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Open for registration! Space rocks from the Solar System's earliest moments, and how to study them. CQX111: Asteroids — Observations, Meteorites, Missions In this course, we'll learn about the smal...
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Last week’s big astronomy news was the discovery of a planet nearly the same size as Earth. This new discovery, known as Kepler-186f, is well within its host star’s habitable region, so it could conceivably have liquid water on its surface. Since all life…
Last week's big astronomy news was the discovery of a planet nearly the same size as Earth. This new discovery, known as Kepler-186f, is well within its host star's habitable region, so it could co...
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The Music of the Spheres turns out to have some incredibly terrifying lyrics. — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) April 6, 2014 As deaths go, our Sun’s will be gentle: no supernova, no black hole, no cataclysm. Roughly 5 billion years from now, our host star will…
The Music of the Spheres turns out to have some incredibly terrifying lyrics. — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) April 6, 2014 As deaths go, our Sun's will be gentle: no supernova, no black hole, no catacl...
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Now it can be told: I am writing a weekly column on space and astronomy for The Daily Beast!
Everyone’s talking about “inflation” and “primordial waves,” but what’s the big deal?
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Today is often referred to as “Pi Day”, since in the United States and various other countries, the date March 14 is written as 3/14. Beyond those who write the date 14/3, there are a few who object to Pi Day for other reasons. For pedants who want to…
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Gravitational lenses provide some of the most incredible images in astronomy. As the gravity from massive objects — generally galaxies or galaxy clusters — bends the path of light from more distant sources, it produces multiple distorted images, rings,…
Gravitational lenses provide some of the most incredible images in astronomy. As the gravity from massive objects — generally galaxies or galaxy clusters — bends the path of light from more distant...
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I’m still a work in progress — That’s irkingly obvious A gift and a curse, I currently work but I’m jobless Feel like a hot mess, but I could have a lot less Won’t beg for change — that’s already the only constant —Silent Knight, “Work In Progress” I’ve…
I'm still a work in progress — That's irkingly obvious A gift and a curse, I currently work but I'm jobless Feel like a hot mess, but I could have a lot less Won't beg for change — that's already t...
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If you’re like me, you’re watching the new Cosmos with Neil DeGrasse Tyson diligently these days. Last night’s show (at least for those of us viewing on Fox in the United States) largely dealt with my favorite topic: gravitation, and how it creates…
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Rumors have percolated throughout the cosmology community, surrounding today’s press conference at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). So far, the rumors appear to be substantiated: researchers with the BICEP2 (Background Imaging of…
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Along with many others, I watched the new Cosmos premiere last night, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. In fact, many of my friends and colleagues discussed the show on Twitter as it was on, a kind of virtual watching party. Given the outsize important…
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I’m a physicist, science writer, public speaker, educator, and frequent wearer of jaunty hats. My writing and speaking specialties are cosmology, astronomy, and many other topics in physics, all aimed at non-specialist audiences. I have appeared in comics form as Pluto’s moon Nix. I’m currently writing a book on cosmology, with working title Back Roads, Dark Skies: A Cosmological Journey.
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