December 29, 2005
If you are reading this message, then badastronomy.com has moved
to a new server! You shouldn't see any real difference, but this
will make things easier on me.
I have more details on my blog.
December 13, 2005
I "debated" Moon Hoax purveyor Bart Sibrel on the radio Monday.
It went fairly well... for the good guys, that is. I wrote up my thoughts
on my blog.
October 31, 2005
BREAKING NEWS Pluto has three moons!
A team of researchers has found two tiny moons orbiting distant Pluto.
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, the two moons were found in May of 2005.
I have more details on
the Bad Astronomy Blog.
October 2, 2005
Tonight is another edition of
Brains on Vacation! Tune in at 7:00 Pacific time to hear astronomer
Seth Shostak and me take on another bit of scientific silliness.
September 19, 2005
The twinkies at Yahoo News are reporting that a killer cloud of
space matter will destroy the Earth in 2014. First off, no, duh,
it's not true. Second, stop emailing me about it! Third,
read my webpage about this.
the story is originally from the Weekly World News. 'nuff said.
September 4, 2005
I was on "Are We Alone" radio,
talking about Intelligent Design's setback in Utah.
Read all about it!
The interview will be available for download a few days from now.
Big Website News!
September 3, 2005
The Bad Astronomy Bulletin Board has merged with the
board from the
Universe Today to form the
Bad Astronomy and Universe Today Bulletin Board!
We did this because both our boards deal with similar topics, and
by merging we can have a bigger, and we think better community
where people can talk about everything under
over the Sun.
this new community
and talk about science, space,
and the latest news from the ground up!
August 24, 2005
Have you gotten the Mars email yet, claiming it'll be as big as the Moon
in the sky? Then you'll wanna see this.
August 10, 2005
UFO Magazine's website is reporting that UFO debunker
Philip Klass has died. I have not been able to confirm this
with any news organizations, but word is spreading around the web,
and I saw a post by my friend and fellow skeptic
Jim Oberg about it on USENET.
That's sad; he was a tireless pursuer of bunkum.
ALERT! (August 7, 2005):
I did the Brains on Vacation
segment on SETI Radio tonight at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific). The show is
called Are We Alone, and it will be available for
download soon. Check the above link for details.
July 10, 2005
The latest Hollywood blockbuster to suffer the Bad Astronomy Review
War of the Worlds.
Can even Steven Spielberg save this movie from the
goofy hype of Tom's Cruise's, um, eccentricities? Read the
review and find out!
June 27, 2005
According to Publisher's News Wire, Moon Hoax proponent (and according to some,
the originator of the idea that the Apollo landings were faked) Bill Kaysing died
in March. Kaysing was a grade-A kook, who sent me several letters over the years
asking (no, demanding) that I debate him on-air. I never replied, as that
would only encourage him to send more letters, and
I have no desire to debate
anti-scientists like he was. I am saddened by his death, and sadder that he devoted
so much effort and energy to such a collossal waste of time.
June 9, 2005
This somehow slipped between the cracks of my synapses: I did
an interview with the good folks at
a skeptical podcast. We talked about Star Wars, creationism, and various
other creduloid nonsense. It was a fun interview, and we're
planning on doing a more in-depth discussion of the evils
of creationism soon. Stay Tuned!
April 29, 2005
Astronomers have confirmed the first image ever taken
of a planet orbiting another star! See
my blog for details and the image itself.
Not Quite So Big News
(May 3, 2005)
I have added a new section to the website:
Media, where I have links to my work
in print and on the radio (and maybe other media coming soon...?).
I did this because the
"Brains on Vacation" segment I do on the
SETI radio show
"Are We Alone" is going to be a regular
feature, and it needs some web support (so I can have additional
text, links, and images).
April 3, 2005
It's taken me way too long to tackle the oldest, baddest astronomy
there is, but I finally did it.
Here is my debunking of astrology.
I've tackled this now because I wrote a brief article for
Night Sky magazine
about it, and I had, well, quite a bit more to say than I could in the
article. I don't mean for this to be the end-all debunking of astrology
(that would be approximately 87 gazillion words long) but I think it'll
give you a pretty good place to start when the topic of horoscopes come up
at your next dinner party.
January 27, 2005
I've been on a tear of getting public talks set up for the next few months.
I'm giving one in Fort Worth, a second in Los Altos Hills (California),
another in Las Cruces, New Mexico, then one in New York State
and another a week and a half later in Newark! If you live in those
areas and you want to hear me lambaste the Face on Mars or talk
about the astronomy of Hollywood movies, then
take a look on my calendar page
to get more information!
January 24, 2005
I wrote up a travelog about James Randi's "The Amaz!ng Meeting 3".
It's in the Fun section
of the site. Don't know what a skepchick is? Find out there!
January 23, 2005 In Memoriam
I am terribly sad to write that we have lost a great skeptic, humanist,
and rationalist. Johnny Carson died Sunday morning. Most people think of him
as the host of
the Tonight Show,
but he was actually a driving force behind
the scenes in the skeptic movement. By having
Carl Sagan on his show,
he catapulted Sagan to fame, and gave Sagan the chance to inspire a generation
of astronomers, including me.
was also a regular guest,
and the Tonight Show was the first time I ever saw Randi. Johnny felt
skepticism was so important that on many occasions
he donated money to Randi's foundation,
including, at Randi's second
giving Randi a check for $100,000.
He did more for people than they know. He'll be missed.
NEWS ALERT #2! January 21, 2005:
I'll be on the
Coast to Coast AM radio showtonight at 11:00 p.m. Pacific time to talk about the news alert below.
NEWS ALERT! January 21, 2005:
The Bush administration has asked NASA not to service Hubble again, and instead to
concentrate on dropping it safely into the Pacific ocean at the end of its lifetime.
This may be a political ploy to gain ground later, but it strikes me as having a ring
of truth to it. I have mixed emotions, personally: I used Hubble for many, many years, and it
has done more to bring the beauty and awe of astronomy to the public than almost
anything else. However, a new mission to refurbish it would cost over a billion
dollars in real money, and that might be best spent other ways given NASA's limited
budget (of course, I think NASA's budget should be doubled, but that is sadly not
going to play here). I also fear that this might be another thrust in
the "men not machines"
debate going on in space circles these days. Either way, we'll have to see how this plays
out in the coming few weeks. The national budget (including NASA) will be made public
in early February. In the meantime, you can discuss this topic
on the Bad Astronomy Bulletin Board, or read articles about this on
cnn.com, and NASA Watch. I was also on
Coast to Coast AM discussing this on Friday, January 21.
January 2, 2005:
I was on the December 22nd edition of the
Coast to Coast AM radio show,
discussing an asteroid that made a very close shave of Earth
Here is a webpage with
more info on the asteroids we discussed on the show.
January 2, 2005
ALERT There may be interruptions in service
for this website over the course of the evening; my webhost
is updating the computer's operating system. Everything should
be back to normal by morning.