Exposing PseudoAstronomy

April 21, 2014

Podcast Episode 107: Clip Show #2

Force, lunar holograms, and
Rainbows. Yay clip shows!

You get three different claims in this episode, from simple misunderstandings to what some may classify as outright crazy (or, as I like to write, cräZ). More specifically, I talk about whether gravity is an accelerative force, whether the moon is a hologram, and something having to do with rainbows. And no, I’m not talking about the sprinkler rainbow lady.

The possibly newly forming moon around Saturn is a Q&A in this episode.

Graham, I swear I’m getting ready to do the Pioneer Anomaly …


  1. I got a good laugh from the Sprinkler Rainbow Lady video. That was beyond silly! She seriously hasn’t seen rainbows from water sprinklers, prior to 20 years ago? lol

    Comment by Rick K. — April 22, 2014 @ 6:53 am | Reply

  2. Oh, it’s apocryphal whether Hitler or Goebbels or whoever first said the “big lie” quote or not. In the end, it doesn’t really matter who came up with it, since its “truthiness” resonates with all of us.

    Comment by Rick K. — April 22, 2014 @ 7:38 am | Reply

  3. Just a small technical correction: modern DSLRs, like all consumer cameras with CMOS sensors, do read the image line by line. Only cameras with CCD sensors read the entire frame.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 23, 2014 @ 12:28 am | Reply

    • Yes, most sensors read out line-by-line, I should have been more clear. The iPhone, GoPro, and other cameras have a “rolling shutter” where they don’t actually take a frame and then read it out (line-by-line), they read out each line in the timespan of the “shutter.” So, something that moves more than 1 pixel during a single “shutter” moment will show weird artifacts. There are good examples of this with airplane propellers. I’m pretty sure that better cameras don’t do this, but rather take the frame, store it, read it line-by-line, and then take the next frame, all within that shutter speed. So, you don’t have that rolling shutter effect.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — April 23, 2014 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  4. That was a very interesting episode, though I did realise as soon as the clip of Gerald Clark had finished that he had forgotten to include air resistance in his argument, obviously the guy does not watch Mythbusters, they’ve done various things involving ‘terminal velocity’ over the years starting off with the ‘Penny Drop’ myth.

    I described the ‘Lunar Wave’ (It’s up to 5 now btw, see link below) thing to a friend and they could not believe someone would believe such a thing. That said, is he claiming that the entire moon is a projection or that a hologram is being used to hide the ‘real surface’?

    As for Steve Quayle, there was a recent episode of Virtual Skeptics in which Eve described visiting a Conspiracy Theory Convention and apparently all the talks were just like the Quayle clip you played, stream-of-conciousness, with the audience filling in the logical gaps as they went.

    And here is the link to the updated ‘Lunar Hologram’ video, the description of it ends with a plea for money to ‘upgrade’ his camera system:

    Comment by Graham — April 24, 2014 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

    • I’m not entirely sure if it’s the surface or the entire body. I thought it was the entire body as I was making the episode, though I’m less certain now.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — April 24, 2014 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

      • Went back to his youtube page, he’s still trying to prove the ‘holograms’ are real. Oddly there’s no motive specified, for why someone would do this. But it could be because the moon is artificial in another way.

        While trying to track down details on ‘pre-Hoagland’ lunar artifact claims (Which I think would be a worthy episode topic.) I found a wikipedia page on the ‘Spaceship Moon Theory’ which includes links to copies of what are allegedly the original Russian articles from the 1970’s.

        Anyway, the wikipedia article is linked below.


        Comment by Graham — May 2, 2014 @ 7:19 pm

  5. I loved “the moon is a hologram” guy. The crazy is strong in that one. The only other place I’ve ever seen it suggested that the Moon itself were fake is on the Holocaust denialist parody site, The Mad Revisionist. http://www.revisionism.nl/Moon/The-Mad-Revisionist.htm, but be careful you aren’t in an institution that will flag it as an actual revisionist site!

    Comment by Jeff Rubinoff — May 12, 2014 @ 4:04 am | Reply

    • It’s interesting how various disparate conspiracies go together.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — May 12, 2014 @ 7:54 am | Reply

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