Fifth consider the principle of orbital resonance. This is best understood by example. One example is the discrete banding of the electrons orbiting the nucleus of an atom. Electron orbits, called shells, only exist in certain places, resulting in a specific element for each electron configuration. Another example is my illustration of tapping the glass to find its resonant frequency. Sing that frequency. If you are Mario Lanza, you can break the glass just by singing. Well, the universe is also in vibration, like a song! Another illustration is the quartz crystal watch. It keeps good time because the crystal vibrates precisely at its resonant frequency, which for quartz is very stable and predictable. It is easy to see (or hear) resonance at work for high frequencies; it is much more difficult to comprehend it at the ultra-low frequencies of planetary orbits.

One good example of low frequency resonance is ‘Galloping Gertie,’ the old suspension bridge across the Tacoma Narrows in Washington State. It was well known for its distressing tendency to oscillate at its characteristic resonant frequency of about 2 seconds when even a modest wind blew across it. It was just a big violin string. A 42 mph wind brought it down in 1940.

But a planet has an orbital frequency on the order of years. Could it resonate? That is hard to see now, because the coulomb interaction is so weak (most of the static has dissipated), the magnetic fields are so weak (nothing is recharging them, either), and the gravity between planets is simply too slight to excite much resonance. The only planets still in resonance with each other are Neptune and Pluto (at 3:2). Also, Jupiter's huge gravitational field still holds its largest three moons and many asteroids in resonance. But during the catastrophic era, when the planets regularly passed close to each other recharging their magnetic and electrostatic fields to exceedingly high levels, orbital resonance was the norm rather than the exception.

To begin with, the breakup of Nyx threw out planetary bodies at random, and of course none were in resonant orbits; all were in unstable, decaying orbits. But as they decayed, they interacted with Earth, the only planet in a stable orbit, and tended to resonate with Earth. I believe Mars was the first to establish itself into a resonant orbit with Earth, with a precise three-to-one year frequency, crossing Earth’s orbit in two places. That eventually changed to a two-to-one resonance after the Flood, when Earth gained a precise 360 day year. By then, the orbits of the outer planets had all decayed to the point where they had also locked into resonance with each other in elliptical orbits.


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