Snapshots from Space

By Phil Plait | March 16, 2012 1:14 pm

My pal Emily Lakdawalla from The Planetary Society has started making a series of short videos about astronomy and space science. She’s made one about NASA images, seasons on Mars, and now this one on asteroid impacts:

And she’s wearing an SMBC shirt!

These are pretty good: short, informative, and I’d bet useful in the classroom as well. Emily writes The Planetary Society blog, too, so you should make sure that’s in your RSS feed. And subscribe to their YouTube channel, too!

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Space

Comments (7)

  1. Is it wrong for me to say that I noticed the ring on her left ringfinger and said, “Aw, darn”?

  2. Wzrd1

    Not at all, tracer. I notice rings on fingers, but further considerations are not permitted, as I’m happily married. :)

  3. Utakata


    Not so much rings, but a lot of syllables in her last name. Which to my understanding exeeds the average count found in a Japanese last name.

    …plus the subject of her discussion which has the potential for our impending doom, tends to distract me from matters of one’s jewely adornment. Unlesss of coarse, if it’s an oddly placed and painful looking peircing.

  4. D. Cadman

    @tracer no it’s not wrong, so long as your single and age appropriate ūüėČ now for me, well, not being age appropriate the reaction was, darn, where was her mother when I was younger LOL

    but seriously, unless I missed it, did Phil have a recent post on the WISE release of the New Galactic Atlas, and the finding of the Trojan Asteroids near Earth, and other planets; Wired has an short article from Mar. 14th;

  5. Monkey

    My experience in a classroom suggests that we need more of these <5min clips that bang out a piece of information, make it quirky, tell why it matters. So often the dreary catalog of science films that schools burden their libraries (real and e-libraries) with are simply a waste. I got more out of Phil's (now very old…) little clips about astronomy and stuff like this (even a 3 min clip of B. Cox explaining particles of matter…to a grade 9 class…) than I ever did from a 1 hour Discovery epic video.

    Start class – show clip – kids are into it – add some info/background….move to what is on the block for the day. Next day, ask them about the video. Something simple like "hey, in yesterdays video do you remember what X said about light?". Review, without it being a traditional review (quizzes….what a waste of time)…move on. They not only learn, they like it. Grade 8 through 12 all respond the same. I would even show astronomy clips in biology class. When they are short enough, and inclusive, they can fit anywhere.

  6. Silentbob

    @ 1 tracer

    Is it wrong for me to say that I noticed the ring on her left
    ringfinger and said, “Aw, darn”?

    OK, sorry to be the killjoy, but I’m going to stick my neck out here and say, Yes, it is wrong.

    You have to understand that it is a constant source of annoyance to many women in science (and other fields) that men seem to place an inordinate amount of importance on their attractiveness/availability.

    I know you meant it as a compliment, but I strongly suspect if Emily saw that the first comment on her video boiled down to a comment on how desirable she was, she would be more exasperated or disheartened than encouraged.

    I can’t blame you for feeling that way, but given the historical difficulties women have had being taken seriously in science, I honestly think it would be more respectful to keep your thoughts to yourself.


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