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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 9 weeks ago This is one of my favorite Crab Nebula pictures ever. I love how the filaments seem to glow! Read all about it:

http://sen.com/phil-plait/the-dusty-noble-crab

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About 2 weeks ago Hey news media! Stop putting crackpots on your shows!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/07/07/crackpottery_bbc_journalists_told_to_stop_interviewing_science_deniers.html

In a move that makes my evidence-based sciencey heart sing, the BBC is told to stop putting anti-science cranks on their programs. If only US media would let that sink in as well.



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About 5 days ago "Venturing into space is not just something we can do. It’s something we must do."

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/07/20/apollo_11_anniversary_45_years_sine_that_one_small_step.html

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About 9 weeks ago Time-lapse: Birth of a Supercell

All I could think while watching this was "Holy crap!" and "AIIIEEEE RUN RUN RUN!"

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/05/19/time_lapse_formation_of_a_supercell_in_wyoming.html



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About 9 weeks ago The 10 Things You Need to Watch What May Be the Biggest Meteor Shower of the Year

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/05/20/camelopardalids_a_new_meteor_shower_from_comet_209p_linear.html

On Friday night (May 23/24) a new meteor shower may produce 100-400 meteors per hour! We can't be sure if it'll fizzle or play big, so be prepared:  I have what you need to understand and watch this potentially amazing event.



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About 3 days ago Incredible deep image of colliding galaxies...taken by an "amateur" astronomer

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/07/22/the_antennae_rolf_wahl_olsen_photo_of_colliding_galaxies.html

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About 1 week ago STUNNING photo of the chaotic gorgeousness of star birth

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/07/17/ngc_1333_multi_observatory_image_of_a_star_forming_cloud.html

NGC 1333 is one of my favorite objects in the sky, and this new multi-observatory image of it will fill your brain will awe.



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About 9 weeks ago What if you replaced the ISS with the Moon?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/05/19/close_encounter_what_if_the_moon_orbited_much_closer_to_earth.html

It would be an awesome spectacle, but you'd be too dead to enjoy it.



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About 3 weeks ago Top Ten Saturn Pictures from Cassini!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/06/30/cassini_s_10th_anniversary_the_mission_s_greatest_images_of_saturn.html

Ten years ago tonight, Cassini entered orbit around Saturn. To celebrate, I picked my favorite 10 pictures of the ringed jewel of our solar system. As a special treat we've made my blog wider than usual to accommodate BIG images.



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About 2 weeks ago I shot the Moon! Mars, too.

Last night, the Moon passed very close to Mars in the sky as seen from my Boulder hometown, and I got some pretty nifty pictures of it through my 'scope.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/07/06/occultation_the_moon_and_mars.html