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Philip Plait

I write about the Universe.

I'm an astronomer, blogger, father, dork, husband, author, biped, late adopter, public speaker, skeptic, punster, and science evangelizer. I'm a big fan of Doctor Who, Star Trek, and Stargate. 
I suppose I could've just said "I'm a geek" and been done with it. 

I write the Bad Astronomy Blog for Discover Magazine, and have two books: "Bad Astronomy", and "Death from the Skies!". I also hosted the three part mini-series documentary "Bad Universe" on Discovery channel, and I've done a bunch of talking head stints on various science documentaries like "How the Universe Works", "Engineering the Universe", and others. 
In short: I love thinking about astronomy, I love talking about astronomy, I love writing about astronomy, and I love doing astronomy.





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About 1 week ago Was Gusev Crater on Mars once actually Lake Gusev?

New evidence suggests water from nearby flooding once filled a 166-km-wide crater on Mars.

http://www.sen.com/Phil-Plait/the-waters-of-mars



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About 6 weeks ago On the Shores of a Cosmic Ocean: My review of "Cosmos"

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

I really enjoyed watching "Cosmos" last night, and it made me think quite a bit about religion and freedom of thought. I put some of this down in my review of the show, but I have more thinking to do about it, too. Congratulations to my friends Neil Tyson and Ann Druyan for this wonderful production.



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About 2 weeks ago Skydiver nearly hit by meteorite: real or faked?

The viral video of a meteoroid falling past a skydiver is getting a lot of attention. But is it real? I looked over the evidence, and think it very well may be.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/04/05/close_call_video_of_a_skydiver_almost_hit_by_meteoroid.html



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About 2 weeks ago Shocker: Fox News is usually wrong when they report on climate change

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

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About 2 weeks ago Apparently, fire tornadoes are taking over both hemispheres of the planet. 

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

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About 5 weeks ago No, the asteroid 2003 QQ47 will not hit Earth next week. Sigh.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/03/15/asteroid_2003_qq47_rumors_of_an_impact_in_march_2014_are_false.html

Cripes, these things keep popping up. The rumors are wrong, we've known for over a decade that QQ47 won't hit us for at least a century, and it's disgusting that some media are playing this up like it's real (and current) news.



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About 2 weeks ago Final followup: yup. It was a rock

It looks like that "meteorite" in the skydiving video really was just debris from the parachute. I'm disappointed, but happy with how this whole thing went down.  SCIENCE!

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



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About 1 week ago The Beauty of the Mundane

The reason this galaxy is so gorgeous is because there's not a lot going on there.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/04/11/ngc_2841_robert_gendler_photo_of_a_spectacular_spiral.html



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About 2 weeks ago A documentary. About geocentrism. Because apparently Galileo's had a free ride long enough.

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

Yup. A documentary about geocentrism, made by a guy who has spouted Holocaust denialisms. Yup.



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About 1 week ago Pix and video of the Blood Moon lunar eclipse!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/04/15/lunar_eclipse_the_blood_moon_of_april_2014.html

During last night's beautiful lunar eclipse I took video, describing what was going on. Making this was a lot of fun (if cold!).