Mar 21, 2014

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Objects may appear bigger than they are. You might have heard something about a plane that's gone missing. Yesterday Australia announced it might have found a piece of the wreckage, as boffins have seen a blob on a satellite photo that might be a 24-metre piece of the plane. The 24-metre object is about 2500 kilometres from Perth, which has left News Corp graphic designers with a bit of a quandry: how do you show both the satellite picture and a map showing the location? The Daily Telegraph's answer: the hell with scale. The front page makes it look like the UFO (unidentified floating object) is about the size of Tasmania ...


The Courier-Mail tried a different creative approach to cartography. It has moved a lot of Asia closer to Australia to show the plane's possible trajectory. The scale is still very odd, with the 24-metre object about as big as some islands of Indonesia. And the whole thing makes us think the plane has been found in outer space ...

Courier Mail plane

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