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4:27pm, June 18, 2009

Astronomical art faux pas
Assuming they are in the Northern Hemisphere, those two young folk on the cover of the May 23 Science News look remarkably chipper while keeping astronomers’ hours. I make the time to be about 3 a.m. as a waning decrescent moon rises.
Dainis Bisenieks, Philadelphia, Pa.

The cover of your Special Astronomy Issue is a wonderful example of why we need more and better astronomy and science education. For instance, when seen after sunset the crescent moon looks like  )  but before sunrise the crescent phase looks like  ( .

Your cover illustration shows “youths exploring the night sky.” Those making astronomical observations could still be active in the morning, but most of the activities seen in these types of illustrations

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