By: David L. Souers

Chapter 9

Spatial Disruptions

Over the past few decades, astronomers had rethought their earlier postulations regarding some of the objects in the outer solar system. Pluto was still considered a planet, despite efforts by astronomers to reclassify it, around the end of the millennium. It’s eccentric orbit, size, and composition led them to believe that it was actually a, ”captured cometary proto-planetoid,” aka.... “A big ice ball” that never really made it into a regular planet. The same thoughts were prevalent about its moon Charon, and also Neptune’s large moon Triton, which was just one big question mark after another. It had a retrograde orbit, and was over two times as heavy as water. Evidence of large out-gassings from beneath its icy surface was evident, especially in the impact areas. All of these bodies had probably arrived from far out in the Oort cloud. This cometary swarm consisted of over a trillion pieces that had not been swept up into the planets or the sun. Some of them were smaller than a house, and some of them were as big as a large moon. They were far beyond the orbit of Pluto, and circled our sun in a complicated dance of orbits within orbits.

These left over aggregations of the primordial matter that built the solar system occasionally jostled each other, and sometimes this was sufficient to send one of them on the long inward plunge towards the tiny star that we call the sun.

Nearly a light year out from the earth, the wave washed into the outer edge of the massive cloud of debris. In much the same way that a static air purifier polarizes the suspended particles in your home, and deposits it on a filter, the EMP did much the same thing to the loose particles in the cloud. It rose so thickly from some of the low gravity spheres that the charged particles began to coalesce into larger and larger bodies quite rapidly. Fast by astronomical standards anyway. It would not be too long until those complicated orbits would be disrupted, and a slow motion game of stellar billiards would begin again. Soon, a comet, maybe several, would begin a frightening game of, “chicken”, with the solar system. Evidence that it had happened before was plain for all to see, and it would happen in the future as well. The big question was,would the new cue balls be ten miles across, or the size of a small moon?

Totally unaware of the chaos in it’s wake, the wave raced on.......