Extra-Terrestrial Forces Playing With Mother Earth’s Climate

The Earth’s climate has been changing for centuries. In the last 650,000 years, earth has experienced seven cycles of glacial advancement and retreat, and today, rapid climate change is a topic of major discussion amongst environmentalists

, politicians, and the average citizen. With global temperatures rising, ice sheets shrinking and the oceans warming, the evidence for climate change is clear.

This is why many people are focused on reducing greenhouse gases and becoming more energy efficient. However, what if the root of the problem is bigger than us? What if we need to look outside of Mother Earth and up at the night’s sky in order to entertain the idea that there may be extra-terrestrial forces at play?

History of Extra-Terrestrial Forces and Climate Change

Long before humans ever set foot in space, scientists were speculating about the possibility that knowledge of other planets in our solar system could help us understand the Earth’s atmosphere, weather, and climate. In 1948, the US Weather Bureau suggested starting the Project on Planetary Atmospheres to explore the impact of other atmospheres on our environment.

However, there wasn’t enough technology to make any headway. With planetary exploration and further advancements in technology, it is now possible to study the exact impact the sun, moon, and other planets have on Mother Earth’s climate.

The Sun’s Impact on the Earth’s Climate

Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

The sun is the most influential extra-terrestrial factor in our solar system. However, it may be more important than scientists originally thought. The amount of energy reaching the Earth from the sun changes every day.

It has been hypothesized that these changes in solar output affect the Earth’s climate by directly changing the rate of solar heating on the planet’s atmosphere and indirectly changing cloud forming processes.

One hypothesis suggests that there is an 11-year cycle of total solar irradiance related to sunspots. This changes solar energy at ultraviolet short wavelengths, causing changes in ozone concentrations at the atmospheric level where weather occurs. On the other hand, another hypothesis suggests that changes in solar activity disrupt the flow of highly charged particles known as cosmic rays.

These particles can create more ions from air molecules which can ultimately modify cloud formation and create extreme changes in weather and temperature.

The Moon’s Impact

When Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity, he also paved the way for better understanding about the moon’s influence on Earth. Today, scientists are widely in agreement that the gravitational pull from the moon affects the tides of Earth’s oceans and ultimately change the planet’s climate. The moon’s tidal force affects the atmosphere by creating small, regular pressure changes and winds.

The lunar orbit has also been changing over the past 18 years, putting the Earth’s tidal bulge into a more northern position. This could be creating a small impact on the global changes occurring in the Earth’s oceans. Further evidence shows that the moon can even influence generations of storms and rainfall to produce catastrophic changes in weather.

Impact of Other Planets

The moon isn’t the only object in the solar system with influential gravitational pull. The gravitational forces from other planets can influence the sunspot cycle, which in turn changes Earth’s temperature. In a paper written by a University of Toronto professor, numerical simulations are used to show the connection between Earth’s changing shape and the gravitational effects of Jupiter and Saturn.

When coupled together, these forces produce large changes in the Earth’s climate. Furthermore, at some point in the last 20 million years, Earth passed through a gravitational resonance from Jupiter and Saturn’s orbit. This changed the Earth’s axial tilt and created a dramatic change in the planet’s shape and climate.

To understand the changes that we are experiencing on Mother Earth, it is important that we look outside of our planet. The Earth is an ever-changing system that is affected by the pulls and forces of other bodies in the solar system. Once we understand their effect on the planet, we can fully understand the impact of climate change and global warming. Article supplied by our US correspondent: Sally Perkins

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