March 20, 2020
solar fission, exploded planets, twin planets, Le Sage gravity, Fulton Gap
A detailed summary of Van Flandern's theory of planetary formation is presented. The theory proposes planets split in pairs from equatorial bulges of an overspinning and contracting Sun, which explains the similarities between Venus and Earth and between Uranus and Neptune. Mars and Mercury are former moons, the former of Bellatrix, the latter of Venus. It also proposes explosions of 6 liquid planets, 4 of which had moons, some of which exploded also, because of tidal stresses, with subsequent collisions causing the asteroid belts. The explosions are supported by some 100 points of evidence. Collisions between planets are considered too improbable as there is too much space between them. Moons are said to originate also from fission, singly from solid planets and in pairs from giant planets. The energy for the explosions is proposed to come from Le Sage gravity. Objections to this theory of gravity are all refuted. Comets are considered as being the result of an explosion so there is no Oort Cloud. The model is the only one that explains the twinning of planets (and moons), but it also readily explains circular and co-planar orbits, distribution of angular momentum, and the anomalies of Mercury and Mars. It is also confirmed by exoplanetary evidence (especially the Fulton Gap, the finding that planets are more massive than the disk they're supposed to form from, and the young age of HL Tauri ), which further discredits the planetisimal hypothesis.