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Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomy posted this terrific piece that started off my Saturday with a smile.  It reads like The Onion, though I also can’t find the original source. Take a look and see if you agree that author Michael Haber might be onto something… Emboldened by their success in declaring Pluto not…

I LOVE all things space–arguably more than the next girl. For years I wanted to be an astrobiologist. Infinite possibilities and the ultimate opportunity to explore the unknown. And it’s no secret to readers that I adore Carl Sagan and Cosmos, which fostered a love and appreciation of science in so many of us. All…

Echinoderms From Outer Space!

I’ll admit PZ’s post yesterday featuring a cosmic cephalopod sleeping overhead in the Carina Nebula was both daunting and impressive…  but never fear friends, a heroic starry sea cucumber keeps vigilant in the Crab Pulsar and continues to protect us from its merciless tentacles.

In my last post I remarked on how “radically strange–and yet strangely modern” I expected the 1543 work that kicked off the “scientific revolution” to be. Now that I’ve read the first two books of De Revolutionibus, I can say, boy was I right. This is the first of several posts about my experience of…

The Colbert Report Clip

You can watch it here. Tons of funny stuff in Colbert’s segment on science, which starts roughly at 6:15 and runs to roughly 10:45. I was on for about three minutes, and was instructed: “No monkey business. No evolution.” Of course, even though Colbert plays a rightwinger who thinks with his gut rather than his…

You can watch here, and here’s the embedded video: Topics discussed: Chris’s optimism vs. Carl’s skepticism on Obama’s science policy Weighing the costs of environmental regulation Stop the presses! Did NASA just discover life on Mars? The Sanjay Gupta controversy Carl predicts artificial life in 2009 The future for science writing Again, the whole thing…

Your Own Personal Solar System

Kenneth Chang continues the Pluto blogging by asking readers to select a preference among the following planetary options: The Current Answer: Eight. The current situation dictated by the I.A.U. where Pluto is a dwarf planet, not a planet. The “No Planet Left Behind” Option: 13. If a planet were any round object in orbit around…

About 50,000 light-years across and 28 million light-years away, M104 is one of the largest galaxies at the southern edge of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster Dark shapes with bright edges winging their way through dusty NGC 6188 are tens of light-years long. The emission nebula is found near the edge of an otherwise dark large…

Forty Years After Earthrise

Forty years ago* on December 24, 1968, Earthrise was captured by astronaut William Anders during Apollo 8–the first manned voyage to the orbit of the Moon. It is a photograph that forever changed the way many humans perceive our place in the universe. As we celebrate the new year, take a moment to consider our…

It’s time. The December Geminid Meteor Shower is upon us–the most satisfying of all the annual meteor displays (yes, even the Perseids). For the best viewing, watch when the constellation Gemini will be rising above the east-northeast horizon. Last night’s full moon may dim this year’s display, but even so, try Sunday evening during the…