Misconceptions in Astronomy: From Everyday Life to the Big Bang

Image of the Crab Nebula
John Percy

John Percy, Professor (Emeritus) of Astronomy and Astrophysics and award-winning science educator at the University of Toronto, gave a talk on January 15, 2022, hosted by Kathleen Smith, Coordinator of the Toronto Mensa Inquiring Minds series.

Dr. Percy focused on several common misconceptions about astronomy, defining a misconception as a fact that you know, that is actually wrong. Moreover, he took the time to explore how these misconceptions arose. Some of these causes may surprise you!