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Do we live in a binary star system?

June 9, 2024|Earth Changes|

If you ask an astronomer if we could be in a binary system most will say it is highly unlikely, or if we were in one, we should know it by now. This is largely because most think the sun hardly moves at all (because precession obscures its motion), and surely, we would see the sun move if it were gravitationally bound to another star. The old paradigm, “the sun cannot move”, still haunts us!

In talking with astronomers, I have compiled a short list of requirements for being in a binary system. Beyond observing a moving sun, they are: 1. The best partner candidate would likely be our closest star, or one that is soon to be our closest star, 2. This companion star would probably display a very high rate of proper motion, appearing to move very quickly across the sky, 3. The companion would probably appear to be coming almost straight towards us, and 4. The center of mass (mid gravitational point) between our sun and this other star would need to be less than one light year away (when our companion star reaches aphelion) in order for our sun to complete an orbit in roughly 24,000 years, the approximate precession period. Amazingly, we have found a candidate that meets all criteria!

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