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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.
 
25
Apr 2013

The Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon

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Apologies for missing last month’s post. Gordon Johnston wrote up the astronomical forecast, as always, but I didn’t get around to re-posting it here. Hopefully this month’s will make up for it… —————- The next full Moon will be on Thursday afternoon, April 25, 2013, passing opposite the Sun in Earth-based longitude at 3:57 pm EDT.  The Moon will appear full for about 3 days around this time, from Wednesday morning (possibly even Tuesday evening) through Saturday morning.  As usual,....
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18
Apr 2013

LIVEBLOG: Kepler Press Conference 4/18/2013

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Haven’t found time to post this in a while. But today is a special day. (At least that’s what rumor would have you believe.) I’ll upload my thoughts live here: RUMORS. Assuming this is all true, and based on a very first-order look at things, I think they’ve got it. A potentially Earth-like world beyond our solar system. How Earth-like is it? That’ll take a follow-up mission. Pete Worden: “This is really cool.” (YES! You bet it is.) Worden now....
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25
Feb 2013

The next full moon is the worm moon

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OK, total moment of honesty here. Gordons “Full Moon report” has been sitting in my inbox for a week, but sickness and all-day meetings kept me from getting it online. I saw the moon tonight (and it’s beautiful) and it reminded me what a slacker I’ve been. So now I’m posting this from my cell phone. I’ll fix any formatting issues later… Thanks again Gordon!
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15
Feb 2013

In case you’re wondering…

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1. Yes, a meteor blew up above Siberia this morning, with the resulting shockwave shattering windows over a large area and injuring many. 2. No, this was not “the closest approach” asteroid that will pass by later today. That one is larger. 3. No. This does NOT mean “the closest approach” asteroid will now hit us. It’s going to miss. 4. No, it’s probably not a part of that asteroid. It could be loosely related, but I doubt it. 5.....
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10
Feb 2013

The right way to SETI

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The public has shown a tremendous interest in astrobiology, but I suspect a large part of this interest is with the implicit assumption that we’re all searching for this guy:
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05
Feb 2013

FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond… at LPSC!

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CALLING ALL EARLY CAREER SCIENTISTS! PASSIONATE ABOUT SCIENCE? LOVE TO COMMUNICATE? You are wholeheartedly invited to participate in FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond…at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference! FameLab is something like American Idol for scientists… Sponsored by NASA and National Geographic, it’s a fun-filled day of competition, coaching, and camaraderie that’s all about science communication! At regional heats held across the US over the next year, early career scientists from diverse scientific disciplines craft a 3-minute, powerpoint-free....
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