What’s Wrong with this Picture: Quickie Solar EditionNovember 3rd, 2010
People who conduct research on harnessing solar energy often speak of “plugging the Earth into the Sun.” This metaphor has spawned a bevy of photoshopped images that get pasted into scientific Powerpoint presentations.
When I saw this one at a meeting a couple of weeks ago, something didn’t feel quite right. It took me a couple of seconds, but I finally figured out the reason for my angst.
(Answer after the jump. Sorry for just linking instead of inserting the pic into the post. It’s a GettyImage, and I’m not paying $45 for the right to use it.)
Answer: For where the Sun is positioned, the illumination of the Earth and the shadows of the cord are wrong. From our perspective, the Earth should be mostly dark.