• The Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon

    Below is Gordon Johnston's monthly(ish) newsletter on what to watch for in the skies. Note those in North America will have a really nice opportunity to view a full lunar eclipse in a week or so. While being wowed by the beauty of the event, my mind will likely wander to the red color the
  • Cosmos Liveblog Episode 5: Hiding in the Light

    Tonight we get an introduction to the scientific method, and an explanation its origins. Awesome. Most people don't know where it originated, much less from whom. Should be fun! We'll also learn about the electromagnetic spectrum, visible light, light we can't see... and (I hope?) how we can use that to look for life in
  • Cosmos live blog episode 3: when knowledge conquered fear

    Well be a few minutes late but we're organizing something cool tonight. Hang tight! Hmmm... when knowledge conquers fear. Sounds good to me. We're live-blogging with the help of a room of astrobiologists this week. Britney Schmidt, Aaron Goldman, Steve Vance, David Grinspoon, Lucas Mix, Ty Robinson, and Matt Powell are all here watching this together. They're
  • The challenges for Cosmos

    I'm writing this from a metro platform, after a conversation with astrobiology colleagues about concerns we have about Cosmos, despite our appreciation for it getting science out there... and about the challenges faced by all science communication. The thoughts below were largely spurred by that conversation. (more…)