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Philip Plait (The Bad Astronomer)
I write about the Universe.
I write about the Universe.
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What lies beneath... Iowa?

Turns out, a pretty big impact crater from long, long ago.

http://sen.com/blogs/phil-plait/what-lies-beneath-iowa

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Announcing Crash Course Astronomy!

I am very, very pleased to announce that I'm working with Hank Green on a new educational video series: Crash Course Astronomy! I'm writing and hosting it, and we'll cover everything from the Earth to the edge of the visible Universe.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/11/10/crash_course_astronomy_a_new_educational_web_series.html

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How to survive a black hole

Advice you don't normally get: If you want to survive a close encounter with a supermassive black hole, bring a friend. A close friend!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/11/05/black_hole_anomaly_weird_object_at_the_heart_of_a_weird_cloud.html

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Watch the Moon eat the Sun on Thursday!

There's a very nice partial solar eclipse on Thursday afternoon for the US & Canada. Here's what you need to know to watch it:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/21/solar_eclipse_partial_eclipse_on_oct_23.html

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Mars and the Comet

On Sunday, the comet Siding Spring will pass Mars at the ridiculously close distance of 130,000 km. Tons of observations are planned, and I'll gave updates on my blog as they come in.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/18/mars_and_siding_spring_waiting_for_the_encounter.html

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BROWNCOATS! Must-see fan-made Firefly video!

Seriously, if you are a Firefly fan, you have to watch this extremely well-made short video, called "The 'verse",  that takes place in the same Universe but with a different ship and crew. It's great.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/17/figuratively_shiny_a_firefly_video.html

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ICE TO SEE YOU

It looks like we now have photos of ice on Mercury.

Wait. What?

Yup. Water ice, on the closest planet to the Sun. Nature is really, really tricksy sometimes.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/16/ice_on_mercury_space_probe_photos_show_strong_evidence_of_polar_ice.html

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To Pluto... AND BEYOND!

The New Horizons space probe now has a new flyby target after it visits Pluto: an iceball six billion kilometers from the Sun.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/16/new_horizons_kbo_targeted.html

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Science Stated Clearly

Creationist: There is no evidence for evolution!

Me: Yeah, about that...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/15/stated_clearly_website_to_support_science.html
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