Since learning more about astronomy, I’ve noticed plenty of references to common misconceptions about our solar system, galaxy, and the universe in general. This post contains a couple examples that I noticed today, Earth Day 2013. In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, Google decided to make their google doodle an homage to our planet. Unfortunately, I noticed that they got the moon cycle wrong… The doodle includes the Sun, which begins to move once you click the play button. Upon setting, what rises but a beautiful waning crescent moon? Just one problem: unfortunately, a waning crescent wouldn’t rise at sunset, but at just before sunrise. Do your research next time, Google.
Another Mashable article that I saw in celebration of Earth Day is a funny little infographic example of Earth’s would-be facebook account. Unfortunately, whoever made the infographic seems not to understand moon cycles either. They, as you may see below, seem to think that the dark portion of the moon is Earth’s shadow, a fairly common mistake. Apparently, more tech geeks need to brush up on their astronomy.