by Mick West at 12:13 PM
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HD Full Disk Satellite Images Metabunk.

There are several satellites that take photos of the full disk of the earth on a regular basis, but the most impressive are the three above. The first two (Himawari-8 and GOES-16) are geostationary satellites taking photos from 22,236 miles above the Earth's equator. The third, DSCOVR is located in an orbit between the Earth and the Sun, about one million miles away. All three take several photos a day.

Quick Links To Full Disk Satellite Feeds
by Mick West at 9:53 AM
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ground truth, n.
1. A fundamental truth. Also: the real or underlying facts; information that has been checked or facts that have been collected at source.
2. a. In remote sensing: information obtained by direct measurement at ground level, rather than by interpretation of remotely obtained data (as aerial or satellite images, etc.), esp. as used to verify or calibrate remotely obtained data.
2. b. Information obtained by direct observation of a real system, as opposed to a model or simulation; a set of data that is considered to be accurate and reliable, and is used to calibrate a model, algorithm, procedure, etc.

The modern scientist's understanding of the universe is built largely on trust. They trust that the reference books and the scientific literature are largely correct. They trust that the mathematical models of gravity,...
by Mick West at 6:21 PM
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I wrote a flat vs. globe route simulator over the weekend. It shows the shortest route between two points on a globe, a flat earth, and an standard map. The lengths of each route are calculated for the globe and the flat earth.

(Note: does not work on mobile devices, works best with Chrome)
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...
by Mick West at 10:16 AM
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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:
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...
by Mick West at 12:13 PM
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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


by Mick West at 4:57 PM
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What looks like two suns, one bigger than the other, were observed in Harrow, UK, recently. Video was show at:

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.


It's actually the sun reflecting off this building:


The building has...
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:

And archives date it back to 2011.

The collection of photos had previously been published on, and...
by Mick West at 3:10 PM
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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...