Phil Plait blogs at Bad Astronomy, where he deconstructs misconceptions and explores the wonder of the universe.
Phil Plait is the Bad Astronomer. Not a bad astronomer, but a blogger for Slate who debunks myths and misconceptions about astronomy -- and also writes about the beauty, wonder and importance of fundamental research.
He worked for six years on the Hubble Space Telescope, and directed public outreach for the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. He is a past president of the James Randi Educational Foundation, and was the host of Phil Plait's Bad Universe, a documentary series on the Discovery Channel.
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"I now know how many gallons of milk would be produced by a supernova, and that experiencing death by asteroid has a 1 in 700,000 chance of happening per lifetime."Nancy Atkinson, Universe Today
“If you took every nuclear weapon ever built at the height of the Cold War, lumped them together and blew them up at the same time, that would be one one-millionth of the energy released at that moment.”— on the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs
“Sixty-five million years ago the dinosaurs had a bad day.”
“The difference between the dinosaurs and us is that we have a space program and we can vote.”— quoting Larry Niven