Thank you, and that is just slightly more frightening. Communist Hamster asked if the spots go down that far, and there are astronomers who think that they do. Just off the top of my head (please notice that I often tell everyone that it is just off the top of my head) this could mean a merger further down, and that merger is causing the tops of the storms to move apart. The merger would logically start further down where the storms are closer together. I predicted July 4 just because it would be a great time for a monumental coincidence. Could the merger have started then? How would I know? The prediction about it spitting out a planet is still good if it happens within a month or so. Think about this. The moon is 1.25 percent of the mass of the earth, approximately. It causes tides up to 12 feet high in some places. A hundredth of that mass, .00125 percent of Earth's, would raise the same tides at 25,000 miles. So, any mass within a rather broad range, passing within the Moon's orbit, could raise a tide a thousand feet high or more. Just off the top of my head again, if the earth tide is something like a tenth of the height of the water tide, maybe, just maybe, that earth tide would stop the rotation of the crust for a period of time. Such a mass could spend days trekking across cislunar space, sapping momentum from the Earth by the gravitational slingshot effect and maybe indeed causing a temporarily very eccentric rotation of the Earth, and leave it rotating on a different axis.