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A misleading illustration.

The gif above, from Malin Christersson’s  Website, has been making the rounds of the Internet to much acclamation but it is in my opinion severely misleading in what it claims to represent. 1,949 more words

Transit of Venus

On 6 June 2012, a transit of Venus occurred. This rare astronomical event, when Venus passes directly in front of the Sun, and appears as a large black dot on its surface slowly moving from one side to the other in about 3 hours, has only happened eight times since the invention of the telescope (ref 1). 1,368 more words



Bruno, you poor bastard.

Just when they thought Copernicus was crazy,

you came striding in:

“The stars are suns with planetary rings!”

“There may be more intelligent life out there!” 15 more words

A misleading book title that creates the wrong impression

A new biography of Johannes Kepler has just appeared and although I haven’t even seen it yet, let alone read it, it brings out the HistSci Hulk side of my personality. 1,816 more words

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Flat Earth Revisited

Recently the flat earth model of the earth has resurfaced in the alternative and conspiracy research community. Some folks claim the flat earth movement is completely made up of co-intelpro agents with the purpose of discrediting conspiracy theorists, the alt-right and other people searching for truth and sanity. 1,100 more words


Goodnight Moon: Kepler’s 'Somnium'

by guest contributor Nicholas Bellinson

One Bohemian night in 1608, the Imperial Mathematician gazed up at the moon and the stars. In the seven years since he had received that title, Johannes Kepler had discovered many things about these celestial bodies, some true and some (as Hesiod said) like the truth: that planets moved around the sun, not the earth; that they moved in ellipses, not perfect circles; that they were enormous magnets – to name a few. 1,075 more words

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