Deluge of Atlantis

Deluge of Atlantis
Deluge of Atlantis

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Fall Of Phaethon

The Fall of Phaethon (Summary)

Among the documents Gunther Bischoff kindly provided for me was this summary of the theory already printed in English:

„The fall of Phaethon“
(on the impact of an asteroid in Late Bronze Age )

Author : Günter Bischoff, Dresden (Germany),
email :

Summary of the article „Der Sturz des Phaéthon“, 2003
on websites :
( there you will find the arguments and proofs for my considerations
and calculations )
The ancient Greek legend of „Phaethon“, the son of Helios, the Greek sun-god, is delivered through the „Metamorphoses“ by the Roman poet Ovid and other classical authors.
In fact „Phaethon“ ( = Ph. ) was a celestial body, a solid asteroid (stone-asteroid?) with a diameter of about 150 m ( tolerance from 100 m to 200 m ).
The impact of Ph. occurred around 1220 B.C.
Ph. was caught by the earth, because its trajectory was tangent to the atmosphere, and the speed of Ph. relative to our planet was only about 2,24 km/s.
Ph., as a natural satellite, orbited the earth 6 times in the direction of earth-rotation with the following parameters ( diameter 150 m, density 3 g/ccm ) before impacting :
the altidude of 1st , 2nd , ..., 7th perigee was about 30,6 km
the altitude of the 1st apogee was about 124.000 km, of the 2nd apogee 36.500 km, ... , of the 6th apogee 1.400 km
the period of the 1st orbit was about 49 hours, of the 2nd orbit 10,6 hours, ... of the 6th orbit 1,6 hours.
Ph. glowed and burned after each perigee and at low altitudes between 30 and 50
(80?) km, loosing burning fragments at this part of its orbit.
During this part of its flight, Ph. crossed the regions of Scotland, South Scandinavia, Estonia, Greece, Iraq (Euphrates/Bagdad), India, Egyptia, Ethiopia and others.
Finally Ph. impacted into the North Sea near Heligoland, creating the so called „Heligoland‘s hole“ („Helgoländer Loch“) about 4 km south of the rocky island.
The parameters were as follows :
the angle between its trajectory and the horizontal line was about 4 °
the speed was reduced to about 5 km/s only.
the deceleration was about minus 5 g.
the explosion of Ph.produced a crater with a diameter of about 1 km ( tolerance from 600 m to 1.4 km, dependent on Ph.s diameter between 100 m to 200 m)
The catastrophe was especially great for Scotland, since this country was the only inhabited area of the earth, which Ph. crossed over twice at low altitudes and during the burning phases, loosing burning waste across Scotland :
- immediatly after the 1st perigee in an altitude of little more than 30 km
immediatly after the 7th perigee, 3 minutes before the impact, in an altitude
of about 15 km
the burning fragments, which descended on the ground, may be an explanation for the many „vitrified forts“ in Scotland ( if these forts are older than 1220 B.C.;
Ph. destroyed stone-buildings in many areas of the earth )
The impact of Ph. into the Bay of Heligoland caused the sinking (fall) of the metropolis of Atlantis ( = the „Basileia“ in Plato’s dialogues „Timaios“ and „Kritias“ ) and other islands in this region. This hypothesis of Jürgen Spanuth is considered to be the best one of all hypotheses in the 20th century.

['Basileia' refers to "the Queen Mother" in Byzantine terms-DD]

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