Exposing PseudoAstronomy

September 1, 2017

Podcast Episode 163: Modern Eclipse Lunacy, Part 1

Solar Eclipses:
Even in the modern day,
Lunacy exists.

Back and pumping out a 42-minute episode on some of the crazy surrounding the recent lunar eclipse, crazy that you’re not going to hear from other sources. This past eclipse on August 21, 2017, was perhaps one of the most-hyped and most-viewed solar eclipses in human history. As with any such mass-sighted event, pseudoscience is bound to rear its ugly head. In this episode, I address doom and gloom, earthquake predictions, astrologic predictions, Planet X predictions, and other topics related to the eclipse.

There’s one additional segment, and that’s about where I’ve been (literally).

Solar Eclipse from August 21, 2017 (©Stuart Robbins)

Solar Eclipse from August 21, 2017 (©Stuart Robbins)



  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

    Comment by Vincent S Artale Jr — September 1, 2017 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  2. Very nice picture! I wish mine had turned out a quarter that good. Had to use a clumsy makeshift filter on my camera, while switching back and forth between wearing protective glasses or not, so I could readjust the camera (no automation on the tripod).

    Anyway, I anticipate the show will bring me a few chuckles as I shake my head at the absurd nonsense some people come up with. I had read and heard about all sorts of dire predictions concerning the eclipse, all of which failed to come true.

    A display at the local science museum talked about ancient efforts to scare away the monsters trying to eat the Sun. However, some people living now apparently still haven’t learned how the whole process works, so they think it portends doom of some sort. Please remind me which millennium we’re living in!

    Comment by Rick K. — September 1, 2017 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  3. Welcome back Stuart! Looking forward to listening to this episode and the follow up. Been doing my bit to counteract claims that someone had said the eclipse was racist(!?!) because the path went over white majority areas (They didn’t). There is a glitch with the shownotes. The episode link at the top points to episode 162, rather than 163.

    Comment by Graham — September 2, 2017 @ 1:53 am | Reply

    • Fixed.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — September 2, 2017 @ 7:40 am | Reply

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