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    This is a very entertaining book. It deals with the many misconceptions and misuses of astronomy. Many topics are covered including the moon landing, egg balancing, misuse of astronomical terms, and bad astronomy in the movies. I recomend this book as an interesting and amusing book that reads quickly. For more bad astronomy you can visit the authors web site badastronomy.com

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    .. I have been enjoying the website and restraining myself form jumping into the book, simply because I have to/two/too many books already open and bookmarked ... the bok is, however, absolutely on my wish list for purchase ...

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    Have not bought the book yet, but I have the website bookmarked! It's excellent and a lot of fun. Here's one I've always wondered about on "Star Trek": Frequently they get themselves caught in orbit around a planet whose alien civilization has them caught in a tractor beam and is slowly sucking all the life out of the Enterprise. As they lie on the floor gasping for breath--having turned off all but the most essential life-support systems--I always wonder . . . WHY DIDN'T YOU TURN OFF THE ARTIFICIAL GRAVITY!!??
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    Because the acceleration induced by the alien tractor beam would kill them if they were left free to float around the cabin!
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    I met Phil Plait back in 2003. Although he no longer updates his web site, he has a blog here.

    He ported his old forum to the Bad Astronomy/Universe Today forum, and it is one of the largest astronomy forums on the web today, with over 55,000 users
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    I'll check out the website, but I also have way too many books marked to read at the moment.

    I hear so many terms in astronomy that are misused all the time. One of the most recurring ones is hearing people call a galaxy a solar system. I've even heard people call a galaxy the universe. Some people I've talked to don't even understand that the Milky Way is a galaxy.
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    It should not be surprising that most people do not know much about astronomy. Their only exposure to it is what they catch on the television. Astronomy is not generally taught in depth in the United States until the student gets to the college level.

    I have read that many people do not realize that the Earth orbits the Sun. MOst people do not understand why the Moon shows phases. Most think the North Star is the brightest star in the sky.

    People can be even more ignorant about geography, but this is an astronomy forum.....
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    People can be even more ignorant about geography
    Going off topic a minute to share a story (want to call it funny, but it pathetic may be more acurate). Several years ago one of the news outlets went around asking high school students what they new about the presidents that their schools were named for. The results were downright disturbing but this one stands out: when asked what a student that went to Grover Cleveland High School new about president Cleveland the young lad displayed his ignorance of not only history, but also geography when he replied" Our school is named for a president? I thought it was named for that city in Canada." I sat there in stunned disbelief (of course I am biased since my degree is in history).
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    ya i go to Phil Plait web site once in a while and am also a member of bautforum, i even watched is videos on line he s a very funny man and very smart, he does enjoy debunking things like we did t go to the moon and stuff
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