The Solar System and Bode’s Law concerning new planets in our system . . .

by chumchingee

A theory called Bode’s law predicted that we would find a planet by adding 31 million miles to the orbit of the next planet in from the newly discovered planet. It works fairly well as far as it goes. Mercury is roughly 36 million miles from the Sun. Venus is about 67 million miles. Earth runs around 93 million miles from the sun. Mars on out it gets a little rougher. But the theory is more a rule of thumb than an exact measurement.

What I noticed about the orbits was that they resemble ripples on a pond. If you throw a rock into a still pond, the ripples extend out from the center. This is just like the planets orbits in the Solar System. It should be able to predict where the next orbit of a planet will be.

The other day I was watching PBS and a gentleman was using a rubber ribbon to measure the distance between staffs on a fence that went on a porch. He marked each staff width two inches apart. Then he nailed one side to a board. He then stretched the ribbon until it reached the other side of the short porch. He then went back and marked where the measurements fell to get an exact even measure without ever using math.

I think if we put the orbits of the known planets on a ribbon and short it slightly, then add more measurements and ribbon, we could come close to figuring out where planetary objects would likely to be found. This would have to be scaled down of course. I would run a nail where ever the actual planetary measure was, then stretch to get the next planet in line.

One scientist has discovered that the outer planets do not necessarily follow the equator of the Sun in a line as the other planets do. Pluto on out the orbits are 35-50 degrees out of line with the rest of the planets in the solar system. Haley’s comet is also way off the center line of the system. These are now minor planets.

Perhaps they should also consider density of planetary mass in determining minor or major planet qualifications. Pluto’s gravity might surprise a few people once it is discovered just what it is.