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From the Ted Talk by Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists

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So what happened? Well, in hindsight we can say that astronomers were making two auxiliary hypotheses, both of which we would now say were incorrect. The first was an assumption about the size of the Earth's orbit. aetsmoonrrs were assuming that the Earth's orbit was large relative to the distance to the stars. tdoay we would draw the picture more like this, this comes from NASA, and you see the Earth's orbit is actually quite salml. In fact, it's actually much smaller even than swohn here. The stellar parallax therefore, is very small and actually very hard to detcet.

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So what happened? Well, in hindsight we can say that astronomers were making two auxiliary hypotheses, both of which we would now say were incorrect. The first was an assumption about the size of the Earth's orbit. ___________ were assuming that the Earth's orbit was large relative to the distance to the stars. _____ we would draw the picture more like this, this comes from NASA, and you see the Earth's orbit is actually quite _____. In fact, it's actually much smaller even than _____ here. The stellar parallax therefore, is very small and actually very hard to ______.

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  1. astronomers
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  3. detect
  4. today
  5. shown

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So what happened? Well, in hindsight we can say that astronomers were making two auxiliary hypotheses, both of which we would now say were incorrect. The first was an assumption about the size of the Earth's orbit. Astronomers were assuming that the Earth's orbit was large relative to the distance to the stars. Today we would draw the picture more like this, this comes from NASA, and you see the Earth's orbit is actually quite small. In fact, it's actually much smaller even than shown here. The stellar parallax therefore, is very small and actually very hard to detect.

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