Urban Legends from Space: The Biggest Myths About Space Demystified

Urban Legends from Space: The Biggest Myths About Space Demystified

by Bob King


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Fun, Outrageous Space Stories, Debunked!

In this Internet age where science fiction masquerades as fact, even the most rational person might find themselves wondering: Could NASA have faked the moon landings? Are we sure the government isn’t using chemtrails to experiment on people? And did NASA really spend millions on “space pens”?

Urban Legends from Space cuts through the fog of myth to bring the truth behind these questions, and 48 other celestial legends, out into the open. In examining the shaky claims behind these many misconceptions and taking us step-by-step through the concrete evidence that contradicts them, expert Bob King debunks each myth and exposes the scientific truth at its core. Along the way, King offers us the tools we need to become more discerning observers of the world around us and more responsible sharers of information overall.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781624148965
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 328,774
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bob King is the writer of the blog Astro Bob and author of Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die and Night Sky with the Naked Eye. He is an avid skywatcher and a member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. Bob writes and photographs for Universe Today, Sky & Telescope magazine and the Duluth News Tribune. He lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Earth 13

The Earth Is Flat 14

Contrails Are Really Chemtrails 19

UFOs Are Real 24

Earth's Magnetic Poles Will Flip and All Life Will Perish 33

U.S. Auroral Research Center "Weaponizes" the Weather 38

The Great Wall of China Is Visible from Space 42

Water Goes Down the Drain Differently in Different Hemispheres 45

Meteors Are Falling Stars 49

Meteorites Are Blazing Hot When They Hit the Ground 52

We See the Sun at Sunrise 56

Earth Spins Once Every 24 Hours 58

Earth's Axis Flips from Summer to Winter 60

Galileo Invented the Telescope 63

Objects in a Telescope Look Like They Do in Photos 67

There's No Gravity in Space 71

NASA Spent Billions on "Space Pens" 75

Moon 79

We Never Landed on the Moon 80

The Hubble Space Telescope Can See the Apollo Moon Landers 88

Aliens Built a Spaceport on the Far Side of the Moon 90

The Moon Has a "Dark Side" 94

Full Moons Are a Thing 98

You Can Buy Land on the Moon 100

The Moon Is Bright Because It Reflects a Lot of Light 103

Birth and Crime Rates Spike During Full Moons 107

Moon Phases Are Caused by Earth's Shadow 110

The Moon Pulls the Ocean Beneath It, Causing the Tides 112

Planets, Comets And Asteroids 117

There's a Planet on a Collision Course with Earth 118

We Found Bigfoot on Mars 122

Comets Cause Earthquakes 126

Comets Streak Across the Sky 131

Comets Will Shock You! 133

Mars Appears as Big as the Full Moon When Closest to Earth 138

Dust Storms on Mars Are Powerful Enough to Destroy a Manned Base 141

A Doomsday Asteroid Is About to Strike Earth 145

Asteroids Are the Remains of a Destroyed Planet 151

Planets and Stars Cap Foretell the Future 155

Jupiter is a Failed Star 160

The Nemesis Death Star Exists and Causes Mass Extinctions 164

The Planets Orbit the Sun in Circles 168

Sun, Stars And Space 173

You Can Travel Faster Than the Speed of Light 174

The North Star Is the Brightest Star 179

The Sun Will One Day Explode as a Nova 183

Solar Eclipses Produce Dangerous Rays that Will Blind You 188

Betelgeuse Will Go Supernova end Render Earth Uninhabitable 191

You Can Hear Sounds in Outer Space 194

Matter Is Either a Solid, Liquid or Gas 197

Constellations Always Keep Their Shapes 201

Black Holes Suck 205

As the Universe Expands, Galaxies Speed Away from Each Other 209

When Galaxies Collide, Stars Crash Together 213

Galaxies Are So Far Away They Might Not Even Be There Anymore 216

Acknowledgments 219

About the Author 220

Index 221

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