Exposing PseudoAstronomy

August 27, 2015

Podcast Episode 139: New Horizons Pluto Encounter Conspiracies, Part 2

New Horizons’ pass
Through the Pluto system: Lots
Of crazy ensued.

Part 2 of the Great Pluto / New Horizons Conspiracies podcast mini-series is now posted. This one is loosely tied together through the theme of anomaly hunting, and it has a special guest star of (faulty) image analysis.

To be fair, again, all of these I have written about in my 11-part series. However, I know some people never read blogs and only listen to podcasts, and vice versa. So, I’m double-dipping. I don’t care. Again.

And it’s late at night … again … so I’ll close this brief post out by saying that I was recently interviewed not only on Steve Warner’s “Dark City” podcast, which you can directly listen to at this link, but I was also on Episode 363 of “The Reality Check” podcast to discuss New Horizons — and there really is only a smidgen of overlap between that TRC episode and my podcast episodes on the subject. So don’t not listen because you think that you’ll be hearing the same thing.



  1. (1)pleasantly surprised to hear my comment on the “one cause” fallacy quoted in #139. Pseudos do this sort of thing so much.It’s not because they’re dumb.It’s because they DO NOT critique their own ideas.See Rtchard Feynman”s essay,where he says, “The easiest person for you to fool is you.”…(2)Especially odd that R.Hoagland claims the New Horizon site was stopped because it was releasing pic’s it wasn’t supposed to. As if the ones released could somehow be pulled back out of the web, with millions of people watching and copying. I recall going to newspaper sites the 1st and 2nd days, as NH went down. Do you.have some numbers,i.e. how many attempted visits (resulting in a crash). Just curious.

    Comment by unicorndaniel — August 28, 2015 @ 11:57 am | Reply

    • 1) If you say something that I think I can use, I’ll use it. 🙂

      2) 200,000 NASA TV stream plays during the 2hrs surrounding the moment of closest approach, a 78x spike over normal traffic. And 1.6 million page views for the New Horizons page during the first 3 weeks of July. That’s about all I have that’s relevant to your question.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — August 31, 2015 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

  2. The 25th 1st Annual (that’s not a typo) Ignobel Prizes are this month. I noticed that in 1997 the award in Astronomy was to Richard C. Hoagland for observing ,among other things, a face on Mars and a 10-mile high building on the Moon.

    Comment by unicorndaniel — September 2, 2015 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

    • Should we nominate him for having found miles-wide/high buildings on almost every planet/moon that humans have sent a probe to?

      Comment by Rick K. — September 2, 2015 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  3. ArtAlien is quite distinctly English btw. From somewhere out west like Bristol, I wager.
    Just a bit of trivia for you there. Don’t mind me.

    Comment by Muz — September 4, 2015 @ 11:02 am | Reply

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