The International Writers Magazine: 933 Reasons
Thomas N. Hackney
The High Resolution Microwave Survey -- a ten-year, 100 million dollar search for extra-terrestrial intelligence -- began on America's 500th birthday, Oct. 12, 1992, and if the truth be told, the ET investigators at NASA-Ames and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory didn't know an intelligent reply when it fell on them.
The actual recipient of the Peekskill meteorite, one Michelle Knapp, 17, celebrated her coming-of-age or 18th birthday on October 12, 1992. Michelle later sold her 27.3 pound meteorite to a collector for $50,000; and her twelve-year-old, cosmically modified Chevrolet, for another $25,000. Nice birthday presents.
According to six of the scientists who studied fourteen of the video films made of the meteor's descent, "never before has so much time-resolved dynamical detail ever been recorded for a fireball-meteorite event." One scientific journal editor even went so far as to say, "It almost seems to have been trying to publicize its arrival, skimming low over a highly populated area of the United States before crashing to Earth through the rear of a car." The Peekskill meteor not only attracted royal notice, it got royal treatment, as well. The space artifact and the car it impacted were exhibited together for almost a year in the 77th Street lobby of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
One of the most telling, no incredible, indications of intelligent design in Peekskill meteor/impact event is seen in the impact itself. The precision demonstrated here was, well, exquisite (see photo).
The Peekskill meteor impact site.
"Right, Ames, you betcha!"
|Now, the Ames Research Center's main working hypothesis was simple enough: ET exists -- nothing more, nothing less. The clean reply: "Right, Ames!" You betcha. Could anything have been simpler? But when one then considers the three steel-embossed numbers, 933, that appear for all the world to be pointed to on the license plate, the ones over-scored by the slender chrome accent, the communication becomes a bit more ... rattley. Only a few inches separate the license plate from a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu’s tail light, and what better reason could there have been for someone to select a particular car in Peekskill if not to draw attention to what effectively could be written there? As seen below, these particular numbers exhibit a persistent quality of being highly relevant, even trenchant, under the circumstances. Take the following:
933 - Oct. 9 was 3 days before the American Quincentenial and 3 days before HRMS/SETI launch.
933 - The Peekskill event occurred 93 days or 3 months after Shoemaker-Levy 9 was formed into "21" large fragments. According to astronomers, SL9 broke apart into its 21 fragments July 7, 1992. This was not actually seen to happen, however, which seems to beg the question: how do you miss a thing like that?
933 - Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was first spotted March 24, 1993 or 93/3. This comet consisted of 21 large fragments and was dubbed the "string of pearls." It (they) crashed into Jupiter over six days (not seven) in July 1994, creating a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical display.
933 - Earth = 3rd planet Earth's A.U. (Astronomical Unit) = 93 million miles (a "handle" for Earth?)
933 - According to "Nature" magazine, the Peekskill meteorite weighed 12.4 kilograms; this equals 27.3 pounds -- or 93.3, algebraically.
933 - 3 X 3 = 9, which is to say, HRMS X Quincentennial yields Peekskill event
Talk about your pithily salient, multi-eloquent pearls, about getting a bang for your buck! Could there be any other three numbers that more ably describe and frame the situation here? Although the idea that an alien entity could have purposely achieved this level of marksmanship beggars credulity -- how could anyone be that good? -- the visual fact remains. But proof for the conjecture is not propounded so much visually or statistically as it is meaningfully.
No one at either Ames Research Center, where the "Targeted Search" for extra-terrestrial intelligence was directed, or JPL, which directed the "All Sky" portion of the survey, thought it odd or significant that Washington D.C. just happened to have the best public viewing of the fireball. A near perfect isosceles triangle is formed when the known "700 kilometer" flightpath is triangulated to Washington D.C. Add to this the fact that the National Radio-Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) which participated in the HRMS project, lies near the fireball's atmospheric starting point 700 kilometers out from Peekskill. A million times more powerful than any previous radioastronomical search for ET, the High Resolution Microwave Survey was in fact a federally funded project.
One of the more articulate, if curious, things to notice about the timing of these proceedings was what happened in Princeton, West Virginia at around that time. The New York "Daily News" ran two small articles on the same page of its Oct. 13, 1992 issue, one headlined: "It's bird, plane...meteor" (re: the Peekskill event), the other an article from the town of Princeton, West Virginia, which headlined: "Shoots own foot thrice." It seems a guy, a real Einstein, shot his own foot three times while cleaning three of his guns -- three shots to his right foot, that is. If "shooting yourself in the foot" can be called a quintessentially human thing, then NASA's launch of HRMS on the 500th anniversary of Columbus discovering America provides a prime instance. The old world's often genocidal policies and general subjugation of the new world were not the kind of calling cards one should really want to send to the galaxy at large.
West Virginia was both where the fireball's atmospheric entry point was located, and where the SETI paradigm was born. Like the Peekskill fireball, SETI began at the NRAO in 1960, when Frank Drake directed the first electromagnetic probe for intelligent signals in outer space. .
Translationally, the timing of events was key in more instances than just two or three. October 9, 1992, when Peekskill went down, was the date of the Dranonid meteor shower's apex that year. More meteors were flying around that night than usual, that's for sure. So it certainly was nice of the dispatcher to take the trouble to requisition from space a sporadic meteor that night. Draco ...draconid ... draconian. It seems there were to be no faux pauxs made by the alien replier that night, no tangible reference to the word draconian, whatsoever. (Whew!) Sporadic meteors are not associated with any known meteor shower.
On the other hand, NASA obviously didn't consider ETs' feelings when it launched the alien-hunting project on the 500th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of America. The upshot would be this: when you search for advanced extra-terrestrials (Worlds), one had better at least be polite. Why, you can make a world nervous by putting out a noise like that.
Somewhere along the line a question creeps to mind. Did intellectually advanced extra-terrestrial "experimenters" control for scientists? The historical record says that they did. But if a meteor-dispatching entity (or entities) did, then the experimental control was both brilliant and effective. The SETI scientists at Ames and JPL not only missed the alien rejoinder but roundly dismissed the idea when your author personally conveyed it to them.
The most recent response to your author's theory arrived March 7, 2014 by e-mail from Dr. Seth Shostak, a well-known NASA scientist and spokesman (a tit-for-tat debate has been ongoing between us for twenty years now). He wrote: "The idea that meteors are signals from extraterrestrials (in addition to being dumb -- why wouldn't they actually send information?) is something that both insults the hundreds of academics who study these things (and the many more who have in the past) and would be regarded as fantasy if you told them. It's like saying that cumulus clouds are a message from ET... It's not science."
So now it's somehow insulting for proper academics to even consider the evidence. More to the point, perhaps, your author's theory regarding this interworld interface is going nowhere. What's a little curious about this is that six months after your author's book on this subject, The ETi Grail, was published in 2012, another meteoritic duo made the world stage.
The Chelyabinsk fireball of 15 February 2013 was seen, heard, and felt at daybreak when it bellyflopped in mid-air between 8.5 and 12 miles above the ground in the Chelyabinsk region of Russian Siberia. NASA estimated the energy released by the 45-60 foot-wide bolide was equivalent to about 300-kilotons, or 20 times that of the Hiroshima bomb. If the meteor had held together for just a few more seconds and burst apart substantially lower in the atmosphere it could have killed a million people. Instead it just blew out an officially estimated 200,000 square meters of windows, caved in a few roofs, and set off car alarms. According to the Russian Minister of Emergency Situations, the fireball caused more than $13 million worth of damage, while another assessment put the figure at $33 million, or one billion rubles. Of the 1,158 people who applied for medical assistance, mostly for facial cuts, 52 were hospitalized, including 13 children. Nobody died, though.
The other meteor/asteroid event occurred later that day, and it was a record-breaker. A
150-foot-wide asteroid called 2012 DA14 passed within 17,200 miles of Earth at around 2pm EST. As the name denotes, the asteroid was discovered in 2012, almost a year before it made it's close pass. DA-14’s minimum distance to Earth put it well under the orbit of many satellites, making it our planet’s closest encounter with a large space rock that astronomers have known about in advance. The asteroid's 150-foot size put it in the same class as the one that dropped over Tungusta, Siberia in 1908. This resulted in the destruction of around 1,000 square miles of uninhabited forest; history reports the night skies of Europe glimmered red for a year.
What's truly odd and telling about these latest meteor-asteroids is that astronomers insist they were completely unrelated yet happened the same day. That is, one did not originate from the other, or from some parent body. The Chelyabinsk bolide exploded about 16 hours before DA14’s close pass, nearly half a million kilometers away from DA14 and on a totally different orbit. Unlike 2012 DA-14, however, the Chelyabinsk meteor was completely unknown to astronomers until it flash-banged Russia's Ural mountains at dawn that day.
If there was "a message" to be inferred from these same-day meteoritic wake-up calls -- whether from extra-terrestrials or Mother Nature -- it was that because of their relatively small size we cannot really hope to spot more than a fraction of these sorts of asteroids before they arrive. One could almost, if not literally, say that this particular message was put a bit more "in our face!" This time.
Science had nothing, really, and yet everything to do, with Peekskill and the comet string that followed it. Historically, comets have been thought to augur major catastrophes about to happen, and science is, after all, largely responsible for the predicament the human species now finds itself in. One would almost have to say that science without a conscience is the time-bomb in our midst. Indeed, the meteoritic test-stimulus probed for that little spark of human celestial fire called, conscience.
As for why an alien dispatcher should deign to send a meteoritic overture instead of a bunch of radio-waves, clear and obvious answers abound. One would certainly be to maintain the status quo. Why jump headlong into questionable human waters when dipping a toe seems so much more prudent? Considering the state of things political here on Earth. Extra-terrestrials are bound to want to remain uninvolved in our affairs, to keep an arm's length.
Direct and official contact with our world would massively interfere with the natural course and state of our world, and it would be irreversible. Then there is the question of human fitness, general behavior. Self-destruction -- a fate that seems almost destined for us, sooner or later -- would be definitive proof that humans are not fit to be intermingled with; and this appears to be the very thing the non-human dispatcher was testing for! As human science advances, so does the probability that someone, someday, will use it to depopulate the world, among other creatures and things. History tells us that large rocks in the sky are omens of some great disaster or upheaval soon to come. So what did 21 comets augur then? Well, the 21st Century, of course; and, what did Peekskill and SL9 test for? A conscience. It was as if one intelligent entity were remarking to another: what chance do they really have if the ones wearing the white coats (and those who fund them), lack, laugh off, or otherwise deign to show a conscience?
The self-articulating details that infused the Peekskill, Jupiter, and Princeton impact events were not close, they were perfect, dead on, every time. The Peekskill meteor didn't just hit a car, as the media reported, it thoroughly excavated a car's long and narrow right signal-light. As for the Princeton man, he didn't shoot his left foot once or twice, he shot his right foot, three (3) times, with three different guns (the last one a .357 Magnum, which really hurt). "33, right", again.
Take these additional examples:
The Peekskill fireball wasn't described as being just green, it was "lime-green", a hue highly consistent with certain human notions of the otherworldly.
The Peekskill meteorite weighed not 27.2 pounds, but 27.3 pounds. Nature magazine reported its weight at "12.4 kg." (12.4 x 2.2 = 27.28 pounds.)
There weren't 20 fragments in SL9, there were 21 of them. In line with SL9's ability to augur the 21st century, the Peekskill event occurred 21 months before the 21 fragments of SL9 impacted Jupiter, causing the most energetic events of any kind ever seen in our solar system, period -- not 4 or 14. The 21-gun salute released something like 600X the explosive power of all the nuclear bombs on Earth. Full stop.
The Peekskill fireball didn't perform a veritable flyby past Pittsburg or Oklahoma City, it did so by Washington D.C. Throughout much of 1990 to 1991, The Pentagon (Defense Department) released videos showing off its new Patriot Missile in pre-war-torn Iraq. The missile targeted moving SCUDS tossed by Saddam Hussein at Israel and Saudi Arabia. Some hit their targets, others didn't. How apropos, vis-a-vis showing off one's marksmanship, was Peekskill? Very. "Here's a small peek at our skill." No beta-tests or practice shots needed here (baby. It's a strength).
None of these coincidences or synchronicities could ever accrue to scientific evidence of extra-terrestrial co-existence, of course. As seen earlier, such insinuations of interworld messaging can only be laughed off, dismissed, as "speculative" and "unscientific." But, the proof here was more fully sentient in nature, not scientific. It was more about (human) history than science, and maybe a little about linguistics ("pragmatics"), ethics. One doesn't control and predict a subject as old as the dispatcher, no matter if they are "hallmarks of science." You don't just slip your dime in the slot, twist the handle around, and collect your brightly colored alien.
Another reason for science's dismissal of these facts has to do with alien technology, or human preconceptions about this. Not only is it "highly unlikely", they say, that extra-terrestrials could get here, but there's just no possible way they could have pulled such feats of markmanship off without "science" detecting them.
The most logical answer to this conundrum is precisely where the most fun can be had. Our planet, on average, is 1.5 billion years younger than at least one-half of the planets in our galaxy. Now,1.5 billion years is a long long time for an intelligent species to be profoundly curious about the universe around them. The universe for its large part has been more or less functional for 12 billion years or so. Our planet is about 4.5 billion years old. Considering how far humans have come technologically in, say, the last 500 years, it severely boggles the mind to think what an intelligence might discover when it has had three million times longer to tinker with things. What's more, a space-worthy civilization one or two billion years old could have easily mapped, traversed, and otherwise explored the entire Milky Way galaxy by now, simply by expanding its sphere of influence at an average rate of about one light-year every 30,000 years or so.
The precision and power demonstrated by these impact events are hard, cold, documented facts, facts that never fail to be relevant. Peekskill and Shoemaker-Levy 9 clearly exhibit intelligent design, which is to say, Mother Nature did it. She created humans, didn't she, so why not non-humans as well? What else would these events represent? Who else could it be?
Although the possibility exists that it was all some sort of sapient illusion, or a series of coincidences, dumb luck, etc. (the meteorite's impact angle was "77" degrees ), the brighter side of the equation has it that it was all just too meaningful, too statistically ridiculous, for this to be the case, realistically.
1. "Nature" magazine, "The orbit and atmospheric trajectory of the Peekskill meteor from video records" Vol. 367, 17 Feb. 1994
2, David W. Hughes, editor, Qrtly. Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society
3. The ETi Grail, by Thomas N. Hackney (Balboa Press, 2012), pg.52
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