On his Bad Astronomy blog, Phil Plait puts forth a novel theory about the mysterious location of Springfield, hometown of the Simpsons.
Every two years, the National Science Foundation asks Americans their thoughts on astrology. We don't have the numbers for 2014 yet, but back in 2012, 42 percent of Americans said that astrology was scientific — which is a bit depressing, since astrology is in no way scientific.
Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, it's every bit as excellent as it sounds.
Happy birthday, Carl Sagan! The legendary astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist and science educator would have been 78 today. To celebrate, we've rounded up a handful of our favorite Sagan posts and curated some stellar content from other websites that are honoring him today. Feel free to contribute in the comments!
When I was a kid – and who am I kidding; when I was an adult too – I made fun of the science in movies. "That's so fakey!" I would cry out loud when a spaceship roared past, or a slimy alien stalked our heroes.
Images of deep space are serenely beautiful. So much so that it's easy to forget just how immensely violent and massive everything is out there. Over at the Bad Astronomy Blog, Phil Plait shares an incredible image of the Carina Nebula, a window into the heart of the Milky Way:
Unless you're an astronaut, we're willing to bet that you have never seen the Moon depicted as stunningly as it is here. For close to three years now, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been snapping high resolution photos of the Moon's surface. Now, the Goddard Visualization Studio has used those images to…
This video of an M class solar flare condenses three hours of explosion into a dramatic 1-minute video.
Discovery Channel and Phil Plait—of Bad Astronomy fame—are on a mission to destroy wrong astronomy factoids this fall. The TV program will be called Bad Universe and, from the sneak peek, it looks fun.
At the awesome panel called "The Science Behind Science Fiction," Phil "Bad Astronomer" Plait was joined by Kevin Grazier, a rocket scientist and science adviser for Battlestar Galactica and Eureka. Grazier said that sometimes the actors on the shows are as rabid about getting the science right as he is: James…