Behind the scenes of "Cosmic Adventures"

Posted by Bill Andrews
on Friday, December 17, 2010

We just launched the first episode of our new video series, “Liz and Bill’s Cosmic Adventures”! We’re so excited, we used an exclamation point. This project has been about 4 months in the making (although it feels like 14), so it’s fantastic and a great relief to see the first episode, shiny and new, on the Web.

As attentive viewers might notice (and longtime readers of Astronomy magazine’s Cosmic Grid might remember), the two of us have fairly diverse approaches to everything. Writing, humor, dressing, pets — we’re pretty different. But that’s what helps make this series fun (and, we hope, fun to watch). It’s also what makes it more work, because the two of us have been in much closer contact recently than usual. (Even now, we’re sitting uncomfortably close to each other as we write this blog.) Our co-workers have said we radiate a sibling rivalry vibe.

Also complicating things, each of us has never done anything like this before. In fact, we’re pretty sure we’re breaking new ground at Kalmbach, our publishing company. There’s a first time for everything, and we’re learning as we go. We wanted to start off with an “overview episode” to give you a taste of what’s coming and what we’re like. We don’t plan to shoot every episode that way, but hope to have a variety of approaches in the future (hint: music video!). 

This first episode also features cameos by staff members from other magazines here at Kalmbach, a trend we hope to continue. We plan to highlight other Astronomy staff as well, so stay tuned for your favorite editors to show up. Collect them all!

So what are you waiting for? Go watch it, and please tell us what you think and what you’d like to see in future videos in the comments section or at

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