Author Archives: Starman

About Starman

Cosmic Awareness Facilitator. Astronomy, space, physics, science, planets, cosmology, reason, logic, clouds, sky phenomena, the environment, dogs and other animals, and other interesting stuff.

Einstein and Eddington

We had a free week of HBO so we decided to check out a couple of movies. The first was Einstein and Eddington, a BBC/HBO docu-drama about the relationship between Big Al (more appropriately, “Al Who?” at the time) and … Continue reading

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Earth’s Forests are “Diminished Imitations” of “Real” Trees

I want to be optimistic about humanity — I really do. But it seems like every morning I wake up to a new low in the annals of human stupidity. Let me make up an example. This may be believed … Continue reading

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Lies, extortions and threats

Lies, extortions and threats. How long must America endure such blatant and un-American activities from the White House and Congress? What can we do? I’m not sure what it will take. Some folks think I should just chill. See what … Continue reading

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"… a ginger cat having a fit in a bowl of tomatoes."

Is this how Mark Twain described a painting of English Artist William Turner? Because I am interested in the Sun, I have been reading  Chasing the Sun, The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life by Richard Cohen. … Continue reading

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Do Flat Earth Believers Have a Mental Flaw?

The funny — and very annoying — thing about conspiracy theorists is that they are willing to believe in an intricate and complicated fabrication far more complicated, and far less supported by any reasonable evidence, than is provided by standard … Continue reading

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Finland, the country that doesn’t exist

To a certain extent I can understand how rumors get started and how certain conspiracy myths spread. In some cases they start with a modicum of reality and stretch it into shapes that overly distrustful folks and/or those with overly … Continue reading

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Never to poke your ear with your elbow

Trying to view the Moon tonight (Monday, March 27, 2017) would be like trying to poke your ear with your elbow — you can’t do it and it would not be very bright if you tried. You see, the Moon … Continue reading

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