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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Arthur C. Clarke Foundation

Today’s FamilyFirst site celebrates the vision, ideals, and goals of one of the truly great men of not only our generation, but the previous one or two as well.
The site is the official one of the Clarke Foundation. The man is Sir Arthur C. Clarke.
This remarkable man has certainly accomplished a tremendous amount in his long life. For instance, in 1945, he wrote a treatise for Wireless World magazine in which he laid out the concept of geosynchronous satellites being able to provide near-instantaneous worldwide communications. This is no lightweight speculation, either. It comes complete with the mathematical formulas necessary. The article is available for download in its entirety.
That was 1945! Sputnik wasn’t launched until twelve years later!

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