Exposing PseudoAstronomy

September 15, 2011

Podcast Episode 5 Is Up: Heat and Radiation Claims of the Apollo Moon Hoax


Episode 5 of my podcast is now up. The subject is my first for the podcast on the Apollo Moon Hoax mythos. There’s a lot that can be done with it, just like many of these other topics, but this one is more difficult because at least half of the main “evidence” used by conspiracy hypothesists deal with photographic claims. And, as I’m sure most of you know, visuals don’t work too well on an audio podcast.

So, at least for the first several episodes on it, I will be concentrating on claims that can be talked about without referring to a lot of the pictures (crosshairs, stars, shadows, halos, etc.). This one is no exception.

There’s not too much else to say here on the topic other that, on Monday, a very happy occurrence, well, occurred: Frasier Cain, the publisher of Universe Today, posted about my special episode on Comet Elenin. Universe Today (“UT”) is very popular. It is ranked up there in the 13,000s for the most frequented websites in the world. In comparison, my own domain is around 5 million (it was around 6 million a month ago).

Anyway, my webstats update at about 6:30AM PDT. The podcast episode had been up around 60 hours before Frasier posted, and it had 129 downloads. Frasier posted it, and 14 hours later, that episode had 1339 downloads. The next morning, so 38 hours after Frasier posted, it was up to 2938. This morning, we died back down and it was “only” up to 3279 downloads. More telling is that the number of downloads for episode three have jumped by around 250 since Frasier posted. Most telling will be how many downloads I get on this episode because that should indicate new subscribers.

So yes, this is a bit of self-promotion, but it has to do with this podcast and, well, my blog is a bit about self-promotion, isn’t it? I should also note that, as a result of being posted on UT, it’s now listed on Portal to the Universe and just this afternoon I was asked if the ‘cast could be rebroadcast on Astronomy.FM Radio.

So, yeah. If you have ways to help promote my podcast (assuming you like it), please let me know!

14 Comments »

  1. Great podcast,
    Could you go into detail about the risks of solar flares at some point?
    That one seems to come up a lot.

    Comment by trebor — September 18, 2011 @ 4:59 am | Reply

    • It actually seems like a relatively new one to me in terms of it gaining traction over the past few years. I’ll add it to the list of things to address in the future.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — September 18, 2011 @ 11:14 am | Reply

    • Here ya go, Trebor.

      http://www.futureofmankind.co.uk/Billy_Meier/2012#Contact_Report_476_Translation

      Stuart can confirm or refute some or all of the info regarding solar flares, from his favorite read.

      “Regarding the Mayan calendar it must be said that the year 2012 will bring a whole series of quite special events, to which the central star of our system, our sun, will contribute its share, because on the sun’s surface violent outbursts will occur and sun storms are caused, which will be very intense and will influence Earth’s geomagnetic balance.

      Through the very strong X-rays falling down on Earth, the magnetic field can suffer from very strong fluctuations. And through geomagnetic storms, power supplies and all electronic appliances can collapse, also those in the satellites, and the ISS may also suffer great damage or may even have a complete (power) failure. Such solar storms may lead to enormous natural catastrophes, and in a worst-case scenario, to a polarity reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field. What has to be said also is that such solar storms are forming up to a climax in an exact rhythm of eleven years, which is a normal occurrence, but in the year 2012 it may happen in an extraordinary magnitude. The Earth will fall victim to a very strong bombardment of hard radiation, which may have a very negative effect on the Earth’s ozone layer.

      Due to the entire resulting process, nitric oxides and acid rain can be formed worldwide, which may have evil and devastating effects on the entire plant life. The enormous solar eruptions can lead to further very strong climate changes and, with it, to immense droughts, bad weather, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, crop failure and, therefore, to even greater famines than have existed up to now. Besides all this, the year 2012 brings other unpleasant events, like e.g. an unknown, invisible, dark and huge space wanderer that is threatening from the fringe of our solar system and could wreak tremendous havoc regarding Earth.

      And if this should really occur, the fact of its existence would be openly proven starting with 2010 or 2011, if at all, because the possibility of a “dark” and, therefore, non-observable passage of the colossus is also possible.”

      and also for your viewing pleasure: “Sunspot Activity: Potentially catastrophic for Earth electronics”

      http://www.theyfly.com/Sunspot-Activity.html

      Comment by Bruce — September 19, 2011 @ 2:40 am | Reply

      • Well, firstly that is irrelevant to the topic of Apollo.
        Secondly it reads like the deranged ramblings of someone who belongs in an insane asylum.
        But thanks anyway.

        Comment by trebor — September 20, 2011 @ 2:29 am

  2. Trebor,

    Regarding your bizarre hypocritically chastising comment: “Well, firstly that is irrelevant to the topic of Apollo.” ; Were you not the one who brought into the comment section the ‘irrelevant to the topic of Apollo”, with your question – “Could you go into detail about the risks of solar flares at some point?” ?

    Needless to say, I was replying to your interest in ‘the risks of solar flares’ and not to the topic of Apollo.
    But you’re welcome, anyway.

    Secondly, please point out exactly what “reads like the deranged ramblings of someone who belongs in an insane asylum.” … and yes, I do mean exactly, as in precisely.

    And before you shoot yourself in the foot (again), please brush up on some recent news. http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/09/billions-of-dark-planets-roam-the-milky-way.html

    “Astronomers have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star. The team believes these lone worlds were probably ejected from developing planetary systems.

    The discovery indicates there are many more free-floating Jupiter-mass planets that can’t be observed. The team estimates there are about twice as many of them as stars. In addition, these worlds are thought to be at least as common as planets that orbit stars. This would add up to hundreds of billions of lone planets in our Milky Way galaxy alone.”

    Comment by Bruce — September 20, 2011 @ 3:02 am | Reply

    • Bruce, the second half of your post is completely irrelevant to this topic. Watch it.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — September 20, 2011 @ 8:30 am | Reply

      • Stuart,

        If I may point out the obvious:

        1. Trebor brought up solar flares, which is irrelevant to this topic of the Apollo 11 moon hoax. Yet you did not warn him of the irrelevancy of his question to this topic.
        2. I then supplied Trebor with some solar flare info. ( which one can take or leave, naturally … particularly as the source is the infamous Billy Meier. ) and which you, Stuart Robbins, can confirm or refute, at some later date, in some future blog post regarding solar flares, at your leisure, naturally.
        3. Trebor then took the ball from the tone of the blog owner (Stuart Robbins) towards all things Billy Meier, and ran with it thusly – “Secondly it reads like the deranged ramblings of someone who belongs in an insane asylum.”
        4. In reply to his blind, deaf and dumb assertion, that “it reads like the deranged ramblings of someone who belongs in an insane asylum”; I supplied him with recent news from earth astronomers that have discovered ‘dark wanderers’, aka planets floating through dark space, away from star light, traveling the universe. And I supplied him with that bit of recent news so he would think twice before sticking his foot in his mouth one more time, and asserting that –

        “the year 2012 brings other unpleasant events, like e.g. an unknown, invisible, dark and huge space wanderer that is threatening from the fringe of our solar system and could wreak tremendous havoc regarding Earth. And if this should really occur, the fact of its existence would be openly proven starting with 2010 or 2011, if at all, because the possibility of a “dark” and, therefore, non-observable passage of the colossus is also possible.”

        reads like “the deranged ramblings of someone who belongs in an insane asylum.”

        So, Stuart, while it is irrelevant to the alleged Apollo 11 Moon Hoax, it is not irrelevant to Trebors knee-jerk thoughtless comments.

        Comment by Bruce — September 20, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    • Hi Bruce,
      Did you listen to the podcast? It may provide some context.

      “Needless to say, I was replying to your interest in ‘the risks of solar flares’ and not to the topic of Apollo.”

      I am interested in the dangers of solar flares to astronauts in transit to the moon, i.e. specifically the dangers of them to the Apollo astronauts.
      That is after all the topic in question.

      “Secondly, please point out exactly what “reads like the deranged ramblings of someone who belongs in an insane asylum.” … and yes, I do mean exactly, as in precisely.”

      I was referring to your first link with all the 2012 stuff in it.
      In what way do you think that was relevant to the Apollo missions?

      “And before you shoot yourself in the foot (again), please brush up on some recent news. http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/09/billions-of-dark-planets-roam-the-milky-way.html

      In what way is this relevant to the Apollo missions?
      Trebor

      Comment by trebor — September 20, 2011 @ 11:09 am | Reply

    • “1. Trebor brought up solar flares, which is irrelevant to this topic of the Apollo 11 moon hoax”

      Actually it is not. The moon hoax claims have shifted and many now they claim that solar flares make space travel impossible.
      Which is why I asked the question.

      “2. I then supplied Trebor with some solar flare info.”

      Which was entirely irrelevant to my question.

      “3. Trebor then took the ball from the tone of the blog owner (Stuart Robbins) towards all things Billy Meier,”

      I have no idea who Meier is and by my brief read of that link I can honestly say I do not care to.
      Nor do I care about the 2012 hysteria.

      Trebor

      Comment by Trebor — September 21, 2011 @ 6:58 am | Reply

      • Thanks Trebor, I think you’ve answered Bruce well enough now and I consider this matter closed (as in Bruce will no longer have comments accepted to this post).

        Comment by Stuart Robbins — September 21, 2011 @ 8:44 am

  3. Thank you, Stuart Robbins; your analysis clearly shows the big problems of conspiracy theories on this topic.

    There are also three things i wonder about, if Apollo 11 is a hoax:
    1. How would it be possible to have so many people, plus the engineers, technicians, America’s best scientists in this area, participate to it and even after so many years, no one of those participants has said it was a hoax?
    2. How is it possible, that independent scientists (and other hobby astronomers) from other western countries, who followed Apollo 11, did not see the ‘hoax’ and until today no one denounced it?
    3. How is it possible, that the scientists, the government and the powerful KGB of the Soviet Union (the principal country, which this ‘hoax’ should mislead) could not see it and denounce it?

    This makes no sense to me, and i think, that people who say, that Apollo 11 is a hoax have no good touch with the reality.

    Regards.

    Comment by Jennifer D. — September 23, 2011 @ 2:37 am | Reply

  4. I can’t believe you people are buying this obvious hoax.

    Comment by Michael Horn — September 26, 2011 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  5. I would like to remind people of my comments policy yet again. If you post off-topic posts, ranting about UFOs on a post clearly talking about two specific Apollo Moon hoax claims on my podcast, you are likely to not have your comments approved. Very simple, very straight-forward.

    Comment by Stuart Robbins — September 26, 2011 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  6. An introductory-level exercise for computing the astronaut exposure in the radiation belts has been written by Sten Odenwald:
    http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/weekly/3Page7.pdf

    Comment by W.T. Bridgman — July 14, 2012 @ 4:31 pm | Reply


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