Bad Astronomy: HST

Peter spotted some bad astronomy on the BBC website. The page shows a gallery of nice Hubble Space Telescope images, but the third one has a dodgy caption: "Its powerful lenses detected what astronomers say may be the oldest planet in our galaxy - up to 13 billion years old." The HST doesn't have any lenses as it uses mirrors! Check out Phil Plait's book and website for more on misconceptions about the HST.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Saturday 17th Jan 2004 (16:58 UTC) | Permalink
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