They tell us we’re living in a post-truth world, whatever that’s supposed to mean. All I know is that there’s a growing number of people who look at the vast store of human knowledge, and reject it. People who hear experts speak on science, politics, medicine, and say “Nope! I saw a YouTube about this, and I know better!”. And there’s no starker demonstration of this than the modern flat-earther. How does this happen? What makes sane adults, with an education … Continue reading →
2016 has almost come to an end, making it time for the Christmas edition of the Carnival of Space! A lot has happened in space science and astronomy this year, so it’s fitting that this should be an extra well packed bumper edition with plenty of articles for you to enjoy as you unwind from the madness of yesterdays festivities!
Some months back, the Astronomical Society of South Africa (ASSA) decided use the upcoming partial annular solar eclipse to promote astronomy in South Africa, and perhaps drum up a few new members for ASSA. Now ASSA has decades of experience with public outreach, but they wanted to try something new: video. My brief, as a committee volunteer, was to help them to live-stream an eclipse. Overall, we felt we’d succeeded in the end, but there were definitely some lessons worth learning. … Continue reading →
Another week, another Carnival of Space. It’s an interesting time for Urban Astronomer, what with weather interfering with our plans at helping out with an international amateur collaboration to measure the distances to asteroids and the announcement date for our next big secret project looming (it’s a podcast. Launching next year, in February. Don’t tell anybody! Shh!). We’re so busy, but not producing any visible results. But soon the new year will roll around, the weather will change, our funding situation … Continue reading →