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What stories does Phaeton appear in besides Ocean? Whoever that wrote "many stories" section should have added them.

-I recall that Stranger in a Strange Land mentions a nameless fifth planet being destroyed, so I shall add it. If anyone with better memory than I can disprove it, by all means do so. -Anonymous Idiot

It does indeed. Many thanks. Mrwuggs 20:40, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Is 3200 Phaethon asteroid in this article only because it has a similar name? Should there be a note for disambiguation instead? It seems superfluous to mention facts about it and that it has "unusual properties" that are unrelated to the hypothetical planet. Punstress (talk) 14:13, 13 December 2015 (UTC)

Moved Sitchin stuff...[edit]

I moved Sitchin's stuff from the intro down to the bottom. I believe that this article should deal first with the Phaeton hypothesis, then explore and mention similar theories, recalling that Olbers theorized on Phaeton centuries before Sumerian cuneiform was even deciphered and Sitchin first proposed his theories of Nibiru and Tiamat. Sound good? TuckerResearch 00:16, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

I'd like to add that this planet is NOT thought to be "Nibiru", "planet X", or "The 5th Planet"! There is very strong evidence in Greek writings about this planet. Even a story of the son of the sun god (Apollo) allowing Phaeton to drive the "sun chariot". To many people take Greek myth as fake stories w/ no truth, this is a very incorrect stance to take.

Due to their perceptions, stories are not "scientific" per se. Yet, we know the Greeks, like the Mayan cultures (though maybe not as advanced in astronomy, but close), were avid star watchers. The names of most our planets are the same names the Greeks called them. We find it hard to believe that they could see that far out, w/o modern telescopes, but they definitely did! Phaeton was one such planet that they believed was a god, & prayed to it. It was also, by their records, the brightest (brighter than any star in our sky, today) star/ planet. They recorded it exploding (a bright flash, & then gone).

Now, the reason for its "explosion", is not known for sure (or, at least, not given out to the general population). Their is several theories. One is that Nibiru came to close, & collided. Timing seems to fit w/ the Mayans (& several other advanced civilizations whove documented Nibiru (planet X, 5 th planet, etc). There is evidence, by NASA, of a huge planetary object that is in that area every several thousand years, that flings debrie from the debri field into the inner system. Mathematicians have stated that it would take an object the size of a Brown Dwarf to cause the pulling & shoving that has been increasing in the past couple decades. And would definitely have the ability to destroy a smaller planet, w/ a direct hit.

So, I wouldn't be so quick to classify this as fiction. There is A LOT of evidence, both current & historical, to give credence to this. -HLM — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:31, 9 May 2012 (UTC)

Merging with Phaeton Fifth planet (hypothetical)[edit]

  • Disagree with merger. Phaethon has a storied history in the "hypothetical fifth planet" field. TuckerResearch 04:10, 8 July 2007 (UTC)
  • Merge, the same topic. гык 17:01, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
  • Pheaton is related to the "hypothetical fifth planet" and has a huge part to play in it.
  • Agree with merge. I can't tell what the difference between the two is suppose to be... FusionKnight (talk) 21:05, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

The origin of the Phaeton hypothesis[edit]

The attribution of the name Phaeton to Krinov is incorrect. The earliest reference I could find so far is the German linguist Johann Gottlieb Radlof who called Olbers' destroyed planet by that name already in 1823. ("Zertrümmerung der großen Planeten Hesperus und Phaethon", ) Nafiris (talk) 16:59, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

Excellent find. Do you know what the German text says? Do you think we should add a sentence to the article? If so, what do you suggest? TuckerResearch (talk) 20:27, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
Yes. I happen to be German. ;-) But here is an introduction to Radlof's work in English (note that he uses the spelling Phaethon): Nafiris (talk) 22:08, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
I added a little bit on Johann Gottlieb Radlof (who, as you can see by the red link, doesn't have a page in English) and planet Phaeton. I added two links. Please feel free to edit and make better. TuckerResearch (talk) 23:50, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
Done. I removed the Klinov stuff because I cannot find any second reference to it but added an attribution to Soviet astronomer Sergei Orlov instead. Nafiris (talk) 11:01, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

History of the hypothesis[edit]

This article lacks some important information. When exactly did the Phaeton hypothesis get discredited? What evidence made scientists doubt it? Did the scientific discussion last long? The only thing the article says is that 'today' the hypothesis has been replaced by the accretion theory. And surely I could get the answers for some of these questions from other articles, but all the same, this article should tell us more about the history of the idea. Steinbach (talk) 17:11, 5 April 2017 (UTC)

Naming of this article[edit]

Why is the article called "Phaeton" when it states in the second paragraph that the correct spelling is "Phaethon"? Also, it seems that "Phaeton" is used not only here in this article, but in the large majority of works I find by doing a brief google search on the subject; spelling is conventional, right? So should we remove the notion that it is "sometimes incorrectly spelled Phaeton", and substitute the notion that it is "sometimes incorrectly spelled Phaethon"? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:52, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

You need to read a little more carefully. The second paragraph you speak of refers not to the hypothetical planet, but the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, which is officially spelled with a th, but sometimes incorrectly only gets a t. As for the subject of this article, it is named after Ancient Greek: Φαέθων, Phaéthōn, with a theta (θ), the th sound, but throughout history it has often been transliterated with just a t: Phaeton. Which, as you point out is the predominant spelling. Which is why the predominant spelling is used as the title of this article and within this article. TuckerResearch (talk) 22:00, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

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