Exposing PseudoAstronomy

September 26, 2016

Podcast Episode 148: (BONUS) X-Rays from Pluto

Does discovering
X-rays from Pluto change all
We know and hold dear?

First interview episode since The Return, an interview about the discovery of x-rays coming from the vicinity of Pluto. I talk with one of the main authors of the paper announcing the observation of x-rays from Pluto, and we discussed why the find is not severely unexpected, and while it’s interesting it is not something that is completely unexplained. In fact, there’s a very good, natural explanation.

As what was intended to be a 5-10 minute interview ended up running about 50 minutes. Hopefully it was worth it. Note that this was recorded really ad hoc, outside on a university campus, using both an iPod Touch and Samsung Galaxy S5. Interestingly, the iPod performed better relative to noise, but it had a low-end filter; the Samsung had a high-end filter. Therefore, I lined up the audio precisely and combined both so you get better audio, and I tried to lower the relative intensity of each recording if one was picking up the wind more than the other.

There are no additional segments in this episode.

I hope that you enjoy this episode.




  1. Can’t wait for the lossless PDS releases. Pluto is one of the most beautiful planetary objects, IMO.

    Comment by Sam — September 26, 2016 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

    • Speaking of which, I already found three obelisks and a giant Moai statue. I’m not being a smartass, either, I blew the image up by a factor of 8 and went went hunting for some paradelia. It’s a fun experiment when you’re staring at JPG blocks enlarged 8x by whatever upscaler you’re using.

      Comment by Sam — September 27, 2016 @ 8:31 am | Reply

  2. Stuart,

    A very interesting episode. I would agree that Richard C. Hoagland might try to exploit this, he’s been doing that since he tried to claim that certain radio emissions found near Saturn were ‘proof’ that something exotic (eg. A spaceship or such like) was orbiting within the rings back in 1982. I have sent you my own reading of part of that article, planning to sit down and record the rest of it if you are interested.

    As a further side note the only other time I’ve seen mention of Kiloseconds was in Joan D. Vinges ‘Outcasts of the Heaven Belt’ the last time I read it.

    Comment by Graham — September 29, 2016 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

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