Paper Plate Education
Don't necessarily believe everything you read.
Be careful about what you deem to be true on the Internet. Below are images and the accompanying text copied verbatim from two distinct websites about the transit of Venus. Are we to believe these are really two different pictures of the same event by two different artists?
Allan Chapman writes at http://www.longtononline.co.uk/his_horrocks.html:
An image of the Eyre Painting, presently on loan from the Walker Gallery and hanging in the Liverpool Museum Planetarium , can be seen at http://www.uclan.ac.uk/facs/science/physastr/misc/horrock.htm.
The painting by Ford Madox Brown depicting Crabtree (shown above) watching the transit of Venus--a small version of a mural in Manchester Town Hall--is displayed in the Manchester City Galleries.
In a similar vein, be careful about how astronomy is depicted in children's books, too. The Bad Moons Rising page includes inaccuracies in moon phases, shadows, and orbits.
Contributed by Chuck Bueter.
Parts excerpted from a poster at the GLPA Annual Conference, October 2002.
Copyright ©2012 Chuck Bueter. All rights reserved.