LIGO Events and Earth Tide Ripples
There are many coincidences among the 39 LIGO detected events and several earth tide events, as of September 18, 2019.
LIGO is apparently detecting Earth tides, not the claimed gravitational waves.
10 LIGO events were nearly coincident with a new moon (within 2 days).
8 events nearly coincided with a full moon (within 2 days).
2 events nearly coincided with a perigee (within 1 day).
1 event nearly coincided with a perihelion (within 1 day).
2 events nearly coincided with an alignment of the Moon and Jupiter (within 2 days).
Therefore 23 out of 39 were within 2 days of an earth tide event.
7 other events were within 3 days of an earth tide event.
4 other events were within 4 days of an earth tide event.
2 other events were within 5 days of an earth tide event.
3 remaining events were within 6 days of an earth tide event.
All 39 LIGO events were within 6 days of an earth tide event. This is quite the coincidence!
Also interesting: several LIGO events were near the same celestial event, several times, so there are more LIGO events than the celestial events causing them.
The celestial events: Full Moon, New Moon, PeriGee, PeriHelion, MJ = Moon-Jupiter conjunction.
LIGO gravitational wave detectors detected 11 events which are classified as robust gravitational wave detections, given the 'GW' before the event date. The other events remain candidates.
List of LIGO events, sorted by date
Events celestial event within X days
GW150914 _ 1=close NM
GW151012 _ 0=match NM
GW151226 _ 1=close FM
GW170104 _ 0=match PH
GW170608 _ 1=close FM
GW170729 _ 6=? NM
GW170809 _ 2=near FM
GW170814 _ 4=? PG
GW170817 _ 1=close PG
GW170818 _ 0=match PG
GW170823 _ 2=near NM
S190408 _ 3=? NM
S190412 _ 4=? NM
S190421 _ 2=near MJ
S190425 _ 2=near MJ
S190426c _ 3=? MJ
S190503bf _ 1=close NM
S190510g _ 6=? NM
S190512at _ 6=? NM
S190513bm _ 5=? FM
S190517h _ 1= close FM
S190519bj _ 1 = close FM
S190521g _ 3=? FM
S190521r _ 3=? FM
S190602aq _ 1= close NM
S190630ag _ 2 = near NM
S190701br _ 1 = close NM
S190706ai _ 4 =? NM
S190707q _ 5=? NM
S190720a _ 2 = near FM
S190727h _ 4 = ? NM
S190728q _ 3 = ? NM
S190814bv _ 1 = close FM
S190828j _ 2 = near FM
S190828l _ 2 = near FM
S190901ap _ 2 = near FM
S190910d _ 3 = ? FM
S190910h _ 3 = ? FM
S190915ak _ 2 = near FM
difference of 0 days is a match, 1 is close, 2 is near, 3-6 is questionable (?), >6 is too far (no coincidence).
Distribution of differences in days:
match(0)=3, close(1)=10,near(2)=10, ? (3-6) =16, >6=0
List of LIGO events and coincident celestial events
Events -phases-or-others-within-a-few days
GW150914 _ NM-15-09-13 _ 1=close
GW151012 _ NM-15-10-12 _ 0=match
GW151226 _ FM-15-12-25 _ 1=close
GW170104 _ PH-17-01-04 _ 0=match
GW170608 _ FM -17-06-09_ 1=close
GW170729 _ NM-17-07-23 _ 6=?
GW170809 _ FM-17-08-07 _ 2=near
GW170814 _ PG-17-08-18 _ 4=?
GW170817 _ PG-17-08-18 _ 1=close
GW170818 _ PG-17-08-18 _ 0=match
GW170823 _ NM-17-08-21 _ 2=near
S190408 _ NM-19-04-05 _ 3=?
S190412 _ PG-17-04-16 _4=?
S190421 _ MJ-19-04-23 _2=near
S190425 _ MJ-19-04-23 _2=near
S190426c _ MJ-19-04-23 _ 3=?
S190503bf _ NM-19-05-04 _ 1=close
S190510g _ NM-19-05-04 _ 6=?
S190512at _ FM-19-05-18 _ 6=?
S190513bm _ FM-19-05-18 _ 5=?
S190517h _ FM- 19-05-18 _ 1= close
S190519bj _ FM - 19-05-18 _ 1 = close
S190521g _ FM - 19-05-18 _ 3=?
S190521r _ FM - 19-05-18 _ 3=?
S190602aq _ NM -9-06-03 _ 1=close
S190630ag _ NM-19-07-02 _ 2 = near
S190701br _ NM-19-07-02 _ 1 = close
S190706ai _ NM-19-07-02 _ 1 = 4=?
S190707q _ NM-19-07-02 _ 1 = 5=?
S190720a _ FM-19-07-18 _2 = near
S190727h _ NM-19-07-31 _ 4 = ?
S190728q _ NM-19-07-31 _ 3 = ?
S190814bv _ FM-19-08-14 _ 1 = close
S190828j _ NM-19-08-30 _ 2 = near
S190828l _ NM-19-08-30 _ 2 = near
S190901ap _ FM-19-08-30 _ 2 = near
S190910d _ FM-19-09-13 _ 3 = ?
S190910h _ FM-19-09-13 _ 3 = ?
S190915ak _ FM-19-09-13 2 = near
On 2019-04-23 was an alignment separation of the Moon and Jupiter of only 1 degree, 38 minutes, at the same RA.
The frequent correlations between celestial events and the LIGO events are a surprising coincidence.
A new moon causes a significant earth tide with the Sun also aligned. A full moon is probably less. A perigee has an earth tide regardless of the Sun.
Earth tide is the displacement of the solid earth's surface caused by the gravity of the Moon and Sun. Its main component has meter-level amplitude at periods of about 12 hours and longer.
With the Moon at such a distance I do not know how many days cover most of its significant crust distortion. Maybe it takes only a day or two for the crust to relax. I was surprised by its meter-level amplitude for a half day.
This observation of a rough correlation could be a random coincidence of dates. The correlation spans all LIGO events.
I really can't argue if someone says you can always find some possible pattern between sets of numbers.
In any case, this observation is interesting.
I checked for these coincidences simply because LIGO was designed to detect any disturbance in Earth's crust from a theoretical gravitational wave. The Moon and Sun are known to disturb Earth's crust and oceans, called an earth tide. These earth tides would be a significant disturbance, probably more than a gravitational wave; their effect probably spans more than a day.
All LIGO events were within 6 days of an earth tide event; more than half were within 2 days.
I honestly don't know for certain whether this is an appropriate criteria. I leave it to the reader to decide whether this coincidence is significant.
If this observation is valid: LIGO is finding the earth tide's crust disturbance in its template pattern matching software. An earth tide certainly affects more than just the day of its peak. Apparently the ripple in the crust detected by the LIGO system (which was designed to detect a tiny crust disturbance) was interpreted as a gravitational wave.
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