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By this name they describe the star's smallness; it is, they say, "the smallest thing there is." They also claim that it is "the heaviest star," and white. The tribe claims that Po is composed of a mysterious, super-dense metal called sagala which, they declare, is heavier than all the iron on Earth.

The Dogon name for Sirius B (Po Tolo) consists of the word for star (tolo) and "po," the name of the smallest seed known to them. The Yoruba people of Nigeria also use the word "Pon polo" or "Ton tolo" to describe very tiny objects. In addition, the Dogon and Yoruba also belong to the same"8 Disks" divination system; compare to "16 Disks" system North and South of the Sahara. They are also very similar in their religious practices of ancestral worship.

Not until 1926 did Western science discover that this tiny star is a white dwarf, a category of star characterized by very great density. By this name they describe the star's smallness; it is, they say, "the smallest thing there is." They also claim that it is "the heaviest star," and white. The tribe claims that Po is composed of a mysterious, super-dense metal called sagala which, they declare, is heavier than all the iron on Earth.

Not until 1926 did Western science discover that this tiny star is a white dwarf, a category of star characterized by very great density. Many artefacts were found describing the star system, including a statue examined by Dieterlen that is at least 400 years old. The Dogon also describe a third star in the Sirius system, called Emme Ya. Larger and lighter than Sirius B, this star revolves around Sirius as well, and around it orbits.

Let us examine the extraordinary knowledge of the Dogon people of Mali mathematically. Sirus A is 8.6 light years from the earth. Using the formula D (distance) = S (speed) multiply by T (time), we got 8.6 years multiply by 365.25 multiply by 24 multiply by 60 multiply by 60 = 271,395,360 seconds, in order to work out the time in seconds .

So, 8.6 years multiply by 365.25 = 3,141.15 days, multiply by 24 = 75,387.6 hours, multiply by 60 = 4,523,256 minutes and multiply by 60 = 271,395,360 seconds. Using the formula D (distance) = S (speed) multiply by T (time), we got 8.6 years, T (time) = 271,395,360 seconds and speed of light S (speed) 186,000 per second.

Therefore if we multiply S (speed) 186,000 by T (time) 271,395,360, D (distance) = 50,479,536,960,000 miles. That is fifty trillion, four hundred and seventy nine billion, five hundred and thirty six million, and nine hundred and sixty thousand. It could also be written with decimal point as 5.047953696x10^13. If we travel at the speed of 2011 space shuttle, which = S (speed) 17,500 per hour, 17,500 divided by 60 = 291.6666666 miles per minute then divided by 60 again = 4.8611111 miles per second.

It will take an object travelling from earth to Sirus A, ignoring degree or angles, so, D (distance) = 50,479,536,960,000 miles divided by S (speed) = 4.8611111 miles per second = 10,384,361,910,000 seconds, it could also be decimalised as 1.038436191x10^13. To find how many minutes it would take, we simply divide the remnant of T (time), which is 1,038,436,191,000 minutes, by 60 = 17,307,269,850 minutes, it could also be decimalised as 1.730726985x10^11.

To calculate hours, we simply divide the remnant of T (time), which is 17,307,269,850 minutes, by 60 = 2,884,544,976 hours. To find days, we simply divide the remnant of T (time), which is 2,884,544,976 hours by 24 = 120,189,374 days. To calculate years, we simply divide the remnant of T (time), which is 120,189,374 days by 365.25 = 329,060.5722 years.

The planet, from which the mythic Nommos originally came from, to date, has not been found and Emme Ya has not been identified by astronomers.

Will our celestial observation devices one day be powerful enough for us to find Emme Ya?

Thereby adding more mystery to the extraordinary- seemingly impossible - astronomical knowledge of the Dogon?

In addition to their knowledge of the Sirius group, the Dogon mythology includes Saturn's rings and Jupiter's four major moons.

They have four calendars, for the Sun, Moon, Sirius, and Venus, and have long known that planets orbit the sun.

The Dogon say their astronomical knowledge was given to them by the Nommos, amphibious beings sent to Earth from Sirius for the benefit of mankind.

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