Exposing PseudoAstronomy

September 9, 2011

Podcast Episode 4 Is Up: Comet Elenin Special


With Episode 4 of my podcast, I have introduced the “bonus” episodes. Doing two podcasts a month doesn’t quite allow me the flexibility I wanted in order to address some “late-breaking” things, and so I’ve now put out the first bonus episode. These will be (hopefully) timely episodes about topics de jure. In this case, I put the episode out just before Comet Elenin makes its closest approach to the sun (perihelion).

I’ve avoided discussing Comet Elenin much on this blog because, well, to put it bluntly, it’s stupid. It’s as if the mentality of people has regressed by a few thousand years where they’re starting to fear comets as harbingers of doom again.

It’s difficult to actually put together a cohesive story about what these people believe (as is the case with most things I’ve addressed such as 2012, Planet X, and even the Apollo Moon hoax), so I picked and chose what I thought were some of the main claims out there. The first half is dedicated to those, while the second half is dedicated to my break-down of Richard Hoagland’s numerology about Elenin.

There should still be a regularly scheduled Sept. 16 episode out next week.

Edited to Add: As of 5PM GMT on September, 10, 2011, I have slightly updated the episode and a new version is up. It includes slightly more background information at the beginning and a “bottom-line,” “this is the SCIENCE,” note at the end before the one announcement.

6 Comments »

  1. Stuart,

    Do you know of or believe there have been comets or other such space travelers in earth’s history that had severe effects on this planet? I’m not talking about direct collisions from meteors, asteroids, etc; but close enough fly-by’s that significantly affected the oceans or atmosphere, enough to change the surface of the planet, alter the atmosphere/troposphere/magnetic polarity and annihilate life forms?

    Comment by Bruce — September 10, 2011 @ 3:54 am | Reply

    • yo bruce have you seen the movie “Night of the Comet”?

      Comment by Walter Walkie — September 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

      • nope, you liked it?

        Comment by Bruce — September 11, 2011 @ 4:16 am

    • If you go far enough back in earth’s history, yes. There is an early period known as the ‘Era of Heavy Bombardment’, when the Earth was pummeled by all kinds of things. In fact, some researchers raise the possibility that Earth’s water came from comets.

      However, your scenario where a ‘close fly-by’ causes issues… no, I don’t buy into that. The math just doesn’t work out, and there’s just no way an object flying by the Earth can cause extinctions without it hitting the Earth.

      Comment by 2012hoax.org Admin — September 12, 2011 @ 10:32 am | Reply

      • It is said that the great bibilical flood (noah’s ark) was caused by a fly-by space traveling mass, aka comet, asteroid, planetary body, etc.

        Comment by Bruce — September 15, 2011 @ 4:17 am

  2. well,i will say this,lotta disaster going on,people just need a culprit…could b all the stuff in the bible(locust,flood,water running red and being toxic,animal die-off,volcanos earthquakes)…becoming more devastating…telescopes being shut down,space programs ending,,,war and upheaval occurring everywhere…i would say all our worst fears are becoming reality…what should people believe mr..smarty? you tell us,…,just a bad year…???

    Comment by ? — September 10, 2011 @ 2:14 pm | Reply


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