Step right up, folks! Do I have a treat for you! I’m going to introduce two amazing gentlemen, whose creations you must see to believe.
Let’s start with Phil Plait of Discover Magazine’s Bad Astronomy blog, which features great writing and awesome photos and videos.
|See what I mean? Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA|
Phil is the ultimate space geek, and I mean that in a good way. His background includes 10 years working on the Hubble Space Telescope and another half-decade teaching about astronomy. He knows whereof he speaks, but his knowledge is not limited to space topics. Politics, medicine, environmental issues, education - he tackles it all.
Phil is a self-acknowledged skeptic, basing his opinions on scientific fact rather than “the sky is falling” hyperbole. He loves bursting the balloons of people who rely on scare tactics to gain followers. Phil can be angry, sarcastic, forlorn or funny, but he is always sincere and informative, and his readers always walk away knowing more than they did before. Some of his posts are controversial, not that there's anything wrong with that.
I confess that my intellect is minuscule compared to Phil's. He knows a lot about a lot. I don't understand everything he writes, but it's so interesting! And I love that he believes that "science answers the questions posed by the imagination."
I’ve always had an interest in astronomy, but a strictly on an amateur level. Actually, whatever is below “amateur” – I don’t even own a telescope. Let’s just say I’m an appreciator of astronomy. I’d love to take a class sometime, but astronomy involves that most horrible of all tortures – math! I’ll just let Phil do all the work.
Please visit Bad Astronomy today; it’s worth the trip and you won’t even have to leave the Earth’s orbit!
I discovered our next guest on Phil’s blog. If you never visit another web site, you must go to this one (no offense, Phil!). Chris Kotsiopoulos is a photographer in Greece whose work is simply stunning. Here’s what grabbed my attention:
|Is this not one of the most fabulous photos you've ever seen? It was taken during a lunar eclipse, thus the moon's red hue. Photo by Chris Kotsiopoulos|
Chris' web site, "dedicated to the magic and beauty of the overhead sky," is filled with one jaw-dropping image after another..Do yourself a favor and visit it soon, but be prepared to spend some time browsing. Click here and prepare to be amazed!
Please pass this on to every knowledge seeker and lover of beauty you know. You don't have to mention my blog, just steer them to these great sites.