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ZetaTalk: Retrograde Orbit
Note: written on Jan 15, 1997. Planet X and the 12th Planet are one and the same.

As we have mentioned, the 12th Planet's approach at this time, as viewed from Earth, has it essentially standing still. Just as the appearance of the flight of a bird might have it bobbling up or down at bit in flight, as it approaches the observer, if viewed from above the flight the path would appear straight, and if viewed from the side where the rapid forward progress of the bird is more dramatic than any bobble up or down due to its beating wings, the path would likewise appear straight. This false illusion of motion when the observer is not at an angle that presents the true motion of the object being viewed is especially true if the observer is also in motion. If the observer is running toward the bird, rocking to the right and left in his running stride, the bobbling of the bird is compounded by the eyes-view of the human runner so that it appears to be jiggling side to side too.

Astronomers are well aware that the apparent retrograde motion of the outer planets is in fact due to the more rapid orbit of the Earth. Draw a line from the Sun through the Earth and on out to a planet such as Jupiter. Both are revolving around the Sun in a counterclockwise manner as viewed from above the ecliptic, up above the North Pole. Yet due to the faster motion of the Earth, Jupiter would appear to be to the left of the Earth, then to the right, and thus appear to be moving left to right around the Sun, a clockwise motion. Bearing in mind that appearances can be deceiving, and just why that is, the following is what humans can expect to observe as the 12th Planet approaches for its periodic passage.

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