Category Archives: Astronomy

Dear Kepler, I love you.

Kepler is the plucky little spacecraft that taught us we aren’t alone in the universe, and that planets are everywhere. It captured the imagination of farmers, citizen-scientists, and astronomers alike. This is the story of Kepler, in celebration of turning … Continue reading

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io9

I’m over on space.io9.com as a writer and quasi-editor (highlighting quality space-related content from other locations in the Gawker media universe), commenting on astronomy news and teaching space science with a health dose of irreverence and snark. Go on, check … Continue reading

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Day of the Doctor

With the Doctor Who 50th anniversary less than a day away, I’ve got a piece up on Physics Today about the astronomy and cosmology in Doctor Who. Thank you to everyone who helped with the article, particular Green College fellows … Continue reading

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2013 Dragon Con schedule — asteroids and disasters and scifi, oh my!

Officially, I’ll be visiting the Space, Science, Stargate, Science Fiction Literature, Apocalypse Rising and American Science Fiction and Fantasy Media. As always, Dragon Con schedules are subject to change with very little notice, so use the Dragon Con mobile app … Continue reading

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Summer Science Program

Do you know science-inclined high school students who would love a chance to work themselves into exhaustion this summer? The Summer Science Program teaches physics, mathematics, astronomy, and computer science while setting students on telescopes to monitor and collect data … Continue reading

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Dragon*Con: Space Track

I’m visiting the DragonCon Space Track for one panel on Friday; check my schedule for the other tracks I’ll be at during DragonCon 2012. To Boldly Go – Where? Friday, August 31: 11:30am-12:30pm Hilton 203, 2nd floor Panel & audience … Continue reading

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Extraterrestrial Mining

In my last field camp, I watched a pair of movies on aliens invading LA to exploit our resources. Skyline‘s aliens wanted our brains, and Battle Los Angeles‘s aliens were seeking water. Ignoring the big question of why the aliens … Continue reading

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Like a Zircon in the Sky

You’ve heard about the diamond stars before, at the very least in Beatles lyrics. Turns out you can’t even trust stars to be real: recent observations have found a star with large amounts of zircon, more commonly known as a … Continue reading

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Orbital Dynamics

I love orbital dynamics. The math & physics is beautiful, complex, and precise. I loved orbital dynamics when I first studied it as a wee physicist, but research into surficial cracks on Europa caught my heart and never let go. … Continue reading

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The Length of a Day

Spin in an office chair with your arms & legs sticking out, then pull your limbs in tight to spin faster. If you watched Vancouver’s Spring Olympics, you saw figure skaters slow down a spin by extending a leg, then … Continue reading

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