by Joe LeSearne
Edited by Ken Wright
Since the 6th of October, 1995, several new planets orbiting other suns have been discovered and officially announced. However, in what may be a breakthrough for ufology, on the 20th of September, 1996, a planet was discovered orbiting the star Zeta 2 Reticuli.
In 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were abducted by aliens and taken aboard their spacecraft. During her abduction, Betty was shown a star map. She was asked by an alien to point out the Earth, but since Betty had no knowledge of astronomy, she couldn't reply. After her abduction, and under hypnotic regression Betty Hill drew the star map as accurately as possible. A few years later, Marjorie Fish built a few models of star systems using plastic balls and wire .. one of these models matched Betty Hill's diagram. The star system from which Betty had been told the aliens originated from was Zeta 2 Reticuli!
In 1988, Bob Lazar came forward with an incredible story. Bob Lazar claimed he had worked at Area 51 (S4) in Nevada to reverse engineer alien spacecraft that had been captured by the US Government. During his stay at S4 he was given briefing papers to read and some of them described the alien's home solar system .. and yes, you've guessed it ... Zeta 2 Reticuli, and specifically the 4th planet in that solar system!
I have provided some interesting information below I found on several mailing lists:
From the Extra Solar Planets Encylopedia:
|Star Name ||Distance
days (d) ||Eccentricity ||Inclination
|Zeta 2 Reticuli|| 11 pc|| G1V|| 5.24|| 0.27(J)|| 0.14 AU|| 18.9 d|| 0|| --|| --
In a rather strange about face, the above information was removed from the Extra Solar Planets Encyclopedia site after 4 days. The official reason for removal was that the data may have been misinterpreted and there probably is no planet.
Now this big quarter of a Jupiter mass planet is in an orbit about Zeta 2 Reticuli which lasts 18.9 days and has a Semi-Major Axis of 0.14 Astronomical Unit (AU). For comparison Mercury has a Semi-Major Axis of 0.387 AU equal to 36 million miles and Earth has a Semi-Major Axis of 1.00 AU equal to 92.9 million miles. Now if we assume that this newly discovered planet, which we will name Reticulum 1 in accordance with Bob Lazar's convention, is the closest one to Zeta 2 Reticuli (it's hard to imagine a closer one), then following Bode's Law (the law which states each planet is about twice the distance from it's sun as its inner neighbor) Reticulum 2 should be at 0.28 AU, Reticulum 3 should be at 0.56 AU and, INTERESTINGLY, Reticulum 4 would be at 1.12 AU in between the Earth's 1.00 AU and Mars's 1.52 AU, well within the 'life-zone' of a G class star!