Moon experiment updates

It seems that last week I failed to acknowledge a couple of people who really did record themselves carrying out the moon experiment. So here they are.



  1. says

    Hello Russel, the youtube links are HTTP links, yet as this blog is loaded via HTTPS, the mixed content rules prevent the embedding of the youtube videos, so all the people will see is white space. Simply adding an s after the http in the youtube links should solve the problem.

  2. says

    I should add that I have the HTTPS everywhere extension installed which loads all pages that support it via HTTPS instead of HTTP. Still, if you change the youtube links to HTTPS links they will be loaded on the HTTP quite fine, just not the other way around.

    (HTTPS can not embed HTTP [non secure] content but HTTP can embed HTTP & HTTPS content)

  3. Matt Lambert says

    Not that it’s really necessary, but if you wanted to really nail the coffin shut on this claim you could take a magnifying glass (or several) and focus the light of the moon onto the tip of a regular mercury thermometer or a thermocouple. Just like a sadistic kid can burn ants to death with the sun’s light, you should be able to produce a very noticeable temperature decrease with the supposed cold light of the moon.

  4. Lillith says

    Or one could ignore this a**hat’s claims completely just as you wouldn’t give a flat-earther credibility by debating them.

  5. Erasmussen says

    Hi, there. Moon, Sun, Planets and more started being investigated (for the first time using scientific methods, critical thinking and sound reasoning) since the ‘Copernican Revolution’, some 450 years ago, supplanting Aristotle’s fantasies and Ptolemy’s clockwork world, defying the Vatican’s repressive apparatus of ‘anti-heresy’ measures (Inquisition, Index of forbidden books, witch-hunts etc).
    Consider just three of the numerous ‘exemplary condemnations’: 1600 Rome, Giordano Bruno burnt at the stake – 1619 Toulouse, Vanini publicly tongue-robbed then strangled then burnt at the stake – 1633 Vatican, diabolic humiliating trial (prospects of torture being hinted at, it’s said) against 70 year old Galileo (1564-1642). The latter (with Kepler 1571-1630, Copernicus 1473-1543, Newton 1643-1727 and some others) was key in overcoming more than a millennium of religious bigotry, sterile dogmatic pre-Renaissance thinking.
    The publication in 1632 of Galileo’s ‘Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems’ (one of the founding books of modern science by the way), retriggered his troubles with the catholic hierarchy. Three participants take part in this ‘Dialogue’: Simplicio (stubbornly abiding by dogmatic catechism-like wisdom), Sagredo (open-minded to novel ideas) and Salviati (exploring new ways by applying reason and critical thought). The Pope suspected he was portrayed by that benighted Simplicio; hence the ignominious 1633 trial.
    Hard to believe then that in 2016 people can still misinterpret the Moonlight story figuring in part 1 (‘Day 1’) of Galileo’s 4-part ‘Dialogue’. How can they explain that story today the same silly way as Simplicio four centuries ago? Hey, did they really study Galileo? Is it our familiar fridges that make them add a modern sounding item: the ‘secondary moonlight’s cooling effect’, for the benefit of us all?
    Go back to Galileo’s not so many pages describing his open-air experiments using two parallel walls, one can of dark paint and one bright, one flat round mirror and one spherical, plus skills for obtaining logical deductions from how these elements bring about their effect on direct or indirect sun- or moonlight, depending on the relative positions of Earth, Moon and Sun. At the time people weren’t distracted by thermometer readings. All ‘Simplicio-thinking’ will miss the point here, as Galileo so brilliantly shows us.
    History was to prove his pessimism justified, as is shown by the relentless religious combats against so many aspects of scientific progress in certain countries or cultures. The very first French translation of Galileo’s 1632 ‘Dialogue’ came out 360 years later, 1992. Even the Bible itself has longtime been on Vatican’s Index. The Catholic Church’s prohibition of private reading (or even possession) of an integral Bible by catholic laypersons (except in case of a personal written episcopal authorization) was enforced in many parts of France and elsewhere, up through the 1950’s. Catholic pressure on bookshops could still amplify the effect.
    If 400 years ago western world’s Renaissance had taken off at today’s Simplicio-thinkers’ pace, wouldn’t we not now face the prospect of having to wait another millennium to battle us up again to the Internet Age?