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    Bad Astronomy "Photo"

    I got an email forwarded to me with the following image and text below it:



    This is the sunset at the North Pole with the moon at its closest point last week.

    A scene you will probably never get to see in person,
    So take a moment and enjoy God at work at the North Pole.

    And, you also see the sun below the moon ..

    An amazing photo and not one easily duplicated.
    You may want To pass it on to others so they can enjoy it.

    The Chinese have a saying that goes something like this:

    'When someone shares with you something of value,
    You have an obligation to share it with others!'

    I just did. Your turn.
    Can you count the number of things wrong with this "photo"? I found at least four in the first glance.

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    See topic North Pole Photo
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    Skepticism enables us to distinguish fancy from fact, to test our speculations. --Carl Sagan

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    'When someone shares with you something of value,
    You have an obligation to share it with others!'
    I think that's the only part of the text with merit.
    The greatest journey of all time, for all to see
    Every mission makes our dreams reality
    And our destiny begins with you and me
    Through all space and time, the achievement of mankind
    As we sail the sea of discovery, on heroes’ wings we fly!

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    I agree, but with the addendum that you also have an obligation to ensure it is actually of value before you pass it on to others.
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    That did it. I now believe in the existance of Santa Claus!

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    Snopes have now dug out the source: http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/northpole.asp

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    That doesn't take Snopes, APOD can also do it.
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    I'd never seen that one before. Still, while it is certainly fake, I still think it's a pretty scene .

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    Beautiful! Fake? Well, it seems nobody has claimed it to be a true photograph. It is vibrant and peaceful. A work of art. And it creates the illusion of life. Very good indeed!

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