Category: outreach

A silly little video I made…

… with a not-so-little Saturn V. Starring Pluto Little Dippy, last semester’s mascot for Dark Skies, Bright Kids. We’re doing a kickoff party today for a new school, yay! If you don’t hear from me in a few days, it’s…

Astronomy Songs – Part I

For those of you that follow along on twitter, a little while ago I asked for some help finding space and astronomy songs for our Dark Skies, Bright Kids end of semester party. And did I mention that my twitter…

Unicorns and Starry Nights

This semester, a number of astronomers at UVa are participating in a project called Dark Skies, Bright Kids.  Each week, a group head out to a local elementary school and do astronomy-related project with the third, fourth, and fifth graders…

Skepticism 102

I had long ago promised to write about what came out of Skeptrack at Dragon*Con. It’s taken some time to process, and there have been many other distractions (life, work, etc) but here I finally begin… I’ve written previously about…

Dragon*Con Post-Op

Holy. Frakkin. Wow. So, I attended, no, experienced my very first Dragon*Con. It was on a scale of something that I have never seen before. Tens of thousands of freaks and geeks, many in costume, descended upon downtown Atlanta to…

Dr. SETI and "Cosmic Carl"

Fans of Skepticality (and let’s face it, who doesn’t love Derek and Swoopy?) know that the latest podcast includes an interview with Daniel Loxton, editor of Junior Skeptic and the man behind “Where Do We Go From Here?” and “What…

Marking the PAPER Trail

So last week I finally got out to Green Bank, West Virginia, to do some field work on our array, PAPER, or the Precision Array to Probe the Epoch of Reionization. It’s quite nice to run around outside and work…