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Philip Plait (The Bad Astronomer) has been at 9 events

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CosmoQuest42,930Schedule: http://cosmoquest.org/x/hangoutathon-36-36-fundraiser/2014-hangoutathon-schedule/ Donate now: http://cosmoquest.org/x/hangoutathon-36-36-fundraiser/ More info: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/04/hangoutathon-and-36-36-fundraiser/The CosmoQuest 2014 Hangoutathon2014-04-26 17:00:00216  
CosmoQuest42,930YouTube link Part 8 http://youtu.be/Qe9WqjEwAFU *TL;DR. +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci will bring you a whole slew of guests, science, and fun during this 24-hour long fundraiser for CosmoQuest! http://cosmoquest.org/blog/donate/?title=donate Event links for... Part 1: https://plus.google.com/events/c8hipsag07ngda5h3r06bqbprv8 Part 2: https://plus.google.com/events/cglasd846s15n0n7sqdvs9nol3o Part 3: https://plus.google.com/events/c7ntqnrh01rejv3smtq9dmmub4o Part 4: https://plus.google.com/events/cagts10npsub757psnh1e4mbj0g Part 5: https://plus.google.com/events/cchro36b2mlth0nv27ftgm1elqo Part 6: https://plus.google.com/events/c3lu15j2t9p2o3tc0hv11ubjuu0 Faced with governmental funding cuts to science education and research, the CosmoQuest Virtual Research Facility (CosmoQuest.org) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has decided to go old school with a twist: On June 15-16, +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci  are hosting a telethon using Google Hangout on Air – A Hangout-a-thon – to raise money to support public engagement in science.   The Hangout-a-thon will start on June 15 at noon Eastern (GMT – 5).  Over the weekend, they will host numerous guests, ranging from scientists who will do science demos, creatives who can unite science and art/music, and researchers who will discuss citizen science and address science education from the perspective of research and metrics. Each segment will be released after the event as a stand-alone YouTube video on the AstrosphereVids channel, thus creating a library of content while raising money for future programs.  Planning for this Hangout-a-thon was triggered by the cuts created by sequestration, and by the current White House plans to transition education out of NASA. If the President's current budget is passed, all the funding programs CosmoQuest relies on for will be zeroed (see http://bit.ly/11m5XYg) and the project will be defunded. Rather than accept that fate, CosmoQuest is working to raise the funds needed to keep their programs going, to build new citizen science programs for researchers that don't otherwise have the means to accomplish their projects, and to contract, as they are able, extraordinary people laid off by these cuts at other institutions to keep doing great things through CosmoQuest. (Links to essays on these cuts are listed below).   CosmoQuest wants to make sure astronomy education survives and remains strong. While one team, and one telethon can't fix everything, they hope this event can raise awareness, while protected one small corner of astronomy research and education. #hangoutathon  The CosmoQuest 24 Hour Hangout-A-Thon - Main Event Page2013-06-15 18:00:00317  
What's the Big Deal?990,974UPDATED: Guests will include  +Philip Plait, +Jonathan Strickland, and +Joe Hanson   Join +Veronica Belmont in a LIVE #FactorFictional Hangout! With tons of movies and TV shows that we just can't wait to get our eyes on this summer, why not gather 'round the webcam to geek out together? We're talking Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Pacfic Rim, Game of Thrones, True Blood, The Great Gatsby, and most likely so much more.  Your host of Tech Feed's Fact or Fictional, along with some super special guest friends, wants to hang out to discuss it all with YOU! Submit questions to be answered live right here on the event page at any time, or on the YouTube chat during the Hangout. We're also going to be inviting viewers to join us live (granted you have a mic, webcam and pants) to ask your question face-to-face!  *To watch the Hangout*: head to http://youtube.com/revision3 or right here on the event page - we'll be streaming the event live in both places. *To submit a question*: leave it here on the event page or head to http://youtube.com/revision3 when the Hangout starts Do it! RSVP now, tell all your friends, and we'll see you then!Hangout with Veronica Belmont & Friends!2013-06-01 00:00:00162  
The Planetary Society5,483,234Join Emily Lakdawalla and NEOWISE principal investigator Amy Mainzer to talk about new views of asteroids in our solar system and brown dwarfs outside it.Planetary Society Hangout, March 14: Amy Mainzer on asteroids, brown dwarfs, and other WISE results2013-03-14 20:00:00235  
Philip Plait (The Bad Astronomer)103,043I will be discussing both the Russian meteor and the near miss by asteroid 2012 DA14 as it passes the Earth. Ask me questions! I'll have video and pictures, too.Asteroid 2012 DA14 Nearmissapalooza2013-02-15 20:00:00375  
Virtual Star Party12,008It's time for another Virtual Star Party. Once again we'll collect together a ragtag team of astronomers from around North America and stream a live view from our telescopes for your viewing pleasure, with color commentary from +Fraser Cain and other amateur astronomers. We'll try to start at 6:00 pm PST, but it all depends on the weather.Virtual Star Party - Jan 6, 20132013-01-07 03:00:00296  
NASA2,454,123If you are having trouble seeing the video, watch it on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHXW9bZtgpc Stories about the fictional planet Nibiru and predictions of the end of the world in December 2012 have blossomed on the Internet. Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, Dec. 21, 2012 won't be the end of the world as we know, however, it will be another winter solstice. Social media users are welcome to join NASA and other scientists for a lively discussion at 2:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to discuss the 2012 rumors propagated across the internet. We'll have a great panel of experts on hand including: - David Morrison, astrobiologist from NASA's Ames Research Center - Don Yeomans, asteroid scientist from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Mitzi Adams, solar/archaeoastronomer from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center - Lika Guhathakurta, heliophysicist from NASA Headquarters - Paul Hertz, astrophysicist from NASA Headquarters - Andrew Fraknoi, science educator from Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. Followers on Twitter may ask a question in advance of or during the event using the hashtag #askNASA. On NASA Facebook and Google+, a comment thread will open for questions on the morning of the event. To join the hangout, visit this event page on the date of the event or visit NASA's Google+ page: http://plus.google.com/+NASABeyond 2012: Google+ Hangout with NASA2012-11-28 20:00:002818  
KQED SCIENCE376,121Join @100526514195087244555 for a Hangout On Air on black holes! You'll be able to watch the live discussion right here on our Event page. Please feel free to post your questions for our panelists on this page and we'll do our best to get them answered during our Hangout.  Black holes are some of the most mysterious and misunderstood objects in the universe. Since the confirmation of their existence roughly 40 years ago, they've captured the imagination of astronomers, the public and sci-fi authors who have helped give these invisible giants a bad rap. Join our discussion which will separate fact from fiction and hear the latest developments with NuSTAR, a black hole hunter launched in June by @102371865054310418159  which is swiftly scanning the skies for these space oddities. We have some special guests lined up, including: Moderator: KQED QUEST TV producer @107722122431088291351  *Ben Burress*, Staff Astronomer, @111818234279875467079  *William Craig*, Instrument Manager, NuSTAR NASA Mission (http://goo.gl/pQM48) *Alex Filippenko*, Professor of Astronomy, @115631634705580814770  *Fiona Harrison*, Principal Investigator, NuSTAR NASA Mission *Watch this trailer embedded on our event page for an upcoming QUEST TV story on black holes!*Black Holes: Objects of Attraction - An Astronomy Round Table Discussion2012-09-25 18:30:00411  
Fraser Cain962,168To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004861  

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2014-09-02 16:13:57 (111 comments, 14 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

Antarctica and Greenland are losing 450 billion tons of ice every year

Yesterday, I reported on an atrocious  _Mail Online_ (gag barf) article, misusing satellite imagery to support global warming denial. Today: Satellite data shows Antarctica and Greenland together are losing 450 BILLION tons of ice each year.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/02/global_warming_cryosat_observations_show_rapid_greenland_antarctic_ice_loss.html

Most reshares: 84

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2014-09-23 20:05:13 (44 comments, 84 reshares, 456 +1s)Open 

I stand with Emma Watson

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/23/emma_watson_actress_gives_powerful_speech_about_feminism.html

Most plusones: 456

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2014-09-23 20:05:13 (44 comments, 84 reshares, 456 +1s)Open 

I stand with Emma Watson

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/23/emma_watson_actress_gives_powerful_speech_about_feminism.html

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2014-11-18 19:23:18 (19 comments, 18 reshares, 176 +1s)Open 

What lies beneath... Iowa?

Turns out, a pretty big impact crater from long, long ago.

http://sen.com/blogs/phil-plait/what-lies-beneath-iowa

What lies beneath... Iowa?

Turns out, a pretty big impact crater from long, long ago.

http://sen.com/blogs/phil-plait/what-lies-beneath-iowa___

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2014-11-10 15:50:45 (29 comments, 51 reshares, 350 +1s)Open 

Announcing Crash Course Astronomy!

I am very, very pleased to announce that I'm working with Hank Green on a new educational video series: Crash Course Astronomy! I'm writing and hosting it, and we'll cover everything from the Earth to the edge of the visible Universe.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/11/10/crash_course_astronomy_a_new_educational_web_series.html

Announcing Crash Course Astronomy!

I am very, very pleased to announce that I'm working with Hank Green on a new educational video series: Crash Course Astronomy! I'm writing and hosting it, and we'll cover everything from the Earth to the edge of the visible Universe.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/11/10/crash_course_astronomy_a_new_educational_web_series.html___

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2014-11-05 15:53:38 (12 comments, 17 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

How to survive a black hole

Advice you don't normally get: If you want to survive a close encounter with a supermassive black hole, bring a friend. A close friend!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/11/05/black_hole_anomaly_weird_object_at_the_heart_of_a_weird_cloud.html

How to survive a black hole

Advice you don't normally get: If you want to survive a close encounter with a supermassive black hole, bring a friend. A close friend!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/11/05/black_hole_anomaly_weird_object_at_the_heart_of_a_weird_cloud.html___

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2014-10-21 15:04:28 (11 comments, 11 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

Watch the Moon eat the Sun on Thursday!

There's a very nice partial solar eclipse on Thursday afternoon for the US & Canada. Here's what you need to know to watch it:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/21/solar_eclipse_partial_eclipse_on_oct_23.html

Watch the Moon eat the Sun on Thursday!

There's a very nice partial solar eclipse on Thursday afternoon for the US & Canada. Here's what you need to know to watch it:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/21/solar_eclipse_partial_eclipse_on_oct_23.html___

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2014-10-18 15:34:24 (9 comments, 43 reshares, 228 +1s)Open 

Mars and the Comet

On Sunday, the comet Siding Spring will pass Mars at the ridiculously close distance of 130,000 km. Tons of observations are planned, and I'll gave updates on my blog as they come in.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/18/mars_and_siding_spring_waiting_for_the_encounter.html

Mars and the Comet

On Sunday, the comet Siding Spring will pass Mars at the ridiculously close distance of 130,000 km. Tons of observations are planned, and I'll gave updates on my blog as they come in.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/18/mars_and_siding_spring_waiting_for_the_encounter.html___

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2014-10-17 15:37:13 (8 comments, 62 reshares, 119 +1s)Open 

BROWNCOATS! Must-see fan-made Firefly video!

Seriously, if you are a Firefly fan, you have to watch this extremely well-made short video, called "The 'verse",  that takes place in the same Universe but with a different ship and crew. It's great.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/17/figuratively_shiny_a_firefly_video.html

BROWNCOATS! Must-see fan-made Firefly video!

Seriously, if you are a Firefly fan, you have to watch this extremely well-made short video, called "The 'verse",  that takes place in the same Universe but with a different ship and crew. It's great.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/17/figuratively_shiny_a_firefly_video.html___

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2014-10-16 15:47:12 (10 comments, 22 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

ICE TO SEE YOU

It looks like we now have photos of ice on Mercury.

Wait. What?

Yup. Water ice, on the closest planet to the Sun. Nature is really, really tricksy sometimes.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/16/ice_on_mercury_space_probe_photos_show_strong_evidence_of_polar_ice.html

ICE TO SEE YOU

It looks like we now have photos of ice on Mercury.

Wait. What?

Yup. Water ice, on the closest planet to the Sun. Nature is really, really tricksy sometimes.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/16/ice_on_mercury_space_probe_photos_show_strong_evidence_of_polar_ice.html___

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2014-10-16 15:02:17 (2 comments, 12 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

To Pluto... AND BEYOND!

The New Horizons space probe now has a new flyby target after it visits Pluto: an iceball six billion kilometers from the Sun.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/16/new_horizons_kbo_targeted.html

To Pluto... AND BEYOND!

The New Horizons space probe now has a new flyby target after it visits Pluto: an iceball six billion kilometers from the Sun.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/16/new_horizons_kbo_targeted.html___

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2014-10-15 15:40:37 (72 comments, 31 reshares, 146 +1s)Open 

Science Stated Clearly

Creationist: There is no evidence for evolution!

Me: Yeah, about that...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/15/stated_clearly_website_to_support_science.html

Science Stated Clearly

Creationist: There is no evidence for evolution!

Me: Yeah, about that...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/15/stated_clearly_website_to_support_science.html___

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2014-10-12 15:38:19 (26 comments, 43 reshares, 185 +1s)Open 

Two Hundred Billion Stars

When we say the Milky Way has 200 billion stars in it, what do we mean?

This. We mean this.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/12/milky_way_photo_the_galactic_center_by_robert_gendler.html

Two Hundred Billion Stars

When we say the Milky Way has 200 billion stars in it, what do we mean?

This. We mean this.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/12/milky_way_photo_the_galactic_center_by_robert_gendler.html___

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2014-10-11 14:59:38 (10 comments, 17 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

Undulatus asperatus

Oh, I love weird and gorgeous clouds, and none is weirder or gorgeouser than undulatus asperatus, rolling wave clouds that look like you're underwater during rough seas. The photo is amazing but you HAVE to watch the video.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/11/undulatus_asperatus_a_new_category_of_cloud.html

Also, check out Slate's Atlas Obscura, which covers lots of stuff like this. http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2014/10/10/undulatus_asperatus_a_new_cloud_type.html

Undulatus asperatus

Oh, I love weird and gorgeous clouds, and none is weirder or gorgeouser than undulatus asperatus, rolling wave clouds that look like you're underwater during rough seas. The photo is amazing but you HAVE to watch the video.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/11/undulatus_asperatus_a_new_category_of_cloud.html

Also, check out Slate's Atlas Obscura, which covers lots of stuff like this. http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2014/10/10/undulatus_asperatus_a_new_cloud_type.html___

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2014-10-09 16:15:54 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Three GORGEOUS (and one unreal) pictures of the Blood Moon eclipse

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/09/lunar_eclipse_oct_2014_eclipse_photo_gallery.html

Three GORGEOUS (and one unreal) pictures of the Blood Moon eclipse

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/09/lunar_eclipse_oct_2014_eclipse_photo_gallery.html___

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2014-10-09 14:50:10 (36 comments, 22 reshares, 153 +1s)Open 

Seriously, Time? Seriously?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/09/time_magazine_article_promotes_astrology.html

Seriously, Time? Seriously?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/09/time_magazine_article_promotes_astrology.html___

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2014-10-03 14:22:03 (14 comments, 26 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

Huge eerie ball of light moves across Hawaii sky. The weird part? It's from an ICBM launch

If you happen to spot an eerie, glowing, and expanding ring of light moving silently across the night sky, don't panic. It's probably just from a nuclear missile test launch.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/03/hawaiian_halo_icbm_launch_creates_nighttime_display.html

Huge eerie ball of light moves across Hawaii sky. The weird part? It's from an ICBM launch

If you happen to spot an eerie, glowing, and expanding ring of light moving silently across the night sky, don't panic. It's probably just from a nuclear missile test launch.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/03/hawaiian_halo_icbm_launch_creates_nighttime_display.html___

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2014-10-02 14:24:56 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

What made the Man in the Moon?

When I was a kid, I had a big, annotated jigsaw puzzle of the Moon that I loved. My favorite part was the label for "Oceanus Procellarum", because it was a such a long, romantic name (years later, when I learned more about Latin, I discovered I have been mispronouncing it all that time, too). But what formed this enormous dark feature that some people call "The Man in the Moon"? An asteroid impact as is usually thought, or long, brutal episodes of volcanism? Surprising new research points to hephaestean events...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/02/oceanus_procellarum_what_formed_this_huge_lunar_feature.html

What made the Man in the Moon?

When I was a kid, I had a big, annotated jigsaw puzzle of the Moon that I loved. My favorite part was the label for "Oceanus Procellarum", because it was a such a long, romantic name (years later, when I learned more about Latin, I discovered I have been mispronouncing it all that time, too). But what formed this enormous dark feature that some people call "The Man in the Moon"? An asteroid impact as is usually thought, or long, brutal episodes of volcanism? Surprising new research points to hephaestean events...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/02/oceanus_procellarum_what_formed_this_huge_lunar_feature.html___

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2014-09-30 16:26:17 (37 comments, 13 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

What thing, cold and vast, lurks beneath the surface of the methane lakes of Titan?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/30/titan_lakes_changing_features_are_a_mystery.html

What thing, cold and vast, lurks beneath the surface of the methane lakes of Titan?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/30/titan_lakes_changing_features_are_a_mystery.html___

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2014-09-28 22:06:54 (16 comments, 43 reshares, 199 +1s)Open 

What nightmares are made of

Terrifying video of an ash cloud launched downslope by a massive volcano explosion... recorded by hikers in its path.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/28/mount_ontake_video_of_a_massive_eruption_by_hikers_on_the_ground.html

What nightmares are made of

Terrifying video of an ash cloud launched downslope by a massive volcano explosion... recorded by hikers in its path.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/28/mount_ontake_video_of_a_massive_eruption_by_hikers_on_the_ground.html___

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2014-09-25 14:19:40 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Hot off the Red Planet Press: MAVEN and MOM send back their first pictures from Mars!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/25/maven_first_light_uv_pictures_of_mars.html

Hot off the Red Planet Press: MAVEN and MOM send back their first pictures from Mars!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/25/maven_first_light_uv_pictures_of_mars.html___

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2014-09-24 15:39:51 (68 comments, 44 reshares, 266 +1s)Open 

Jon Stewart gives voice to the rant in my head whenever I write about the House GOP and climate change

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/24/jon_stewart_daily_show_host_lambastes_house_republicans.html

Jon Stewart gives voice to the rant in my head whenever I write about the House GOP and climate change

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/24/jon_stewart_daily_show_host_lambastes_house_republicans.html___

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2014-09-24 15:01:53 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

I can now cross standing on the rim of an active volcano at night and seeing the huge plume of sulfur dioxide lit from below by molten lava so it glows eerily red from my to-do list

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/24/mt_kilauea_watching_a_volcano_huff_and_puff.html

I can now cross standing on the rim of an active volcano at night and seeing the huge plume of sulfur dioxide lit from below by molten lava so it glows eerily red from my to-do list

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/24/mt_kilauea_watching_a_volcano_huff_and_puff.html___

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2014-09-23 20:05:13 (44 comments, 84 reshares, 456 +1s)Open 

I stand with Emma Watson

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/23/emma_watson_actress_gives_powerful_speech_about_feminism.html

I stand with Emma Watson

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/23/emma_watson_actress_gives_powerful_speech_about_feminism.html___

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2014-09-10 14:29:01 (46 comments, 17 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Turning Hate Into Art

If I got an unending, constant, vile, hate-filled stream of death and rape threats, I'm not sure what I'd do. My friend Amy Davis Roth turned it into art.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/10/amy_davis_roth_turning_misogyny_into_art.html

Turning Hate Into Art

If I got an unending, constant, vile, hate-filled stream of death and rape threats, I'm not sure what I'd do. My friend Amy Davis Roth turned it into art.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/10/amy_davis_roth_turning_misogyny_into_art.html___

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2014-09-08 14:46:25 (18 comments, 21 reshares, 134 +1s)Open 

Tick...tick...tick...

When will Betelgeuse explode? A new study shows it'll be a lot sooner than I would've thought... but still a long time from now.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/08/betelgeuse_astronomers_give_it_100_000_years_before_it_explodes.html

Tick...tick...tick...

When will Betelgeuse explode? A new study shows it'll be a lot sooner than I would've thought... but still a long time from now.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/08/betelgeuse_astronomers_give_it_100_000_years_before_it_explodes.html___

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2014-09-06 21:26:38 (15 comments, 79 reshares, 324 +1s)Open 

Best volcano footage EVER

Seriously. This has to be seen to be believed! And the shock wave is amazing.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/06/mount_tavurvur_video_of_a_volcano_exploding.html

Best volcano footage EVER

Seriously. This has to be seen to be believed! And the shock wave is amazing.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/06/mount_tavurvur_video_of_a_volcano_exploding.html___

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2014-09-03 19:33:20 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

Home.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/03/iss_sunrise_gorgeous_picture_from_space.html

Home.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/03/iss_sunrise_gorgeous_picture_from_space.html___

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2014-09-03 16:13:32 (24 comments, 15 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

Face off

Oh, that granddaddy of all Astronomical Crackpotterific Dumbosities, the "Face" on Mars. It may be dead and buried, but there's an infinite queue of silliness ready and eager to take its place.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/03/the_face_on_mars_nope_still_not_a_face.html

Face off

Oh, that granddaddy of all Astronomical Crackpotterific Dumbosities, the "Face" on Mars. It may be dead and buried, but there's an infinite queue of silliness ready and eager to take its place.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/03/the_face_on_mars_nope_still_not_a_face.html___

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2014-09-02 16:13:57 (111 comments, 14 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

Antarctica and Greenland are losing 450 billion tons of ice every year

Yesterday, I reported on an atrocious  _Mail Online_ (gag barf) article, misusing satellite imagery to support global warming denial. Today: Satellite data shows Antarctica and Greenland together are losing 450 BILLION tons of ice each year.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/02/global_warming_cryosat_observations_show_rapid_greenland_antarctic_ice_loss.html

Antarctica and Greenland are losing 450 billion tons of ice every year

Yesterday, I reported on an atrocious  _Mail Online_ (gag barf) article, misusing satellite imagery to support global warming denial. Today: Satellite data shows Antarctica and Greenland together are losing 450 BILLION tons of ice each year.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/02/global_warming_cryosat_observations_show_rapid_greenland_antarctic_ice_loss.html___

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2014-09-02 15:09:35 (10 comments, 16 reshares, 152 +1s)Open 

The Case of the Mysterious Sliding Stone of Death Valley: SOLVED

Man, I love stuff like this. Why do big rocks appear to slide along the floor of Racetrack Playa by themselves? The answer, my friend...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/02/mystery_solved_the_sliding_stones_of_death_valley.html

The Case of the Mysterious Sliding Stone of Death Valley: SOLVED

Man, I love stuff like this. Why do big rocks appear to slide along the floor of Racetrack Playa by themselves? The answer, my friend...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/02/mystery_solved_the_sliding_stones_of_death_valley.html___

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2014-08-30 16:30:54 (13 comments, 9 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

... now you never will.

Taken two days after the video I just posted, the Cygnus resupply ship burns up in Earth's atmosphere... as seen from above by astronauts on the space station!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/30/cygnus_down_iss_resupply_ship_burning_up_caught_on_video.html

... now you never will.

Taken two days after the video I just posted, the Cygnus resupply ship burns up in Earth's atmosphere... as seen from above by astronauts on the space station!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/30/cygnus_down_iss_resupply_ship_burning_up_caught_on_video.html___

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2014-08-30 16:28:01 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Now You See It...

Astronauts on the ISS took a mesmerizing time-lapse animation of the Cygnus resupply ship leaving after being deberthed by the robotic arm. So cool.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/30/cygnus_unberthed_vine_video_of_the_resupply_ship_leaving_iss.html

Now You See It...

Astronauts on the ISS took a mesmerizing time-lapse animation of the Cygnus resupply ship leaving after being deberthed by the robotic arm. So cool.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/30/cygnus_unberthed_vine_video_of_the_resupply_ship_leaving_iss.html___

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2014-08-28 15:08:36 (10 comments, 27 reshares, 139 +1s)Open 

Double rainbow with lightning. Yes. You heard me.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/28/double_rainbow_gorgeous_display_over_boulder.html

While taking video of a magnificent double rainbow over Boulder yesterday, I got a bit of a surprise... click through for the whole video, which is worth it.

Double rainbow with lightning. Yes. You heard me.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/28/double_rainbow_gorgeous_display_over_boulder.html

While taking video of a magnificent double rainbow over Boulder yesterday, I got a bit of a surprise... click through for the whole video, which is worth it.___

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2014-08-26 15:34:33 (15 comments, 10 reshares, 122 +1s)Open 

Looking for a parking spot... on a comet

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/26/rosetta_finding_a_good_place_to_land_on_a_comet.html

In November, the Rosetta spacecraft will deploy a lander to set down on the surface of a comet for the very first time in history. But where will it make that one small step?

Looking for a parking spot... on a comet

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/26/rosetta_finding_a_good_place_to_land_on_a_comet.html

In November, the Rosetta spacecraft will deploy a lander to set down on the surface of a comet for the very first time in history. But where will it make that one small step?___

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2014-08-14 18:12:20 (14 comments, 68 reshares, 182 +1s)Open 

What do you look like in UV?

This video showing people's faces in ultraviolet is astonishing, and delightful.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/14/portraits_in_uv_thomas_leveritt_video_of_faces_in_ultraviolet.html

The science of it is pretty cool, too. So I described it in the article! 

What do you look like in UV?

This video showing people's faces in ultraviolet is astonishing, and delightful.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/14/portraits_in_uv_thomas_leveritt_video_of_faces_in_ultraviolet.html

The science of it is pretty cool, too. So I described it in the article! ___

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2014-08-14 17:12:28 (29 comments, 40 reshares, 278 +1s)Open 

Incredible close-up of comet nucleus may show evidence of a past catastrophe

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/14/close_up_of_67_p_has_rosetta_found_evidence_for_a_calving_event.html

It looks to me like a huge chunk of the comet once sheared off, creating a kilometer-high cliff and a lot of debris in the aftermath of a slow-motion landslide. Hopefully more analysis will make this more clear. Either way: The picture is jaw-dropping.

Incredible close-up of comet nucleus may show evidence of a past catastrophe

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/14/close_up_of_67_p_has_rosetta_found_evidence_for_a_calving_event.html

It looks to me like a huge chunk of the comet once sheared off, creating a kilometer-high cliff and a lot of debris in the aftermath of a slow-motion landslide. Hopefully more analysis will make this more clear. Either way: The picture is jaw-dropping.___

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2014-08-13 04:01:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

These are pretty fun, and I totally dig both of the folks involved. :)

I really love doing #UComics with +Len Peralta. Anybody want to order one? http://lenperaltastore.com/collections/ucomics-the-comic-starring-you ;-) #Comics___These are pretty fun, and I totally dig both of the folks involved. :)

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2014-08-12 15:17:43 (48 comments, 80 reshares, 263 +1s)Open 

Three US Congressmen are unhappy with SpaceX's success

SpaceX is doing its job a little too well: Three Congressmen are resorting to red tape and political shenanigans in what looks very much to me like protecting their home turf. Hey, Reps. Gardner, Brooks, and Coffman: Earth is our home turf. But even that's just for now.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/12/congress_and_spacex_red_tape_ties_up_private_space.html

Three US Congressmen are unhappy with SpaceX's success

SpaceX is doing its job a little too well: Three Congressmen are resorting to red tape and political shenanigans in what looks very much to me like protecting their home turf. Hey, Reps. Gardner, Brooks, and Coffman: Earth is our home turf. But even that's just for now.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/12/congress_and_spacex_red_tape_ties_up_private_space.html___

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2014-08-11 15:47:51 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Italia … Dallllloooo Spaaaaaaaziooooo!

So I was perusing just another ho-hum drop-dead gorgeous shot of Italy from space, when I got a surprise... what's that weird, dark circle with a red-orange dot in the center...?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/11/italy_the_boot_and_mount_etna_seen_from_space.html

Italia … Dallllloooo Spaaaaaaaziooooo!

So I was perusing just another ho-hum drop-dead gorgeous shot of Italy from space, when I got a surprise... what's that weird, dark circle with a red-orange dot in the center...?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/11/italy_the_boot_and_mount_etna_seen_from_space.html___

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2014-08-11 15:35:39 (62 comments, 21 reshares, 100 +1s)Open 

Low down, dirty deniers

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/11/dirty_deniers_campaign_to_shame_global_warming_deniers.html

The Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund is highlighting members of Congress who take oil money and deny global warming. Spoiler 1: There are a lot of them.

Low down, dirty deniers

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/11/dirty_deniers_campaign_to_shame_global_warming_deniers.html

The Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund is highlighting members of Congress who take oil money and deny global warming. Spoiler 1: There are a lot of them.___

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2014-08-10 15:42:38 (16 comments, 19 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

Sometimes, it helps calm a person's nerves to remember what our planet looks like from space... so watch this lovely time-lapse video, "Orbit".

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/10/orbit_animation_of_the_earth_from_the_iss.html

Sometimes, it helps calm a person's nerves to remember what our planet looks like from space... so watch this lovely time-lapse video, "Orbit".

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/10/orbit_animation_of_the_earth_from_the_iss.html___

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2014-08-09 15:15:52 (7 comments, 9 reshares, 103 +1s)Open 

Oh, my.

The crew celebrates locating M31 and M57.___Oh, my.

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2014-08-09 15:04:14 (24 comments, 29 reshares, 163 +1s)Open 

Massive storm clouds are erupting on Uranus

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/09/uranus_storms_biggest_weather_systems_seen_from_earth.html

This could be big enough to be seen in amateur 'scopes. I'm hoping we'll see more images of this soon; the weather on Uranus hasn't been well-studied, so anything we can see will help us understand this weird, tipped-over planet.

Massive storm clouds are erupting on Uranus

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/09/uranus_storms_biggest_weather_systems_seen_from_earth.html

This could be big enough to be seen in amateur 'scopes. I'm hoping we'll see more images of this soon; the weather on Uranus hasn't been well-studied, so anything we can see will help us understand this weird, tipped-over planet.___

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2014-08-07 15:30:27 (6 comments, 16 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

The Top Ten Pictures from the Rosetta spacecraft… so far

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/07/rosetta_gallery_top_ten_photos_so_far.html

I put together my favorite images returned from the Rosetta probe as it's bopped around the solar system. Not all of them are of the comet its currently orbiting: Some are a bit closer to home, and jaw-droppingly beautiful.

The Top Ten Pictures from the Rosetta spacecraft… so far

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/07/rosetta_gallery_top_ten_photos_so_far.html

I put together my favorite images returned from the Rosetta probe as it's bopped around the solar system. Not all of them are of the comet its currently orbiting: Some are a bit closer to home, and jaw-droppingly beautiful.___

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2014-08-07 14:29:57 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

When volcanoes pierce the sky.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/07/atacama_photo_of_volcanoes_in_the_chilean_desert.html

When volcanoes pierce the sky.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/07/atacama_photo_of_volcanoes_in_the_chilean_desert.html___

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2014-08-06 15:19:25 (13 comments, 42 reshares, 199 +1s)Open 

Thar be comet here!

After a decade in space, Rosetta has arrived at its cometary target... and the pictures so far are amazing.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/06/rosetta_its_journey_to_a_comet_achieves_its_goal.html

Thar be comet here!

After a decade in space, Rosetta has arrived at its cometary target... and the pictures so far are amazing.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/06/rosetta_its_journey_to_a_comet_achieves_its_goal.html___

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2014-08-05 16:17:22 (7 comments, 23 reshares, 122 +1s)Open 

234 km and closing!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/05/rosetta_234_km_and_closing.html

234 km and closing!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/05/rosetta_234_km_and_closing.html___

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2014-08-05 15:09:33 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

My friend Dan Durda is applying for a NatGeo grant to document some of the world's most endangered birds. He's an experienced birder and traveler, and if anyone can do it Dan can.

My friend Dan Durda is applying for a NatGeo grant to document some of the world's most endangered birds. He's an experienced birder and traveler, and if anyone can do it Dan can.___

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2014-08-05 14:51:11 (5 comments, 24 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Come. Let me destroy your brain.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/05/illusion_rotating_rings_change_directions_when_you_look_away.html

Trust me. This one's great.

Come. Let me destroy your brain.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/05/illusion_rotating_rings_change_directions_when_you_look_away.html

Trust me. This one's great.___

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2014-08-04 15:58:28 (15 comments, 10 reshares, 112 +1s)Open 

A red rainbow? Yup. What does it mean? Science!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/04/red_rainbow_sunset_optics_light_up_the_sky.html

A red rainbow? Yup. What does it mean? Science!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/04/red_rainbow_sunset_optics_light_up_the_sky.html___

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2014-08-04 15:15:44 (19 comments, 23 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

No, NASA has not validated a propellantless engine

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/04/reactionless_motor_needs_more_evidence.html

No, NASA has not validated a propellantless engine

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/04/reactionless_motor_needs_more_evidence.html___

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2014-08-03 15:40:45 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Oh, Nature's miserly sense of scale! What we perceive to be tiny can be the same force that carves mighty channels on other worlds.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/03/tributaries_scaling_nature.html#comments

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Oh, Nature's miserly sense of scale! What we perceive to be tiny can be the same force that carves mighty channels on other worlds.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/03/tributaries_scaling_nature.html#comments___

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