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.


Related Posts:

- Mars Attacks of the Show!
- In which we define what a planet is
- A fifth moon for Pluto!
- Shining shoes for NASA
- My Nerdist episode is online!

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.

NEW ON DISCOVER
OPEN
CITIZEN SCIENCE
ADVERTISEMENT

Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

ADVERTISEMENT

See More

ADVERTISEMENT
Collapse bottom bar
+

Login to your Account

X
E-mail address:
Password:
Remember me
Forgot your password?
No problem. Click here to have it e-mailed to you.

Not Registered Yet?

Register now for FREE. Registration only takes a few minutes to complete. Register now »