Author: Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.
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Thursday Throughput: Dark Matter Edition

Dark energy, which comprises a whopping 70% of the universe, is something we are only beginning to formulate questions about, let alone understand.

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Thursday Throughput: Proxima Cen Edition

What happened here was that the team got a signal that can’t be easily ruled out as interference. That doesn’t mean it’s aliens.

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Worlds Are Colliding!!!

Enjoy the “Christmas Star”. The ancients thought such conjunctions were portent. Let’s hope this one portends a better 2021.

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All the President’s Myths

We believe numbers. They convey an authority that seems objective. But numbers can also reflect the biases & deceptions of those who produce them.

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Mini-Throughput: The Reality of a Vaccine

If everything pans out-and I caution the ice still a bit precarious-Dec 8, 2020 will go down as one of the great dates in human history.

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Thursday Throughput: Masks Edition

They have been doing this garbage for almost a year now: cherry-picking single weak studies that support their point and ignoring the massive swaths of studies that dispute them.

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The Great Barrington Declaration

The Barrington approach won’t bring back lost jobs. It won’t restore failed businesses. It probably won’t even achieve herd immunity.

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Space Junk

The Space Age has brought us miracles. Losing those abilities would be devastating. And losing a future of lunar bases, asteroid exploration and deep space missions would be a tragic cap on human ambition.

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Thursday Throughput: Bigger Better Earths Edition

We are in the early days of an exciting phase of astrophysics: an age of exploration of planets outside our solar system. The science has been moving fast. It’s going to start moving even faster.