Class Warfare Blog

July 30, 2016

An Intellectual Train Wreck

Filed under: Science — Steve Ruis @ 11:02 am
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I was watching an episode of Ancient Aliens last night (I know, I know … but I can’t stop watching, there is the alluring fascination of watching a scientific train wreck). This episode (Space Station Moon, Season 11, Episode 11) addressed the question of whether the moon might actually be hollow and be a space station inhabited by … wait for it … aliens, who are stationed there to keep a tab on us. I guess theists aren’t the only ones who think we are special (one of the universe’s most watched species!).

In any case, they began with some basic facts about the moon, delivered by Rick Stroud (great name, could have been a private investigator) who wrote a book called “The Book of the Moon.” So far so good. The first words about the moon uttered by Mr. Stroud were that the moon “glows” because of reflected sunlight, it not being hot enough to create its own light. This is good, solid, basic information. But then … then Mr. Stroud says this:

The reason that the moon has phases is because the Earth blocks the light of the Sun. As the Moon moves around the earth, it gets incrementally a little bit more, a little bit more of the Sun’s light.”

WTF? Bullshit Alert! Bullshit Alert! (That’s bullshite for you Brits.)

Apparently the good author got a little mixed up and thought he was describing a lunar eclipse. If his description were valid, we would have a lunar eclipse every month and anyone who has ever seen a lunar eclipse has noted that it begins and ends in just a few hours. So, by this description, all of the phases of the moon would be seen occurring in just a couple of hours and the moon would be full for the entire rest of the month!

The reason this description is patent bullshit, is for it to be true, then the Moon’s orbit would have to be in the same plane as that of the Earth’s around the Sun. It is not, it is tilted by about five degrees (5°), which is why we do not have a lunar eclipse every month.

But even if the orbits were co-planar, we would still see the phases of the moon (full moon, waning moons, waxing moons, new moon, etc.) because of the real reason for the phases of the moon which is:

The moon travels around the Earth and the side of the moon facing the sun receives its illumination and is “lit up.” When the moon is between the sun and Earth, the lit up side faces away from us and the moon is dark from our vantage point ( a new moon). Then the moon moves on and about two weeks later it is on the far side of the Earth (away from the sun) and because its orbit is tilted a bit, the side facing the sun is still being lit (it is not in Earth’s shadow) and we can see it fully lit from the side of Earth not being lit, that is during our night time (a fully lit moon, or full moon). Half way between these two positions (one week to either side) the side of the moon facing the sun is at a right angle to us and we see the Moon as being half lit. (As a side note, because the Moon rotates on its axis in the same period of time it revolves around the Earth, the same side of the moon is always lit and the dark side of the moon is never seen.)

So, the producers of this episode of Ancient Aliens thought that Mr. Stroud was the perfect source for this basic information as he has “written” the book “The Book of the Moon,” but if they had just done a little research they would have found out that Mr. Rick Stroud is not an astronomer, but is a television director. (Hey, somebody had to cash in on the book following the documentary, why not the director?)

Or if one of the producers were to have done a little fact-checking by looking up “phases of the moon” on Wikipedia, or … oh, what the Hell … the aliens did it, the aliens did it. Now, I feel better now that I know what really happened.

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12 Comments »

  1. I was in shock. So I came on line to find any other human being who caught that mistake and used the key phrase “RICK STROUD moon false statements” to find this page. Then I find your mistake of calling him Dirk with a compliment. OK the shock is that this guy wrote a book when he has this grotesque error in his mind. He is the author (authority) of “THE BOOK OF THE MOON” when simple observation and basic math has failed him all his life. Poor son of a B and worse HE has no friends, no friends in real life worth having and n friends n the production crew who just film away nd let him make a massive fol of himself in front f the world. I would fire the entire crew and his handlers.

    Comment by incareof — July 30, 2016 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for catching the name gaff. I will correct that.

      Steve

      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 30, 2016 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

      • You are welcome. I read back and see I have a sticking zero or “oh” on this keyboard. I wish I had more corrective feedback on the drafts I come up with some time.

        BTW are the classes in a war right now? Classes are real, right? And they can never go away, right? Or it would be bad for everyone.

        Because there are things that we need that can’t be done by everyone, so specialization and aptitude will always create classes organically as some people just rationally do more valuable things for society like doctors and lawyer and big business admin etc, so can we have peace? Or do we abolish the classes altogether and go French? We could have a revolution and then pretend everything is different as we install the exact same people back in at the head of the classes. 😉

        Comment by incareof — July 31, 2016 @ 4:47 am | Reply

  2. Fully agree. If I can, I do like to watch. It’s brilliant!

    Comment by john zande — July 30, 2016 @ 7:57 pm | Reply

  3. I’m not sure why would you expect any fact-checking being involved in the show called Ancient Aliens.

    Comment by List of X — July 30, 2016 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

    • But no one likes to be labeled stupid by getting the basics wrong. They way these things work is to tell truth after truth after truth and then tell a whopper.

      On Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 8:59 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 30, 2016 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

      • But truth, truth, truth, whopper is just not as entertaining as truth, whopper, whopper, whopper.

        Comment by List of X — July 31, 2016 @ 12:40 am | Reply

        • LOL! He’s got a Point there!

          On Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 12:40 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — August 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am | Reply

  4. Every time I have tried to watch AA my head goes in to some sort of odd transformation. First klaxons ringing wildly, then foam begins to froth from my mouth, and some sort of Hulk -ish monster comes alive within me. I cannot watch AA anymore…

    I can’t even walk through the room where it is on. I can’t sit in an adjoining room where I can every so often hear the insidious bullshit. AA is the worst of what tv has to offer these days and from what I can tell its platform of bullshit has spawned other shows quite similar. Think Bigfoot, monster legends etc.

    If I ever actually see that idiot with the hair out on the street, I have no guarantee I can stop my right hand from breaking his nose. That is what AA has done to me.

    Great catch Mr. Ruis. I applaud anyone with the intestinal fortitude to suffer so greatly 🙂 I hope you took a shower after you watched it! You also might want to have yourself checked for “stupid” parasites. You can’t be too careful!

    Comment by shelldigger — July 31, 2016 @ 7:55 am | Reply

    • What is so amazing is the number of people that literally feed on these shows! Arghhhh!

      Comment by Nan — July 31, 2016 @ 11:08 am | Reply

      • (No doubt they are the same ones that will be voting for tRump.)

        Comment by Nan — July 31, 2016 @ 11:08 am | Reply

      • Probably a strong correlation between AA lovers and Trump supporters…

        Comment by shelldigger — July 31, 2016 @ 11:11 am | Reply


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