Sneak Peak: The Bad Astronomer Blows Things Up

By Eliza Strickland | August 27, 2010 10:55 am

What happens when you give a brainy, hyperactive astronomer his own TV show? Well first off, explosions happen.

The excitement here at Discover headquarters is palpable–only three days until we get to watch our Bad Astronomy blogger, Phil Plait, tear up the Discovery Channel with his new TV show, Bad Universe. In the inaugural episode Phil examines the threat of an asteroid impact on Earth, and gets his hands on a whole lot–seriously, a whole truckload–of explosives to model the potential disaster. But it’s not all doom and gloom; he also explains what we can do “to keep an impact from ruining our whole day,” as he says.

The show premieres this Sunday, August 29th at 10 p.m. Here’s a sneak peak:

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  • Mike

    I really hope that this show does not cover all the old topics all the other science tv shows have covered already. We, who watch these things, know most of the things talked about and usually to a depth further than the dumbed down version on tv.

    So good luck, limit the repeat shots, give detailed explains, and push the envelope to catch up with your audience. (Hint: We know what LHC stands for and why Edwin H was famous)

  • Happy Phil

    Looks like a lot of fun coupled with scientific analysis and nice graphics. Right on Phil.

  • Todd Laurence

    Should Phil read this:

    A verification of the “acausality” theory, i.e., physics, was obtained from
    researchers at Princeton University, School of Applied Science.

    One conclusion is a supernova in Ursa Minor, i.e., the star Kochab, an
    orange giant some 120 plus light-years distant.

    Theory: Professor W. Pauli, Nobel laureate:

    New York

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