Moon
Pic courtesy of penguinbush, via Flickr

Can I say that I hate, hate, hate that I share a first name with Bill O’Reilly? I know talking about how dumb he is makes shooting fish in a barrel with a shotgun look like solving Fermat’s theorem in your head, but when he gets to the epic level of stupid I just can’t resist.

You may or may not have seen when Billo was talking to David Silverman the president of American Atheists that he insisted that there was proof of religion not being a scam because the tide goes in and goes out, and no one knows why!

Yeah, I know, you know why the tide goes in and out. I know how the tide works, my seven year old nephew can give you a really detailed description including some thoughts on what the force of gravity from the Moon is also doing to other things on the planet. But O’Reilly does not seem to know. He thinks it is magic, or more specifically God.

But there is no position so bad that he won’t stand on it and make it worse. He released a video on the “Premium Member” section of his site (people actually pay for this crapola? I could use some of that dough if they are just wasting it like that..) with the following challenge:

“Okay, how did the Moon get there? How’d the Moon get there? Look, you pinheads who attacked me for this, you guys are just desperate. How’d the Moon get there? How’d the Sun get there? How’d it get there? Can you explain that to me? How come we have that and Mars doesn’t have it? Venus doesn’t have it. How come? Why not? How’d it get here?”

Billy-boy let me help you out. The Moon was formed when a planetary body the size of Mars struck the planet about 100 million years after it was formed. It caused most of the planet to become molten and a big glob splashed off and achieved a relitivley close orbit. That glob hoovered up some of the little globs and the Earth got the rest. A Viola! We got a moon. But don’t take my word for it, Google it, it should take all of about 6 seconds.

The Sun, coallessed from a large gas cloud left over from a supernova of a previous star. It condensed under its own gravity until fusion started. BTW, the leftovers became the Earth and Moon and the rest of the planets.

Um, I hate to tell ya William, but Mars has not one but two moons. So, I can’t really answer you question about it not having any, since it does.

Venus? Well how many big objects do you think were in the early Solar System? That one hit the Earth and caused its moon to form is kind of exceptional. To expect it to happen twice in two adjacent planets is stretching things. After all the moons of Mars are really captured asteroids and not formed the way Earth’s Moon was.

All of this is knowledge that just about any eighth grader would be able to tell you.

Too bad O’Reilly does not have access to an eighth grader….you know thinking about that I am actually glad he does not have that access.

What’s on your mind tonight Firedogs? The floor is yours.

Bill Egnor

Bill Egnor

I am a life long Democrat from a political family. Work wise I am a Six Sigma Black Belt (process improvement project manager) and Freelance reporter for Govtrak.org

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