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1811-1817: When the Earth had a Brush with the Devil

October 5, 2012

The year 1811 started off with an amazing sight, one not many humans are “lucky” enough to see in their lifetimes.  The great comet of 1811 was first spotted in March of 1811 and its intensity increased through December 1811.  Some recordings show it had a tail 25 Degrees Long and a head 50% larger than the sun.

If you were a drunken Englishman (I am roughly half English) with time to kill at night with a high degree of geometric skills remaining after a few pints, you might even draw it like the crop circle below, which BTW was probably produced by dark energy, not a microwave oven like SOME physicists believe.

In December of 1811 the comet appeared to some observers to “fade” and to others it appeared to “perform frightening acrobatics and split in two” (see my reference on the next page). Curiously, it also had a circumpolar orbit as viewed by many, staying within view for 24 hours a day at certain latitudes, appearing to be “homing in” on the earth.  Comets are amazing entities, there is even a probe en route to land on one in 2014.

Unfortunately for those in New Madrid, Arkansas in December 1811, I am NOT CONVINCED this was a comet made of ordinary matter. Let’s just call him the devil for now.  The massive New Madrid earthquakes began in December 1811 and continued through the Spring of 1812.  The “comet” appeared to leave in 1812, although there is some uncertainty as to whether it really left entirely:

From a research posting on this linked website:

“In 1893 Norbert Herz reported what seems to have been evidence of a significant pertubation to the orbit of the Great Comet of 1811(7). Quoting Herz: “In general, if a comet is not perturbed by external forces, only one orbit, be it parabolic, elliptic, or hyperbolic, can be derived from the observations [of the comet]. But a single curve cannot be found for the comet of 1811 which will satisfy the observations.”

Working from a total of 984 observations, Herz published monthly simple means of the errors (between calculated and observed positions) but didn’t furnish indicators of maximum errors or of variances. The author hopes to obtain a copy of the observations in order to produce a clearer assessment of the comet’s path. The idea is to see if Burchell’s 04 Nov 1811 comet observation from South Africa (See second paragraph of this article.) is consistent (or not) with vetted observations of C1811 F1. Secondarily, it is desirable to look for a probable cause of the pertubation to the Great Comet’s orbit. [Added 12 Dec 2005.]

One possible explanation for the fact that a single curve couldn’t be found for C1811 F1’s orbit is that the comet fissioned and that one or both of the fission products moved off in different orbits from the original. John Kezys calls our attention to a report of such an event. He says, “As Napoleon marched into Russia with an army of seven hundred thousand strong, the Great Comet [of 1811] developed a tail one hundred million miles long. Following initial victories Napoleon overextended himself. After the invasion of Moscow he ran short of supplies and the winter proved unforgiving. Hundreds of thousands died while the comet performed frightening acrobatics by splitting in two.“(8) [Added 12 Dec 2005.]”

Now back to my explanation:

Primordial dark matter is thought to exist since the big bang.  If it exists, it will have decreased in mass possibly in the 1011 kg to 1023 kg range (a good mass range BTW to possibly fall into earth orbit, since the earth weighs 5.97219 × 1024 kg).  It could also be very hot, since the smaller the mass of a black hole, the hotter it is.  In the coldness of space, since the “hot” primordial dark matter will act like a heat exchanger, it should shower its surroundings with large amounts of Hawking Radiation, possibly lighting up the emptiness of space like a comet.

But what about in the Earth’s atmosphere?  How can they appear to hide?  Here’s how:  Due to their extreme mass and gravitational pull, they collapse gas around them creating an envelope of extreme cold which offsets their high temperatures.  Their extremely small surface area does not allow them to transfer that heat to the environment efficiently, they are a poorly designed heat exchanger.  They become a chameleon in a gaseous environment, blending in with their surroundings in a semi-thermodynamic steady-state.  They do leave markers though like contrails, ionized air, sonic booms/thunder, a spectrum of noise, etc., many of which were witnessed at New Madrid and many other earthquake sites.  Ones that take up orbit with the earth will have an ultra low frequency “pulse” signature with every orbit.

By early 1812 the earth’s “steady-state” spiraled into at least 7 years of major climate disruption, including 1816’s “The year without a summer” . Significant earthly climate events covered the planet.  I have already explained how massive dark matter particles orbiting through the earth can create increased volcanic activity and extreme low pressure events, below is a summary of what took place:

From Wilkepedia:

Large volcanic eruptions (with VEI at least 4) during the same time frame:

The unusual climatic aberrations of 1816 had the greatest effect on the northeastern United StatesAtlantic Canada, and parts of western Europe. Typically, the late spring and summer of the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada are relatively stable: temperatures (average of both day and night) average about 68 °F (20 °C) and 77 °F (25 °C) and rarely fall below 41 °F (5 °C). Summer snow is an extreme rarity.

In the spring and summer of 1816, a persistent “dry fog” was observed in the northeastern US. The fog reddened and dimmed the sunlight, such that sunspots were visible to the naked eye. Neither wind nor rainfall dispersed the “fog”. It has been characterized as a stratospheric sulfate aerosol veil.[6]

In May 1816,[1] frost killed off most of the crops that had been planted, and on 4 June 1816, frosts were reported in Connecticut, and by the following day, most of New England was gripped by the cold front.[7] On 6 June 1816, snow fell in Albany, New York, and Dennysville, Maine.[8] Nearly 12 inches (30 cm) of snow was observed in Quebec City in early June, with consequent additional loss of crops—most summer-growing plants have cell walls which rupture even in a mild frost. The result was regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic,[clarification needed] and increased mortality.

In July and August, lake and river ice were observed as far south as Pennsylvania. Rapid, dramatic temperature swings were common, with temperatures sometimes reverting from normal or above-normal summer temperatures as high as 95 °F (35 °C) to near-freezing within hours. Even though farmers south of New England did succeed in bringing some crops to maturity, maize and other grain prices rose dramatically. The price of that staple food, oats,[9] for example, rose from 12¢ a bushel ($3.40/m³) in 1815, equal to $1.52 in today’s purchasing power to 92¢ a bushel ($26/m³) in 1816, equal to $12.6 today. Those areas suffering local crop failures had to deal with the lack of roads in the early 19th century, preventing any easy importation of bulky food stuffs.[10]

Cool temperatures and heavy rains resulted in failed harvests in Britain and Ireland as well. Families in Wales travelled long distances as refugees, begging for food. Famine was prevalent in north and southwest Ireland, following the failure of wheat, oats, and potato harvests. The crisis was severe in Germany, where food prices rose sharply. Due to the unknown cause of the problems, demonstrations in front of grain markets and bakeries, followed by riotsarson, and looting, took place in many European cities. It was the worst famine of the 19th century.[8][11]

In China, the cold weather killed trees, rice crops, and even water buffalo, especially in northern China. Floods destroyed many remaining crops. Mount Tambora’s eruption disrupted China’s monsoon season, resulting in overwhelming floods in the Yangtze Valley in 1816. In India the delayed summer monsoon caused late torrential rains that aggravated the spread of cholera from a region near the River Ganges in Bengal to as far as Moscow.[12]

In New York City, the temperature dropped to −26 °F (−32 °C) during the ensuing bitter winter of 1817. This resulted in a freezing of New York’s Upper Bay deep enough for horse-drawn sleighs to be driven across Buttermilk Channel from Brooklyn to Governors Island.[13]

The effects were widespread and lasted beyond the winter. In eastern Switzerland, the summers of 1816 and 1817 were so cool that an ice dam formed below a tongue of the Giétro Glacier high in the Val de Bagnes. In spite of the efforts of the engineer Ignaz Venetz to drain the growing lake, the ice dam collapsed catastrophically in June 1818.[14]

So you see, DARK DOES MATTER.  The years 1811-1817 were just a miniature example of what the dinosaurs experienced at the end of their lives.


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  1. Hoping this may find your interest:
    Recent findings suggest a meteor from a serial impact off the dust tail of Comet C/1811 F1 was the initial mechanism to cause The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812.

    There is a central semi-circular depression in Northeastern Marshall County, Mississippi, which every hill in the valley emanates out from in a shockwave pattern. On the northwest face numerous unusual rocks were found, with the appearance of melt rock, fusion crust, vitrification, shatter cones, fallback breccia, shocked quartz, nanodiamonds, etc… All aspects of impactites.

    On satellite view draw an imaginary line down the middle of The New Madrid bend straight to where the rocks were found in North Slayden, Mississippi. Notice the lines in the topography showing direction, angle and force of impact. Follow each river to the north [Wolf, Hatchie, Loosahatchie, etc.] down each of their valleys to view the larger waves from a shock that extends from The Tennessee River on the east around passed The St. Francis River on the west. The man-made lakes to the south [Sardis, Arkabutla, Enid,…] is where the land was split apart and pulled upward. Later irt was determined these chasms would make good lakes, so they were blocked by earthen dams. Every detail in the topography points to and surrounds this same central location.

    An ice sheet can not pull land upward, away from the equator and against gravity. Inland seas would have left sandy beaches, and could not have left evenly spaced rolling hills. Naturally occurring earthquake lights could not have been seen from distances reported, some as far as Savannah, Georgia. It is my belief that all the glacial melt gravel and inland sea sand was reformed by this impact on December 16, 1811.

    William Herschel’s observations concur. Many saw the comet as 50% larger than the sun in October 1811. The comet must have passed by in late November/early December 1811. It is my belief that the comet came up from the southern hemisphere and passed in front of our planet and as the Earth went through its dust tail, several meteors impacted, one large enough to cause this event. In fact, there were many events similar to the New Madrid quakes. Caracas, Venezeula had a major earthquake in december 1811 as well, and there were many earthquakes, eruptions, strange weather patterns,… all over the globe.

    There is much more to this. Here is just a starting point: ,”Kalopins Legacy”,”wix”,”documents and links”,”A Few Comments on 1811″. “A Theory of Cometary Associations with Earthquakes”. Find out how fascinating this becomes. How many know that a huge comet barely missed just two centuries ago? Find the truths behind the myths…of what now appears to have been A Great Cometary Catastrophe…

    • Thanks!

      The comet impact triggered 7 years of global cooling which I believe was triggered by months of orbiting by that massive comet nucleus. I will read. A massive impact like 13,000 years ago will send us to the next ice age

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