Tag: Attack of the Show

Attack of the Pluto!

By Phil Plait | July 25, 2012 1:21 pm

I was interviewed once again on the G4 TV program "Attack of the Show!" – I guess they didn’t learn their lesson the first time – where my pal Matt Mira (from Nerdist!) and I talked about planets around other stars, and whether Pluto is a planet or not.

Here’s the segment (you may need to refresh this page to load it):

I pretty much restated my case that I’ve been making about Pluto for quite some time: you can’t really define what a planet is, so the argument over whether Pluto is one or not is the wrong thing to be talking about. The fact that a fifth moon was recently found is irrelevant; "planet" is more of a concept than a defined object. Trying to draw firm borders around a fuzzy thing like this only guarantees more arguing and less light shed on the topic.

Anyway, it was a fun interview, and it’s always a good day when I can get one good zinger in, especially at Matt’s expense.

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Mars Attacks of the Show

By Phil Plait | July 20, 2012 6:30 am

On Tuesday, July 17, I was a guest (via Skype) on G4TV’s "Attack of the Show". I talked with host Mo Mandel about astronaut food, and the ridiculously complex and knuckle-biting way the Mars Science Laboratory – aka Curiosity – will land on the Red Planet on August 5 (you may need to refresh the page to see the video):

[The audio quality was a bit dicey due to my headset, but hopefully next time (assuming there is one) we’ll be able to use something better.]

This was fun! I like doing somewhat more irreverent interviews sometimes. And that video we talked about – Seven Minutes of Terror – really is amazing and worth watching.


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