Phil Plait

Phil Plait


SCIENCE! I love this stuff. My Bad Astronomy blog: https://t.co/7kkmlXW1jN I use "likes" for bookmarks. No endorsement implied.

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My friend @Sekhmet_12th  has been diagnosed with cancer. She is a tireless speak-outer for science and astronomy. She has a @gofundme  campaign set up to help her with costs, which are daunting. I helped. Would you, too, please?

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The Sun is getting low, so don’t forget to look for Perseid meteors tonight!

RU Lupi is a very young star with planets forming around it in a disk of material. But that disk has a grand spiral pattern in it extending out for 150 BILLION km! That’s *huge*. And no one knows why.

You know how the Andromeda galaxy will collide with the Milky Way in 4.6 billion years? It turns out that collision has already started: Both galaxies are surrounded by giant haloes which already overlap by hundreds of thousands of light years.

Literally big news: LIGO/Virgo detected the biggest black hole merger ever! Two huge black holes ate each other, leaving behind an even huger one: An elusive "intermediate mass" black hole, with more than *140* times the mass of the Sun.

Happy #StarTrekDay ! On this day in 1966 Star Trek premiered, and close to *800* episodes across various series have aired since. It's been an inspiration to many, many people, including me.

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At 1:30 Pacific time Wil Wheaton will interview @GeorgeTakei  and @RodRoddenberry  to talk about the original series. I like all three of these fellas so I'll be watching. #StarTrekDay  #StarTrekUnitedGives 

Astronomers have found the first intact planet orbiting a white dwarf! This is a big deal! That's weird enough, but you wanna know something *truly* bizarre? THE PLANET IS BIGGER THAN THE STAR! (sorry for shouting. But it's extraordinarily cool)

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As a scientist, a science communicator, and a human being on Earth, let me be very clear: There is no such thing as an alternative fact.

This is real: 11 Oregon GOP senators have fled, and one is threatening to kill police officers, because *they don’t want to vote on a carbon tax*. This is what science denial and fossil fuel graft have brought us to. This is what we must fight if we want to save our future.

No human on the planet has lived through a hotter July. Ever.

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How to be absolutely 100% rock-solid completely positive you're on the wrong side of history. [via @ChuckWendig  and @MattNegrin ]

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Roses are red, But that's not quite true, They absorb every wavelength of the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, *Except* for that hue.

This is quite simply one of the most spectacular astronomical mages I have ever seen. A baby planet is forming in a disk of dust around a nearby star, creating huge spiral arm patterns as it grows.

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A lovely family portrait, created by @bhgross144 .

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