Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from by Philip C. Plait

By Philip C. Plait

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I got into an argument once with a friend about what to call meteors during various parts of their travel. I said they are meteorites when they hit the ground. " I countered that the house is in direct contact with the Earth, so it's still a meteorite. " I had to scratch my head over that one. Is it a meteorite when the plane lands? What if the plane crashes? At this point we decided we were being silly, and decided to just go outside and look for meteors. That may have saved our friendship. Anyway, meteors start off in space and then fall to the Earth.

The other implication is that the phrase "dark side of the Moon" actually has a limited truth to it-as far as the dark crater bottoms go! Maybe I need to start a "Not-So-Bad Astronomy" web site. QUANTUM LEAP Sometimes the advertising executives we discussed earlier aren't satisfied with being "light-years ahead" of their competitors. They come up with a product so revolutionary that it leaves the others in the dust. It's more than light-years ahead, it's a whole new product. How to describe it?

Of course, the reporter meant that the official appeared out of nowhere and made a quick, brilliant rise to the top of his heap. The real meaning of the phrase, however, is just the opposite: were we to be literal, the official would have made a sudden, eye-catching appearance in the political arena and then quickly burned himself out as he descended the ranks. He may have left a trail behind him, and even made quite an impact in the end! " Of course, there is a bright side of the Moon, and you can go to it.

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