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Astronomy Magazine's lastest slip up

Started by thaimann, 05/04/2008 07:08AM
Posted 05/04/2008 07:08AM Opening Post
On page 21, article "Binocular Telescope snaps first image"

First sentence:

And the lucky galaxy is ... NGC 2770, a spiral star city some 102 light years away ... 8O

102 light years away would put it in our galaxy wouldn't it? I checked and found a reference on the Internet that places it 81 million light years away. It would help if the editors of Astronomy Magazine actually knew a little astronomy.
Posted 05/04/2008 01:51PM | Edited 05/04/2008 02:10PM #1
It was apparently just a typographical error -- they dropped the word "million." Although other sources don't indicate that NGC2770 is 102 million light years away, this is its distance according to http://io9.com/tag/ngc-2770/ I suspect "Astronomy's" authors and editors know astronomy well enough, but their proofreaders -- assuming they have any -- may not.

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Posted 05/04/2008 04:21PM | Edited 05/04/2008 04:30PM #2
Terry Haimann said:

On page 21, article "Binocular Telescope snaps first image"

First sentence:

And the lucky galaxy is ... NGC 2770, a spiral star city some 102 light years away ... 8O

102 light years away would put it in our galaxy wouldn't it? I checked and found a reference on the Internet that places it 81 million light years away. It would help if the editors of Astronomy Magazine actually knew a little astronomy.

Which means they are only human. Like you and me. They make mistakes, though the folks there know a considerable amount about astronomy.

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Posted 05/04/2008 06:20PM #3
It must be a slow news day!!

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