Weekend Diversion: The Best (Worst) Fake Astro Pics (Synopsis)

“Some people think that the truth can be hidden with a little cover-up and decoration. But as time goes by, what is true is revealed, and what is fake fades away.” –Ismail Haniyeh

You might have thought that it’s only human standards of beauty that are skewed by the rampant photoshopping of models and media figures, but the problem spreads far beyond those horizons. This weekend, have a listen to The National singing their one-of-a-kind song,

Fake Empire,

while I share with you the very fake empire of faked astronomy/space pictures.

Image credit: Justin Ng.
Image credit: Justin Ng.

Some fake photos have a basis in astronomical reality, and then have fake colors or other effects applied to them, while other fake photos are just… well, let’s just say that some people have a lot of courage to pass off certain terrible fakes as real.

Image (dis)credit: the ridiculous Twitter account @BestOfGalaxies, via https://twitter.com/BestOfGalaxies/status/463429995163951104/photo/1.
Image (dis)credit: the ridiculous Twitter account @BestOfGalaxies, via https://twitter.com/BestOfGalaxies/status/463429995163951104/photo/1.

But there is hope! Go read the whole thing, and learn how to spot fakes (and who to go to if you can’t) for yourself!