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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.
 
26
Apr 2013

Astrobiology Futures – A Grassroots Roadmap!

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Hey, astrobiology colleges… check it out! This just came across my desk. A new roadmapping activity is starting up, and it’s set up to involve as many people as possible by leveraging online tools. I love this sort of thing. It maximizes community involvement while minimizing the environmental (and budgetary) footprint of travel. Anyways, go register and have your voice heard: —– It’s time to chart the future directions of astrobiology research and you can participate. During the month of....
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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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