• The Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon

    Hey everyone! I hope you enjoyed the lunar eclipse last month. For more on what we can look forward to this month, including a potential (pretty, not necessarily dangerous) meteor shower check out Gordon Johnston’s monthly primer on astronomical happenings. As always, thanks Gordon!
    The next full Moon will be in one week, on Wednesday afternoon, May 14, 2014. The Moon will be “opposite” the Sun as seen from the Earth (i.e., 180 degrees from the Sun in Earth-based longitude) at 3:16 pm EDT. The Moon will appear full for about 3 days centered on this time,

  • Cosmos liveblog episode 9: the lost worlds of planet earth

    Not sure if I’ll get to liveblog tonight. I just arrived in nyc and need to find a place to watch in time…

    I WILL get a blog post up about this episode at some point as this is a topic near to my heart. Ironically, I’m in NYC for a meeting at which I’ll be giving a talk on this very topic. I’m my mind, early Earth is the most alien planet for which we have data.

  • Cosmos Liveblog Episode 8: Sisters of the Sun

    Looks like we’ll finally get some women involved in this whole history of space science thing. Nice!

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  • Cosmos Liveblog Episode 7: The Clean Room

    I’ll be “liveblogging” on a delay tonight, but I will post my thoughts. Stay tuned…

    Finally starting now. Pretty psyched about tonight based on the title, because my own career got started in the clean room of Ariel Anbar.

    Also, because I’m starting late I’m ditching Twitter for the night and will just post my thoughts free-form here. That means less pictures and more text.

    “There was once a man who went searching for the true age of the Earth…”

    That’s how we open! Excellent. We’re finally on geology, my “home discipline.”

    I suspect we’ll be talking a bit about radiation and radioactive elements tonight.

  • 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 moon will take on. That red will come from, as Gordon writes below, “all the sunrises and sunsets of the Earth all at once.” What’s happening there is the Sun’s light is passing through Earth’s atmosphere, getting bent a little bit, and then bouncing off