Exposing PseudoAstronomy

July 13, 2015

#NewHorizons – The Pseudoscience Flows


Introduction

Sigh. We knew this would happen. But I’m always intrigued as to what form it will really take. I’ve been monitoring some sites, some people, and here’s some that I’ve found so far. Two mainly.

Pluto was ejected from Earth during the Great Flood

Ol’ Terry Hurlbut, one of the premier editors/contributors to Conservapedia, is a young-Earth creationist. He has an Examiner.com site and his own ConservativeNewsAndViews.com site which duplicates said Examiner content and has contributions from other, like-minded über-right-wingers and young-Earth creationists. His contribution is fairly straight-forward: Pluto formed recently – but not as recently as Earth – during Noah’s Flood. Why?

Well: Pluto is red. Rusty red. Therefore it has rust. Therefore it must have iron that was in an oxygen-rich environment. Therefore it came from Earth. QED

Richard Hoagland

Richard is a moving target these days. There’s a lot of drama – the basics of which have to do with the feud between Art Bell and the program he founded but its current incarnation, Coast to Coast AM. Steve Warner, host of the “Dark City” internet radio program (also on Art Bell’s network), got a two-hour interview with Richard late last week and it went up just two days ago.

Richard himself will have (or depending on when you read this, has had) a 6 5 hour special from 3-9 2-7AM PDT on Tuesday morning, July 14, the morning of the flyby. He offered a preview on the “Dark City” interview, and I jotted down a few notes:

1. The Pluto system is young or artificial: Because no rings or tiny moons have yet been found, as was predicted (and therefore “MUST” be found IF the system is natural), then the bodies are either made of material that does not produce rings or tiny moons (ergo artificial) OR it’s incredibly young (ergo artificial).

2. Richard thinks it was created by a Type II civilization (can harness the energy of a solar system) that died 65 million years ago and so isn’t enough time to accumulate rings / tiny moons. It has archives/libraries where our “true” history is stored, and it didn’t suffer from the exploding planet that created the asteroid belt at that time which is also why neither Pluto nor Charon should have many craters.

3. He expects the “regular, geometric patterns” that are evidence of this civilization to be prominent. He also thinks the cantaloupe terrain on Triton is buildings buried by methane ice that NASA released but just never mentioned, and he expects to see more of it on Pluto.

4. “We’ve already found some staggering, repeating, right-angle geometry that has no business being there, and yet no one has commented about it because they don’t know what to say!”

5. The “weird computer outage” was a warning to NASA to not show what’s really there … from “somebody.” Either Alan Stern (the mission PI) will go along with it, or he’ll show what’s really there. Because of the IAU controversy, Richard is betting on Alan’s integrity to show “us” what’s really there. (Note: Richard says this about every PI or non-US country for every space mission. If Richard can pull the noise out of the images the way he wants to find “regular geometry,” Alan has integrity and Richard wins. If Richard can’t pull it out, Alan was threatened and Richard wins.)

6. The IAU vote was done to increase public engagement (through controversy / soap opera) of Pluto so that Alan can do the big reveal that it has alien archives on it in a few days.

To Be Continued?

I’m incredibly busy these days, so I’m not sure if I’ll have time to post more of these. But, I wanted to let you know what I’ve found so far that’s the most “coherent.”

5 Comments »

  1. Is there any truth to his idea that Pluto escaped bombardment because it spends so little of its orbital time in the ecliptic?

    Comment by expat — July 14, 2015 @ 8:39 am | Reply

    • Everything beyond Jupiter’s orbit did because it’s not hit by stuff from the asteroid belt. It’s KBOs -> comets that form the impact population in the outer solar system.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — July 14, 2015 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  2. How “tiny” of moons was RCH looking for? He’s sounding more and more like a psychic, making predictions based on flimsy or premature evidence, then rapidly changing his position with new predictions when the latest evidence contradicts his previous assertions.

    I wonder how will the actual colors of Pluto and Charon affect the “rust” argument by Mr. Hurlbut. Latest pics with color added seem to indicate they’re more “psychedelic,” to use the writer’s term. I’m not sure what the colors mean in the way of chemical composition, but corroded iron wouldn’t be among the first things I’d consider.

    Comment by Rick K. — July 14, 2015 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

  3. I want to thank you for this one. I was blissfully unaware of the hydroplate theory and its explanation for Pluto’s existence. I spent way too much time reading about it. It was fascinating to learn that water bursting forth from the Earth could launch matter at speeds that allowed it to escape Earth’s gravity.

    Comment by Steve — July 22, 2015 @ 10:45 pm | Reply

    • I’m not sure you should thank me for acquainting you with this one.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — July 23, 2015 @ 5:05 am | Reply


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