Big news: Bad Astronomy is moving to Slate magazine

By Phil Plait | November 2, 2012 12:32 pm

I have a rather big announcement to make: the Bad Astronomy Blog is moving to Slate magazine on November 12!

I’ve been writing at Discover Magazine for over four years, and it’s been a great ride. From the moment the phone first rang early in 2008 – then-CEO Henry Donahue calling me asking if I’d be interested in joining their nascent blog collective – to this very day, I’ve had so much fun working for this grand science magazine. I’ve posted something like 4600 blog articles since then – can I get a Holy Haleakala from the choir? – which is a whole lot of science, astronomy, Doctor Who, and antiscience smashery. I’m proud of my work here, and grateful for the support I’ve received from Discover.

But, as Q said to Picard, all good things must come to an end. Slate is already a major voice in politics, economics, and social issues, and they cover science as well. Since I do tend to speak my mind on every topic in which I’m interested – and that includes politics, religion, what-have-you – it’s a natural fit.

This is bittersweet, to be sure, as any big change can be. I’m excited about this new chapter in my blogging life as well as sad about leaving Discover. I’ve made many friends here, and I have great hopes for their future. All the Discover blogs are and will remain in my feed reader, and I will always check them every day.

Science covers the whole Universe – that’s rather the point – so there’s room for lots of science coverage. You could do a lot worse than read 80 Beats, Cosmic Variance, The Crux, Discoblog, Gene Expression, The Loom, and Not Exactly Rocket Science.

But I also hope y’all will follow me to Slate as well. I’ll have more info on the move (like the URL, RSS feed address, and all that) closer to when the time comes.

And seriously – thanks to all of you who have been reading my writing, whether you’re a new BABloggee or one who’s been hanging around since I first started writing it on my Bad Astronomy site back in 2005. I appreciate all the comments, emails, tweets, and general feedback I’ve gotten, and I’m sincerely happy to be able to bring you a slice of the cosmos, no matter where my words sit.

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Comments (97)

  1. shawmutt

    Are they paying better? 😉

    Congrats, Slate will be better with you there!

  2. Brian

    Big news indeed.

    (I’ll miss the location, but I won’t miss the orangey color scheme.)

  3. Good luck, Phil! Kick some Slate ass!!

  4. Follow you anywhere dear boy. I mean that in non-creppy non-stalker sense.

  5. Will all of the old articles/comments move as well? Or will we need to stop by “Discover BA” to reference one of them? Or will all of the old BadAstronomy articles vanish from the web once you move? (Please say “Absolutely not” to that last one!!!)

  6. Rick

    I will continue to read all of the Discover blogs and follow you to Slate! I read over there anyway.

    Congrats Phil!

  7. Serious question: will the old articles (like this one) remain here, or will it all be moved to Slate?

  8. I’m not that familiar with Slate, but you can never have too much science and skepticism (and science fiction references)! Congrats and good luck!

  9. Slate seems to have a pretty good reality-minded bend to it, so you’ll be right at home. Congrats on the transition!

  10. Jaz

    I don’t know much about Slate, but I did read this a few days ago, so I can’t really say congratulations. Yet.

  11. Congrats! As long as takes me where I need to go, I am happy 😉 Yay DNS.

  12. Rodrigo Valle

    I’ve been an avid reader and a fan since the BadAstronomy site, way back then.
    I will follow you to Slate, and wish you the very best for the new project.

    Rodrigo (from Portugal)

  13. Roger

    Please, oh please, don’t become a useless contrarian for contrary sake like most of Slate.

  14. Tom Paine

    I think it’s a good move. It will expose you to a whole new audience. If my friends are typical, then there are a lot of people out there who read Slate who have no clue about basic science and who believe a lot of crap about how nature works. Hopefully bringing on great scientists like yourself will increase the science IQ of their readership. Discover is great but here you’re preaching to the choir. Best of luck. I’ll be along for the ride.

  15. Tara Li

    Honestly, why not just take your activism posts over to Slate, and keep your science posts here? Keep this for those of us who enjoy your examination of planetary nebulae, the surface of Mars, and even volcanos in space, while taking your annoying (to me) screeds about vaccination, climate change, creationists, and skepticism go over to Slate where I can easily skip them.

  16. Andrew Martens

    I’m not sure how long I’ve been reading your blog now – years, at least – and I hope that the move to Slate is a good one. I’ll definitely be updating my RSS feed to follow you at your new home.

    Thanks for all the good years of science and reason, and I look forward to many more.

  17. Yay!!!! The first of the “why don’t you stick to science” comments!!!

    Seriously, tho. Congrats!

    Kuhnigget must now register at slate, I guess. (No, that is not a threat.)

  18. Jeff Hester

    Hi Phil! I had been wondering how long you would last at Discover. 😉 I think that Slate is a good fit. What people do not understand, of course, is that the “screeds about vaccination, climate change, creationists, and skepticism” ARE the point. We are scientists, and our careful and considered approach to epistemological questions is what allows us to say meaningful things about planetary nebulae, the surface of Mars, and volcanos in space. It is application of that same epistemological approach that leads to the opinions that we (and virtually all like us) share about issues such as vaccination, climate change, creationism, skepticism, and, to add one, politics. I find your approach refreshing compared to that of, for instance, Neil Tyson. I like Neil personally, but find his (obviously pragmatically motivated) reluctance to express opinions about things beyond the status of Pluto unfortunate. He could do a lot of good if he made use of his mainstream visibility to discuss the broader epistemological relevance of science. On another level I do understand, though. I am working on launching a career at the moment translating scientific epistemology into a form that those in the corporate world will understand as relevant to their own bottom line. The Trojan Horse, of course, is that once you start applying that epistemology it can take you to some very interesting places that you never thought you’d go. I suppose that if I showed up for an event wearing an “Obama” button I might have just undermined my ability to actually influence that audience in a positive way. 😉 Anyway… keep up the screeds and enjoy Slate. It is a very positive thing to have someone in the public eye explicitly making the point that the real underpinning of science — it’s epistemology — is not only cool and the only reliable way to discern reality when it truly matters, but is also broadly relevant to the questions that shape our society. Cheers! — Jeff

  19. All the best, Phil! We will follow you there!

    4600 blog posts? Holy Haleakala!

  20. OtherRob

    Though I’m not nearly as prolific as some of your other commentors, I started reading your blog before the move to Discover and I’ll keep reading after the move to Slate. :-)

  21. Navneeth

    And you’ve still not shown us your tattoo, have you, Dr. Plait? 😉

    Looking forward to more good things at Slate.

  22. Christine P.

    Best of luck for the move!

  23. ZK

    I’m sure there’s a reason you have to do this, but I don’t think it’s an improvement. Slate is a hellhole of knee-jerk team-sport politics. I hope you’re prepared to quit reading comments.

  24. Magrathea

    This is a good move, Discovery is fun and all, but I think Slate is a better fit, besides this is the only blog I read on Discovery.

    Will all the old blog content be moved over?

    Thanks and Congrats!

  25. Congratulations…I will follow you as well, but I am a creepy stalker :-p

  26. Bob P.

    You wrote a blog?

    (Old-timers will get it.)

    Congrats on the new gig. See you there.

  27. Tomkaz

    Congratulations, Dr. Plait! With all due respect to Discover, this sounds a bit like a promotion for you. Good on ya, as my Aussie mates say.

    Just as long as you don’t leave Boulder before I leave Denver. One of these days, I plan to make the trek up Hwy 36 to buy you a beer.


    Discover magazine is much better!

  29. Will all the past Bad Astronomy content remain at this domain under the subfolder /badastronomy, or did Slate buy all the previous content to be transferred as well?

  30. @10. Schell Scivally Says: Congrats! As long as takes me where I need to go, I am happy Yay DNS.

    Wow, I never noticed that redirects to this blog now. What happened to all the old essays on moon hoax theories and the rest of that stuff?

  31. Also, Holy Haleakala on 4600 posts! That’s over 3 a day, consistently!

  32. Chris

    What the $&@%&! Phil. Now, I’m going to have to change my bookmarks. Then I’m going to have to create a new profile so I can comment. Those are 30 seconds of my life I won’t be able to get back!

  33. Renee Marie Jones

    Good luck Phil! I hope it all works out the way you hope. I look forward to seeing your new blog over at Slate.

  34. Congratulations! I’ll see you over there…

  35. John Carter

    I’m cautiously optimistic. Good things have a way of enduring. But when networks start rescheduling hit TV Shows to other nights to favor the old time slot audience with something they try to sell as new, sometimes things don’t work out so well for the hit show.

    As was pointed out, Slate is in a different dimension comment wise. It could make for a bold new frontier.

    These are the continuing voyages of Bad Astronomy…

  36. Thanks everyone! I appreciate it.

    And for those who didn’t notice, Jeff Hester (18) is a good guy, and you may be familiar with some of his work… :)

  37. TM

    I have to agree with ZK @20 that I’m not sure Slate is the right fit for this blog. I do read there, and while there is a lot of good content, there is also a lot of superfluously provocative headlines and type-first-think-later commenters.

    Well, I’ll continue to read and I hope you are getting a good deal from Slate.

  38. Good for you BA!
    It´s about spreading the word. And if takes a switch, then that´s what it takes.
    Thank you so much for what you have done here and thanks in advance for what you are going to do!
    Clear skies and when it´s cloudy, may the scene be beautiful!

  39. Charles Boyer

    Sadly, the comment quality over at Slate is filled largely with crackpots and conspiracy theorists. I’ve long enjoyed the general quality of conversation here, but at, I am not sure I will even bother given what I see there on a regular basis.

  40. I’ll also say I’m not big on Slate comments. Here there are a number of knowledgeable people in the comments (Todd, Nigel, Larian for example) that make educational points, refute some of the trolls who show up to utter debunked talking points yet again.

    Over on Slate, I suspect the noise will be far greater than the signal and no-one will want to wade through the morass of ignorance to find gems by people like those mentioned above.

    Still, that’s me being selfish, so congrats on the move….you’ll reach a whole new audience over there and it is an opportunity to gently educate people on how science actually works.

  41. Ron1

    @15. Tara Li Said, ” Honestly, why not just take your activism posts over to Slate, and keep your science posts here? Keep this for those of us who enjoy your examination of planetary nebulae, the surface of Mars, and even volcanos in space, while taking your annoying (to me) screeds about vaccination, climate change, creationists, and skepticism go over to Slate where I can easily skip them.”


    Phil, I’ve been following your blog since 2005 and I will gladly follow you over to slate. Frankly, unlike Tara, I don’t think your blog would be ‘your blog’ without your ‘activism’ and I’m very happy you will continue to fight the good fight for rational thought.

  42. @39. Charles Boyer

    “crackpots and conspiracy theorists”

    Like these?

    I like Captain Mike Glynn´s comment, who describes some of the conspiracy theorists as having “room temperature IQs”
    And I hope he meant Celcius, because Fahrenheit gives them to much cred.

  43. Vinny

    Can’t wait for you to guest on the political gabfest.

  44. David

    given i still to this day type im guessing the redirects will take me to the right place anyway! Im sure itll all work out well, and a massive thank you for your continued science writings, ive been a big fan for years.

  45. Number 6

    Hi Phil!….Got my bags packed…Just say when….Only anxiety I have is concerning some of the “new” commenters you might have on Slate (per my reading of comments above)….Here’s hoping most of us don’t have to play “whack-an-anti-science-comment” (you know, beat down the looney responses) too often, because, if so, we’ll get finger-fatigue.

    Seriously, good luck on the move….I hope it all goes smooth.

  46. Brian Too

    Well sure, but as I recall, Q was something of a dick! Now somebody wrote something about not being a dick… I don’t recall… does anyone remember?

    Best of luck at Slate. I just may have to start reading them now.

  47. Pendragging

    So…….where will all the archives end up? I am happy for you; But I do share some misgivings about Slate responders swamping real fans with a flood of scientific ignorance and nonsense.
    Good luck. Go get’em!

  48. Jack M.

    I would follow you, Phil, to the very fires of Mt. Doom.

  49. Tara Li

    @Ron1 – His posts basically appeal to two audiences. There’s a certain amount of overlap, and I suspect he wants the two audiences to be the same, but they’re not the same. One comes for interesting astronomical images, and discussion on the mechanics behind obtaining the images, and the physical processes behind them. The other comes for the activism, the finger pointing at how dangerous the non-skeptics are, and the like. The blog has come quite a ways from what it started as – a discussion of mistakes in movies. (Which I’m not sure there’s been any of in quite some time. I think the last I remember was about the Alternate Earths movie, and I’m not sure that covered what was bad about what little science there was in it.)

    Sooo, over all – I find myself less and less interested in following this blog. After all, if this blog had *stayed* on the science topics, does anyone really think Slate would have any interest in it?

  50. I, for one, welcome the new Slate overlords, and look forward to being one of the crackpot commenters.

  51. jay bundick

    Phil, I’ve been with you from the very early days of Had good ideas that I stole (like setting up the scope for Halloween).
    Back then, if I emailed you a morsel you emailed back (before you became a blogosphere celeb). But I guess I’ll get over the bitterness and follow you on over to Slate.
    Best of luck

  52. flip

    My first thought was “WTF?”

    My second thought was “great, now I have to update my feedreader” 😉

    There was absolutely no thought whatsoever about not following your work on the new site…


    You could and still can skip the posts you don’t want to read. Besides, Phil is a science educator which means including all sorts of other things besides astronomy. Honestly, why does this always come up? It’s his blog, he can write what he wants, where he wants, in the way he wants. You don’t like it, there are plenty of other sites to read.

  53. Voice of Reason

    Sold yourself out…….Global Warming..Come on, look at the bigger picture!

  54. Good luck at Slate. I’ll follow you there!

  55. flip

    @Joseph G

    The pages on the old BA site are still there:

  56. TJ

    Guess I’ll have to start visiting Slate ;^)

  57. Keith Bowden

    Well, vibraphone!

    No, wait, that’s the other hip bald guy with glasses.

    Holy Haleakala! Best of luck, I’ll be following, of course.

    Hey, what about Caturdays and adventures with Mrs. and Little BA? Ah, so much to do, so little time…

  58. Ray

    Good luck on the move. I think you’ll find that interacting with people like you do here is nearly impossible with Slate’s eff-upped comment system.

    As for the move, I’m disappointed that you’ve chosen Slate. Their editorial policies and political stance is too far left for my taste. You may as well have chosen Huffington.

  59. PsyberDave

    It doesn’t much matter to me what the URL is, as others have said, I’ll follow you (well, your blog, anyway) anywhere, Phil.

  60. VinceRN

    Good lock at Slate, I think it’s a good spot. Having more real science there will bring them up a bit and folks won’t complain every time you step away from pure astronomy. You’ll Bing your audience, which will make theirs wider and deeper. Hope it’s a long term home for another few thousand posts.

  61. David C. in Canada

    “have troll hat,
    will travel!”
    Congradulations Phil, don’t know squat about this new site,
    but as an aside, how about a “remember, remember the 5th of November” as a parting shot for Discovery ;D
    Cheers mate, we’ll teach them the meaning of “hell” over at Slate, bwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaahahahahaha!!!

  62. Messier Tidy Upper

    😮 Dang-nabbit! Please no! :-(

    I really love this blog just the way it is. It’s my all-time favourite blog and I hate to lose it and fear this other Slate magazine place just won’t be the same. :-(

    Dr Phil Plait, Bad Astronomer, please, pretty please with a grand design spiral galaxy on top :

    Is there any way I (or anyone else) can convince you not to move and stay here instead?

    Or at least keep this blog open here as well as at slate?

    Any chance at all?

  63. Kate

    That is truly a shame. I love this blog, and I will miss it so much. Slate blogs have proven to be badly edited and pushed far more for advertising than for accurate, informative reading, and the only item I read on Slate now is Doonesbury.
    If you come back to a reputable online magazine like Discover, please add me to your mailing list to let me know so I can resume reading.
    Until then, best of luck, and you will be missed.

  64. chesscanoe

    Been following you for years, and will continue to do so as Slate gains in stature again.

  65. Astrofiend

    @Tara Li

    Your stupid comment is so played out. You don’t have to read the posts that you don’t like, and you know it. You just want to be a loud-mouth. It’s Phil’s blog. It is truly breath-taking arrogance to suggest that he tailor his writing to you alone, or the small subset of his readers that ONLY want to read about astronomy.

    If you had any clue, you’d realise that this blog got its start writing about critical thinking and skepticism as applied to astronomy, science, hoaxes and bad reasoning of all kinds. It was never just about the pretty pictures, so question: why don’t you bugger off to Astronomy Picture of the Day if that is all you’re after? Of course, you could always just pick up some books and educate yourself about astronomy, but I suspect you’re not that kind of person.

  66. Mazatzal

    Commenting on politics and religion? Aren’t you a Liberal Atheist? After you repeat the prejudiced statements of “all conservatives are fundamentalist antivax climate denying boobs, and all religions are simpleton misleadings that deny ALL SCIENCE, ” what more do you have to say? Stick to the science and astronomy, which basically you are a talking head reporter of the news, with degrees that allow you to actually know the meaning of what you are repeating of the news of other peoples work. BTW, good work.

  67. Grand Lunar

    I’ve been following since before the Discover magazine days.

    I’d follow you to Jupiter if that was possible, Phil!

    Sad to say, this is really the first I heard about Slate magazine.
    Haven’t seen it much around where I live.

    Anyway, hope the transition goes smoothly and that you enjoy the new home of BA!

  68. Timmy

    Slate’s comments section is probably blocked by my company firewall, so I better say congrats now.

  69. Larry

    With all due respect, Phil, following you is simply a matter of changing the bookmark. What really matters is will your new owner force changes into your writing that make it unacceptable. I know nothing about Slate except for the occasions one of its pages comes up when Stumbling. Hopefully, it will become a good home for you and your writings will continue to be interesting and informative.

  70. Kate (63): As I said in my post, not much will change except the location. I’ll still write the same way about the same topics. After everything I’ve written about, do you really think I’d move someplace that would try to censor me or change what I do?

  71. Mazatzal (66): Wow, what a ridiculous and grossly wrong characterization of who I am and what I say. If you don’t like it, then feel free not to read it. Or you can continue to post trollish and obviously wrong assertions like that and show exactly why we need to keep fighting ignorance.

  72. F16 guy

    I’ll take the “contrarian” view of your upcoming move and say this:

    The move will be good for you, as I think you’ll fit fight in. Keep in mind that SLATE is known to be an “Ultra-Liberal” web site, and has its detractors, like Jonah Goldberg:

    “Let it be said, lest Slate readers are confused on this point: Contrarianness is a great and good thing—when driven by reason and facts. But contrarianness for its own sake is often the very definition of asininity. Mavericks who break from the herd to point out hard truths can be heroes. Mavericks who break out from the herd just to get noticed are pretty annoying. If the emperor has no clothes, by all means say so. If he doesn’t, saying otherwise for the sake of saying so is not only a tiresome shtick, it also reduces your credibility…..

    …But come on. Of course, it’s liberal. It offers “contrary” arguments for liberal ends but almost never offers anything contrary to liberalism itself. Indeed, judging from my own informal polling, I would wager that the only people who believe that Slate isn’t liberal are liberals—and a minority of them at that. Its editors are liberal. Its writers are liberal. Its story ideas are liberal. Weisberg is a quintessentially liberal pundit….”

    As for the new editor, David Plotz, I hope you’re OK with this type of leadership:

    “Slate Editor David Plotz Calls For Violence Against Wall St.

    “Liberal Nut-Job Slate editor David Plotz has called on his fellow nut-job followers to commit violence against Wall Street. “We should burn them down. We should go after them with pitchforks, knives, guns, clubs we find, mace – anything, because it’s appalling.”

    As I can’t condone this type of behavior with “hits” to his web site, perhaps you can direct me to where I can continue to see pictures and comments on the awesomeness of the universe without all the political leanings ?

    Sorry to see you go.

  73. And to everyone else who is wondering if my writing will change due to oversight by people at Slate: I would never, ever agree to write for anyone who wanted to do that. It’s just that simple. I’d move everything back to the site and deal with all the software and admin headaches again before I’d let someone change the tenor of my writing.

  74. F16guy (72): Oh, c’mon. David was using a metaphor there. Anyone who takes him at his literal word is trying to foment partisan fury. That’s just an example of the far-right “pundits” deliberately taking something out of context or misinterpreting it on purpose to make someone look bad. It’s intellectually dishonest.

    And of course Slate has its detractors. Everything does. But if you have to go to Newsbusters or Goldberg as examples, well, I’m fine with having them disagree. I’d be more worried if they actually agreed.

  75. Gaythia Weis

    @f16, I’m totally convinced that Phil Plait is more than feisty enough to handle any attempts to change the tenor of his writing. The new audience that comes with a new venue with appeal beyond traditional science outlets will make for an expanding platform for Phil’s views. And these are views that I believe should get greater overall exposure and more traction.

    Phil, I’m sure that those of us who have been following you will continue to do so.

    I hope this works out as a win/win for you as well as for the rest of us.

  76. DanO

    Should we expect a Slate BadAstronomy podcast?

  77. To everyone afraid that the new venue will change Phil’s style or overwhelm the comments with dreck: Phil wants this blog to be great at least as much as any of us. I’m sure he won’t take any crap. And if things are as bad as you fear, I’m sure he’ll move back to Discover rather than suffer having his blog destroyed.

    @Jeff Hester: Hi Phil! I had been wondering how long you would last at Discover. I think that Slate is a good fit. What people do not understand, of course, is that the “screeds about vaccination, climate change, creationists, and skepticism” ARE the point…
    …It is application of that same epistemological approach that leads to the opinions that we (and virtually all like us) share about issues such as vaccination, climate change, creationism, skepticism, and, to add one, politics.
    … It is a very positive thing to have someone in the public eye explicitly making the point that the real underpinning of science — it’s epistemology — is not only cool and the only reliable way to discern reality when it truly matters, but is also broadly relevant to the questions that shape our society.

    Very well said! I couldn’t agree more. If we’re smart, our policy positions are informed by empirical observation and the scientific method. Trying to put “science” and “politics” into two sealed boxes is to deprive our society of one of the best tools that humans have ever invented for sorting out truth from self-delusion. And if any field was in desperate need of fact-checkers, it’s politics!
    So far I have yet to see Phil EVER post what most people might think of as a pure political opinion (that is, something he feels that government SHOULD be based on nothing but personal feelings). He posts about empirically observable facts and calls politicians on the table for ignoring or lying about those facts.

    @Tara Li: Honestly, why not just take your activism posts over to Slate, and keep your science posts here? Keep this…
    …while taking your annoying (to me) screeds about vaccination, climate change, creationists, and skepticism go over to Slate where I can easily skip them.

    Yes, indeed! Why doesn’t Phil split his blog in two along very specific lines simply to cater to your whims? Sheesh, I’d think you’d want to have nothing to do with modern astronomy, as you obviously believe in a Tara-centric universe.

    @F16: Jonah Goldberg? You mean the guy who wrote books called “Liberal Fascism” and “Proud to be Right”? [sarcasm]Yeah, I’m sure he’s completely without any political bias whatsoever [/sarc]

  78. Ohio Mike

    So I guess it’s the Tile Overhead now?

    See ya there!

  79. Stephen

    Congrats Phil, will follow ye there and add a new bookmark to the list. Keep up the good work mate!

  80. kat wagner

    Welp, I just came from Slate – it’s on my regular check-in stuffs, so I congratulate you on your move to a new place.

    Umm, actually this is my first day online since Oct.14. We went to southeast Utah, hiked down into Horseshoe Canyon, took lots of pix of rock art; went to Canyonlands and hiked thru the Pinnacles to Chesler Park. Then took a dirtbike ride out Kane Springs Road and the fuel tank sprung a leak. We were stuck there, at the junction of Hurrah Pass and Chicken Corners. O! We got rescued by a cop from the next county and he gave me a MRE and took Bad Bob to our camp for the bike trailer.

    Heh! Sorry. Got carried away. Can’t wait to see you at Slate, but I’ve loved seeing you here, with all our friends!

  81. Infinite123Lifer

    Wait! Your working for this guy?

    Congratulations on the move. Seems to me many have dared you to make such a move before in the comments saying that Discover was too cozy for skeptical work or something, I think they are eating their socks now.

    I just checked out the comments over at Slate for the first time. Okay, so there is a giant challenge. They don’t seem as toxically oblivious as youtube comments but … well, there is a giant challenge. I suppose the big questions are related to the entirety of the commenting section, and if I am ever going to be able to vote for Dr. Phil Plait . . . after all you did hint at it here, kinda sorta:

    “Slate is already a major voice in politics, economics, and social issues, and they cover science as well.”

    All that . . . and . . . science. hmmm. I guess most importantly good science and discussion is needed everywhere … especially in the minds of those in politics, economics and obviously society.

    I am with MTU but give em hell or at least the ability to think rationally about it.

  82. theholbert

    I’ll follow you to slate, albeit somewhat begrudgingly. I read ba because of the ba. If you don’t like the activism but only the pure astronomy and science, feel free to research astronomy or science on your own. A blog is akin to a column in a newspaper, not a science journal. It should be full of opinion and passion and activism.

  83. Jim

    Congrats! Of all the former scientists turned writers, you are the best. Please keep up the non-science screeds, btw!

  84. Jim

    Congrats! Of all the former scientists turned writers, you are the best. Please keep up the non-science screeds, btw!

  85. I just want to say Phil that I am so happy and excited for you. I love reading your blog ever since I stumbled onto it 2 years ago. I always make sure I keep up on my readings. You’ve always provided an insight that always captures my full attention. Congrats and will be looking out for you on Slate!

  86. AGW fan

    well, i posted a comment in the post above this one, didn’t see this, LOL. honestly, this is an excellent move for someone so interested in the political advocacy of his writings. damn shame Phil, you have good stuff, you do, your wit and humor is excellent, knowledgable, but your off the deep end with politics and pop culture all the famousness that comes with that. good luck with your move, its my impression that you fit write in with that crowd.

  87. Supernova

    Holy Haleakala from a devoted choir member! Congrats, Phil! I think this will be a great way to bring your themes of science and skepticism to a wider audience. I look forward to many more great posts!

  88. Curt

    Phil, I think you short-changed yourself on how many years you’ve been writing on the ‘net. You say 2005, but I had email exchanges with you in August of 2001… and knew of you through your original BadAstronomy site. (If you recall, you were in need of a VHS tape of you being interviewed on the Today Show re: the Moon landing hoax… and I was able to send you one.)

    Looking forward to reading you on Slate.

  89. Josh

    Here’s hoping Slate starts a science and skepticism gabfest starring you!

  90. anon

    I never comment, but thanks for the great blog.

    greetings from .NL

  91. Kevin C

    Congratulations on Slate. I’m sure you’ll fit in nicely with the magazine’s voice.

    On a somewhat unrelated note, I started a website for comets. They are listed in the chronological order in which they enter the inner solar system.

    If you’re interested,you can find it at

  92. theoncomingstorm

    Sorry for the late reply. I like many others have posting here before the move to discover and will follow no matter where you go. oh about no trolls coming to your site, bring them on.

  93. Chris A.

    Well, this news item doesn’t bode well for the state of skepticism on Phil’s new home:

    Let’s hope this is an aberration, not the norm.

  94. Matt B.

    Well, I guess I’d better catch up soon on the old video posts that I couldn’t watch at work. And I hope I’ll be able to read and comment at Slate from work, because I use BA to fill in my downtime.

  95. Messier Tidy Upper

    For clarity in the off chance this wasn’t already clear:

    Phil Plait, I’ll certainly always follow your blog wherever it is. However, I think this current incarnation you’ve got right here is ideal and my fave blog ever and I hate to risk losing that and really wish you weren’t doing this move. :-(

    Once again, BA please :

    1) Is there any way I or anyone can persuade you not to do this?

    2) Any chance that you can keep this one open and going as well? Please?

    3) Will we lose everything already here all your articles and our comments or will this at least remain as an archive we can reference back to?

  96. Heartiest congratulations on the move, Phil!

    Yes, you’ll be missed here but I’m hoping that the broader Slate audience exposes you to a wider audience. I recently made the decision to move my PLoS blog to because I felt I’d be reaching a broader demographic of folks who might care about science for different reasons than us (or who don’t care about science at all.)

    Four years is a long time in blog years. I hope that the move to Slate inspires you to even greater heights.

  97. realta fuar

    So now the V.B.A. will just get to preach to the choir? Prob’ly a good choice for him.


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