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    The big one is coming

    Total solar eclipse of November 2012, photographed from Queensland, Australia. Click image to enlarge THE INTERNETS OVERHYPE everything, and everything includes astronomical events. Take, for example, last month’s full moon-eclipse-comet incident. Online media had a whale of a time with that one, with headlines national and otherwise trumpeting it as a Triple Treat, a Stargazer’s Delight, a […]

    Yes, quantum physics is weird, but let’s not lose our senses

    Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment designed to point out the silliness of over-interpreting quantum mechanics. It was devised in 1935. Alas: the silliness remains This Atlantic article was published back in April but it has come to my attention only recently. Two friends have independently sent it to me in the last month and asked […]

    Interview with Doug Pagitt: Dark galaxies, exoplanets, and why working scientists don’t pooh-pooh Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Artist’s conception of sunset on Proxima b. Its sun, Proxima Centauri, orbits the stars Alpha and Beta Centauri (the faint pair). Proxima Centauri is the closest star to us (after the Sun of course). Image credit: European Southern Observatory Doug Pagitt has revived his podcast and given it a catchy new title: Tick Talk Take with Doug […]

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    The world is not finite: final questions from the youth of Edina

    Master Bertram, Grabow Altarpiece (detail showing the creation of the beasts), c. 1383. I love how the lower section of the robe has been made to look like the sea Greetings, dear readers. I’ve had a very busy month of traveling and speaking and teaching and lots of other gerunds too. But no writing. It’s […]

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