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8:53am on Friday, 24th November, 2006:

Good Example


The Independent has a big pull-out Guide to the Stars today. Furthermore, it really is about stars (rather than celebrities) — those points of light in the sky that you can see at night if it isn't cloudy and you don't have streetlights where you live.

The Independent seems to exhibit an anti-science point of view in general, so it's always a pleasure to see how it messes up science when it does want to mention it. For example, on the list of the "10 brightest stars in the sky", it omits to mention that it's the night sky (the sun's apparent brightness is greater than that of Sirius) and that it's the Northern hemisphere (no mention of Canopus, the second-brightest star in the night-time sky).

The best part, though, is its example of a galaxy. Here's the quote:

That makes is so much clearer.

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