Dutch photographer Poppe published a nightscape showing the milky-way over the lighthouse of Ouddorp, a small village on one of the Dutch islands. He claimed to have actually shot the image at that location, combining a dusk image with an image taken later in the night “with exceptionally clear sky”. His blog post (in Dutch) is here.
The image went viral and was featured on many Dutch news sites and twitter feeds.
One problem: the part of the Milky Way visible on the image….cannot be seen from the Netherlands, but only from the southern hemisphere, as was quickly pointed out by several amateur astronomers. Oopsy…
The image shows amongst others the dark ‘coalsack’, the Southern Cross constellation, and the eta Carina nebula, all of which are only visible from the southern hemisphere and equatorial regions, and never come above the horizon at 51 N, the latitude where the image was purportedly taken.
The irony? His blog post featuring the image says (in Dutch) he “doesn’t like photoshopping”.