This is a joke, right?
I've seen a lot of discussion lately about the poor quality of science reporting and scientific literacy today, but was still amazed to see this in the New York Times:
As this image makes obvious a 14.5-inch reflecting telescope is not 14.5 inches long, but considerably larger.
Doesn't everyone know that the "size" of a telescope refers to the mirror diameter? And that the light-gathering ability of a telescope depends on the area of the mirror, proportional to the square of the diameter? Next, it will turn out that people have been graduating from high school without understanding evolution.
It's a great story anyway: an amateur astronomer is the first to spot the after-effects of an earth-size planet hitting Jupiter. If he hadn't taken a break from his hobby to watch golf on TV, he might have seen the actual impact.