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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11/11 So stay tuned. I’m sure there’ll be interest in this, whether it’s to more closely examine these results or to get more observations to see if they hold up. We’ll find out if we were right all along, or if we have to rethink stuff. Either way, fun!

I know, shocking, but I have two self-serving tweets coming atcha.

1: A new BA newsletter issue (for paid subs) has popped into existence! I wrote a zombie microfic, and talk about why sand dunes don’t catch up to to each other. Subscribe here (there are free issues too): ?

b: Right now my book “Death from the Skies!” is just $6.99 for the e-version. Check your online booksellers, like or

All of these “which house would you quarantine in” quizzes are the cootie catchers of 2020.

The European/Japanese mission BepiColumbo is using Earth for a gravity assist to get it to Mercury. It’s approaching us now, and returned images made into this GIF, and it’s WOW.

The Earth flyby is tomorrow. Here’s the plan for BepIColombo, but note the graphic is super not to scale.

… aaaannnnnnd, I just got the 40th anniversary remastered soundtrack. Listening to it now. John Williams is just a master of this.

The good folks at @PencilsOfPromis  — who provide education to kids around the globe — asked me to give a short virtual commencement speech to the Class of 2020. Here it is. #PoPUpGraduation 

@PencilsOfPromis  If you’re graduating, tag @PencilsOfPromis  here (or PencilsOfPromise on IG) in a video of you celebrating! Use the hashtag #PoPUpGraduation , and they’ll randomly select one for me to give a special graduation message. :) They accept donations, too. Follow their handle for more.

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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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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.

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.

A lovely family portrait, created by @bhgross144 .

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