Originally posted by CthulhuMythos
Originally posted by eriktheawful
I call it:
Lack of understanding how web cams work (the black dot is pixel saturation).
Lack of understanding of what sun dogs are (light reflected by high altitude ice crystals)
Lack of understanding how clouds reflect enough light to where it over washes (over exposes the shots).
Lack of understanding lens flares, lens reflections and camera artifacts where strong light sources are.
And a extreme lack in understanding science: subjects of gravity, light, mass, orbital mechanics and atmospherics.
A large need to post YouTube videos in order to generate large enough traffic so one can get paid.
A large need to try and make a video go viral so one can pat themselves on the back.
A large need to have attention.
Have to admit I do see your point and agree with most of it, though I do still keep an open mind about the cosmos as there is an awful lot we do now
Absolutely agree with you. There are a lot of things we don't know.
But there are also a lot of things that we DO know.
We know that old web cams, especially those mounted facing where the sun sets or rises, can have pixel saturation occur if the sun hits the CCD chip
at the right angle (the sun moves with the seasons), and also the amount of light (smog, haze, clouds, etc) that hits it. The result is those pixels
turn "off", hence the black spot.
The dome that the camera is in can help produce further lighting affects that appear only on the web cam.
We know enough about mass and gravity to be able to calculate the effects of Mass A on Mass B. We know we are correct in this due to the behavior of a
object (like a small asteroid) when it passes close to a larger mass object. We see it's orbit change, and it does.
We know enough about orbital mechanics to where we are able to even launch our own satellites, and even place robotic probes on other worlds (it's
not a straight shot to land on Mars, and it sure was not a straight shot for Cassini to get to Saturn and drop the Huygens probe on Titan).
We know enough about fission and fusion and thermal reactions, and what would happen if another star were to be close by our sun (not
good........imagine the air temp on Earth going past that of "Broil" on your stove).
We know that there are hundreds of millions of amateur astronomers out there (I'm one of them), that look at the night sky all the time, many with
very sophisticated equipment. These people are the main source for finding new comets and asteroids. Not NASA, and not observatories run by acadamia.
Many of these people even use IR filters on their equipment. So far no one that is serious about astronomy has reported anything to anyone about any
rouge planet or star approaching (and yes, it would be quite visible, even if it some how emitted nothing, and reflected nothing at all, it would
still block out the light of stars behind it).
But of course we've had plenty of YouTubers who wouldn't even know what end of a telescope to look into post their iPhone pictures and videos
declaring that they've found Nibiru!
We know that people post videos on YouTube simply to see if they can get a high count, and if they can get the video to go viral.
We know that people post videos on YouTube so that they can get money from the amount of clicks (for those that have that partnership with
We know that people fake things (ADG(UK) is a VERY good example of a group of people that do this. Take a look at the HOAX bin here on ATS, you'll
find a lot of their videos end up there), and post them simply to see how many people they can get to fall for it (and unfortunately, many do, hook,
line and sinker).
And we also know that there are many people out there that are so desperate for Nibiru to exist, that they will grasp at anything, anything at all,
and say that it's proof, because they so desperately need to believe in Nibiru (or any other "End Of The World" idea out there).
However, you are correct. We don't know everything. Could a rogue planet or star pass through our solar system, wrecking terrible destruction on
Absolutely. Both things exist, and not only they, but our solar system is moving through space.
Is it going to happen any time soon?
Nope. At least not on December 21, 2012. Any large body that were going to do that would be very, very, very visible to everyone on the planet (que
the idiots that claim we can't because it's approaching from the south pole, never mind that anyone south of the equator can see the entire southern
Could it happen 60 years from now? Sure, but again, we'll see it coming (and no, we don't need NASA to see it coming), well before then.