November 15, 2014, 9:00 am
Posted by: Heather

phil_plait Phil Plait will be calling into Desert Bus at 11am PST on Saturday, November 15th.

Phil Plait, PhD, is an American astronomer and the mind behind the science blog Bad Astronomy. While the blog has an astronomy focus, Phil also writes about skepticism, pseudoscience, and antiscience topics. This blog was hosted by Discover Magazine, near the end of 2012 it changed hosts to Slate Magazine.

He is the author of, “Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing “Hoax”“, which covers debunking astronomy-related urban legends, and “Death from the Skies!: These are the Ways the World Will End“, describing ways astronomical events could wipe out all life on Earth.

It was announced in early November that Phil is set to become a host for a new astronomy series on the Crash Course Youtube channel. This series will also be distributed through PBS’s Youtube network and into classrooms through PBS LearningMedia.

There’s also an asteroid named after him.

Have a question for Phil? Leave them in the comments below! 

21 Comments on “Guest Call-in: Phil Plait”

  1. Three questions:

    1) What’s the current story with the bonus KBO exploration extension for the New Horizons mission? Last I heard there were a number of candidate objects.

    2) Which current or planned space exploration mission excites you the most, and why?

    3) What can countries with smaller space programs and fewer resources, like Canada, do to contribute to space exploration?

    By Arclight_Dynamo - November 15th, 2014 9:52 am
  2. What astronomical tidbits do you find absolutely fascinating that even other astronomers find boring?

    By Jimrabbit - November 15th, 2014 10:07 am
  3. What is your opinion on the viability of establishing a habitable moon or mars base?

    Also, are there planets in our solar system that it would be easier to build space elevators on?

    By Dedwrekka - November 15th, 2014 10:07 am
  4. How in-depth will your new Crash Course series be?

    What are your feelings on the Rosetta/Philae landing and what it means for the scientific community?

    By Kat - November 15th, 2014 10:09 am
  5. what have we found out from the Rosetta landing that is interesting to you? What information is still to come?

    By King__of__Spades - November 15th, 2014 10:11 am
  6. What are you’re feelings on all of the Anti – GMO hysteria that has been going on?

    By AlucardsQueen - November 15th, 2014 10:12 am
  7. Now that we have landed a robot on a comet, how long until we land a full-sized charter bus on a comet and drive it for at least 8 straight hours?

    If you could observe any massive space disaster from within an indestructible rocket which would you choose to see up close?

    By BillTheCat - November 15th, 2014 10:16 am
  8. Have you seen Interstellar and if so what are your thoughts on the science of it?

    By Lord Wolfwood - November 15th, 2014 10:24 am
  9. While there are black holes… can white holes exist?

    By Thad - November 15th, 2014 10:25 am
  10. What is your opinion on the colonization of other planets?

    By Mobiusmech - November 15th, 2014 10:25 am
  11. Dear Dr Plait.

    Space is pretty small and there isnt really anything worth doing there now that we have landed on the moon right?

    By Lord Hosk - November 15th, 2014 10:30 am
  12. Is it possible that there is a way to cross interstellar space faster than the speed of light? Because the cosmos is too large to explore within physical realities and constraints.

    By Adeel - November 15th, 2014 10:32 am
  13. What do you think the next manned project in our solar system ought to be? What do you think it really will be? Why the difference (if any)?

    By Sylenctone - November 15th, 2014 10:35 am
  14. Since I should actually be working on a seminar paper on exoplanets, I’m quite grateful that I can now justify watching Desert Bus:
    How do you think the results of the Rosetta mission will influence our theories on the formation of the solar system? Also, which is your favourite exoplanet?

    By Avayu - November 15th, 2014 10:41 am
  15. I think Mars is boring and wish we would send a bunch of robots to Europa or Titan instead. Your thoughts?

    By MRohde - November 15th, 2014 10:44 am
  16. James wanted to ask what’s your favourite sandwhich?

    By Kat - November 15th, 2014 10:52 am
  17. What’s the next logical step in human space exploration?

    By Redbeard - November 15th, 2014 10:53 am
  18. Do harpoons work on comets?

    By Noy2222 - November 15th, 2014 10:53 am
  19. What do you think of the recent launch explosion, especially in regards to budget trimming and NASA’s outsourced shuttles?

    By LlewellynZ - November 15th, 2014 10:57 am
  20. a cuttlery set made from metal found in meteorites. good idea or bad idea?

    By AJ - November 15th, 2014 11:03 am
  21. how big is the NASA – ESA rivalry?

    By Redbeard - November 15th, 2014 11:17 am
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