The night sky is my refuge. I find peace and inspiration and a kind of analytical comfort in its resolute refusal to feel sorry for me or my planet. I see potential there, a million possible worlds where the universe is experimenting with consciousness and intelligence. But lately I’ve felt a strange resistance to looking…
Astronomy on Tap is a great little outreach project that places hip scientists in cities like New York and Columbus, Ohio (and who knows, maybe Rochester or even Geneva soon) to give free, fun presentations about the universe. “Science is even better with beer,” is the group’s tagline. The concept of meeting people where they…
The second episode of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s reboot of the Cosmos series had all the focus, calm pacing and smartly-used visuals that the premiere missed, all in the service of a powerful lesson on evolution squarely aimed at creationists.
Bill Nye took up Ken Ham’s offer to debate Creationism. With the full weight of science behind him, Nye nonetheless lost a brilliant opportunity for science advocacy. Here’s seven ways he could have done better.
Head outside this February and check out Jupiter, smack in the middle of the constellation Gemini. As the most massive planet in the solar system, if offers much to think about.
John Dobson, inventor of the Dobsonian telescope mount, died yesterday after completing 98 orbits around the sun. I met him in 2008, and I thought I asked him a question. In fact, I didn’t. Still, he inspired this blog and my work in sidewalk astronomy.
Online Astronomer editor Doug Reilly picks his six favorite posts from 2013. From meditations on the aesthetics of telescopic observing to a star-name mystery, a new Nova and the process of science sung by They Might Be Giants, 2013 was a rich year.
Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes were the quintessential naturalists. Maybe all children are by default. Anyway, he eloquently sums up a sentiment many astronomers–and other scientists–feel about the natural world.