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'Bad Astronomer' coming to Science Center

Published Wednesday, 4th January 2012

'Bad Astronomer' coming to Science Center

World-renowned astronomer, blogger, media commentator and lecturer Dr. Phil Plait will deliver an interactive lecture entitled "Death from the Skies" 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at www.tjc.edu/CESSE.

He will also serve as special guest speaker at TJC’s spring convocation Tuesday morning.

Dr. Plait, who goes by the nickname "The Bad Astronomer," is a regular expert commentator on matters of astronomy. He is the founder of www.BadAstronomy.com, a website and blog dedicated to clearing up public misconceptions about astronomy and space science in movies, the news, print, and on the Internet. Dr. Plait also debunks several pseudoscientific theories related to space and astronomy, such as Planet X, Richard Hoagland's theories, and most famously, the moon landing "hoax."

He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Virginia in 1984.

Not only did he spend 10 years working on the Hubble Space Telescope, but Dr. Plait also spent six more years working on NASA-sponsored public outreach programs at Sonoma State University.

He is a frequent guest on many science radio and TV shows and is the science consultant for the film "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity," an intriguing look into the facts and theory surrounding mysterious black holes in space. "Black Holes" is presently showing at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC.

For more information about the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC, visit www.tjc.edu/CESSE.

Author
Fred M. Peters

Date
1/4/2012

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