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A bright streak and a pale red dot

7 March 2012
Inside science

The police received a number of calls concerning a huge fireball that crossed the sky from Scotland to Devon around 21.40 on March 3rd, escribed as incredibly bright – see www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-17248959 and www.physorg.com/print250164570.html. This follows several fireballs seen over North America during February – but where do they come from? It is only a matter of weeks since the passage of an asteroid that came relatively close to the earth, in astronomical terminology that is, but might there be a connection? Was the asteroid a defunct comet?

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_blogspot/2012/03/sundays-comment-of-the-day-the-p… (or go to www.dailygalaxy.com and trawl down to March 4th posting, via a lot of other interesting stuff)… there is an interesting read – the pale red dot supposedly being the most distant object in the observable universe. The comments that follow the image of the pale red dot show just how much controversy the Big Bang theory invokes. For example, Orkneylad claims the Hubble Constant is the foundation of the Big Bang theory but it has been falsified on a number of occasions – has it? (see also www.glebedigital.co.uk/blog/?p=1194) and he goes on to say that the flat universe theory also uses the Hubble Constant – and is this cognitive dissonance? Cosmology and astrophysics are dominated by the Big Bangers – they run state funded institutions and control the peer review process. They are not about to admit they are wrong. Cullen, a student, replies in good faith, and clearly thinks the Big Bang is not as unlikely as his assailant claims, and argues that orthodox science changes with new information saying that Einstein overturned Newton and in turn Quantum Mechanics is a problem for Einstein. He is a science idealist whilst Orkneylad is somewhat cynical – but why? It emerges that he is a supporter of electricity in space.

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