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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SpaceX Launches America

There is something primal, almost visceral about a rocket launch. It’s unlike anything else in the human experience.

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Thursday Throughput: First Galaxies

[ThTh1] As we look deeper into the universe, we have to look with different eyes. The expansion of the universe means that the further something is away from us, the faster it is moving...

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Mini-Troughput: The Triple Lindy Stats Flop

That was the sound of every epidemiologist, economist, mathematician, scientist,s and every virologist simultaneously face-palming and crashing to the ground in a dead faint.

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Star Wars And the Rule of Cool

As a scientist, I know everything in the Star Wars universe is ridiculous, impractical and overblown. And I don’t care one bit.

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Thursday Throughput: Great Debate Edition

The Great Debate illustrates the scientific method so beautifully. Shapley was wrong. But he won the debate because the evidence was on his side.

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COVID Clue

Too soon? Insensitive? Maybe. But imagining what COVID Clue might be like has got to better than watching another one of Trump’s insane press conferences from between my fingers.

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Thursday Throughput: A Mighty Wind Edition

As a graduate student, Hubble took data for me on my birthday. No that’s not a humblebrag. It’s a straight-up brag. Nothing humble about it.

There's obviously a long way to go before we send off our first interstellar probe. But we have a destination and a serious proposal on the table. And we have the money and the technology. It's only a matter of time and will. 5

Mini-Throughput: Visiting the Neighbors Edition

There’s obviously a long way to go before we send off our first interstellar probe. But we have a destination and a serious proposal on the table. And we have the money and the technology. It’s only a matter of time and will.

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Thursday Throughput: Io Edition

The Era of Classical Astronomy — from Galileo through Newton — was full of these kind of elegant experiments to measure the shape and size of the solar system, the distance to the nearest stars and the speed of light

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It’s Not Time…Yet

The options before us are not “burn the economy down through quarantine” and “burn the economy down through an epidemic”.

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Virus-Free Thursday Throughput

So as long as you don’t dive into the deep motion, dig a meter into the sand and then get intimate with it, you should be fine and not get Chlamydia

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The Stark Simplicity of Hungry, Hungry Hippos

As much as I love the complex, there are times when I just don’t need to be stuffing yet more information into my already over-crowded cerebrum. So, yes, there are times when I’m in the mood for Hungry Hungry Hippos.

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Thursday Throughput: Are We Alone Edition?

The sheer number of planets in our Galaxy makes the existence of extraterrestrial life very likely. And the number of planets in our Galaxy — indeed the Universe — is not speculation; it is increasingly solid hairy fact.