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I am a Freelance Space Presenter; I present public talks on space, I run space workshops in schools, I’m a space author and I’m interviewed about space topics on TV and radio.
I’ve produced some replies to various ideas; in schools, in my presentations, and on Yahoo answers and Quora. In particular with regard to claims about the Moon hoax, the Flat Earth and the end of the world!
To people who say I shouldn’t waste my time with these charlatans, my reply is that there are people who are trolls, doing it to deliberately wind others up and who will argue for the sake of it, but there are others who are simply repeating the claims without having properly thought about them. I have had people thank me for my explanations, saying that they now understand the reality of the topic. There are also many, many more who may come across my work and find that it provides explanations for them.
This has been sent out by Quora several times, once to 100,000 subscribers, and it has now been Upvoted ( = “Liked”) over 3,500 times.
I am also collecting misconceptions for a new book and presentation, to be called “There’s No Such Thing As Zero Gravity” :)
Any items that I can add to my list would be welcome.
Jerry Stone FBIS
Freelance Presenter on Astronomy and Space Exploration
Contact me about space workshops for schools and public lectures on space
UK Co-ordinator for Apollo @ 50
Author of "One Small Step", commemorating the first men on the Moon
Author of DK’s “Find Out - Space Travel", published February 2019
Founder, The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards
President, The Mars Society UK
Leader of The SPACE Project
STEM Science Ambassador
Member, Association for Science Education
Member, European Association for Astronomy Education
Other Commons I have found in my experience in schools:
- Moon pulls Earth with smaller Force than Earth does on the Moon.
- If you press the accelerator and there is air resistance, the car will slow down.
- Electric current is "used" and "consumed" by lamps in a circuit.
- The moon goes around the Earth (as in a separate orbit farther away from the Sun than the Earth).
- The sun is a ball of fire (which causes confusion as to how it keeps burning)
- Black Holes are roaming the universe actively devouring everything. (like the hungry caterpillar)
Thank you so much!
Lunar eclipses are caused by the Earth's shadow (which I think is a perfectly sensible misconception in that it fits the Sun-Earth-Moon model as it is usually shown).
Astronauts float because there is no gravity in space (but it's so hard to explain really why they float!).
Hai friends. Can anybody share some common science misconceptions in the UK; so that l can write about the truth behind it in my science blog.☺
Dr Jenny Shipway
Science Communication | Planetaria