Trying to find the key configurations and cycles which have the strong effects is a bit like doing a cryptic crossword. The clues don’t at first seem to help obtain the answers. They help confirm you got the answer right once you’ve got it. Analogies can be pushed too far, and there is of course no ultimate certainty. Nature doesn’t print the solution to the crossword in the heavens the following Saturday morning.
However, those of us who have been getting on with the job instead of throwing up our hands in despair at the myriad numbers of cycles or loudly proclaiming the impossibility of the planetary effect on the strength of spuriously extrapolated ‘first principles’ have been making some good progress. This article looks at some of the principle harmonics in the solar system. The Jupiter-Saturn-Earth direct relationship to the Solar cycle of around 11 years and solar rotation has been recently dealt with so is left out of this discussion.
As well as the much argued about 60 year cycle there is a 45 year cycle plus longer harmonic frequencies which is strongly represented in direct evidence here on Earth by the beach ridges on quiet high latitude northern shores in Siberia and Canada which have been rising eustatically at a steady rate since the end of the last ice age.
Leif commented earlier in the WUWT thread that the fibonacci series progression I described for the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth and Jupiter “breaks down further out”, and I responded that there are other patterns which encompass the outer planets. What I didn’t mention is that these patterns link back to the inner planets too. Indeed the combination of solar influence via its mass and activity level and that of the outer planets via their angular momentum and the effect of their gravitational perturbation of the smaller planets seems to be what has organised the system.
I summarised the orderly nature of the inner solar system including Jupiter with the following observation:
During the time it takes for Jupiter to complete 2/3 of an orbit, Venus will go past Earth five times, as Earth makes eight orbits, while Venus makes thirteen, and Mercury will pass Venus twenty one times, as it completes thirty four orbits of the Sun.
2,3,5,8,13,21,34. These numbers are in a familiar series, the Fibonacci sequence.
This shows that the orbital distances of these planets (and hence by Kepler’s laws their orbital periods), are not what they are by random chance, but form part of the patterns of resonance.
Now consider the following, for which we owe thanks particularly to Ian Wilson (Ninderthana), and Ulric Lyons, who has also found planetary periods related to the ~45 year cycle.
This from Ian’s site, freshly pressed today:
The Jovian planets act like a large washing
machine, stirring the inner terrestrial planets with a
gravitational force that varies with a frequency that is
determined by the beat period between two main competing
Jovian planetary alignments.
The first is that produced by the the retrograde tri-synodic
period of Jupiter/Saturn ( = 59.577 yrs) and the second is
the pro-grade synodic period of Uranus/Neptune (171.41 yrs):
(59.577 x 171.41) / (171.41 + 59.577) = 44.21 yrs
[Note that this figure is close to two Hale Cycles and will vary a little due to angular momentum exchange between the Jovian planets over various timescales. To be investigated – TB]
This driving period of the Jovian planets closely matches
the synodic periods of the three largest Terrestrial planets
69 × SVJ = 44.770 yrs SVJ = synodic period Venus/Jupiter
41 × SEJ = 44.774 yrs SEJ = synodic period Earth/Jupiter
20 × SMJ = 44.704 yrs SMJ = synodic period Mars/Jupiter
The 44. 7 year period for the three largest Terrestrial planets
to realign with Jupiter appears to link Jupiter’s orbital period
directly into the time it takes for the three largest terrestrial
planets to return to their same (relative) orbital configuration,
which just happens to be 6.40 years:
4 x SVE = 6.3946 yrs SVE = synodic period Venus/Earth
3 x SEM = 6.4059 yrs SEM = synodic period Earth/Mars
7 x SVM = 6.3995 yrs SVM = synodic period Venus/Mars
28 × SVE = 7 x (6.3946 yrs) = 44.763 yrs
But there is much more to this than pebbles on beaches, as you will discover if you visit Ian’s site and read the rest of his article. It relates to the ~1.3 year periodicity in the tidal acceleration and retardation of the layers in the Sun near the tachocline discovered by the SOHO team and analysed by the GONG group.
GONG is a good acronym. If only the team realised the resonance it implies extends to the entire solar system.