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Last feed update: Thursday February 22nd, 2018 12:21:52 PM

Was SpaceX launch about progress in space, or just a giant ad?

Wednesday February 14th, 2018 06:00:00 PM
The Falcon Heavy launch was more than just spectacle – it set the stage for a future Mars mission. Now we need to think about who's in the driver's seat

Oceans on alien worlds may form when the air explodes in flames

Wednesday February 14th, 2018 04:00:00 PM
When hydrogen and oxygen combine in a planet’s atmosphere, they can ignite into a ball of fire and then leave behind liquid water oceans that would be good for life

Suns and daughters: The family tree that may unite all the stars

Wednesday February 14th, 2018 12:30:00 PM
The chemical make-up of stars tells us a lot about their explosive family history. Unlocking those secrets could reveal how the galaxy got its shape

China’s reckless attitude to space debris needs to change

Wednesday February 14th, 2018 10:13:00 AM
Recent near misses show China's pursuit of space prowess seems to trump debris risks. The re-entry of its space station is another looming drama, says Paul Marks

Dark matter could be produced by twisted gravitational waves

Tuesday February 13th, 2018 10:50:00 AM
If gravitational waves – ripples in space time – have a handedness, primordial particles could interact with them to form a dark matter superfluid that spreads through the cosmos

Delicate solar panels of Martian lander are tested before launch

Tuesday February 13th, 2018 07:00:00 AM
The arrays are due to open for real in November to power a two-year mission to probe the guts of Mars and reveal how rocky planets' core, mantle and crust form

NASA may lose a major space telescope and space station funding

Monday February 12th, 2018 06:11:00 PM
President Trump wants to cut back on major NASA projects, including a space telescope to study dark matter and dark energy, and US funding for the space station

This record-breaking photo was taken from 6 billion km away

Monday February 12th, 2018 05:00:00 PM
New Horizons is one of the furthest spacecraft from Earth. It sent back pictures of two objects in the Kuiper belt, the most distant photographs ever taken

Long-lost relatives: An amazing poster of the sun’s family tree

Monday February 12th, 2018 04:00:00 PM
A chemical comparison of 22 stars has revealed their common origins. Download this incredible poster to see the extended families of these stars

We should use nukes to deflect asteroids, says astro algorithm

Friday February 9th, 2018 05:03:00 PM
We've never had to deflect an incoming asteroid before it hits Earth, so how do we know the best way to do it? An algorithm says nuclear weapons are the most effective

SpaceX’s rocket test wasn’t a complete success – but was close

Friday February 9th, 2018 04:42:00 PM
SpaceX's historic launch wasn't 100 per cent successful, but there is now a Tesla Roadster floating on an orbit between Mars and Jupiter

Is Elon Musk’s playboy space odyssey really the future we want?

Friday February 9th, 2018 02:35:00 PM
The Falcon Heavy rocket’s first launch has put a red Tesla Roadster into space. The images are beautiful and fun, but the wider implications aren’t great

Pre-life molecules found floating in nearby galaxy

Wednesday February 7th, 2018 03:15:00 PM
We’ve seen signs of the most complex molecules ever detected outside our galaxy in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a fairly primitive galaxy 160,000 light years away

Seeing SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket take off for the first time

Tuesday February 6th, 2018 09:58:00 PM
SpaceX test launched its Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful since the Saturn V rocket. Leah Crane went to Cape Canaveral to see it lift off up close

Have we just found thousands of planets outside our galaxy?

Tuesday February 6th, 2018 05:14:00 PM
Strange fluctuations in the light spectra emitted from near a quasar could be due to the effect of around 2000 planets flung out of their solar systems

Interstellar: The bizarre visitor from a far-off solar system

Tuesday February 6th, 2018 02:50:00 PM
First seen in October 2017, the space rock 'Oumuamua looks like a skyscraper tumbling through space – and challenges our ideas of how planetary systems form

Shrinking black holes avoid paradox by oozing hidden information

Tuesday February 6th, 2018 01:14:00 PM
As black holes evaporate, they release particles that may carry more information than we thought, so black holes may not break the laws of physics after all

There could be entire stars and planets made out of dark matter

Monday February 5th, 2018 09:17:00 PM
Mystery dark matter may not just form halos around galaxies. It could clump together like ordinary matter to make dark planets or stars

Weird ice found on Neptune and Uranus has now been made on Earth

Monday February 5th, 2018 05:34:00 PM
Bizarre ice that forms under intense pressure and high temperatures may cause Neptune’s and Uranus’s odd magnetic fields. Now, we’ve made this stuff on Earth

7 things we thought were made by aliens; but weren’t… probably

Monday February 5th, 2018 03:20:00 PM
Unexplained phenomena from Martian canals to genomic patterns have been ascribed to alien intelligence – but mainly that's turned out to be wishful thinking

Dancing galaxies may shake up our ideas of galaxy formation

Thursday February 1st, 2018 07:00:00 PM
We thought satellite galaxies were usually in random orbits around larger ones, but a handful in coordinated orbits may force us to rethink galaxy formation

Dark matter near black holes sends gamma rays from galaxy’s core

Monday January 29th, 2018 05:44:00 PM
An overabundance of gamma rays come from the centre of our galaxy. Dark matter annihilating near the edges of medium-sized black holes could be the source

Neutrinos may have more kinds of cosmic sources than we thought

Friday January 26th, 2018 09:20:00 PM
Trillions of neutrinos hit Earth each day, but we don’t know where they come from. A new model shows how many may be made in our atmosphere, our galaxy and beyond

Early Earth’s air may show us how to find signs of alien life

Thursday January 25th, 2018 08:59:00 PM
Oxygen isn’t the best beacon of life on an alien world. We need to look for other gases organisms spew into the air, and early Earth can show us what to target

Black holes are firing a triple-threat of speedy particles at us

Thursday January 25th, 2018 04:00:00 PM
Black holes have the weirdest kids. Three types of the highest energy particles in the cosmos could all be born in the chaos near a supermassive black hole 

So long, suckers: Where have all the black holes gone?

Wednesday January 24th, 2018 03:00:00 PM
The universe is well-stocked with black holes large and small, but none in medium. Strange dwarf galaxies might hold the answer

Google-sponsored race to the moon has ended without a winner

Tuesday January 23rd, 2018 06:27:00 PM
None of the private space firms racing to put a rover on the moon will be ready to launch by March, so the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize will go unclaimed

Forgotten mountain shrine to a Soviet superstar of astrophysics

Tuesday January 23rd, 2018 07:00:00 AM
The Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory was founded by astrophysics pioneer Viktor Ambartsumian. Now its antiquated equipment is used to measure cosmic rays

Upstart Electron rocket has made it to orbit for the first time

Monday January 22nd, 2018 04:22:00 PM
Space flight is getting more affordable. The Electron rocket, smaller and cheaper than most of its commercial competitors, has put three satellites into orbit

Deadly solar flares may have helped seed life on Mars and beyond

Friday January 19th, 2018 03:43:00 PM
High-energy particles that can strip away planetary atmospheres and cause biological damage might also forge the complex organic molecules that give rise to life

Some exoplanets orbiting red giant stars may just be a mirage

Thursday January 18th, 2018 07:04:00 PM
Red giant stars may be tricking us into thinking they have planets when they don’t. Instead, sunspots or atmospheric ripples might be distorting their light

NASA may finally have a new boss after a year-long wait

Thursday January 18th, 2018 06:07:00 PM
Trump’s pick to head NASA may soon be confirmed. The US President has said he wants the space agency to focus on a mission to the moon

See inside the universe in this stunning light sculpture

Thursday January 18th, 2018 05:03:00 PM
The complexity of our universe from the atomic scale to the cosmic is on display in Cosmoscope, part of London’s Lumiere light festival

Stars that devour their planets get brighter and faster

Thursday January 18th, 2018 03:53:00 PM
When the sun expands and engulfs Earth, our planet's ashes will brighten the sun and spin it faster. We might be able to watch this happen across the universe

We may be able to see mountains and valleys on distant worlds

Friday January 12th, 2018 04:09:00 PM
If alien planets have canyons and mountains like ours, we may be able to catch a glimpse of them in an exoplanet’s shadow as it passes in front of its star

The universe still seems to be expanding faster than it ought to

Friday January 12th, 2018 03:35:00 PM
The universe is expanding but our measurements of the rate are all over the place and they just got worse, so we can’t tell when the cosmos is going to die

Mars has ice sheets 130 metres thick hiding below its red dust

Thursday January 11th, 2018 07:00:00 PM
Eight newfound Martian cliffs made up of layers of ice could tell us how the Red Planet's climate has changed in the past several million years

Hidden exoplanets could be revealed by echoing light

Thursday January 11th, 2018 05:32:00 PM
Reflected light from a star’s flares may help us find otherwise invisible worlds. These exoplanets could be hit by powerful blasts, but may still host life

We must accept more risks if we want space travel to take off

Thursday January 11th, 2018 04:45:00 PM
Going to space is already one of the most dangerous things a person can do, but we will need to take far more risks than we do in order to push space exploration forward

Mystery radio bursts may be from neutron star near a black hole

Wednesday January 10th, 2018 06:00:00 PM
The source of repeating fast radio bursts is one of astronomy’s biggest mysteries. They may come from a fast-spinning neutron star next to a huge black hole

Cosmic couture: The urgent quest to redesign the spacesuit

Tuesday January 9th, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Astronauts venture into space wearing 35-year-old, sweat-stained relics. The $200 million, high-tech replacement togs are anything but down to Earth

The ugly, fractured reality of the cosmos deserves our attention

Monday January 8th, 2018 02:58:00 PM
A puzzling clash between perfection and imperfection in our universe is getting fresh attention. This great cosmological mystery merits it, says Geraint Lewis

The universe could be full of more huge stars than we thought

Thursday January 4th, 2018 07:00:00 PM
Part of the Large Magellanic Cloud has 32 per cent more giant stars than we expected. That could mean the universe has more supernovae and black holes, too

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket test is the start of a race to Mars

Thursday January 4th, 2018 01:05:00 PM
The imminent first flight of Elon Musk's giant new rocket could mark a spectacular start to a new era in space flight, says Paul Marks

Tides and atmospheres on TRAPPIST-1 planets may help life thrive

Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 08:57:00 PM
The planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system could be complex worlds with volcanoes, atmospheres and warm subsurface oceans. Some might even be able to host life

Weird dim star isn’t due to alien megastructure – it’s just dust

Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 03:58:00 PM
Tabby’s star flickers like no other star we’ve seen. Some have suggested that’s due to an alien structure blocking its light, but it’s likely just dust

Japan launches super-low-orbit satellite to test ion engines

Tuesday January 2nd, 2018 10:48:00 AM
Tsubame will take high-resolution images of Earth and measure oxygen levels and has been designed to orbit at an altitude of just 180 kilometres

The universe may be full of ex-moons flung from their home worlds

Monday January 1st, 2018 09:00:00 AM
Moons in other stellar systems may be hurled away from their planets up to 90 per cent of the time, leaving up to 100 former moons per star in the Milky Way

2018 preview: Epic mission to Mercury will unravel its mysteries

Saturday December 30th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
In October, a probe called BepiColombo will begin a seven-year voyage to Mercury with the aim of answering questions raised by previous visits to the scorched world

Space-time and gravity might be born from the quantum world

Thursday December 28th, 2017 09:00:00 PM
To reconcile quantum mechanics and gravity, a new theory flips the usual script. Space-time and gravity may emerge from quantum effects, not the other way round

Earth was smashed by a rock the size of Mars to make the moon

Thursday December 28th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
4.5 billion years ago, a rock called Theia crashed into Earth and formed the moon. Now we know that it was probably only about a tenth the mass of our planet

Parallel universes could solve a big problem with black holes

Wednesday December 27th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
The black hole firewall paradox has been vexing physicists for years. But if quantum laws lead to the creation of other universes, the headache disappears

Exclusive: NASA has begun plans for a 2069 interstellar mission

Wednesday December 27th, 2017 10:30:00 AM
NASA is sketching out plans to send a probe to visit Alpha Centauri, our nearest star system, along with a massive telescope to watch its journey from home

NASA plans a launch to Titan or a return to comet 67P in 2025

Thursday December 21st, 2017 10:30:00 AM
In 2025 NASA will either launch a probe to bring back samples from comet 67P, previously visited by Rosetta, or send a drone-like craft to Saturn's moon Titan

Mars rocks may have drunk up all the water and doomed life there

Wednesday December 20th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
We used to think Mars lost most of its water to space when its atmosphere blew away. Instead, the water may have been sucked up by rocks that sunk underground

Why complex life could prove remarkably common in the universe

Wednesday December 20th, 2017 05:26:00 PM
Two missions to other solar systems are on the table. If they find life chances are it will be sophisticated, say Dirk Schulze-Makuch and William Bains

2018 preview: Return to the moon as eight missions are planned

Wednesday December 20th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
The race to revisit the moon is on, and with national space programmes and private companies all setting it in their sights, it might even get a bit crowded

Planet X: We are closing in on the solar system’s new occupant

Friday December 15th, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Evidence for a new body perhaps the size of Neptune way out in the shadows is building – but if there is a ninth planet, it’s unlike any we have seen

NASA has discovered our solar system’s twin with 8 planets

Thursday December 14th, 2017 07:07:00 PM
The Kepler telescope has revealed a new planet in a system like ours. It shares a star with 7 other planets, tying our record for most worlds in a solar system

Ancient black holes ruled out as source of all dark matter

Thursday December 14th, 2017 01:30:00 PM
One way to solve the dark matter problem is to chalk it up to black holes formed moments after the big bang, but they can’t account for all the dark matter

Mars overdue a planet-wide dust storm that could harm the rovers

Wednesday December 13th, 2017 03:40:00 PM
Mars could have a mega dust storm in 2018. Now we know how the Red Planet's massive storms can cascade into a catastrophe for rovers or future settlers

The tiny space rock New Horizons is headed for may have a moon

Tuesday December 12th, 2017 09:44:00 PM
The next destination for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is a small space rock in the Kuiper belt called MU69. Now we know it may have an even smaller moon

Mysterious streaks seen on Saturn’s moons could be ancient rings

Tuesday December 12th, 2017 06:24:00 PM
A series of parallel lines on Saturn’s moons Dione and Rhea have scientists scratching their heads. Could they be a sign of rings that crashed to the surface?

Trump directs NASA to send astronauts to the moon and then Mars

Monday December 11th, 2017 09:47:00 PM
The US space programme has a new focus on an old destination. President Trump has directed NASA to focus its efforts on crewed missions to the moon before Mars

Light from LIGO’s neutron star smashup just got even brighter

Friday December 8th, 2017 09:43:00 PM
The gravitational wave event from August still has surprises in store. Its light is three times brighter now, which may change how we think of gamma ray bursts

That interstellar asteroid could be a shard of a shredded planet

Friday December 8th, 2017 05:03:00 PM
'Oumuamua, an oddly shaped asteroid from beyond our solar system, recently passed by. It may have formed when a planet was ripped into fragments by its star

Bizarre supernova may be powered by hidden disc of dust and gas

Thursday December 7th, 2017 08:31:00 PM
A supernova that stayed bright for over three years seemed impossible, but it could be explained if the explosion is running into dense rings of dust and gas

Most distant quasar ever seen is way too big for our universe

Thursday December 7th, 2017 02:30:00 PM
A quasar from the early universe could help us understand how the biggest black holes form and when the universe had its last major transformation

NASA fires Voyager 1’s engines for the first time in 37 years

Thursday December 7th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
By firing a set of thrusters that have been gathering dust for more than 3 decades, NASA has extended the lifetime of the Voyager 1 mission by a few years

Why brewing beer in space is more important than you think

Wednesday December 6th, 2017 03:42:00 PM
Budweiser is sending barley seeds into orbit next week. That's just the beginning of the challenge of trying to brew beer beyond Earth

The usual way of hunting dark matter may be all wrong

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 05:00:00 PM
If dark matter isn't heavy and interacts even weakly with normal matter, we should drag our detectors out from underground to catch it

Planets near dangerous stars could shield alien life under smog

Monday December 4th, 2017 10:51:00 PM
Red and white dwarfs make nasty neighbours due to spurts of deadly radiation, but alien life could still form on planets nearby if shielded by smog or oceans

Spaceplanes may be the best hope in war on deadly orbiting junk

Monday December 4th, 2017 06:02:00 PM
Promising technologies to get rid of dangerous space debris are gathering speed. The sooner we put them to the test the better, says Paul Marks

Science Fiction: slavery stereotypes, and a new M. John Harrison

Monday December 4th, 2017 05:20:00 PM
From challenging stereotypes about slavery to the necessity of finding any kind of exit from a mundane life, escape dominates new sci-fi

Moon’s explosive birth drove iron deep into Earth’s core

Monday December 4th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Our moon was made by the Big Splash, an impact that we thought left iron deposits near Earth’s crust. It turns out that the metal sank into our planet’s core

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has a hidden ‘conveyer belt’ of heat

Monday December 4th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Frigid Europa may be warmed by a layer under its crust that moves heat and ice to and from its poles – and alien microbes could be hitching a ride

Weird tiny galaxies found hiding in Hubble’s Ultra Deep Field

Friday December 1st, 2017 04:30:00 AM
We just found 72 new galaxies in one of the most studied areas of the sky. We can’t see their stars, but they were revealed by the glow of hydrogen gas

No, aliens aren’t lurking on the International Space Station

Thursday November 30th, 2017 04:02:00 PM
History tells us that earthly contamination is by far the most likely explanation for “extraterrestrial” bacteria found on the ISS hull, says Geraint Lewis

Cuts likely for one of NASA’s next big space-based telescopes

Wednesday November 29th, 2017 12:15:00 PM
NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope is crippled by rising costs. To get it off the ground, the agency may have to alter its scientific mission

How a fiery matter-antimatter union may lead to limitless energy

Tuesday November 28th, 2017 11:00:00 AM
A weird, self-destructive blend of opposite stuffs briefly reigned at the birth of the universe. Recreating it could crack the nut of nuclear fusion

Giant climate camera will watch how our planet changes

Tuesday November 28th, 2017 07:00:00 AM
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite will take pictures of Earth to measure the temperatures of the sea and atmosphere and to watch how ice and water move

Mysterious gamma rays in Crab nebula traced to pulsar winds

Monday November 27th, 2017 05:38:00 PM
Ultra-bright flashes in the Crab nebula have baffled astronomers, but they could result from winds created by a pulsar at the heart of the gas cloud

We’ve found a bunch of dwarf galaxies we thought didn’t exist

Monday November 27th, 2017 03:57:00 PM
The missing dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way have been found. Their existence means dark matter could be made of particles that are warmer than we expected

Private mission may get us back to Enceladus sooner than NASA

Friday November 24th, 2017 11:46:00 AM
Russian billionaire Yuri Milner is considering privately funding a mission to Enceladus, one of the prime places to search for life in our solar system

We got a good look at the interstellar asteroid and it’s weird

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 03:21:00 PM
Our first detailed glimpse at ‘Oumuamua, the interstellar asteroid that recently flew by Earth, shows it’s one of the weirdest asteroids we’ve ever seen

Signs of running water on Mars dunes are probably just dry sand

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 04:52:00 PM
The strange striped patterns that appear and fade away on Martian slopes were once thought to be evidence of flowing water – they’re actually made by dry sand

Ocean-covered planets may not be the places to search for life

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 05:17:00 PM
Looking for life in the universe has often come down to a search for water on other planets. But water worlds may not make enough of the nutrients life needs

The message we’re sending to nearby aliens is no threat to Earth

Monday November 20th, 2017 05:45:00 PM
Critics fear provoking hostile extraterrestrials by beaming messages to our closest exoplanets but there's no need to worry, says METI president Douglas Vakoch

The New Horizons spacecraft is heading towards a mystery rock

Monday November 20th, 2017 11:00:00 AM
After its visit to Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is travelling through the Kuiper belt towards what seems to be one rock - but what if it's actually two?

Lightning leaves clouds of radiation and antimatter in its wake

Saturday November 18th, 2017 12:00:00 AM
A lightning storm can trigger an atmospheric nuclear reaction that leads to the production of antimatter and radiation, which may pose health risks

Black holes that shred stars burp out cosmic rays and neutrinos

Friday November 17th, 2017 09:23:00 PM
The highest energy cosmic rays and neutrinos that rain down on Earth may come from white dwarf stars being devoured by black holes

We just sent a message to try to talk to aliens on another world

Friday November 17th, 2017 04:38:00 PM
We've just sent a message to a nearby star to see if there's any life there - and we'll only have to wait 25 years for a reply

We may know why Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is red instead of white

Thursday November 16th, 2017 09:33:00 PM
The gases in Jupiter's atmosphere should form white clouds, so why do they look red? Two teams have found different recipes for the red in the Great Red Spot

Dark matter may be the source of antimatter streaming past Earth

Thursday November 16th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Two nearby powerful pulsars aren’t responsible for the stream of antimatter positrons snaking past Earth, so dark matter might be behind it after all

A layer of haze keeps Pluto’s atmosphere extremely cold

Wednesday November 15th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Pluto is far from the sun, so astronomers expect its atmosphere to be cold, but it's colder than predicted. Now we know that soot sends the sun’s heat back into space

We’ve just found a nearby exoplanet that could be right for life

Wednesday November 15th, 2017 04:08:00 PM
A newly discovered nearby world is probably close in size and temperature to Earth. This exoplanet might be able to host life because of its unusually calm star

The ‘space nation’ Asgardia just launched its first satellite

Wednesday November 15th, 2017 02:30:00 PM
Asgardia is a 'virtual nation' that says it aims to build sovereign colonies in space. On 12 November it launched a satellite carrying its citizens’ data

We found our galactic twin 180 million light years away

Tuesday November 14th, 2017 07:14:00 PM
Astronomers have spotted a trio of galaxies that look remarkably like the giant spiral of the Milky Way and its two brightest companions, the Magellanic Clouds

Should we seed life through the cosmos using laser-driven ships?

Monday November 13th, 2017 04:58:00 PM
Our galaxy may have billions of habitable worlds. A proposal to spread life says we should use giant lasers and light sails to send microbes out to them

Neptune’s other moons were normal until Triton crashed the party

Friday November 10th, 2017 02:53:00 PM
Neptune’s moons are unlike anything in the solar system, thanks to Triton barrelling in and laying waste to the moons that were there before it


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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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Joss Whedon Exits as ‘Batgirl’ Movie Director

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 08:38:44 PM Dave McNary
Joss Whedon has left as writer and director of the “Batgirl” movie for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, citing story issues as the reason for his departure. “Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon said […]

‘Loving Vincent’ Uses Real-Life Performers to Animate Canvas

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 08:30:06 PM Shalini Dore
If ever the term “art film” applied to a theatrical movie, “Loving Vincent” is it. The first feature to animate oil paintings on canvas, it brings to life Vincent van Gogh’s paintings of provincial France. And within these landscapes, Vincent’s portraits of local people also come alive — inspired by performances from such actors as […]

Amazon Targeted in Calls to Drop NRA TV App, Which Is Also on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 08:27:12 PM Todd Spangler
Amazon is in the cross-hairs of a campaign to drop the National Rifle Association’s NRA TV streaming service from its devices, in the wake of the deadly mass shooting last week at a Florida high school. On Thursday, the hashtag “#StopNRAmazon” was trending on Twitter. Those urging Amazon to give NRA TV the boot included several […]

Charlie Sheen Lists Longtime Mansion in Beverly Hills (EXCLUSIVE)

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 08:24:46 PM Mark David
After more than a decade in residence that saw professional apexes such as being the highest paid actor on television and humiliating personal nadirs that included a drug fueled and porn actress populated public meltdown, hard-living Hollywood scion Charlie Sheen listed his longtime Beverly Hills mansion with a memorable, tongue-twisting asking price of $9,999,999. With […]

Sundance Award Winners Lead 2018 New Directors/New Films

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 08:21:34 PM Gordon Cox
The 2018 edition of New Directors/New Films, the festival organized annually by Film Society of Lincoln Center and New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), has set this year’s lineup, led by two documentaries that won awards earlier this year at Sundance. Opener “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.,” directed by Stephen Loveridge, is a portrait of the rapper M.I.A. […]

Brendan Fraser Says HFPA Ex-President Sexually Assaulted Him

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 08:17:59 PM Kirsten Chuba
Brendan Fraser is joining the #MeToo movement, coming forward on Thursday with allegations of sexual assault by an ex-president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. In a new interview with GQ, “The Mummy” star alleges that the HFPA’s Philip Berk assaulted him at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the summer of 2003. “His left hand […]

‘Mudbound’s’ Morrison Uses Still Photography Skills

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 08:15:51 PM Shalini Dore
DP Rachel Morrison’s rich, naturalistic imagery lends “Mudbound” a palpable sense of time and place: post-war Mississippi. Her peers in the Academy and at the American Society of Cinematographers recognized her work with nominations. For Morrison, in many ways it was the closing of a circle: The iconic 1930s and ’40s imagery of Dorothea Lange, […]

Brendan Schaub to Host Showtime Digital Sports Talk Show ‘Below the Belt’

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 08:10:19 PM Joseph Otterson
Former MMA fighter and podcaster Brendan Schaub is set to host a new Showtime digital talk show called “Below the Belt,” the premium cabler announced Thursday. The twice-monthly, 30-minute show will debut on February 28th. The show will explore the latest news in combat sports and pop culture. It will also feature interviews with combat […]

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-Inspired Movie in Works From Fox Searchlight, DeVon Franklin (EXCLUSIVE)

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 08:07:45 PM Justin Kroll
Fox Searchlight and DeVon Franklin are set to produce the film “Flamin’ Hot,” which will tell the true story of Richard Montanez, who rose from humble beginnings to a successful businessman when he created a food phenomenon — Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Fox Searchlight nabbed the project in what was a highly competitive sale, with multiple […]

‘I, Tonya’ VFX Team Had to Transplant Margot Robbie’s Face on a Skating Double’s Body

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 08:00:01 PM Shalini Dore
The look, movement and subtle signals from a human face are things we all know on a deep, even subconscious level. The face of someone we know personally or the face of a famous person is even more ingrained in our memories. And this is exactly what made the visual effects on “I, Tonya” such […]



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