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Phil Plait

Biography:

Philip Plait works at the physics and astronomy department at Sonoma State University, which is part of the California State University system. Currently he is working on a NASA-sponsored public outreach program for a satellite named GLAST (Gamma Ray Large Area Space Telescope). Previously, Plait worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS). He received his PhD in astronomy at the University of Virginia in 1994. Nicknamed "The Bad Astonomer," one of his missions is to clear up misconceptions about astronomy which he does through his website, badastronomy.com.

Past Shows:

Ghosts & Spirits

Ghost hunter John Kachuba, who's investigated more than 100 haunted locations throughout the U.S., discussed his most recent work examining how various religions and cultures explain the ghostly realm. First hour guest, astronomer Phil Plait shared updates on space-related topics. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Alternative Energy

Alternative energy advocate David Blume shared updates on alcohol fuel and related topics during the second half of the show. First hour guest, author Marc Seifer, spoke about the life and work of Nikola Tesla, and astronomer Phil Plait commented on the near miss asteroid in the second hour. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Astronomical Catastrophes

Astronomer and author Phil Plait discussed his new book Death from the Skies!, which outlines various ways the human race could die from astronomical events.An asteroid or comet impact could wreak havoc on the planet. For instance, a one-mile-long object that hit the ocean could create a 1000 ft. high tsunami, moving at 500 mph. It could literally scour clean the coastlines, killing millions, he detailed. The B612 Foundation is working on ways to prevent asteroid impacts, such as by sending out probes that could alter asteroids' orbits, he reported. Another dire situation he pondered involved the death of the universe. While theoretical, and billions of years in our future, the continued expansion of the universe could lead to "The Big Rip" in which matter is torn apart. More likely, our galaxy would just move further and further away from other galaxies until we could no longer see them, he said.Gamma Rays, a kind of "cosmic blowtorch" sent out by a certain type of su ... More »

Host: George Noory

Past & Future Lives Recalled

Psychiatrist Dr. Brian Weiss discussed his therapeutic work conducting past-life regressions and future-life progressions. Having seen more than 4,000 patients in this context, he's found this approach can help people overcome phobias & psychological problems and sometimes even medical illnesses. He recounted the case of a woman who had a fear of sharp corners and people touching her neck. After her recall of a past life where she hit her head on a rock, and a different past life where she was strangled, her phobias disappeared. Weiss spoke about his regression of Patrick, who revisited a lifetime from 60,000 years ago. He described migrating to Earth from a dying planet--- his job was to bury his civilization's advanced knowledge (such as how to detach consciousness from the body) until humans were ready for it. Weiss had a suicidal patient named Gary who opted not to kill himself after being progressed to a future life, in which he was faced with the same issues he had in his ... More »

Host: George Noory

Astronomy & Asteroids

Astronomer Phil Plait spoke about various space-related news and stories. An asteroid, 2007 WD5, has a 1 in 75 chance (possibly 1 in 25) of hitting Mars on Jan. 30th. Scientists are hopeful that the collision will occur as it would give them the opportunity to study the effects of such an event, he noted. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Alien Experiences

Author Whitley Strieber discussed his experiences with alien entities, some of which were incorporated into his new novel The Grays. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Mind Parasites

Philosopher and paranormal investigator Jonathan Zap presented the concept that "mind parasites" (a term first coined in a sci-fi novel by Colin Wilson) could be feeding off the energy of humans and instigating their baser instincts. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Space Update

George Noory welcomed astronomer Phil Plait, who gave a run down on recent developments in NASA's exploration of space and shared examples of "bad astronomy" that have been circulating.Plait expressed excitement about the recent Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) images. He said as the MRO gets closer to the Red Planet image resolution will increase dramatically, making it possible to see two people standing next to each other (if people actually lived on Mars, of course). He mentioned a total solar eclipse scheduled to take place on March 29th, but noted that only people in parts of South America, West and North Africa, South East Europe and Central Asia to will be able to see it. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Strange Karma

Open Lines featured a special "strange karma" line, where callers shared stories of unusual circumstances that had befallen them recently. Other calls included a man who said he purchased an inexpensive radio from Walgreens, and when he turned it on, he would hear an odd sounding voice that seemed to say the name of Bob, in a high-pitched drone. He played the radio live on the air, and it did produce an eerie sounding voice. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Aliens, UFOs & Biblical Interpretation

Author of Alien Intrusion, Gary Bates presented his analysis of UFOs & alien abductions, as seen through a strict Biblical interpretation. He also discussed creationism, and laid out his case that Earth and the universe itself are only 6,000 years old. He backed up this assertion by citing genealogical records in the Bible, as well as mentioning the work of Dr. Russell Humphreys. ... More »

Host: George Noory

La Palma & Titan

In the first hour, reporter and editor for Earthfiles.com, Linda Moulton Howe, provided an update on the "mega-tsunami" potential of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma. During hour two, astronomer Phil Plait talked about the White House's recent decision to have NASA destroy the ailing Hubble Telescope. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Ancient Mysteries

Historical detective Graham Phillips explored the possibility that the biblical account of the ten plagues of Egypt could have been caused by a volcanic eruption. According to his research, the Exodus from Egypt may have been occurring at the same time as a violent eruption on the island of Thera in the Aegean, around 1400 B.C. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Astronomy Issues

Astronomer Phil Plait returned to the show to discuss such recent missions as the Cassini Probe at Saturn and the Mars Rovers, as well as to debunk what he considers to be "pseudoscience" and hoaxes. ... More »

Host: George Noory

The Ghosts of Roswell

Author Jim Marrs shared his research into the "alien" ghosts of Roswell, as told to him by the employees of the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center. The Center, Marrs explained, sits on the site of the former Roswell Army Air Field Hospital, where alien bodies were allegedly taken after the 1947 UFO crash. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Astronomical Misconceptions

Phil Plait (website), who works in the physics and astronomy department at Sonoma State, has made it his mission to clear up misconceptions about astronomy. One of his targets, as the main guest on Monday's show, was the work of maverick physicist James McCanney. He's just plain wrong about comets not being made mostly of ice and rock and in his assertion that comets can be as large as planets, Plait said. He cited a probe that measured Halley's Comet and found it to be only 10 miles long back in 1985/6. He also took aim at the recent Harmonic Concordance, which was considered by many to be a celestially significant event as the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Chiron formed into a Star of David pattern over a two-day period. But Plait noted that the pattern doesn't hold up if it's taken into account that these objects are at vastly different distances from the Earth. For more on his comments on these and other "bad astronomy" topics view the specialpage he created for ... More »

Host: George Noory

The Great Planet X Debate

A debate was held on Tuesday night with astronomer Phil Plait and alien contactee Nancy Lieder. Lieder believes that in the next couple of weeks a 'Planet X' will pass close enough to the Earth to cause a pole shift and spur many disasters, while Plait sees no evidence for it. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Disaster in Space

This past Saturday evening Coast to Coast held an unprecedented 9 hour program devoted to looking at the crash of the space shuttle Columbia which had occurred that morning. George Noory hosted the first half of the show, followed by Barbara Simpson in her regular time slot. "The only thing we can be thankful for is they got to fulfill their dreams," Richard C. Hoagland said of the seven astronauts who died in the accident. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Philip Plait

Dr. Plait works in the physics and astronomy department at Sonoma StateUniversity in California. He maintains the Web site badastronomy.com andwrites monthly articles on astronomy for the German newspaper DieFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. His work has appeared in the EncyclopediaBritannica Yearbook of Science and the Future and Astronomy magazine.He also writes a monthly column for astronomy.com. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Philip Plait

Dr. Plait works in the physics and astronomy department at Sonoma StateUniversity in California. He maintains the Web site badastronomy.com andwrites monthly articles on astronomy for the German newspaper DieFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. His work has appeared in the EncyclopediaBritannica Yearbook of Science and the Future and Astronomy magazine. ... More »

Host: George Noory

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