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Astronomy conspiracy theorists you have met while letting the public views through your scope

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#26 BJS

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Posted 19 September 2023 - 03:51 PM

I had a run in with "karen" at a public library observing session over chem trails. She even brought flyers to help educate everyone.... that was fun.
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#27 RalphMeisterTigerMan

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Posted 19 September 2023 - 11:31 PM

Had members of the local "Flat-earth Church/Cult" crash an International Astronomy Day outreach that the members of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vancouver Chapter were hosting. They spent several hours trying very hard to find "converts" but to no avail.

 

Fortunately, the YouTube channel has an endless, non-stop, never ending supply of prople who love nothing more than to advertise to the entire World their brand of ignorance. Everyone has the right to be stupid but these people abuse the priviledge (spelt wrong). 

 

Sometimes I weap for the future!

 

Clear skies and keep looking up!

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#28 John Fitzgerald

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Posted 20 September 2023 - 03:07 PM

YouTube could take down flat earth, fake moon landing, etc videos.  I wonder why they don't?


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Posted 20 September 2023 - 05:19 PM

Lots of click$?
I knew a bloke who thought Saturn’s hexagon was a portal to the inside.

 

When confronted with that kind of thing, I just nod and smile.

YouTube could take down flat earth, fake moon landing, etc videos.  I wonder why they don't?



#30 N-1

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Posted 20 September 2023 - 08:58 PM

We get the odd question/comment about flat-earth stuff. We're in a hilly city, so we just point out the hills to them as proof that the Earth is neither flat nor round, and move on. 


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#31 Stevegeo

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Posted 21 September 2023 - 11:44 AM

About KAREN and chemtrails,  must be the same one i encountered, went on about flat earth,  then chemtrails, USAF coverups, nothern lights caused by DEODORANTS ( she could have use a bit) then went on about a UFO flying into a portal on the moon .. in her defence she was drinking  ( paper bag style).. quite entertaining..


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Posted 17 November 2023 - 11:52 AM

The Black Knight satellite :... Why not this object? 

 

Their answer: "It's cloaked."

Elon, please, please, please listen up.


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#33 Richard Low

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Posted 18 November 2023 - 01:29 AM

During sidewalk outreach, I've met one passerby who spoke on the flat earth theory. And then he talked about aliens. I told him I've seen an actual UFO before for 20 minutes back in 1989, witnessed together with a few others, and we reported it to the authorities. He was so astounded... haha.


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#34 No N in collimation

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Posted 18 November 2023 - 10:07 AM

There are lots of folks interested in Astrology at our pulic outreach events.

 

Kepler and Tycho Brahe would have enjoyed your events wink.gif



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Posted 18 November 2023 - 10:59 AM

I met once a "Venera denier", someone who insisted that Soviets could never land a robot on Venus in the 70s, resist the 900°F for half an hour and even send pictures.
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Posted 17 March 2024 - 04:43 PM

I have an uncle that keeps asking me about UFOs. He isn't satisfied with my stories about local nutcakes, so last time I told him that years ago the Army Corp of Engineers paid me thousands of dollars to build electronic boxes used to track turtles, and now he finds that story even shadier than UFOs. I did really make turtle-tracking boxes for the Army.


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Posted 17 March 2024 - 05:57 PM

I've heard a few whoppers over the years at public events but nothing quite as mind-blowing as the infamous Time Cube.

https://timecube.2enp.com/

What a word salad.


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Posted 25 March 2024 - 01:12 PM

I've heard a few whoppers over the years at public events but nothing quite as mind-blowing as the infamous Time Cube.

https://timecube.2enp.com/

Several of my relatives are flat earthers, was even at my uncle's cabin (in a bortle 2) with a 10" dobsonian, which no one could understand why I spent $300 for that scope..... My one cousin says he doesn't believe in space and the objects in the scope were clouds or fake images projected onto the "Dome"

 

Even with all that, the Time Cube fried my brain.... thanks for that laugh!


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Posted 25 March 2024 - 05:01 PM

My one cousin says he doesn't believe in space and the objects in the scope were clouds or fake images projected onto the "Dome"

LOL. You should point out that his lack of "belief in space" doesn't make it any less real. That the universe doesn't require the belief or acknowledgement of earth humans to go right on existing as it has long before there were humans, or domed basilicas, or projectors, or holographic performers and will outlive us all. Let him stew in that.

Some people will do anything it takes to avoid facing the reality that they are not the be all and end all of reality, and are in fact quite insignificant and unnecessary.
 


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Posted 25 March 2024 - 06:08 PM

LOL. You should point out that his lack of "belief in space" doesn't make it any less real. That the universe doesn't require the belief or acknowledgement of earth humans to go right on existing as it has long before there were humans, or domed basilicas, or projectors, or holographic performers and will outlive us all. Let him stew in that.
Some people will do anything it takes to avoid facing the reality that they are not the be all and end all of reality, and are in fact quite insignificant and unnecessary.


🤣 I honestly don't think he would understand, it took me several minutes to explain how there are measurements smaller (and larger) than what is shown on a ruler.

The scary thing is he is considered one of the "smart and successful" cousins by my family cause he owns his own business.

It doesn't matter though cause there is still so much to learn about our universe and if others don't want to learn, I cannot force them and in the end it's their loss.

Clear Skies!
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Posted 26 March 2024 - 08:27 AM

What a word salad.


The syntax reminds me of the label on Dr Bronner’s soap bottles. In Dr Bronner’s case English wasn’t his first language, and I think the Nazis murdering his family had a pretty big effect on his psyche. However, he made darn good soap, and the gist of what he wrote on those labels usually added up to humans of all races and religions should unite as friends. He had an odd way of expressing himself, but I can’t fault the message or the soap.

I too think after he passed away his family quietly took off the part where he suggested using his soap as toothpaste, which is probably for the best.
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Posted 26 March 2024 - 07:06 PM

Just helps prove that we are in the post truth, anti-science society.

The scary thing is some of them breed.

 

LOL. You should point out that his lack of "belief in space" doesn't make it any less real. That the universe doesn't require the belief or acknowledgement of earth humans to go right on existing as it has long before there were humans, or domed basilicas, or projectors, or holographic performers and will outlive us all. Let him stew in that.

Some people will do anything it takes to avoid facing the reality that they are not the be all and end all of reality, and are in fact quite insignificant and unnecessary.
 


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Posted 27 March 2024 - 02:09 PM

really? it's a well known fact cloaking devices are real! Klingon bird of prey?!

I've never seen one


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Posted 27 March 2024 - 02:13 PM

I've never seen one

I 'see' what you did there.

 

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Posted 27 March 2024 - 02:28 PM

My one cousin says he doesn't believe in space and the objects in the scope were clouds or fake images projected onto the "Dome"

 

 

As I get older, I get snarkier. I recently bought a T-Shirt that says "Science does not care whether you believe in it or not".  Only wear it when I am in a mood.
 


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Posted 03 April 2024 - 02:18 AM

I met a guy who said we have photos of saturn’s rings before they were finished.

I love talking to people who think the Earth is flat. They can’t imagine a world where science is real. I can’t imagine a world where they went their whole life thinking this way. It shows me my own ignorance too :)

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Posted 03 April 2024 - 03:40 AM

My wife bought me a bumper sticker:
A NASA logo and a photograph of the Earth, with the words; " It's round, we checked". It's on the car, right next to my ESTES rocket sticker.
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Posted 03 April 2024 - 06:50 AM

Yesterday my wife and I were at the market and we saw a contrail. My wife says "oh look, chemtrails, you should examine them with your telescope!" Then I said, "wait, if I get one of those Star Analyzer gratings (which I DO want to get), I could do spectroscopy on the chemtrails!"
 

I did a year of general chem, a year of organic chem, and a semester of biochem back in college. I did enough spectrophotometry in controlled conditions to know that I am WAY underqualified to do spectroscopy on contrails using my equipment. But after seeing the "stars are really water" guy on YouTube, I'm guessing there's no shortage of people ready to step up and "do their own research." Dunning-Kruger effect at work!


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Posted 03 April 2024 - 09:55 AM

Personally I am glad that conspiracy theorists exist, they creates a healthy challenge for the mainstream science and governments, asking questions all the time and never letting go.

 

One similar example, annoying citizens at the town hall questioning shady projects of the municipality (often involving cutting trees or dezoning agricultural land, projects destroying peace and silence) or parents speaking at schools boards meetings because of some books. These people are often working for what they believe to be something good for the citizens, I thank god that these courageous people exist. Especially real scientists with licenses, standing up to ask questions and be threatened to lose their license if they continue.

 

These are the scientists I like, the free thinkers.

 

It's the difference between a free country and a tyranny, the right to ask questions freely.

 

A legitimate opposition is always good, it makes it more difficult for the lawmakers to abuse power easily.

 

Many conspiracy theorists sound dumb, but these dumb people have more success convincing the population of nonsense. While the governments of US and Canada have a real struggle, how come is that even possible? IMO I has to do with the amount of credibility the govs. have in the USA and Canada right now.


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Posted 07 April 2024 - 07:59 PM

Many flat Earthers I've meet

 

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