The Dogon Mystery.

Hi,

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Have you read about Sirius, the dog star, which is almost nine light years away from the Earth.

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It is only relatively recently that we have been able to discover anything much about it, because we had to wait for the science to evolve, in order for discoveries to be made possible.

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First we had to wait for Galileo to invent the telescope!

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A German astronomer called Bessel was looking at Sirius moving on it’s course in the mid 1840’s, and he thought that he could discern a sort of wobble, which to his mind suggested the possibility of it being affected by another close planet’s gravitational pull.

This was as far as he could go at that time because there was no technology available to allow closer examination to prove or disprove his premise.

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It was not until much later that further research into Sirius was made possible.

This event happened in 1862 when a man called Clark was able to prove that Bessel had been absolutely correct.

Clark had built and used one of his own telescopes, and was just able to see that Sirius had another star beside it.

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After that things moved on quickly and nowadays we can clearly see that Sirius, called Sirius A, has a companion, Sirius B, which is not visible without very strong magnification.

The first photograph of Sirius B was taken in 1970.

Astronomers also think that the small star called Sirius B is a ‘white dwarf’ which is as heavy as our Sun.

This means it is so dense that even just a spoonful would be an enormous weight.

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In the west part of Africa, there is a tribe called the Dogon.

They are a very ancient people, with oral traditions dating back for at least two thousand years, who live in an area which is now known as Mali.

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Nothing much was known about them and their ancient beliefs until the 1940’s, when they were introduced out into the wider, more ‘sophisticated’ word beyond.

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The Dogon seem always to have known that Sirius had a twin.

Their long Oral Tradition contains the information that Sirius has a dark heavy, small star called Po Tolo, which orbits around it every 50 years.

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Strangely, they also knew about Jupiter having four moons, and about Saturn having rings.

This seems like old hat, now that we can all have good telescopes, but the Dogon apparently knew about these accurate facts thousands of years ago, when there was no way to know them without a powerful telescope.

How!

How!

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The Dogon Story to answer this question, is that they were visited by space gods called the Nommos, thousands of years ago, and they were told about astronomy by them.

The Dogons are also said to believe that there is a third star present in the Sirius system.

This third star apparently being orbited by the home planet of the Nommos travellers.

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Funnily enough, there have been thoughts that there could actually be a Sirius 3, a ‘red dwarf’ star.

This assumption being based upon movements observed in the Sirius system.

In the 1990’s David Benest and J L Duvent were said to have published an article in an astronomy journal putting forward that exact premise…Is Sirius A Triple Star.

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What if that were proved to be absolutely true too.

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Oh, how I love ‘Wonderments’, don’t you!

J,x.

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