One of the most interesting question many people have asked for centuries is whether there is a possibility that our planet is hollow? For many years it was believed that the earth was hollow, but even though many have come up with theories, until 1968 there was no proof. That year, pictures taken by a satellite orbiting Earth clearly showed a gaping hole located at the North Pole; enough evidence to support the hollow Earth theory according to many.
In the early 1970’s, ESSA, a project belonging to the Department of Commerce of the United States, gave media access to images of the North Pole taken by the ESSA-7 satellite on November 23, 1968. One of the photographs showed the North Pole covered by the usual cloud; the other one showed the same area without clouds, revealing a huge hole where the pole was supposed to be located. Little did ESSA’s team know that these images would awake the interest of researchers around the globe who had already suspected of anomalies at the north Pole, anomalies that would fuel the research of unidentified flying objects that according to many, were deeply connected to the North Pole and the hollow Earth theory.
For a long time, ufologist Ray Palmer and others believed that the Earth was in fact hollow and that UFOs came and returned to a civilization of superior beings hidden in its unexplored interior. In 1970, with support from the images that proved the existence of the hole at the North Pole, Palmer was finally able to conclude that the underground civilization existed and that it could probably be reached through the holes in the North and South poles.
Vice Admiral Richard E. Byrd of the US Navy was a distinguished pioneer aviator and polar explorer who flew over the North Pole on May 9, 1926 and led numerous expeditions to Antarctica, including a flight over the South Pole on 29 November 1929. Between 1946 and 1947, he and his team carried out a large-scale operation called “High Jump”, during which he discovered and mapped 1,390,000 km² of the Antarctic territory.
The famous Byrd expeditions first entered in dispute of the hollow Earth theroies when several articles and books like Worlds beyond the Poles by Amadeo Giannini claimed that Byrd had not flown over the Pole but inwardly through large holes leading into the Earth. Ray Palmer, mainly based on the book by Giannini, introduced his theory in the December 1959 issue of its magazine and obtained very positive results form the audience because of his theories and ideas regarding the Hollow Earth theory.
According to Giannini and Palmer, Vice Admiral Byrd announced on February of 1947, just before venturing into a 2,750 km journey across the North Pole, “I like to see the land beyond the Pole. That area beyond the Pole is the center of the Great Enigma.”
According to Giannini and Palmer during Vice Admiral Byrd’s alleged flight over the North Pole in 1947, Admiral Byrd radioed that he saw beneath him, not snow, but areas of land with mountains, forests, vegetation, lakes and rivers and in the undergrowth, a strange animal that looked like a mammoth. Also in January of 1956, after leading an expedition to Antarctica, Admiral Byrd had stated that his expedition had explored 3,700 km beyond the South Pole and also just before his death, Byrd had said there existed a land beyond the Pole that was “an enchanted continent in the sky, a permanent mystery of Earth.” That land, according to other theories, was the legendary Rainbow City, home to a fabulous lost civilization.
To Giannini and Palmer, these stories from Admiral Byrd did nothing but confirm what they had always suspected: that the Earth has “strange” Poles, and that the Earth was essentially like a donut, where at the center, these is an access going many kilometers into the earth, forming a giant hole passing through the axis of the earth, from one pole to another.
Due to geographical reasons, it is impossible to fly 2,750 miles beyond the North Pole or 3,700 miles beyond the South Pole without seeing water, according to Palmer, Admiral Byrd must have flown into the huge convex cavities of the poles. Researchers also believe that, had he ahead, it would have taken him to the secret base of UFO’s that belongs to the hidden civilization inside our planet
The possibility that the earth is hollow, and that it can be accessed through the North and South poles, and that secret civilizations flourish within it, has spurred the imagination of people through centuries. Evidence of this we find in the history of countless ancient civilizations. The Babylonian hero Gilgamesh visited his ancestor Utnapishtim in the bowels of the earth; in Greek mythology, Orpheus tries to rescue Eurydice from the underground hell; it was said that the Pharaohs of Egypt communicated with the underworld, which could be accessed via secret tunnels hidden in the pyramids; and Buddhists believed (and still believe) that millions of people live in Agharta, an underground paradise ruled by the king of the world. So just when you think that these theories could be nothing more than excessive imaginations, you actually come across evidence in ancient history pointing towards the possibility of a world inside Earth.
- Christian Gottlieb Kratzenstein, Orpheus and Eurydice, 1806, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen. Image Credit: Wikipedia
Before the advancements in technology of the twentieth century man could only guess what planet Earth actually looked like. Today, the Earth has been photographed from space and analyzed with high-tech equipment, allowing researchers and scientists to get to know ur planet in a much more complex way.
Leonard Euler, a mathematical genius of the eighteenth century, concluded that the Earth was hollow, containing a central sun and was inhabited; and Dr. Edmund Halley, discoverer of Comet Halley and Royal Astronomer of England also believed that the Earth was hollow on the inside with three “Floors”. Regrettably none of these theories were supported scientifically, on the other hand these theories were present in several works of fiction on the same subject, the most important of which were The Adventures of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe (1833), in which the hero and his companion have a terrifying encounter with beings from within the Earth; and Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (1864), where an adventurous teacher, his nephew and a guide manage to enter into the interior of the Earth through an extinct volcano finding new skies, gigantic seas seas and gigantic prehistoric reptiles that populate the forests Earth’s interior.
The belief in a hollow Earth was so widespread that even Edgar Rice Burroughs, the celebrated author of Tarzan, felt compelled to write Tarzan in the bowels of the Earth (1929). Thanks to these and other science fiction titles, interest in the hollow earth theories has is still alive and has kept the interest flames burning in the possibility that the Earth is or once was hollow and that it hides countless mysteries.
The possibility of the Hollow Earth theory has also been present every time when we see one of those strange UFO videos where unidentified objects enter volcanoes, like the Popocatepetl.
So are the UFO sightings really related to extraterrestrial beings visiting our planet? Or is there a possibility that these strange sightings are actually connected to beings living inside the Earth, like the Hollow Earth Theory suggest. All of these theories fueled researchers to search for “lost” civilizations like Atlantis.
The possibilities are endless, and science does not know, until today, the complete and accurate details of what is located inside Earth.