Saturday, November 26, 2011

Moon Often Drawn Incorrectly in Christmas Settings

Astronomer Peter Barthel researches Santa books and gift wrap

November 26, 2011 Astronomer Peter Barthel researches Santa books and gift wrapEnlarge
Correct illustration of the moon

The December 2011 issue of the international journal Communicating Astronomy with the Public will feature an article by Dutch astronomy professor Peter Barthel, analysing illustrations of the moon on gift wrap and in children’s books, in the Netherlands and the USA. On the basis of research conducted during the winter of 2010-2011, Barthel concluded that the crescent moon and half-moon are often drawn incorrectly on gift wrap and in books dealing with Santa Claus and his Dutch peer Saint Nicholas, or Sinterklaas.



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