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Top 10 Astronomy and Space Weblogs (Blogs)


According to Sheila Ann Manuel Coggins, the About Guide to Weblogs, the definition of a Weblog or Blog for short is "Essentially, a weblog is a chronologically organized site with the latest entry appearing at the top of the page. It is updated by an individual (or a group of individuals)." In many cases, a Blog is an online journal, with differing amounts of personal data, depending on the Blogger.

Here, we'll take a look at your Guides favorite Blogs dealing with astronomy and space.

1. Bad Astronomy

Phil Plait is a real live astronomer, who revels in debunking myths & bad information. He is employed by the physics and astronomy department at Sonoma State University, working on a NASA project, but not actually for NASA. This man is a straight shooter who tells like like it is and pulls no punches. Just as I go to About Urban Legends or Snopes when I get that email telling me to forward to everyone I know, I turn to Bad Astronomy when I hear astronomical news that I need to check out.

2. Cosmic Log

Alan Boyle, MSNBC.com's science editor, blogs about "space shots, quantum dots, nanobots and more -- a virtual curiosity shop of the physical sciences plus paleontology, archaeology and other ologies that strike his fancy." This is always a great place to turn to for and idea on what's up in the world of science.

3. Astronomy Blog

Astronomy Blog describes itself like this: "An astronomy blog based in the UK. Pondering questions such as 'Why does the Moon look orange?'" The blogger, Stuart states he set it up as "somewhere to write about astronomy and astrophysics related stuff." He does a good job of it, too.

4. NASA Watch

The folks at NASA Watch say, "Remember: It's YOUR space agency. Get involved. Take it back. Make it work - for YOU." I agree. Asmuch as I am a fan of NASA and the many things they have accomplished, like any government agency or large beuracracy, it doesn't hurt to have someone watching.

5. Slacker Astronomy

The three brilliant (and possibly unstable) people behind Slacker Astronomy say, "Because if you aren't going to care about something, you may as well not care about astronomy."

Slacker Astronomy is a podcast created by Aaron Price, written and recorded by Pamela Gay and Travis Searle. It covers topics from The Bubba Gump Galaxy Co. to the 2006 AAS Newton Lacy Pierce Prize.

6. The Space Writer

Blogger, C.C. Petersen, invites her reader into a personal world dealing with astronomy and space and makes everyone feel welcome. she has been sharing this world on the Internet in one form or another since 1995, most recently including a beautifully written Blog.

7. Tom's Astronomy Blog

It's easy to tell the Blogger at Tom's Astronomy Blog (Tom, I assume) really loves astronomy and space. It comes through in his writing. This site blends astronomy and space news with personal accounts and memories. It's a pleasure to read.

8. Hobby Space

HobbySpace is published and edited by Clark S. Lindsey. It is often filled with news concerning space science and exploration.

9. Space Politics

Space Politics says, "Because sometimes the most important orbit is the Beltway..." This Blog covers everything to do with the beuracracy surrounding NASA and space exploration. This is the first place to look for information on legislatin dealing with space.

10. Bill Harwood's Space Place

William Harwood has covered America's space program full time for more than 15 years. Here, at the Space Place, provides up-to-the-minute space reports for CBS News. Based at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, he's also a regularl contributor to Spaceflight Now and The Washington Post. Space Place didn't make it higher on the list because it's often inactive between missions.

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