Metabunk

Apr
28
by Mick West at 1:32 PM
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solar system verify.
From past the orbit of Mars, the solar system looks a bit like the above. Earth is just a speck, not even visible here (at the end of the blue line). The sun is much larger than the earth, yet still seems small and far away. Its light shines equally in all directions.

Can we actually verify this? Can we prove the sun is not actually a spotlight shining on only half of a flat earth, like some people claim to believe?

Yes, we can do this in various ways but I like practical science experiments that are (relatively) easy to perform, so I'm going to focus on a few here, things that you can do yourself. We shall demonstrate:
  1. The size of the sun is the sky remains almost exactly the same all day long, meaning the relative change in distance is very small, so it's very far away.
  2. The Sun looks circular from every direction, so...
Apr
27
by Mick West at 10:16 AM
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20170427-094930-2xbri.

The conspiracy-oriented group Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth claims there is lots of evidence the the World Trade Center towers were brought down by a complex sequence of pre-planned demolition charges using a silent yet powerful classified explosive substance capable of precisely cutting steel beams in half and then throwing them hundreds of feet in the air. They call this "nanothermite".

An obvious problem with this theory is the huge fires that burned for an hour before the buildings collapsed. Why didn't the fires set off the nanothermite?

AE911 attempts to answer this in their FAQ, mentioning the ignition of nanothermite in the detailed answer to FAQ #2:
Apr
20
by Mick West at 1:09 PM
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DIY Theodolite.

A theodolite is a relatively simple instrument for measuring vertical and horizontal angles. It's commonly used for surveying, but you can also use one to get a rough estimate of the curvature of the Earth by measuring how far the horizon falls below eye level from different altitudes.

Modern theodolites are now often digital and expensive, but the classic theodolite still works quite well for this purpose. A classic theodolite, like the Würdemann model seen above, consists of an adjustable base that you set to level with adjustment screws and spirit levels. You then use a telescope with a crosshair to sight the distant object (the horizon in our case) and then read off the angle of the telescope for the circular scale.

You can then measure the dip of the ocean horizon from various altitudes. While...
Apr
18
by Mick West at 12:13 PM
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20170418-120752-rtb2m.

Conspiracy oriented Intellihub is claiming that a large cargo plane spotted flying low over California accompanied by ten small jet planes was possibly transporting nuclear weapons to Korea.

This is a false, and only a few minutes research revealed that the planes were the French airforce demonstration team, Patrouille de France, who were in Sacramento for an air show, and later flew in the this formation over San Francisco. The cargo jet is a french Airbus A400M


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5dc0ayi0nc


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc3hqhoA_Us
Apr
12
by Mick West at 4:57 PM
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20170412-165312-ws0n2.

What looks like two suns, one bigger than the other, were observed in Harrow, UK, recently. Video was show at:
https://weather.com/news/trending/video/which-sunset-was-real

Posted on April 11 2017, 03:15, so was likely from the previous day, April 10th.

An opposing sunset is usually a cloud lit by the sun. This one looks a bit unusual though.

Location:
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.576...4!1syX5pUNtWeHXn6Ih_bQE3zQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

It's actually the sun reflecting off this building:
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20170412-180211-nzl7d.

The building has...
Mar
31
by Mick West at 3:15 PM
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Not new 27 photos pentagon metabunk.

Several news sites and 9/11 conspiracy groups are reporting that 27 "new" photos of 9/11 were just released

However they are not new, they were released in 2011. The confusion seems to just be due to a reorganization of the FBI's web site.

The photos can be found on the following web page:
https://vault.fbi.gov/9-11-attacks-...terials/9-11-attacks-and-investigation-images

And archives date it back to 2011.
https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20...terials/9-11-attacks-and-investigation-images
20170331-151425-uan7y.

The collection of photos had previously been published on cryptome.org, and...
Mar
27
by Mick West at 3:10 PM
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20170327-131533-c1r7x.

I took the above photo today. It shows some Cumulus mediocris clouds. Medium sized cumulus. There are some people who think that these small fluffy clouds are the only type of "real" clouds that exists, and that high clouds such as cirrus or odd looking clouds like mammatus are evidence of some kind of global plot to modify the climate. Less extreme, but still overly suspicious, folk think that there are new clouds that exist in addition to the ten they were taught at school.

This suspicious was no doubt compounded when the World Meteorological Organization announced last week that the International Cloud Atlas was being modified to include...
Mar
22
by Mick West at 12:01 PM
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20170325-090138-7044g.

Last year I created a physical model to illustrate some aspects of the WTC Tower collapses. The basic structure was columns connected by floors. The floors supply lateral stability to the columns, so when the floors are removed the columns are very unstable. This worked out reasonably well, and I got this nice demonstration from it:

https://www.metabunk.org/towards-a-...the-collapse-of-the-wtc-towers-on-9-11.t7396/

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flo62pdaIMI

I'm currently re-creating my physical model as a virtual model using Blender physics to allow for a larger variety of experiments, and also to illustrate the difference that scale makes.

The first version I tried quite...
Mar
06
by Trailblazer at 8:11 AM
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[​IMG]

This image has been circulating on social media and "tabloid" news sites, with claims that it shows a "human shaped cloud" or ghost hovering above a Zambian shopping centre:

eg http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ed-cloud-appears-Zambian-shopping-centre.html

The photo is actually clearly a photoshopped creation using this photo of a kite (the strings...
Feb
20
by Trailblazer at 1:50 PM
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The video of a Jet Airways flight being intercepted by German fighter jets is causing a bit of interest on social media, both due to the very visible contrails (enhanced by the video being filmed near sunset) and by the appearance of a "UFO":


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJALftSN0ek

Flight 9W118 from Mumbai to London on February 16th 2017, a Boeing 777, was intercepted after it failed to respond to air traffic control on the correct frequency over Germany.

The video was shot from a British Airways 777 flying behind it and 2,000 feet higher (flight BA2042).

The "UFO" appears to fly from left to right (and slightly "forwards", ie towards the same direction as the filming plane rather than perpendicular) from around 1:26 in the video:

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Based on an article in the Aviation Herald, the intercept...