Last week I was flipping through some magazines and came across an article, "The Vanishing Schoolmaster: Canadian classrooms have too few male teachers. How can they attract more?" in the September 2004 issue of Tree House Canadian Family (who aparently have no web presence, whatsoever...)
Having elementary school aged children myself, I could appreciate many of the points in the article. It was actually quite well written. What bugged the heck out of me, however, was the main illustration :
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Now one of my big pet peeves is incorrect science...be it in movies, in print, or in magazine illustations. Especially in an article emphasizing the needs for good education, one would think that they could have done a better job. It appears to illustrate the "wise young" teacher confidently explaining how a lunar eclipse happens, complete with some physical models and a diagram on the chalk board.....
Ahhhh... the diagram (enlarged below for detail:
See anything wrong here?
Looks ike someone was thinking the earth is a big lens. The illustarion is 100% wrong! If the shadow were cast as shown, there could never be an eclipse of the moon!
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In contast, the diagram on the right (from NASA) shows the correct way a lunar eclipse occurs. Specifically, note that the moon is completely contained within the umbra (complete shadow).
This (as should be expected from NASA) is an accurate diagram
If only magazine editors and proofers would put as much attention into their illustrative artwork as they do into their text proofing.
Especially in the journalistically underrated world of science.