News From The Dark #259

April 04, 2014

This week, we're peering out into the black to learn about deepest space, and our own night sky. We'll talk to Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, about recent measurements of gravity waves, and what they tell us about the birth of the Universe. We'll speak to journalist and essayist Paul Bogard about his book "The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light." And Noisy Astronomer Nicole Gugliucci tells us about a project using citizen science to map the surface of the moon.


  • Phil Plait
  • Paul Bogard
  • Nicole Gugliucci

Guest Bios

Phil Plait

Phil Plait is an astronomer, author, public lecturer, and science evangelist. After working for ten years on Hubble Space Telescope Data, he decided that talking to the public about astronomy was a lot more fun, and has been happily doing so on ever since on TV, radio, and on his Bad Astronomy Blog for He's written three books; "Bad Astronomy", "Death from the Skies!", and "2^7 Nerd Disses, A Significant Quantity of Disrespect", and hosted his own Discovery Channel TV show, "Phil Plait's Bad Universe".

Paul Bogard

Paul Bogard is author of "The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light" and editor of "Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark". A native Minnesotan, Paul has lived and taught in Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Reno, northern Wisconsin, and Winston-Salem. A graduate of Carleton College, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Nevada-Reno (PhD in Literature and Environment), Paul is now an assistant professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he teaches creative writing and environmental literature.

Nicole Gugliucci

Nicole Gugliucci is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. Her research interests include extragalactic radio astronomy, instrumentation, citizen science, and science education. She loves to teach, both in a classroom setting and informally. She also blogs as the Noisy Astronomer.

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