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    John
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    6 CNAAG members were unlucky enough to find themselves at a local talk purporting to be about the Hubble Space Telescope last Monday. What we actually got was a man who had purchased some slides out of the back of a magazine and, perhaps googled ‘Space, it’s big innit’ rambling on for an hour about, amongst other things, volcanoes on the Sun, exploding planets…leading to planetary nebulae, and how lucky we are to live in a region of the galaxy that supports life. (Apparently it’s a ‘ring’ around our solar system about 20% the size of the whole galaxy…lucky us.

    Funny, undoubtedly yes, but this man was paid for peddling this garbage and an audience largely made up of non-astronomers were probably sent home with as much misinformation as any man could take.

    An effort to correct a few of the glaring errors late on might have helped a bit but, in many ways, this was a most depressing evening.

    John

    Ps. The slides were copies of copies of copies etc…and absolutely awful.

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    2TDave
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    Sounds like a good laugh John, pity I missed it.
    D

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