Yes, I said darn it to Heck! No wonder people think Americans are scientifically illiterate.
Here’s a fascinating article: ‘Starshade’ May Aid Space Exploration’
It’s about a proposal to put what is essentially a gigantic pinhole camera into space, with which it might be possible to get detailed images of Earth-sized extrasolar planets. Fantastic! Certainly worth however much it would cost.
But here’s the part of the article that annoys me (bolding mine):
A trillion miles is about two light months. It’s over 10,000 Astronomical Units. At 39,000 miles per hour (the speed at which Voyager 1, farther from Earth than any other man-made object, is heading out of the Solar System), it would take almost 3,000 years to travel that distance.
So I’m pretty sure that’s not the correct figure. I’d guess it was supposed to say “1 million miles”. Do they have no proofreading at CNN? The article has been up all day without being corrected.
So, excuse me, but this is the kind of bull poopy that makes me stamp me little foot. For cryin’ out loud.