Bad Astronomy

Faces on Mars. Many-forwarded emails claiming that Mars would be the size of the full moon last summer. Astrology. Asteroids on collision course with earth, predicted years ahead of time.
There’s a term for all of this: Bad astronomy.
The fact is that the universe amazing place in its own right. Today’s FamilyFirst pick debunks all of the silly pseudoscientific rumors going around about our universe, so that you can instead marvel at its actual glory.
The site’s originator, astronomer Philip Plait, explains it this way:

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A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System

Summer nights, camping under the stars, what a way to look forward to spending a vacation. But while looking at those stars, have you ever wondered about them? Especially the ones closest to the Earth. I mean the other planets that go around the sun with us, as well as their moons. If you look on a clear night, you will even be able to see some of them. The astronauts on the Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station will also have a nice view of them.

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