paul Geiger

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Overview
This book describes in detail the helical structure of the Solar System. In the 1960s astronomers studying the orbital motions of stars in other galaxies and realized the Sun must be moving in an orbit around the center of the Milky Way. This requires each planet in the Solar System to follow a helical (spiral) path as it orbits the Sun. In spite of that, however, the old flat-orbit concept, although obsolete, is apparently still being taught in our schools. This book was written in the hope students, as well as the general public, can finally begin to learn the newfound understanding of how our Solar System has always operated. The text explains the new concept and is based on the information discovered by astronomers in the last half of the 20th century.
Description
For more than 40 years astronomers have known the planets do not revolve around the Sun in flat orbits, as they used to believe. One of nature’s many optical illusions had misled them for hundreds of years. In the 1960s astronomers were studying the orbital motions of stars in other galaxies and realized the Sun must be moving in an orbit around the center of the Milky Way. This requires each planet in the Solar System to follow a helical (spiral) path as it orbits the Sun. In spite of that, however, the old flat-orbit concept, although obsolete, is apparently still being taught in our schools. For some reason, astronomers seem not to have made an effort to publicize the new helical structure for the Solar System. This book was written in the hope students, as well as the general public, can finally begin to learn the newfound understanding of how our Solar System has always operated. The text explains the new concept and is based on the information discovered by astronomers in the last half of the 20th century. There are nine chapters in the book. The first three explain how the new helical structure was discovered and what it means. The remaining chapters discuss how this new information might lead to a more accurate understanding of how orbiting systems operate throughout the Universe. These final six chapters offer some thoughts inspired by the new information.
About the author
Paul Geiger retired in 2002 after a 43-year career as a writer and editor for business journals. He is an alumnus of Seton Hall University, graduating in 1958 with a degree in political science. His two primary avocations have been the study of the history of World War II for the past 65 years and the study of the science of physics for the past 40 years. He began work on the research that led to the science paper shown in Appendix I during 2006 and completed it in March 2008. This book is primarily based on the findings in the paper.
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