posted on Feb, 17 2009 @ 05:22 AM
reply to post by el_bloom
So spaceweather is lying about the bright object being Venus.
Whatever his motive, no professional astronomer could be stupid enough to lie about something taking place in the sky, especially something as trite
as the location of a planet. He knows that all anyone has to do to prove him wrong is look up at the sky. He knows that every night around the planet,
thousands of telescopes are turned on the heavens - and that every day, data from specialist observatories (including orbital ones like SOHO) finds
its way onto the desks of hundreds of senior fellow-astronomers. Nothing is hidden. And he knows, moreover, that even the rankest amateur - even a
schoolchild with an interest in astronomy - knows where in the heavens to look for Mercury, Venus or Jupiter.
So he wouldn't dare to lie.
A person who is ignorant of basic science, on the other hand, cannot understand why claims like 'Jupiter is behind the sun till March' and 'Jupiter
has ignited' are so laughable. And if he is obstinate into the bargain, he will refuse to understand when someone explains it to him.
That's why this thread is so ridiculous. No-one with most basic sky knowledge can believe it for a second. Why? Because Jupiter is plainly visible in
the sky, and we can look and see for ourselves that nothing out of the ordinary has happened to it.
But that isn't good enough for the wannabelievers. They want to believe, so they'll never go outside and look. One of them even refused to look when
ngchunter offered to take a photograph and show him that Jupiter is still there, and still a planet. Just like a child who puts its hands over its
ears to shut out what it doesn't want to hear.
It's got to be a conspiracy for these people, or at least a miracle. If it isn't, then it's a cover-up.
for fairness and to add: it's not completely wasted, though - I got to meet a few interesting (and sensible) people on it.
[edit on 17-2-2009 by Astyanax]