The explanation starts a long time ago when this 10th planet, a brown dwarf, came through the inner solar system.
This brown dwarf had at least eight moons following it, one of these moons was a large watery moon. When this brown dwarf passed near an existing planet, this watery moon collided with this other planet, breaking it into a million pieces. This collision left a ring of "rocks" in orbit around the sun between Mars and Jupiter, referred to in ancient Sumerian writings as a hammered bracelet. Notice in Gen. 1:6-9 the word firmament. It is in Hebrew "raqia" (St7549), and means "an expanse." The root for this word and its verb form is in Hebrew "raqa" (St 7554), and means to expand by hammering. Anyway, this area in space is now known as the asteroid belt.
Meanwhile, the largest piece of this watery moon, dramatically slowdown by the collision, still tried to follow its mother, the brown dwarf, as it made its rotation around the sun. However, once the gap was large enough that the brown dwarf, or 10th planet was now on the other side of the sun, the sun's influence took over and this large piece of the watery moon was left behind while its parent planet continued on without it.
This watery moon had now fallen from the place of its creation to become one of the known planets. As the water filled in the gaps left from the collision, most of the land mass that was then exposed, on this watery new world, was on one side of the planet.(see right--->)
Of course the name that we today use, or have given to this planet is earth. That's right, earth is the 11th planet. Earth, having been originally created as a moon, was the 11th celestial body to become a planet, and if you know and understand this, the statement that our moon, (meaning the moon that we are standing on) is counted as one of the planets, now makes complete and total sense. There is also now no conflict with counting the moon twice. Because our moon (Earth) is counted once as a planet, and Earth's moon is counted as a moon.
Let's look further at the evidence that supports this theory, shall we. In addition, if Earth is the 11th member of this solar system, that still does not tell us where this other celestial body or member of our solar system is located, or does it?
Addendum, November 2005
The Late Heavy Bombardment
In support of this conjecture, I offer this additional line of evidence. There is direct evidence for the explosion or a collision of one or more large planets in the very early solar system. From studies of lunar rocks, it is now known that the Moon, and presumably the entire solar system with it, underwent a “late heavy bombardment” of unknown origin not long after the major planets formed. The following are relevant descriptions of the event.
The late heavy bombardment, occurs relatively late in the enlargement history of the terrestrial planets, at a time when the vast majority of that zone’s planet materials are already expected to have either impacted on the planets, or been dynamically ejected from the inner planets region.
It appears that a flux of impacts flooded the terrestrial planets region at this point in the solar system’s history, and is preserved in the crater recording of the heavily cratered terrain on each planet.
What puzzles astronomers is why this occurred so long after the birth of the solar system.
An essential requirement of any explanation for the late heavy bombardment is that the impacts be “stored” somewhere in the solar system until they are suddenly unleashed.
A plausible explanation for the late heavy bombardment, remains something of a mystery.
It seems likely that the late heavy bombardment is not the tail-off of planetary enlargement but rather was a later event, superimposed on the tail-off, as the crater record suggests.
In short, the late heavy bombardment, a real solar system event, sounds like just the sort of early planetary explosion or collision event that is suggested by the line of conjecture I am pursuing.