What was new at Bad Astronomy in 2002?
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November 20, 2002
I just finished an interview on National Public Radio about the Moon Hoax. Also on was be Jim Oberg, the author of the Moon Hoax book that NASA decided not to fund, and Moon Hoax curmudgeon Ralph Rene. The show aired live but is archived on their website. On the show's main page are links to summaries, highlights and a forum where people are posting on the topic.
Old Stuff from Nov. 20, 2003:
The NPR show is live, and airs at 11:00 to noon (Eastern US time) on Friday, which is today as many of you read this. Sorry about the late notice; I've been busy. The show will be archived at "The Connection" website, so you can always listen to it later. Knowing how confrontational both Jim and Rene are, this could be fun...
Here are the links:
November 15, 2002:
November 13, 2002:
November 11, 2002:
October 31, 2002:
October 18, 2002: ALERT: Last night I gave a talk at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. I signed a copy of a well-thumbed book for a young boy before the talk. If you are that boy, please email me (email@example.com)! I want to ask you a question. Thanks!
October 16, 2002
September 15, 2002:
I was interviewed for the TV station TechTV about this, and the segment will air tonight, Tuesday September 17, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern (US) time. Here is a TechTV page about the segment.
August 22, 2002: Have you heard about a rogue planet called Planet X or Nibiru that is supposed to pass by the Earth next year and cause all sorts of calamities? It's becoming pretty popular on the web right now from all manners of doomsayers, whose grasp of basic science might be best described as tenuous. If you want actual facts about the situation, then read my pages debunking this latest non-event.
August 11, 2002:
July 22, 2002: If you are coming here from the "A.M. Coast to Coast" show, welcome! If not, then you should know that from 11:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m. (Pacific time) on Monday night/Tuesday morning I will be on the radio show "A.M. Coast to Coast" (you can also listen on the web). Here are some links on this site that may interest you:
July 6, 2002
A Bad Astronomy Two-fer! Two reviews for you to peruse:
June 12, 2002: Yahoo!News reported about a planet discovered around a nearby star. Somehow, though, in their report, it's not a planet, nor is it nearby.
June 9, 2002: If you are coming here from the "A.M. Coast to Coast" show, welcome! If not, then you should know that from 11:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m. on Sunday night/Monday morning I will be on the radio show "A.M. Coast to Coast" (you can also listen on the web). Here are some links on this site that may interest you:
June 6, 2002: I am currently attending a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There is usually a lot of good news stories from these meetings, and this one is no exception. I have written two stories so far for astronomy.com, the online version of Astronomy Magazine:
I'll probably have another one written soon, perhaps in two weeks, so check back here for more info.
May 18, 2002:
May 15, 2002: On Friday, May 17 I will debate the infamous Bart Sibrel on WRUV (FM 90.1), a station out of Burlington. This should be... interesting. Check out Mr. Sibrel's (grossly incorrect) website first, and then the rebuttal at www.clavius.org, as well as Jim McDade's rebuttal to Sibrel.
The show will be live on Friday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern (8:00 a.m. Pacific). You can listen to the debate live on WRUV's website as well. You'll need RealPlayer (which is free), and you can download from WRUV's website.
April 8, 2002
Evidently, the chapter in my book about UFOs ruffled some feathers
in the UFO community.
Take a look here.
March 28, 2002: I have updated my calendar, including several public events where I will be speaking.
March 17, 2002: If you came here after watching the Pax TV show "Encounters with the Unexplained", welcome! If you want more info about the Moon hoax, and exactly why it is wrong (despite what Kaysing and Sibrel say), read my Moon hoax debunking page.
March 16, 2002: I will be on TV Sunday night on the Pax TV show "Encounters with the Unexplained", debunking the Moon Hoax. See my calendar for more info.
Also, an article I wrote about the Moon hoax was recently published in Muse Magazine, a wonderful kids 'zine. I've written for them a few times and it's always been fun.
March 10, 2002
UPDATE! January 31, 2002: From the NASA website: "NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) re-entered the Earth's atmosphere at approximately 11:15 p.m. EST Wednesday. According to calculations made by the United States Space Command Space Control Center, EUVE re-entered the atmosphere over central Egypt... The object was not designed to survive re-entry intact and was expected to break apart and mostly burn up in the atmosphere. U.S. Space Command cannot confirm if any pieces survived re-entry. "
January 29, 2002: Two big items today!
January 21, 2002: I'll be on TechTV again on Thursday. Read my calendar for more info.
January 9, 2002: I have started a Bad Astronomy email newsletter! It contains website updates, news, dates and locations of any public appearances I'll be making, etc. You can check it out, or click the fancy Yahoo!Groups button on the right to sign right up for it, or just plop your email address into the form below.
Update (March 10, 2002): Over 1000 people have joined since January! Remember, I tend to send these out before I update the website, so you can get pertinent info early that way.
January 7, 2002: I'd like to personally thanks everyone who emailed me about a small error in an article on CNN's website. They had erroneously referred to the "the dark side of the Moon" when they meant "far side" (the CNN article can be found here, and an explanation of the difference between dark and far side is on my own website). I emailed the editors at the CNN website and they quickly fixed the article. My kudos both to my Bad Readers and to the good folks at CNN for their response. It's nice to know that it is possible to make a difference.
January 5, 2002: I'd like to give my readers a head's up on a new skeptical show called "The Conspiracy Zone". It airs on TNN Sundays at 9:00 p.m., and the premier is tomorrow as I write this. I have a bit of inside knowledge about this show and I think it is very funny. Kevin Nealon hosts, and it presents both sides of conspiracies, including UFOs, Elvis' death, JFK, you-name-it. I don't know if they will do a Moon Hoax show or not, but I hope to find out soon. The show has a website too, so check it out!
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