Here is a list of ten common misconceptions
about the sky that you should do your best to forget:
The point here is not that many people are ignorant
about what really goes on in the sky. Instead, it's that to start
making sense out of nature, you have to carefully study it.
You will quickly learn that there is a big difference between a casual
look and a patient, careful, systematic inspection. Our "intuition"
about nature is shaped by our everday experience of things on only a
human scale and is often wrong.
We will explain why these beliefs are incorrect in the course of the next
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