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Shawn Domagal-Goldman is currently a Research Space Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. His research is on exoplanet characterization lessons from the “pale orange dot” that was the Archean Earth. You can also find him blogging about baseball stats and the woe of being a Cubs fan at Bleed Cubbie Blue.
 
17
Mar 2014

Cosmos Liveblog, Episode 2: “Some of The Things that Molecules Do”

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So… based on the title I’m expecting some chemistry. And maybe some biochemistry. And maybe some astrochemistry. Hopefully some geochemistry. But definitely some chemistry. Wait. Does that sound boring? I’m expecting some SCIENCE! (With a dab of chemistry.) I’m going to try to liveblog via Twitter this week. Follow along here or @shawndgoldman. "This is a story about me, and you… and your dog." #Cosmos — Shawn DomagalGoldman (@shawndgoldman) March 17, 2014 If you’re looking for something to do after....
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Mar 2014

The Next Full Moon is the Worm/Crow/Crust/Sap/Sugar/Lenten Moon

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Hey everyone! Shawn here, with Gordon Johnston’s post on the next full moon and everything else happening until then for you to keep your eyes on. I’m in the middle of a busy week, so our next post will likely be the liveblog of the next Cosmos episode on Sudnay evening. Until then… check out the skies, according to Gordon’s breakdown of the highlights.
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Mar 2014

Cosmos Liveblog Week 1: “Standing Up in the Milky Way”

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Hey everyone! We’re working on ramping up new content for Paleblue.blog, and part of that effort will be live-blogging about episodes from the new series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. I’ll try to give my thoughts and – when I have them – insights to the astrobiology community that has led to some of the discoveries the show discusses. 9:01 I love the intro, with a very clear nod to Sagan and the original series. Also, the graphics package looks unbelievable. That’s....
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13
Feb 2014

The Next Full Moon is the Midwinter/Snow/Hunter Moon

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Shawn here… Gordon below is Gordon Johnston’s “Full Moon” post with information about this month’s full moon and other things you can gaze your eyes upon at night (or during the day if you’re looking at a calendar). One other neat note: the Kepler team found a pair of stars orbiting each other that had danced together to create a pattern in the data  very apropos for this week. Check it out, then check out Gordon’s post below the pic:....
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31
Jan 2014

“Wait til’ next year.”

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Here are my thoughts after my most recent proposal rejection. A lot of this comes from my time at NASA Headquarters, watching program managers run their review panels to maximize the usefulness of the summary reviews. 1. Your review will inherently feel like a 1-way conversation, but that is an illusion. The most helpful comments, constructive critiques or requests for specific details, will help you write a better proposal the next time you submit it. The worst comments, factually incorrect....
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Jan 2014

The Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon

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Shawn here… I’m still buried in a nightmare of a paper. But it’s almost done and I promise (no, really!) that I’ll be blogging more once that’s in press. But I can’t justify spending more time on blogging while a critical paper is so close to being finished. The problem is it’s been that close for a loooong time. In the meantime, enjoy this month’s update on the moon and other astronomical stuff from Gordon Johnston… apologies for the stuff....
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