by Doug Yurchey, 2010
Published here: Friday, October 8, 2010 @ 9:38 PM
What is a planet?
(From its beginnings denoting the “wandering stars” of the classical world, the definition of planet has been fraught with ambiguity. In its long life, the word has meant many different things, often simultaneously. Over the millennia, use of the term was never strict and its meaning has twisted and blurred to include or exclude a variety of different objects, from the Sun and the Moon to satellites and asteroids. As knowledge of the universe grew, the word planet grew and changed with it, casting off old meanings and adopting new ones, though never arriving at a single, concrete definition).
Sounds like Astronomy 101, but the question of what is it that we walk on everyday has a much deeper meaning. We take for granted the sphere of land and water orbiting our sun. We even commit a gross disservice when we mistakenly call the Earth ‘the World.’ What is it that we have come to call the EARTH? What are its neighbors that also orbit in exact ellipses throughout what we have named the Solar System? What are they…really? The true (spiritual), extra-worldly, inter-dimensional answer is something incredible and beyond what we have named or think of as a mere ‘planet.’
Orbiting habitats; circling life-giving SUNS of heat and light. What are suns? What are these strange systems of celestial bodies? What are they…REALLY; meaning: in the greater scheme of things in the Universe? What are galaxies, clusters of galaxies, universes and the whole SHEBANG for that matter?
The point is…when we say ‘planet,’ we have no clue what we are saying. For lack of a better term or for not knowing what this big/round ‘thinga-ma-bob’ actually is, we will call it…PLANET…I guess.
One clue could be to find the charge of the planet. We discover that the Earth has a negative, electrical charge. Yet, our sun has a positive charge. Does this scenario sound familiar? Here we have bodies in space with a negative charge in precise orbits circling a positively charged center. The grand mystery as to the question of cosmic bodies could lay in the simple idea of atoms and molecules. What are solar systems? They are different compositions of molecular structures. Vast cosmic bodies in space and infinitesimally small, atomic ‘quanta’ are the same!