Exposing PseudoAstronomy

October 31, 2011

Podcast Episode 9 Is Up: Earth’s Decaying Magnetic Field

And for another short post: Podcast Episode 9 is up. It’s about the young-Earth creationist claim that Earth’s declining magnetic field is evidence for a recent creation. This is a re-worked version of my previous post on the decaying magnetic field two months ago. I’ve gone into some more detail on the Kent Hovind claims that there have been no magnetic field reversals ever. The episode length is similar to my last episode at a bit over 30 minutes.

I’ve also introduced a whole new segment: Q&A. The idea is that anyone who wants can send in questions that I will attempt to answer. Preferably, the questions will focus on weird astronomy claims that you’ve heard or are interested in, but I’m willing to relax that to general astronomy questions that you may have.



  1. My answer to the puzzle about the compass needle: The north end of the needle would be pointing straight down. Since it follows the magnetic lines to indicate north anywhere on earth, it would follow those lines as the descend through the centre of the earth. At the south pole, north would be straight up as the lines come out the bottom again. I’m visualizing the magnetic field around the earth as some sort of perfect apple shape.

    Where’s my prize?!

    Comment by Chip Cherry — November 1, 2011 @ 6:38 am | Reply

  2. I almost agree with Chip Cherry, though I have always been confused about the +/- concept in electromagnetism.Sometimes ‘plus’ means ‘less’, or ‘a lacking of’ , (which is really confusing to an Anthropologist like me), while other times ‘plus’ means “look out, you’re gonna get fried by a lightning bolt”.

    . I weakly argue that the North end of the needle would point UP at the north pole, and the opposite would occur at the south pole, though you would be standing on your head down there, so you might be confused . . .

    Thank you for clarifying about Adm. Byrd. I was sure that it was a case of bullsh*t from “Coast to Coast”, but I needed some way of verifying it. I’ll follow the lynx.

    Thanks for listening to your listeners, and thanks for your podcast.

    -Charles in San Diego

    Comment by Charles in San Diego — November 1, 2011 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Charles.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — November 1, 2011 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

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