Artist’s Decades-Old Painting of Pluto Is Eerily Accurate
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is currently sending back the most detailed pictures of Pluto ever taken. But if the images from the historic flyby look just a little familiar to you, there might be a good reason why.
A new image of the dwarf planet tweeted by NASA yesterday bears a striking resemblance to a painting of Pluto created in 1979 – before any detailed information about this far-off celestial body was known and it was nothing more than a tiny blur through even the best telescopes.
That this is an obvious and explicit ritual, aside from whatever its value as a mission, should be apparent from the fact that the remains of the astronomer who discovered Pluto were inserted to the “New Horizons” (“New Horus-Zones,” which we’ll get to shortly) vehicle:
When a NASA probe whizzed past Pluto on Tuesday, the man who discovered the dwarf planet 85 years ago was there.
A small amount of the ashes of American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh are on board the New Horizons spacecraft, which has spent more than nine years traveling to the outer reaches of the solar system.
And just as the dead had obols (today thought of as pennies) placed over their eyes (or in the mouth) to pay their way to the Underworld in ancient times, Tombaugh’s remains were accompanied by two quarters (among many other hidden symbols). Our modern knowledge of these kinds of customs (many of which were tinged with influences from the Mysteries) was revived by a group of scholars known as the Cambridge Ritualists, who were greatly influenced by Freemasons like James Frazer.
At about the same time that Tombaugh was poring over photographic plates in search of the elusive Planet X, a writer was at work on a new story in faraway Providence, Rhode Island. The writer was Howard Phillips Lovecraft, then in his fortieth year and enjoying some success as an author of pulp fiction. His story progressed through the year 1930 and was finally finished in September. A year later, in the same month that Lovecraft turned forty-one, the magazine Weird Tales published “The Whisperer in Darkness.”
“[T]he dark planet Yuggoth, at the rim of the solar system” would seem to refer to the newly discovered Pluto. Lovecraft is supposed to have suggested as much. Yet the concept of Yuggoth predates the discovery of the planet, for Lovecraft penned a series of sonnets, entitled “The Fungi from Yuggoth,” between December 27, 1929, and January 4, 1930.
Places on Pluto are Being Named for Your Darkest Imaginings
Meng-p’o: Buddhist goddess of forgetfulness and amnesia, tasked in the underworld with ensuring reincarnated souls will not remember their previous lives.Cthulhu: an elder god from HP Lovecraft mixing features of man, octopus, and dragon. Krun: one of five Mandaean lords of the underworld, nicknamed “Mountain-of-Flesh” Ala: Odianai goddess of earth, morality, fertility, and creativity. Balrog: monster able to shroud itself in fire, darkness, and shadow, and the apparent killer of Galdalf the Grey in the Lord of the Rings. Vucub-Came and Hun-Came: Mayan hero-twins and death gods
Each of the mini-moons have their own already-announced themes. Styx, river the dead cross into the underworld, will be collecting river gods. Nix, personification of the night itself, will take on all the other night deities. Kerbeos, the hellhound of Hades, will be collecting canines from literature, mythology, and history.
NASA and the team behind its New Horizons spacecraft announced today that Pluto — the dwarf planet — has a giant tail.
Search for Potential ‘Planet X’ Far From Over
The hunt for the hypothetical “Planet X” has been fruitless so far, but that doesn’t mean astronomers are calling it off.
A new analysis of data collected by NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft revealed no sign of the mysterious Planet X hypothesized to exist in the outer solar system. But scientists are keeping up the search for a planet or dim star far from the sun.