Dr. Tom Van Flandern discusses cosmology, gravitation, and the formation of the early Solar System. Van Flandern was the former Chief of Celestial Mechanics at the US Naval Observatory, a research associate at the University of Maryland physics department, and a US Army consultant on the GPS satellite system who talks about exploding planets, the speed of gravity, and the history of Mars. The late Dr. Van Flandern was a respected astronomer who was well known for his work in alternative cosmology.
Van Flandern begins by questioning the speed of gravity, which is assumed to propogate at the same rate as light. However, he points out that the calculations used to predict planetary orbits assume an infinite speed of gravity, and indicates that gravity must propogate faster than light or else planetary orbits would become unstable spirals.
Drawing from personal experience, Van Flandern describes the pre-launch recalibration of precision clocks used by the Global Positioning System satellites to account for relativistic changes in orbital speed and gravitational field-strength, and indicates that Einstein’s theory of relativity should render both frames of reference identical, and thus disallow clocks in one relativistic frame to be recalibrated to match the slower clocks in another.
Van Flandern also describes his support for the “exploded planet hypothesis” in cosmopology as an explanation for the origin of asteroids, comets, and meteorites. He claims that the evidence is unambiguous these objects originated from a planetary explosion in the early solar system, and indicates that the orbital “explosion signatures” in space junk are also found in comet and asteroid orbits. As further evidence, he cites the black coating on one face of slow-rotating bodies in the solar system (such as Saturn’s moon Iapetus) as originating from a passing debris cloud generated during the planetary explosion.
Finally, Van Flandern discusses the cosmology of Mars, and proposes that Mars was not originally a planet of itself but actually a moon of another planet. He also talks about the Cydonia region of Mars, as discusses past predictions for secondary facial features that he claims were later validated by higher resolution photography. Van Flandern offers these discussions as a part of what he calls a crisis in cosmology, where scientific fads dominate cosmology instead of geniune scientific observation.