The image is not "faked". It is astronomical art, though. And APOD publishes astronomical art from time to time. It's not usually my favorite, but there's nothing wrong with that editorial decision.Astronomie-Québec wrote: ↑Thu Nov 02, 2023 5:27 am It is pure shame that APOD publishes this image which is NOTHING like the true event. Nature is beautiful as it is; why fake it?
The problem with fake images is that the unknowing public sees them and thinks it may be the real thing. Then when they get to see the real thing in real instead of pictures, they are left disappointed and turn away from science because it’s not what they expected.
Publishing and sharing such images is THE WORST DISSERVICE ONE CAN DO TO SCIENCE. I’ve had my share of faked images. Is it so difficult for us to have the truth?
The only problem with this particular APOD is that it's not clearly described as an artistic rendering. The way it is captioned makes it very easy for people to think that something similar to this could have been witnessed, which it clearly could not have. That is the failure here... not the image itself.