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New Scientist - Space


New Scientist - Space

Last feed update: Saturday September 23rd, 2017 11:29:08 PM

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft zooms by Earth on its way to an asteroid

Friday September 22nd, 2017 03:40:00 PM
On its way to collect dust samples from the asteroid Bennu, NASA’S OSIRIS-REx spaceship will slingshot around Earth, passing 17,000 kilometres above Antarctica

Far-off galaxies are firing rare high-energy cosmic rays at us

Thursday September 21st, 2017 07:00:00 PM
The highest energy particles in the universe hit Earth very rarely, so it took 10 years of data to pinpoint their origin. They’re coming from galaxies far, far away

Star nicknamed Kronos after eating its own planetary children

Thursday September 21st, 2017 05:41:00 PM
A pair of binary stars are less alike than any pair we’ve seen, possibly because one gobbled its own orbiting planets, winning it the nickname Kronos

Infamous three-body problem has over a thousand new solutions

Wednesday September 20th, 2017 05:02:00 PM
A long-standing maths puzzle has 1223 new solutions, more than doubling the number of possible paths three objects can take as they orbit one another

Our closest star system may be home to a stolen star and planet

Wednesday September 20th, 2017 03:26:00 PM
Proxima b, the nearest exoplanet to Earth, may have been captured along with its star instead of born in the dangerous three-star system where it now lives

Mysterious flashing star seems destined for an explosive end

Monday September 18th, 2017 12:58:00 PM
A detective story that began in the 1950s when a star seemed to go supernova but survived ended this month when someone figured out what was going on

Cassini’s legacy: Where next in the search for alien life

Monday September 18th, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Without Cassini and its forebears we would never have guessed life may lurk in the cold outer reaches of the solar system – now we know just where to look

Watching Cassini’s last moments from inside NASA mission control

Friday September 15th, 2017 07:25:00 PM
The Cassini team was at once somber and excited as they watched the spacecraft’s radio heartbeat flicker out. Mika McKinnon joined them to say goodbye

Brown dwarfs have strong magnetic fields just like real stars

Friday September 15th, 2017 05:11:00 PM
Failed stars called brown dwarfs straddle the line between big planets and small stars. An observation of a magnetic field puts another tick in the star column

Final pictures from Cassini as probe smashes into Saturn

Friday September 15th, 2017 03:55:00 PM
Say goodbye to humanity’s outpost at Saturn with a look at Cassini’s final images before it was swallowed by Saturn’s atmosphere

Cassini takes last look at the ring patterns made by mini moons

Friday September 15th, 2017 03:49:00 PM
These unusual patterns in Saturn's rings give us clues to what happens when planets are born, and may help us understand how our solar system formed

Cassini’s 10 best pictures from its 13-year voyage around Saturn

Thursday September 14th, 2017 04:20:00 PM
On 15 September, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn, ending its mission with a bang. New Scientist looks back at 10 of its best images

Tears for Cassini: why it’s OK to well up over a lump of metal

Thursday September 14th, 2017 04:19:00 PM
Expect more of the modern phenomenon of mass mourning for a machine when the space probe Cassini makes its death dive into Saturn, says Joelle Renstrom

Cassini’s Grand Finale: The ups and downs of our 20-year mission

Thursday September 14th, 2017 02:25:00 PM
Michele Dougherty's team rode its luck to make eye-opening discoveries around Saturn and its moons. She reveals the project's pleasures and pains

Cassini’s Grand Finale: The spacecraft that unveiled Saturn

Thursday September 14th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
From magical rings to loony moons to giant polar hurricanes, in 13 years orbiting Saturn the Cassini probe has exposed many wonders. Here's our pick

Cassini to live-stream its final moments in Saturn’s atmosphere

Wednesday September 13th, 2017 01:02:00 PM
Before the Cassini spacecraft ends its 20-year mission by disintegrating in Saturn’s atmosphere, we have one last chance for new information on the gas giant

The Farthest: How the Voyager story keeps on giving

Tuesday September 12th, 2017 04:55:00 PM
Forty years after the Voyager spacecraft launched, a movie captures the grandeur of the project – plus its alien appeal

Nine probes reached the outer solar system: Where are they now?

Tuesday September 12th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Besides Cassini, eight missions have passed the asteroid belt – and several are still broadcasting from the furthest solar system and beyond

Slingshot around Titan is the beginning of the end for Cassini

Monday September 11th, 2017 01:33:00 PM
The Cassini spacecraft is passing by Titan on its final nosedive into Saturn. Plenty has been revealed about Saturn’s largest moon on Cassini’s 20-year mission

Our sun probably didn’t steal Planet Nine from outer space

Monday September 11th, 2017 12:51:00 PM
If there is a Planet Nine lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system, it was probably born close to the sun rather than snatched up from afar

Low-oxygen dwarf galaxy shows us how the early universe looked

Friday September 8th, 2017 05:49:00 PM
A star factory with the lowest oxygen level ever seen in such a galaxy could help us understand how the elements were distributed after the big bang

Win the chance to speak to an astronaut on the ISS

Thursday September 7th, 2017 03:30:00 PM
London calling low-Earth orbit. Enter our New Scientist Live competition to pose a question to an astronaut in a live communications link-up with the International Space Station

The sun just belched out the strongest solar flare in 12 years

Thursday September 7th, 2017 08:40:00 AM
If your GPS has been acting funny, take it up with the sun. Our star has released the most powerful solar flare since 2005

Jupiter’s powerful aurora is surprisingly different from Earth’s

Wednesday September 6th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
We always assumed that auroras on Jupiter were caused by the same process that brings the swirling light shows to Earth. New observations show that they aren’t

Some of Uranus’s small moons are doomed to collide

Monday September 4th, 2017 04:20:00 PM
The first measurement of the mass of a small Uranian moon suggests it will be obliterated after smashing into one of its neighbours in the next million years

Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth in closest fly-by since 1890

Monday September 4th, 2017 04:12:00 PM
A 4.4-kilometre-wide space rock whizzed past Earth on its closest orbit in over a century. This asteroid won’t get this close again until after 2500

‘Impossible’ star explosions made by gas and solar wind pile-up

Monday September 4th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Stellar explosions often shine brighter than is theoretically possible without blowing up entirely. Debris cloud smash-ups could be amplifying the light

We’ve just seen 15 new mysterious cosmic radio bursts from space

Friday September 1st, 2017 02:30:00 PM
Breakthrough Listen detected more radio pulses from the famous repeating source FRB 121102. They’re higher frequency than previous ones but we still don’t know what causes them

Spiralling galaxy arms spread oxygen around for future planets

Thursday August 31st, 2017 09:00:00 PM
The spiral arms of a galaxy called NGC 1365 contain 60 per cent more oxygen than the space between, the most extreme variation seen in a galaxy like this

Some TRAPPIST-1 planets may have the right conditions for water

Thursday August 31st, 2017 06:27:00 PM
Water on the planets nearest the TRAPPIST-1 star would be destroyed by UV radiation but it could survive on the cooler worlds in the habitable zone

Hidden pockets of turbulent gas fuel stars in far-off galaxies

Wednesday August 30th, 2017 06:41:00 PM
Galactic winds once thought to slow star formation may be driving the creation of new stars in distant galaxies, challenging long held beliefs about galaxy evolution

Weird ancient burst of light in the sky turns out to be a nova

Wednesday August 30th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Six centuries ago, Korean astronomers recorded a bright spot in the night sky. A 25-year hunt for that star has settled a debate about how classical novae behave

Nobody knows how these baby stars got so close to our black hole

Wednesday August 30th, 2017 04:30:00 PM
A group of stars orbits so close to the Milky Way’s black hole that they could have never formed there. But they’re too young to have been born further away

One of Europa’s plumes may not exist, making hunt for life hard

Tuesday August 29th, 2017 05:46:00 PM
Jupiter’s icy moon is a promising place to find alien microbes, but hopes that they could be blasted into space by watery plumes may have diminished

NASA insists it is going to Mars, but it really can’t afford to

Monday August 28th, 2017 01:00:00 PM
The long-held desire to send humans to the Red Planet is nowhere near being realised, despite NASA claiming it is on a Journey to Mars

Chris Hadfield: We should live on the moon before a trip to Mars

Friday August 25th, 2017 05:45:00 PM
The next stage of our push into space should be setting up home on the moon, says astronaut Chris Hadfield, who warns a rush to Mars would be deadly

‘Alien megastructure’ star may host Saturn-like exoplanet

Friday August 25th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
Rather than being caused by extraterrestrial construction, the bizarre dimming of Tabby’s star could instead be due to a closely orbiting, ringed planet

Wonky signals from distant stars could be sign of exocomets

Thursday August 24th, 2017 03:35:00 PM
Astronomers looking at two stars 800 light years away say they may have found the first comets beyond our solar system

Exclusive: We may have detected a new kind of gravitational wave

Thursday August 24th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
Rumours are swirling of a new kind of gravitational wave, created by colliding neutrons stars, rather than black holes. Now Hubble has joined the hunt

Elon Musk shows off first photo of SpaceX space suit

Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 01:09:00 PM
SpaceX is planning to launch humans into orbit on board its Dragon capsule, and has designed new space suits for its passengers to wear

I watched the eclipse with scientists hunting the sun’s secrets

Tuesday August 22nd, 2017 01:04:00 PM
Leah Crane joined solar researchers to watch yesterday’s eclipse, a rare chance to look at a scorching ring of space around the sun that we can almost never see

Solar eclipses: heaven-sent chance to mix art and science

Monday August 21st, 2017 05:30:00 PM
To understand the sun at eclipse you need an artist's eye, finds Science Museum director Ian Blatchford

It could be snowing on Mars right now

Monday August 21st, 2017 04:00:00 PM
The Red Planet may have had intense snowstorms long ago when it was wetter, but a model shows it could still have violent snowfall at night when the clouds cool

Great American Eclipse: Everything you need to know to get ready

Monday August 21st, 2017 11:58:00 AM
The stage is set for the first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979. Here’s our guide to the best way to enjoy the spectacle

Bringing the Royal Observatory at Greenwich back to life

Sunday August 20th, 2017 07:00:00 AM
For the first time in 60 years astronomy could be reborn in one of its most iconic locations, the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London

America’s total eclipse: The best guides to how to prepare

Saturday August 19th, 2017 10:00:00 AM
We have always hunted meaning in total eclipses. As the US prepares for a total eclipse, four new books tell us all about them and remind us to enjoy them too

Win lunch with an astronaut

Friday August 18th, 2017 01:00:00 PM
Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden flew to the moon and holds two Guinness world records. Now you can have lunch with him in our exclusive competition

Solar eclipse will reveal the roiling fog of plasma we call home

Thursday August 17th, 2017 09:00:00 PM
The 21 August solar eclipse gives scientists and the public alike a chance to observe the sun’s corona, a ring of plasma that stretches as far as Earth

Speedy white dwarf may have survived a rare type of supernova

Thursday August 17th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Type Iax supernovae are weak enough that part of the exploding star may be able to survive. Now, we may have spotted the first star that lived to tell the tale

Jellyfish galaxies may feed black holes with their long tendrils

Wednesday August 16th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Cosmic winds that form the long tentacles of jellyfish galaxies may also create the perfect conditions to sustain highly active supermassive black holes

Google-sponsored private moon race delayed for the fourth time

Wednesday August 16th, 2017 05:23:00 PM
Competitors in the Google Lunar X Prize now have until 31 March 2018 to land a spacecraft on the moon

The quantum leak that could give rise to dark energy

Tuesday August 15th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
The loss of countless tiny drops of energy since the start of the universe might be behind the flood of dark energy accelerating the cosmos’s expansion

Ice at Mars’s equator hints the planet was once much more tilted

Tuesday August 15th, 2017 02:23:00 PM
Most of the water on Mars is at its poles, but ice near the equator may mean that the way the red planet is tilted has changed over the last few million years

Tethered satellites could see the moon’s weird swirls up close

Wednesday August 9th, 2017 10:53:00 PM
The moon has bright coils of dust we can’t study without getting up close. A NASA proposal would send two satellites tied together to dangle over the surface

Moon’s magnetic field lasted twice as long as we thought it did

Wednesday August 9th, 2017 07:33:00 PM
Lunar rock shows the moon’s magnetic field lasted a billion years longer than we thought, which may help us understand how planets keep their protective fields

Science fiction picks: Time for a reality check

Wednesday August 9th, 2017 10:39:00 AM
In this season’s crop of science fiction, the world turns to putty in our hands, we dodge “calendrical rot” and worry about absolute truth

Nuclear reactors on rockets may fuel future crewed trips to Mars

Tuesday August 8th, 2017 03:54:00 PM
NASA’s push to develop a rocket engine powered by a nuclear reactor could create a faster, lighter spaceship and cut the trip to Mars down to four months

Mars’s surface hosts millions of towering dust devils every day

Tuesday August 8th, 2017 03:28:00 PM
The Red Planet has 10 times as many dust devils as we thought, which stir up dust that warms the planet and could be dangerous for future Mars explorers

Finding the first pulsar set my world spinning

Tuesday August 8th, 2017 09:56:00 AM
Fifty years ago, Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered a mysterious, pulsing radio signal – and the downsides of being a young woman in science

New sky survey shows that dark energy may one day tear us apart

Monday August 7th, 2017 03:44:00 PM
The best cosmic map yet of the universe’s make-up finds 24 per cent less dark matter than we thought and could call for a rewrite of physics

Giant loner asteroids suggest baby planets formed quickly

Thursday August 3rd, 2017 07:00:00 PM
The oldest intact asteroids hint that planets didn’t grow by slowly gathering small space rocks, but came from rapidly collapsing dust

Space cucumbers may help plants grow better water-seeking roots

Thursday August 3rd, 2017 05:34:00 PM
Away from Earth’s gravity, cucumber roots head towards water. Mimicking that moisture-seeking behaviour on our planet could help plants adapt to drought

NASA’s planetary protection officer will defend Mars, not Earth

Thursday August 3rd, 2017 12:15:00 PM
A NASA job advert has made for excited headlines, but the agency isn’t hiring someone to protect us from aliens – it wants someone to protect alien microbes from us

Enormous exoplanet has an atmosphere hot enough to boil iron

Wednesday August 2nd, 2017 07:42:00 PM
A planet nearly double the size of Jupiter and 900 light years away has a glowing stratosphere and an atmosphere hot enough that iron there exists as a vapour

Fast radio bursts may be dark matter ‘stars’ hitting black holes

Tuesday August 1st, 2017 04:54:00 PM
The mysterious FRBs we’ve been tracking for a decade could be created by clumps of dark matter particles dancing along the edges of black holes

Building blocks of alien cells found on Saturn’s largest moon

Monday July 31st, 2017 02:00:00 PM
The discovery of two compounds that could help make cells only adds to Titan’s image as the most promising place in our solar system to look for alien life

Half the atoms inside your body came from across the universe

Monday July 31st, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Intergalactic winds carry gas and dust from one galaxy to the next, bringing half of the matter in our galaxy from up to a million light years away

First exomoon might have been spotted 4000 light years away

Thursday July 27th, 2017 12:50:00 PM
Astronomers may have found the first exomoon around a distant planet, and have asked to use Hubble to confirm whether the tantalising hints are a real discovery

Smallest satellite ever paves way for planned interstellar fleet

Wednesday July 26th, 2017 09:47:00 PM
Breakthrough Starshot, the $100 million project to send tiny spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, successfully operated a mini-satellite in orbit for the first time

We could build a galactic internet but it may take 300,000 years

Tuesday July 25th, 2017 05:10:00 PM
By using the timing of planets’ orbits around their stars, all the advanced civilizations that may exist in the Milky Way could communicate

When is a black hole not a black hole? When it’s a boson star

Tuesday July 25th, 2017 01:00:00 PM
Astronomers are confident they know what the mysterious massive object at the Milky Way’s heart is – but our first direct view this year could bring a shock

Tides on exoplanets could drive alien biological clocks

Monday July 24th, 2017 02:06:00 PM
On watery worlds that lack days and nights because one face always points toward their star, tides may help life emerge – and algal blooms might be the giveaway

The cosmic dance of three dead stars could break relativity

Friday July 21st, 2017 12:16:00 PM
Do we have the first hints that Einstein is about to be proven wrong? A stellar system discovered in 2012 looks like the ideal experiment to tell us

Elon Musk seems to have ditched Red Dragon lander plan for Mars

Thursday July 20th, 2017 05:50:00 PM
SpaceX will design a new spacecraft for a mission to the Red Planet, but Musk’s focus may be closer to home as he tweets Hyperloop plans

Earth’s underwater dunes help explain Venus’s weird surface

Wednesday July 19th, 2017 05:36:00 PM
Some of the properties of wind and dust on Venus may be similar to those of water and sediment at the bottom of our oceans

Asteroids may have been giant mudballs in the early solar system

Friday July 14th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Asteroids could have started life as sludgy balls of mud instead of tough rocks, which may explain how rocky planets came to be

Galaxy supercluster is one of the biggest things in the universe

Friday July 14th, 2017 06:37:00 PM
The Saraswati supercluster of 400 galaxies could help us understand the physics governing the whole universe

The best way to detect aliens may be by finding their footprints

Friday July 14th, 2017 05:14:00 PM
The first sign of aliens might not be microbes or radio signals but fossilised imprints or excrement left on the solid surfaces of Mars or Titan

Robotic landers could start mining the moon as early as 2020

Thursday July 13th, 2017 05:00:00 PM
Moon Express has just unveiled plans for three lunar expeditions. The firm aims to mine moon rocks to sell on Earth, and vague laws mean it probably can

First close-ups of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot from Juno flyby

Wednesday July 12th, 2017 05:55:00 PM
The closest-ever observations of our solar system’s biggest storm could tell us how deep into Jupiter it extends and how it has continued to rage for centuries

Mike Pence says he touched NASA equipment on a dare

Monday July 10th, 2017 04:10:00 PM
The US Vice President placed his hands on a piece of the Orion spacecraft while on a tour at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, despite a sign that forbade it

The exoplanet zoo – a whistle-stop tour

Monday July 10th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
From potentially life-supporting rocks to superheavy hells, there’s an alien world out there to suit everyone’s taste. Come and have a look

Titan’s conditions could be just right to power US-sized colony

Monday July 10th, 2017 03:15:00 PM
Saturn’s largest moon may be able to provide enough wind, solar or tidal power to make human life there a possibility – if we can build the tech to exploit it

Premier exoplanet hunter on finding the first alien world

Monday July 10th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
The idea of finding planets beyond the solar system was considered borderline crazy just a few decades ago, until Didier Queloz ran headlong into the first one

The ethics issue: Should we colonise other planets?

Sunday July 9th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
As ever more potentially habitable exoplanets are discovered, it's time we asked ourselves: do we have the right to take over another world?

Smartphone components work beautifully at nearly absolute zero

Friday July 7th, 2017 12:25:00 PM
A team working on electronics for a space-based camera has tested ordinary transistors at ultra-low temperatures, and they passed with flying colours

Sun’s gravity could power interstellar video streaming

Wednesday July 5th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Space transmissions could slingshot around the sun for a signal boost, producing data rates fast enough to stream video from interstellar space

Planets in other star systems fit a puzzling pattern

Tuesday July 4th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
Data from the Kepler space telescope show that exoplanets tend to be similar in size to their neighbours and regularly spaced, no matter the size of their star

North Korea claims test of an intercontinental ballistic missile

Tuesday July 4th, 2017 10:29:00 AM
The missile was launched into Japanese waters, but analysts suggest it could potentially be used to hit Alaska, raising the stakes once more in North Korea’s nuclear efforts

Arthur C. Clarke award makes science fiction a family affair

Tuesday July 4th, 2017 08:00:00 AM
The judges’ favourites reveal a growing appetite for science fiction which is also economic and political, says Lydia Nicholas

Rocket failure may delay China’s space station and moon missions

Monday July 3rd, 2017 12:20:00 PM
The second rocket failure in two weeks is likely to cause delays for China’s ambitious space programme whilst the causes are under investigation

Our young moon’s supersonic winds made waves in its magma ocean

Monday July 3rd, 2017 09:00:00 AM
Just after it was formed, the moon’s magma ocean would have steamed out a sodium atmosphere on the hot, Earth-facing side, creating dramatic winds

Why Morocco loves its meteorites

Friday June 30th, 2017 04:44:00 PM
Why have more space rocks been recovered in Morocco than in other countries of a similar size? It’s a great question for the world’s Asteroid Day  

A fine-tuned universe may be controversial but can’t be ignored

Thursday June 29th, 2017 04:40:00 PM
The suggestion that our universe has physical laws and constants inexplicably just right for life is in the ascendant. Expect a heated debate, says Geraint Lewis

Gecko-inspired robot has grippers that could clean up space junk

Wednesday June 28th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Hundreds of thousands of pieces of debris orbit our planet. A device that sticks to space junk like a gecko’s toes might be able to help clear them up

SpaceX has launched and landed two rockets in one weekend

Monday June 26th, 2017 05:22:00 PM
On 23 June, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket using a booster that had already been to space, only the second  time SpaceX has flown used boosters

Uranus’s crooked, messy magnetic field might open and shut daily

Friday June 23rd, 2017 04:00:00 PM
The off-kilter tumbling of the magnetic bubble around Uranus may regularly let a barrage of charged particles from the solar wind flow in

ESA approves gravitational-wave hunting spacecraft for 2034

Friday June 23rd, 2017 02:00:00 PM
The triplet LISA spacecraft, which will use powerful lasers to measure ripples in space-time from supermassive black holes, have been green-lit

Weird orbits hint ‘Planet Ten’ might lurk at solar system edge

Friday June 23rd, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Astronomers studying icy objects in a distant region called the Kuiper belt say an unconfirmed planet with similar mass to Mars could be responsible for tugging them out of alignment

Buckyballs mysteriously show up in cold space and warp starlight

Wednesday June 21st, 2017 05:30:00 PM
These molecular carbon cages could be used as tracers to understand how prebiotic molecules form in space


Bad Astronomy


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Thank you

Monday November 12th, 2012 05:16:04 PM Phil Plait

This is my last post for the Bad Astronomy Blog on Discover Magazine. As of today – Monday, November 12, 2012 – the blog has a new home at Slate magazine. It has been my pleasure and honor to be a Discover blogger for more than four years. Still, I remember my science teacher in […]

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Revealed: My tattoo

Monday November 12th, 2012 01:00:09 PM Phil Plait

Folks, it’s time. And an appropriate time: for my penultimate post here at Discover Magazine, I’ve decided to show you my tattoo. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but there were a lot of behind-the-scenes issues getting permissions I won’t bore you with. But by the time I was able to post […]

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A refreshing Shasta

Sunday November 11th, 2012 02:00:37 PM Phil Plait

The Cascade range of volcanoes is pretty impressive to see from the ground. Stretching from California up to Washington, it includes famous mountains like Saint Helens, Hood, and Rainier. I’ve seen many of these while driving in the area, and they’re even cooler from an airplane. But I have to say, the view from the […]

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Nerd deGrasse Tyson

Saturday November 10th, 2012 02:00:22 PM Phil Plait

Speaking of Neil Tyson, if you’re a fan of his you’ll be pleased to know that his show, Star Talk Radio, is now going to be part of the Nerdist Channel network! Thats actually a pretty big deal; Chris Hardwick has created this juggernaut of Nerdist and it reaches a lot of folks. The new […]

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Astronomy podcast for kids

Friday November 9th, 2012 07:00:47 PM Phil Plait

I love it when kids get excited enough about science to go out and do something about it. That’s why I’m digging Jeffrey Tang – who’s 10 – because he created the Astronomy For Kids podcast, where he talks about different astronomical things. The first podcast went up in February 2012 ("The Solar System") and […]

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Repost: Carl Sagan Day

Friday November 9th, 2012 04:30:07 PM Phil Plait

[Today is Carl Sagan’s birthday, celebrated by lovers of science and rationality around the planet. I wrote the following post last year, but I think it’s still appropriate (and I updated his age). Happy birthday, Carl. It’s a darker cosmos without you, but we still walk with the candle you lit for us.] If Carl […]

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Moon bounce

Friday November 9th, 2012 02:00:23 PM Phil Plait

Of all the amazing pictures returned from the moon by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter – and I may include the Apollo landing sites among them – I think my favorites are the ones showing boulders that rolled down slopes. Did I say rolled? I mean bounced! [Click to enselenate.] This shot from LRO shows the […]

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Uwingu wants you to submit names for their planetary baby book

Thursday November 8th, 2012 04:38:26 PM Phil Plait

Astronomers are discovering a lot of planets these days. The official count is 800+, with thousands of more candidates (unconfirmed but suspiciously planet-like). Right now we give them alphabet soup names. Alpha Centauri Bb. HR 8799b (through HR8799 e). And of course, everyone’s favorite, 2MASS J04414489+2301513b. These catalog names are useful, but less than public […]

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Getting closer: Super-Earth found in a star’s habitable zone

Thursday November 8th, 2012 01:39:26 PM Phil Plait

Well now, this is an interesting discovery: astronomers have found what looks like a "super-Earth" – a planet more massive than Earth but still smaller than a gas giant – orbiting a nearby star at the right distance to have liquid water on it! Given that, it might – might – be Earthlike. This is […]

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Back to work

Wednesday November 7th, 2012 07:07:11 PM Phil Plait

A few people – including my pal Deric Hughes – put together this non-partisan and nicely done video in honor of democracy: If you like it, give it a thumbs-up on YouTube and Like it on FB. And they’re right. As I wrote last night, there is much work to be done. I don’t think […]

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Variety



Last feed update: Saturday September 23rd, 2017 11:29:08 PM

‘Will & Grace’ Star Wants Revival to Be as ‘Progressive and Offensive’ as Possible

Sunday September 24th, 2017 06:59:00 PM Mannie Holmes
The “Will & Grace” cast and crew aren’t afraid of offending audiences — or President Donald Trump — with the NBC comedy’s anticipated revival, which held its first-ever screening at the inaugural Tribeca TV Festival in New York City on Saturday. When asked what his response would be if the president called him “a son... Read more »

Filmmaker Greg Barker on How CNN’s ‘Legion of Brothers’ Tells Human Side of Special Forces

Sunday September 24th, 2017 06:46:06 PM Ted Johnson
WASHINGTON — Greg Barker’s documentary “Legion of Brothers,” which debuts on CNN on Sunday night, tells the story of the special forces units that were instrumental in rooting the Taliban out of Afghanistan in the initial months following 9/11. But the project is unique in that it captures the thoughts and emotions of the special... Read more »

Russell Simmons Speaks Up for Animal Rights at EMA Awards

Sunday September 24th, 2017 06:15:17 PM Will Thorne
Stars, filmmakers, and philanthropists strolled down an appropriately green carpet and gathered in a vast hangar at Santa Monica airport for this year’s Environmental Media Association awards on Saturday night. Among the honorees at the ceremony, which recognizes both individuals and corporations who have demonstrated a commitment to protect the environment through their work, were... Read more »

Film Review: ‘La Familia’

Sunday September 24th, 2017 06:02:20 PM guylodge
As the Venezuelan economic crisis intensifies to a point where no metaphor for hunger or mortal danger can sound hyperbolic, the country’s filmmakers are increasingly talking over their government’s troubling denial. Or, in the case of newcomer Gustavo Rondón Córdova, filling an empty silence with a loaded one: The characters don’t say much in “La Familia,”... Read more »

Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and More NFL Players Weigh in on National Anthem Protests

Sunday September 24th, 2017 05:39:29 PM Seth Kelley
Members of the NFL took to social media over the weekend in the wake of President Donald Trump’s call to “fire and suspend” those to who participate in protesting the National Anthem over racial injustice. Trump also tweeted on Sunday morning to encourage of boycott of the NFL. Since then, player on both the Baltimore... Read more »

Concert Review: Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee, Duets With Pharrell Williams at Global Citizen Festival (Watch)

Sunday September 24th, 2017 05:30:00 PM Jem Aswad
Stevie Wonder grabbed headlines all over the world Saturday night when he took a knee in support of Colin Kaepernick at the Global Citizen Festival, but his wasn’t the only statement made — or the only music played — during the six-hour long, nine-artist event. The sixth annual festival, held in New York’s Central Park... Read more »

With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ the Co-Directors of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Finally Let the Sunshine of Reality In

Sunday September 24th, 2017 05:04:08 PM Owen Gleiberman
Hollywood filmmakers can always find a dozen different rationales — integrity, naked sellout, treading water — for choosing their next project. So how, exactly, does one account for the careers of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris? In 2006, the married co-directors of television commercials and fatally hip music videos (R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Macy... Read more »

NFL to Air Ad Promoting Unity in Wake of Trump Attacks on Anthem Protests

Sunday September 24th, 2017 03:52:33 PM Seth Kelley
The NFL plans to air an ad promoting unity following President Donald Trump’s campaign to “fire or suspend” National Anthem protestors. The one-minute ad, originally produced for the Super Bowl earlier this year, will run during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” telecast. “We think this is the single best response to demonstrate what we are about,”... Read more »

Box Office: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Unseats ‘It’ as ‘Lego Ninjago’ Disappoints

Sunday September 24th, 2017 03:17:31 PM Seth Kelley
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is the new ruler of the box office. The sequel from Fox is expected to earn $39 million this weekend from 4,003 locations. That’s slightly below where tracking had pegged it (somewhere in the $40 millions), but above the original “Kingsman” movie, which earned $36.2 million when it opened in 2015.... Read more »

NFL Players Kneel to Protest Anthem in First Game Since Trump Remarks

Sunday September 24th, 2017 02:37:51 PM Seth Kelley
UPDATED: NFL players took a knee or locked arms on Sunday during the National Anthem in the first games President Donald Trump attacked players for engaging in such protests and the league itself for supporting them. The first show of support for NFL players took place in London at Wembley Stadium, as the Baltimore Ravens... Read more »



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