Astronomer and Bad Astronomy blogger

Guest Bio

Phil is an astronomer, science communicator, and massive science fiction fan. Inspired by "Star Trek" and "Lost in Space" when he was a kid, Phil became a professional astronomer using Hubble Space Telescope when he grew up. He eventually figured out he liked talking about astronomy more than working in a lab, and is now one of the world's leading astronomy writers and evangelizers. He wrote and hosted the web series "Crash Course Astronomy" (now at 20+ million views) and was the head science writer for "Bill Nye Saves the World" on Netflix. His Bad Astronomy blog, where writes about astronomy, space, and politics, has been around as long as the web has, and is now hosted at Syfy Wire. He lives in Boulder County with his wife and four adorable goats.

Schedule Information

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Panel Information

Asteroid impacts! Cometary debris! Extinction level events! These are the ways the world might end, and these are the topics of “Death from the Skies!”, a scientifically-based but fun look at giant impacts from cosmic objects. Astronomer Phil Plait talks about how these events have shaped our history, how they may do so again, and why Hollywood always seems to get them wrong. And lest you think it’s all doom and gloom, it's possible to prevent a huge impact from ruining our whole day... if we choose to do so.