Extraterrestrial Ideas

I got my Orbit3D simulation model working yesterday, and used it to plot the orbit of huge, newly-discovered Comet C/2019 Y4 (Atlas):

In a near-parabolic orbit it reaches perihelion on 31 May 2020 as it descends through the solar system. Last time it passed by was 6000 years ago.

Many comets leave dust clouds along their orbits as material breaks off them, particularly while they near perihelion. These appear as periodic meteor showers on the surface of the Earth (e.g. Taurids, Leonids). Some people think that meteor showers could be the source of viral epidemics.

So while everyone is trying to blame each other for the Covid-19 pandemic. there is a possibility that nobody is to blame for it, because it came from outer space.

One piece of supportive evidence is that the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be largely restricted to the northern hemisphere (see map 1 April 2020 above). And this is where a dust cloud preceding Comet Atlas as it descends through the Solar System would be expected to land.

A second piece of supportive evidence might be the very rapid spread of the epidemic. This is what should be expected if the virus was landing simultaneously all over the northern hemisphere.

It’s currently believed that the pandemic began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. What if it was first noticed there because a great many epidemics seem to start there, and the Chinese are always watching out for them?

In addition, many people believe that the virus was in circulation for months before December 2019, because they’d been coming down with strange flu-like symptoms. I have myself been suffering from shortage of breath since 17 January 2020, and several commenters have reported suffering from similar or worse symptoms.

The new coronavirus is believed to be extremely highly infectious. But perhaps it isn’t. Perhaps it appeared nearly everywhere in the northern hemisphere as an airborne virus falling slowly to Earth, and it’s this that gives it the illusion of high transmissivity. Aboard the Diamond Princess, it may have been only those passengers and crew who were on the open upper decks who inhaled the descending cloud of virus as they swam and played and sunbathed on just one particular day: passengers in bars and restaurants and shops and cabins below inhaled next to none. The Diamond Princess was quarantined on 4 February 2020, and assuming a two-week period before symptoms appeared, the date of the viral rain would have been in mid-January.

One test of this hypothesis would be to ask Diamond Princess passengers and crew a simple question: Did you spend much time on the open upper decks of the ship? If the results show that those who spent a long time on deck had more cases of Covid-19 than those who spent all their time below deck, it would suggest that the virus came from outside the ship, in the air around it.

If Comet Atlas has a very large companion stream of viral dust, the maximum density of the cloud would be reached at perihelion on 31 May. Covid-19 cases would tend to reach their maximum numbers around this time, with the Earth passing through the cloud for months. And currently the global pandemic indeed looks set to peak somewhere around this time.

If outbreaks of Covid-19 aren’t happening exactly simultaneously in China and Italy, it could be because the virus is not distributed uniformly in the Atlas dust cloud, so that one geographic region (China, Iran, Italy) may have been getting much denser viral clouds than others.

One explanation for the pandemic to have jumped from China to Italy is that Italy has lots of Chinese visitors. But isn’t the same true of almost everywhere else? And if the new coronavirus is solely spread by people, wouldn’t you expect to see Covid-19 diffusing slowly from one region to adjacent regions, rather than jumping long distances (like from China to Italy)?

Another explanation of the lower incidence of Covid-19 in the southern hemisphere may be that the past few months have been summer in the southern hemisphere, and it’s believed that viruses are neutralised by heat. If so, it will be interesting to see whether the northern hemisphere will experience the same thing during its upcoming summer months. If it doesn’t, it’ll be a bit more evidence for  an extra-terrestrial origin for the current pandemic.

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17 Responses to Extraterrestrial Ideas

  1. Igrowmyown says:

    4,000 BC is the timeline date given for the start of the Neolithic age and the start of agriculture in the British Isles.

  2. Igrowmyown says:

    The Colour Out Of Space by H.P. Lovecraft had a remarkably similar theme. It will be interesting to see if this theory is ever taken seriously.

  3. Joe L. says:

    In the months leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, I noticed an unusually large amount of articles fearmongering about upcoming “close calls” with astronomical bodies. Coincidence? Heightened awareness?

    Slightly-off-topic: there have been a couple other interesting recent events that I was thinking you might want to plug into your orbital simulator, Frank. I’m wondering if we’ve got another potential Chelyabinsk on our hands. On March 22, asteroid 2020 FL2 passed Earth at a distance of only ~90,000 miles, without much fanfare. What is extremely interesting is that there was a large “explosion” which destroyed buildings and left a huge crater in the ground in Akure, Nigeria on March 26. Some people believe it was caused an asteroid impact. A different asteroid, 2012 XA133, was set to pass earth that same day, but NASA claimed Earth would not be affected; it passed Earth at a far greater distance of ~4.1 million miles.

    I’m curious if the “explosion” in Nigeria might have actually been caused by a companion meteorite of 2020 FL2, much like your orbital simulation indicated it was indeed possible that the Chelyabinsk meteorite was a companion of 2012 DA14. If you get some time to plug the numbers into your simulator, I’d like to know what you find.

    • Frank Davis says:

      (2020 FL2) does indeed come close to Earth on 22 Mar 2920. Moving from left to right in the image nelow.Not sure if it’s above or below.

      If it’s low, it looks like it could pass over Nigeria.

      However the immpact date in Nigeria is on 28 Mar, 6 days later, so 6 days behind 2020 FL2

      • Joe L. says:

        Interesting. Thanks, Frank! Six days does seem to be a bit long for a companion to reach Earth, but I guess that would also depend on the size and speed of 2020 FL2. I don’t know much about the gravitational pull of asteroids/meteors or what other conditions are required to have a companion travel with one, so I guess it could still be possible, but maybe not likely.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I set up a train of rocks lying one hour apart along (2020 FL2) orbit fore and aft of it.

      The view above is Earth seen from Jupiter, and shows the 2020 FL2 rock train well above the Earth.

      Body 4 is Earth. Body 10 is Luna. Body 12 is (2020 FL2)

  4. Dirk says:

    Corona in the tropics:
    A dramatic surge in coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia in recent days has increased doubts over a theory that warmer weather could stem the spread of the virus, health experts say.

    Relatively low cases of infections in many Southeast Asian countries had been cited as possible evidence that hotter weather was suppressing the virus, giving hope to Europe and the United States as they head into spring.

    But countries from Indonesia to Thailand to Malaysia and the Philippines have recorded their highest rate of infections in recent days as testing has ramped up, in a sign seasonal factors may only play a limited role in coronavirus’ spread.

    “The temperature theory doesn’t really hold up given what’s happening right now in much of Southeast Asia,” said Tikki Pangestu, a professor at Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. “People in Europe hope warm weather will kill the virus. I doubt this will be the reality.”

    • beobrigitte says:

      Dirk, I have been comparing Brazil in March to Europe in Summer. It is not encouraging to see that temperature does not make much difference.

  5. smokingscot says:


    Russia deems tobacco as nonessential, so told their domestic producers to close their plants. There’s a lot of stock to go through before the shelves go empty, but if their lockdown goes on for months, then…


    • beobrigitte says:

      I am not sure the Russians deem tobacco as non-essential. In times like this (and yes, there will be a repeat some time in the future – RNA viruses do mutate easily, read up on the basics and you learn why) NOBODY CARES about tobacco other than anti-smokers.
      The Russian shelves won’t be empty of tobacco.
      I can easily imagine that the Russian anti-smokers keep their mouths shut right now – for a good reason.

      In Germany KIOSKS (small newspaper and tobacco product outlets) can officially trade. I haven’t found out exactly what the situation is for vapers but I guess they order their supply on the net,

    • Александра Собина says:

      Then there could be a big trouble. Russians are quite emotional people and government knows that. There was about 1936th or so a situation when Russians was short with tobacco and people was very upset.

  6. sok says:

    great blogFrank.)

    • Rose says:

      Thanks for posting that, Frank. I remember reading the rudiments of the theory during the AIDS epidemic, but it was helpful to see it so clearly laid out and proved.

  7. Dirk says:

    Coronavirus in tropical Indonesia, hot weather all year round:Indonesia reports Southeast Asia’s highest coronavirus fatalities

    Indonesia’s death rate due to the deadly infection stood at 9.1 percent compared to 5.2 worldwide as of Friday.


  8. Joe L. says:

    A new report claims that a teenager in a remote Amazonian tribe has apparently tested positive for COVID-19. If true, this is clearly not a case of “community spread,” so how is this possible? Maybe this virus, in fact, did get deposited on Earth from an extraterrestrial object passing by?

    Teen in remote Amazonian tribe tests positive for coronavirus

    A 15-year-old male from a remote indigenous tribe in the Amazon rainforest has tested positive for the coronavirus, Brazilian health officials said.

    As of Friday, the teen from the Yanomami tribe remains in the ICU at a hospital in Roraima state, Insider.com reported, citing the O Globo newspaper.

    Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta was quoted saying that the case is “worrying” considering the tribe’s isolation from the outside world.

    The teen reported having shortness of breath and fever, among other symptoms.

    The Yanomami tribe, which inhabits the Venezuela-Brazil border region, is estimated to have around 22,000 members on the Brazilian side. They have been photographed in recent years from the air.

    The tribe has vast botanical knowledge and uses about 500 plants for food, medicine and building houses. Tribespeople provide for themselves by hunting, gathering and fishing, as well as cultivating crops such as manioc (cassava or yuca) and bananas, which are grown in large gardens cleared from the forest.

    Brazil currently has 18,397 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 974 deaths, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University.

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