November 21, 2011, 5:00 pm
Posted by: Matt

Also known as ‘The Bad Astronomer’, Phil Plait is a scientist, skeptic,  author, blogger, and TV personality. He’s served as president of the James Randi Educational Foundation, written two books titled ‘Bad Astronomy’ (debunking abuses of science in general and astronomy in particular) and ‘Death from the Skies’ (detailing the various ways the universe might put an end to our little rock), And Hosted his own Discovery Documentary series called “Phil Plait’s Bad Universe”. He’s been featured in Episodes of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit!, he’s workd on the COBE and Hubble telescopes, and he travells regularly to speak at science and skepticism events around the globe. He is most commonly found dedicating his time to sharing discoveries and clearing up misunderstandings or misrepresentations of science on his Discover Magazine blog Bad Astronomy.

Phil will be calling in at 6:00PM, so make sure to be online, because this is a call that you won’t want to miss! If you have anything you’d like to ask Phil, please don’t hesitate to post it below.


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38 Comments on “Guest Call: Phil Plait”

  1. What is your stance on erotic Star Trek fan fiction?

    By Sash - November 21st, 2011 5:02 pm
  2. Dear Doctor Phil, I’ve been having trouble with my girlfriend, can you help me?

    By Terra - November 21st, 2011 5:03 pm
  3. Hi Phil. I was told to tell you Professor Pickett says Hi! How small are the exoplanets are we spotting these days?

    By Brad Bodee - November 21st, 2011 5:10 pm
  4. Being a scientist, do you ever find it difficult to watch sci-fi TV shows or movies while keeping a straight face? Have you ever burst out laughing after hearing all of that technical jargon on Star Trek?

    By MojoJojo - November 21st, 2011 5:12 pm
  5. Team Edison or team Tesla

    By sweeks - November 21st, 2011 5:13 pm
  6. Oh, and Kirk or Picard?

    By MojoJojo - November 21st, 2011 5:13 pm
  7. Dear Doctor Phil, are you a space Mythbuster? If not, why not?

    Also, what is your favorite “abuse of science” or common misconception?

    By hup - November 21st, 2011 5:14 pm
  8. Hello Dr. Plait. I’m a senior in Physics graduating in May with zero interest in grad school. What careers are available/what should be the next step for me?

    By Sterlic - November 21st, 2011 5:15 pm
  9. What is you favourite way the world could end?

    By The Heavenator - November 21st, 2011 5:16 pm
  10. What is the craziest astronomy theory you’ve ever seen that you’ve had to debunk?

    Also, Oliver Wendell Jones from Bloom County or Jason Fox from Foxtrot?

    By BillTheCat - November 21st, 2011 5:18 pm
  11. Do you think we will see the breaking of light speed by the end of our generation?

    By Blasterboy - November 21st, 2011 5:34 pm
  12. Go on and rave about how good Contact was.

    By JackSlack - November 21st, 2011 5:53 pm
  13. Dear Dr. Plait:

    What are your thoughts on the new upcoming Cosmos series with Neil DeGrasse Tyson?

    By TSC - November 21st, 2011 6:02 pm
  14. Does bacon have a place in space?

    By midnightbacon - November 21st, 2011 6:03 pm
  15. Seems to me that bosons and non-bosons (hadrons and leptons) are very disparate creatures. When reading about the Standard Model, the difference between these two families of particules is always given in terms of quantum spin, where bosons have an integer spin number and non-bosons have a fractional spin number. My question is what is quantum spin and how does it give rise to such disparate families of particules? I have asked people this before, and have never gotten a completely satisfactory answer.

    By lirelent - November 21st, 2011 6:03 pm
  16. What do you think of schools teaching both intelligent design and evolution together in science class to our kids?

    By rob88 - November 21st, 2011 6:09 pm
  17. can you tell me why arn’t sending any more people to the moon?

    By carl - November 21st, 2011 6:09 pm
  18. Should I refer to you as Dr. Phil or Dr. Dr Phil?

    By QMi6 - November 21st, 2011 6:09 pm
  19. Hey Phil, have you had any recent encounters with the types of pseudoscience you used to deal with pretty often?

    By Ivraatiems - November 21st, 2011 6:09 pm
  20. So, how about about them neutrinos?

    By Dan - November 21st, 2011 6:10 pm
  21. You may have heard of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. If you have watched it (as you well should), who is your favorite pony? If you haven’t watched it. what do you think of the fandom?

    By AngryPeanut - November 21st, 2011 6:10 pm
  22. Dear Dr. Professor Astronomer Extraordinaire, what do you think of the recent ‘supporting’ experiment for the faster than light neutrino?

    By BrainStew - November 21st, 2011 6:10 pm
  23. Why do people put so much faith in astrology? And why can’t we have Ophiuchus in the Zodiac? Ophiuchus kicks major bus.

    By JD Niemand - November 21st, 2011 6:11 pm
  24. Actually, in reply to Carl (#17) are we losing anything by not mounting manned space missions these days? Or have telescopes and other remote visioning systems basically filled the role?

    By JackSlack - November 21st, 2011 6:12 pm
  25. Favorite Pony?

    By esahcb - November 21st, 2011 6:12 pm
  26. Do you think this is the only universe in existence, or are there other universes?

    By Dan - November 21st, 2011 6:14 pm
  27. As an astrophysics major, I’m interested in what your favorite weird/wonderous oddity in the universe?

    By Berenzen - November 21st, 2011 6:14 pm
  28. what about getting place to place faster then the speed of light, without traveling faster then the speed of light? like wormholes?

    By carl - November 21st, 2011 6:15 pm
  29. If you could send a manned mission to anywhere in the universe (ignoring the feasibility of getting there in a reasonable amount of time), where would you send it?

    By Capybara - November 21st, 2011 6:16 pm
  30. Dear Dr. Plait, can you give me a brief opinion about the current Russian and Chinese Space Programs?

    By YepImAPerson - November 21st, 2011 6:20 pm
  31. Who is the better astronaut, Buzz Aldrin or Buzz Lightyear?

    By Chris - November 21st, 2011 6:21 pm
  32. For a better question, do you think commercial space travel will be feasible within the next 100 years?

    By Dan - November 21st, 2011 6:22 pm
  33. What is your stance on mormon underwear?

    By Gawr - November 21st, 2011 6:22 pm
  34. What would it look like to be inside of a nebula?

    By MojoJojo - November 21st, 2011 6:26 pm
  35. Other than the hourglass you showed earlier, what’s your favorite astronomy photo taken so far? Fomalhaut? Deep Field?

    Also, what are your comments on the James Webb Space Telescope being funded again? Excitement and glee!?

    By Grizzler - November 21st, 2011 6:27 pm
  36. What is your opinion on the man who stole the moon rocks to have sex with his fiance on top of them and officially say he was the first man to have sex on the moon?

    By Gawr - November 21st, 2011 6:30 pm
  37. Dear Dr. Plait, what is the funniest example of bad science (besides the moon landing conspiracy) that you have ever heard?

    By YepImAPerson - November 21st, 2011 6:30 pm
  38. Are you into the wonderful magic of ponies?

    By Jrod Twodolla - November 21st, 2011 6:31 pm
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