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A review of conventional explanations of anomalous observations during solar eclipses

Chris P. Duif
(Submitted on 9 Aug 2004 (v1), last revised 31 Dec 2004 (this version, v5))
Conventional explanations for observations of anomalous behaviour of mechanical systems during solar eclipses are critically reviewed. These observations include the work of Allais with paraconical pendula, those of Saxl and Allen with a torsion pendulum and measurements with gravimeters. Attempts of replications of these experiments and recent gravimeter results are discussed and unpublished data by Latham and by Saxl et al. is presented. Some of the data are summarized and re-analyzed. Especially, attention is paid to observations of tilt of the vertical, which seems to play an important role in this matter and recommendations for future research are given. It is concluded that all the proposed conventional explanations either qualitatively or quantitatively fail to explain the observations.
Comments: 12 pages, 7 figures. Version 3: Some additions, a correction, a few references added. A shorter version of this article will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. Version 4: Section about geomagnetic changes added, Conclusions section slightly modified. V. 5: Correction of wrong unit in Section 2.5
Subjects: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc); Astrophysics (astro-ph); Geophysics (physics.geo-ph)
Cite as: arXiv:gr-qc/0408023 (or arXiv:gr-qc/0408023v5 for this version)
Submission history
From: Chris Duif
[v1] Mon, 9 Aug 2004 13:54:11 GMT (244kb)
[v2] Wed, 11 Aug 2004 15:00:34 GMT (246kb)
[v3] Fri, 8 Oct 2004 12:01:29 GMT (264kb)
[v4] Fri, 26 Nov 2004 13:06:04 GMT (280kb)
[v5] Fri, 31 Dec 2004 14:31:31 GMT (280kb)

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There is excellent reason to believe that peculiar dynamic effects occur during total solar eclipses:

  • the observations by Maurice Allais in Paris in 1954 and 1959
  • the experiment of Jeverdan, Rusu, and Antonescu in Romania in 1961
  • the observations by Saxl and Allen of Harvard in 1970

Three independent observations should be enough to convince anyone that something is going on! Frame#2

It is the opinion of the author that what is going on is a demonstration of chaotic behavior of the paraconical pendulum introduced into the dynamic system by the miniscule spin-slippage generated by the Foucault effect causing a twisting (spinning) through the suspension contacts of the paraconical pendulums in use.