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.


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.


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.