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Last feed update: Thursday October 19th, 2017 10:10:07 AM

Gravitational waves have let us see huge neutron stars colliding

Wednesday October 18th, 2017 05:00:00 PM
We’ve taken the first pictures of neutron stars colliding 130 million light years away. The resulting gravitational waves may solve some big cosmic mysteries

Hiding in plain sight: The mystery of the sun’s missing matter

Wednesday October 18th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
A mass equivalent to 1500 Earths has vanished from the sun. Tracking it down could transform how we see the stars

A tech-destroying solar flare could hit Earth within 100 years

Wednesday October 18th, 2017 10:30:00 AM
If the sun spews “superflares” as often as other stars, one could take down power systems, damage the ozone layer and destroy satellites in the next century

Astronaut wee could show us how the plumes on Enceladus work

Tuesday October 17th, 2017 11:07:00 PM
The way spaceships vent urine and water may be a good stand-in for studying how jets of vapour escape the hidden ocean on one of Saturn’s icy moons

A gaggle of 7 moons keep Saturn’s rings from breaking apart

Tuesday October 17th, 2017 07:08:00 PM
The gravity from seven of its moons stops Saturn’s bright outer ring from spreading out and dispersing into space, according to Cassini spacecraft measurements

We can finally map the spiral arm on the far side of the galaxy

Thursday October 12th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Using a jet of radio waves, astronomers have begun to map the other side of the Milky Way. Within 10 years we could have a complete map of the entire galaxy

Distant dwarf planet near Pluto has a ring that no one expected

Wednesday October 11th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
The tiny world Haumea has a ring, the most distant we’ve found in our solar system. This may mean rings encircle other far-off worlds in the solar system

Giant black hole seen flickering on and off after galaxy snack

Wednesday October 11th, 2017 01:10:00 PM
Active Galactic Nuclei occur when a black hole devours a cloud of gas and dust and shines really brightly. Now one has been seen doing it twice

It was always crazy to shoot for Mars before colonising the moon

Tuesday October 10th, 2017 03:25:00 PM
Common sense is prevailing in human space exploration, and the moon is back as the place we need to colonise before a riskier trip to Mars, says Paul Marks

Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found

Tuesday October 10th, 2017 10:18:00 AM
About half the normal matter in our universe had never been observed – until now. Two teams have finally seen it by combining millions of faint images into one

Culture picks: Read your way into (almost) any science subject

Tuesday October 10th, 2017 09:30:00 AM
From gravitational waves to waves of flavour, Jonathon Keats surveys the best of the current crop of science writing

Nanoflares in the sun’s plasma may cause its scalding atmosphere

Monday October 9th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Tiny explosions in the atmosphere may explain why the solar corona is a million degrees hotter than the sun’s surface

Lunar volcanoes and lava lakes gave the early moon an atmosphere

Friday October 6th, 2017 05:16:00 PM
The same volcanic eruptions that made the dark patches we can see on the moon spewed out enough hot gas to create an atmosphere billions of years ago

The sun’s energy could speed up dark matter so we can detect it

Thursday October 5th, 2017 03:37:00 PM
If dark matter is made of ultra-light particles with very little energy, one way to find them is to catch them after they ricochet off the sun

The mysterious bright spots on Ceres may have a common origin

Monday October 2nd, 2017 04:33:00 PM
The dwarf planet Ceres is dappled with mysterious bright splotches. Their make-up varies with location, but they may all come from the same process

Methane burps on young Mars helped it keep its liquid water

Monday October 2nd, 2017 04:00:00 PM
The mystery of how water on Mars lasted for millions of years may come down to methane explosions that warmed the planet enough to melt ice and make rivers flow

Science fiction picks sound wedding bells and other alarms

Monday October 2nd, 2017 10:00:00 AM
People are stronger together, according to the latest crop of novels by Maggie Shen King, M. T. Anderson and Dave Hutchinson

Rocket man: Willy Ley’s fervour helped put men on the moon

Sunday October 1st, 2017 10:00:00 AM
A biography of the “prophet of the space age” shows what rocketry owes to Willy Ley’s preaching through TV, radio and printed media, and even via toy firms

Latest gravitational wave isn’t from neutron stars after all

Friday September 29th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
Recent speculation about the latest gravitational wave experiments suggested they may have seen a neutron star merger, but it’s another black hole smashup

Elon Musk’s new plans for a moon base and a Mars mission by 2022

Friday September 29th, 2017 07:15:00 AM
SpaceX aims to launch spaceships to Mars within five years with a new rocket design that could also be used on Earth to make rapid around-the-globe trips

Extreme gusts of space gas made early black holes enormous

Thursday September 28th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Some of the earliest black holes in the universe are bigger than our current theories can explain, but gas left over from the big bang could be the solution

Snap decisions: Thomas Ruff’s show is, literally, off colour

Thursday September 28th, 2017 09:54:00 AM
A photographer once known for reimagining portraiture now gives astronomy a disconcerting makeover at London’s Whitechapel Gallery

Super-Earths draw asteroids to other worlds, which may seed life

Tuesday September 26th, 2017 11:19:00 AM
Asteroid collisions can be destructive – just ask the dinosaurs – but they also bring key ingredients for life. Super-Earths can draw them to nearby worlds

Huge space rocks could have helped start Earth’s plate tectonics

Monday September 25th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Nobody knows how or why plate tectonics got started on Earth. But new evidence suggest collisions with space rocks millions of years ago may have something to do with it

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

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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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Eddie Izzard Joins Australian Movie ‘The Call Back’

Thursday October 19th, 2017 09:55:48 AM Stewart Clarke
Eddie Izzard will star in “The Call Back,” and filming will start on the Australian movie later this month in and around Adelaide. Izzard (“Victoria & Abdul”) will play Henry, a British actor who has a relationship with an Australian restauranteur. French actress Vanessa Guide (“The New Adventures of Aladdin”), and Australian actors Emily Taheny […]

China’s Perfect World Raises $250 Million for Universal Slate Funding

Thursday October 19th, 2017 09:43:05 AM Patrick Frater
Perfect World, the Chinese games and film group, that provided $250 million of funding for a slate of movies by Universal Pictures, has raised a further $250 million. The cash is sourced from East West Bank and JP Morgan. Perfect World was advised by Lindsay Conner of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. The credit line, worth […]

Tom Jones Opens Up about Harassment and Abuse in the Music Industry

Thursday October 19th, 2017 09:08:00 AM Stewart Clarke
Tom Jones has said that the abuse and harassment issues Hollywood is grappling with are also a problem in the music business. The Welsh singer has had a successful music career spanning over 50 years, and is also now a coach on “The Voice” in the U.K. He told BBC radio that he experienced harassment […]

APSA to Honor Late Abbas Kiarostami, Newcomer Ilgar Najaf

Thursday October 19th, 2017 08:58:38 AM Patrick Frater
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards are to honor the late Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami with a special prize. It has commended Kiarostami’s final feature “24 Frames” and will give him posthumous admission to the APSA Academy. “’24 Frames’ is an exquisite reverie on scenes from nature. Through still, but precise frames, and aided by subtle staging […]

Harvard University to Revoke Harvey Weinstein’s Du Bois Medal

Thursday October 19th, 2017 05:38:09 AM Erin Nyren
Harvey Weinstein continues to lose accolades and awards — the latest institution to strip him of a commendation is Harvard University, which will revoke the Du Bois Medal Weinstein was awarded in 2014. The Executive Committee of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, which awarded him the medal, voted Tuesday night to […]

Village Rockstars,’ ‘Summer 1993’ win Mumbai Film Festival

Thursday October 19th, 2017 02:51:06 AM Patrick Frater
Rima Das’ “Village Rockstars” won the golden gateway prize for best film in the India Gold competition, at the Mumbai Film Festival (Oct. 12-18). The festival concluded on Wednesday. “Village Rockstars” also won best film on gender equality. Bornila Chatterjee’s “The Hungry” merited a jury mention in the category. Rahul Jain’s “Machines” took the silver […]

Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Writers (EXCLUSIVE)

Thursday October 19th, 2017 12:30:20 AM Dave McNary
“Feud: Bette and Joan” writers Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen are making a biopic about Vivien Leigh. The duo received an Emmy nomination with Ryan Murphy for best writing for a limited series for the FX show. Zam and Cohen will adapt the feature from Hugo Vickers’ “Vivien Leigh: A Biography.” The film will focus […]

Netflix and Weinstein Company: Closer Than ‘Arm’s Distance’

Wednesday October 18th, 2017 11:51:31 PM Daniel Holloway
Netflix executives were asked in an interview Tuesday pegged to their company’s earnings report whether the streaming service would be interested in buying the embattled Weinstein Company. CEO Reed Hastings all but rejected the idea. “It would be extremely unlikely for us to be a bidder for the firm,” he said. But chief content officer […]

Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy ‘Made in Italy’

Wednesday October 18th, 2017 11:50:36 PM Dave McNary
In today’s film news roundup, Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden join “Made in Italy,” a new distributor named Anerke launches with a focus on films for minorities and women, Jeffrey Tambor gets an award and the Sloan Summit announces its panelists. CASTINGS Bill Nighy and “Dunkirk” star Jack Lowden have signed up for the comedy “Made […]

California Lawmaker Calls for Ban on Secret Settlements for Sexual Harassment (EXCLUSIVE)

Wednesday October 18th, 2017 11:46:46 PM rljournoblog
A California lawmaker said Wednesday she will introduce legislation to ban secret settlements in sexual harassment cases, taking aim at a practice that for decades prevented the surfacing of harassment and sexual assault allegations against disgraced studio mogul Harvey Weinstein. State Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, told Variety she will introduce legislation early next year that […]

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