Dave Eicher, editor of Astronomy magazine and science popularizer, brings you thoughts about astronomy, cosmology, nature, the hobby of astronomy, the sometimes disturbingly pseudoscientific culture we live in, and more.
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Thebookseller announce #MissionMoon3D to the industry

Posted one month ago by David Eicher
Thebookseller announce #MissionMoon3D to the industry "Brian May’s London Stereoscopic Company (LSC) is publishing its seventh title in October to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing. The Queen guitarist has teamed up with Astronomy magazine editor Dave Eicher to write the book, which also has a foreword from astronaut Charlie Duke to create a “visual masterpiece” about the Space Race and the Apollo Moon Landings." https://www.thebookseller...
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David Eicher to discuss Meteor Crater on Asteroid Day

Posted one month ago by David Eicher
Asteroid Day is here again!!  So much is going on that I have been silent on my blog for a long time. Many, many projects swimming in various states.  I will be honored to be a guest on the Asteroid Day broadcast tomorrow, June 29, at approximately 7:20 a.m. CDT (2:20 p.m. in Berlin, from the broadcast point), discussing my recent journey to the floor of Meteor Crater. Very interesting scientific things are happening with the analysis of the world’s best preserved impact crat...
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A visit to Miami University's Geology Museum

Posted 3 months ago by David Eicher
When I was down in my hometown of Oxford, Ohio, a few weeks ago, delivering a talk and visiting folks at Miami University, my old stomping grounds, I had the pleasure of seeing the newly rebuilt and reopened Karl E. Limper Geology Museum. I’ve been a fan of geology and mineralogy for a long time, and the new museum in Miami’s Shideler Hall, is really, well . . . pun intended . . . a gem. Under the directorship of Kendall Hauer, the museum now has opened with a large, clean, and mod...
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A visit to Miami University's Physics Department

Posted 3 months ago by David Eicher
Trips, trips, trips. I’ve been running around a bit and desperately trying to catch up with various things. One of those is to share this blog about the delightful visit I had to Miami University’s Physics Department a few weeks ago.  As I wrote about earlier, I had the good fortune to deliver the annual George C. Benson Memorial Lecture at Miami on April 12, talking about “The New Cosmos.” As a guest of Physics Department chair Herbert Jaeger, my good friend As...
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NEAF 2018 a spectacular success!

Posted 3 months ago by David Eicher
The Northeast Astronomy Forum, the largest telescope show and astronomy equipment fair in the United States, took place at Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 21–22, 2018. As always, it was a great success, with more than 100 vendors showing telescopes, cameras, binoculars, and all manner of accessories, books, magazines, and collectible goods for the hobby of astronomy. I was privileged to represent Astronomy magazine at the show, along with my comrades in the advertisi...
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Astronomy Magazine at NEAF 2018

Posted 3 months ago by David Eicher
The largest consumer telescope show in the nation takes place this coming weekend at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York, about an hour away from New York City. I’ll be there along with advertising gurus Steve Meni and Dina Johnston, and will be hanging out mostly in the Astronomy Magazine booth in the fieldhouse. Stop by and say hello to us, and catch up with what’s happening at Astronomy Magazine these days. It’s a lot. We’ll have plenty of magazines and o...
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David Eicher delivers Benson Lecture at Miami University

Posted 4 months ago by David Eicher
On Thursday, April 12, I had great fun back in my hometown of Oxford, Ohio, where I was born, grew up, and went to school. The gracious folks of the Physics Department at Miami University, my alma mater, invited me to deliver the annual memorial lecture for the department, the George C. Benson Memorial Lecture. The lecture honors its namesake, George Benson, who was a very well liked postdoc at Miami in physics. He was killed tragically in a plane crash in early 1967. One of the highlights o...
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David Eicher to speak about "The New Cosmos" at Miami University

Posted 4 months ago by Amber Jorgenson
David Eicher, the editor of Astronomy Magazine, will be returning to his alma mater to lead a talk on "The New Cosmos" at Miami University's Benson Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 12, 2018. The annual event honors George C. Benson, who earned his Master's Degree in Physics at Miami University and lost his life too soon. The event has hosted speakers with impressive backgrounds in science, including three Nobel Laureates, and features wide ranges of discussion topics — f...
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Remembering Stephen Hawking

Posted 4 months ago by Amber Jorgenson
Astronomy’s Editor David Eicher pays tribute to the great physicist, lost to the world last week.  Click on the image for a PDF of the article. ...
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Dark skies over Costa Rica

Posted 5 months ago by David Eicher
Last week I had the pleasure of accompanying a group of 39 Astronomy Magazine readers to Costa Rica for our 2018 Southern Sky Star Party. What a wonderful trip it was. In conjunction with our travel partner, TravelQuest, and its leader Aram Kaprielian, we were able to see great treasures of the southern sky that can’t be viewed from the north. The Southern Cross, the Coal Sack, the Carina Nebula, the Large Magellanic Cloud, and deep-sky gems in Centaurus, Scorpius, and Sagittarius, held ...
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Dark-sky viewing in remote Arizona!

Posted 6 months ago by David Eicher
I spent several days having fun last week in the astronomical capital of the United States, Tucson, Arizona. I’ve long had a love of Tucson — it’s everything that Milwaukee isn’t. Great skies, warm temps, and the desert is beautiful. Moreover, not only is Tucson the capital of professional astronomy, it’s also the center of another great hobby, mineralogy and mineral collecting. Last week I spent a couple vacation days at the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, an...
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Astronomy's Tucson Star Party a big success!

Posted 6 months ago by David Eicher
On Saturday, February 10, 2018, 180 astronomy enthusiasts showed up at Pima Community College’s East Campus in Tucson, Arizona, for the latest Astronomy Magazine Public Star Party. Despite an afternoon threat of hazy clouds, we persevered and thanks to great local support, had several hours of observing the sky. Amateur astronomers from the beginner level all the way through experienced old hands enjoyed looking at the Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, star cluster M41, the Pleiades, and...
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Starmus V announced for Bern, Switzerland, June 24-29, 2019

Posted 6 months ago by David Eicher
PRESS RELEASE — —  Starmus V announces a star-studded 2019 line-up, featuring five original members of the Apollo Mission crew May-Britt Moser, Brian Cox and Arthur McDonald will join Tim Peake, Gennady Padalka and Nicole Stott at the fifth world-famous festival of science and art in Bern, Switzerland.   Starmus has announced a stellar line-up of Nobel Prize Winners and prominent figures from science and art for its fifth festival, next year. Timed to coincide with ...
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Exciting year ahead for Lowell Observatory

Posted 7 months ago by David Eicher
I’m really pleased to be involved with Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, a cherished institution, as a member of their Advisory Board. Last year’s meeting was my first, and now Jeff Hall, the observatory’s director, has announced that the annual board meeting this year will take place again in June. I expect to take a trip to the observatory and create several exciting projects while there — filming some locations like Lowell, the U.S. Naval Observatory, Meteor ...
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Join us for an incredible trip to Iceland!

Posted 7 months ago by David Eicher
Save the dates: October 3–13, 2018. On those dates, Astronomy Magazine and our travel partner, TravelQuest International, will host an amazing trip to Iceland to bask in the overhead glow of auroral displays and wander in amazement at Iceland’s unique geology. It’s one of the best places on the planet to see the Northern Lights, and also a place so geologically interesting, with geysers, geothermal pools, waterfalls, and amazing landscapes, that you will have never seen anyth...
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Dave Eicher to speak at Miami University

Posted 7 months ago by David Eicher
Astronomy Magazine Editor Dave Eicher will deliver the annual invited Miami University Physics Department Lecture on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Oxford, Ohio. Returning to his native town and the university where he studied, Eicher will speak on “The New Cosmos” in the Benson Memorial Lecture, which is named for and honors George C. Benson, a hard-working Miami physics student whose life tragically ended much too soon.  Eicher’s lecture will touch on recent discoveries...
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Did you know Astronomy Magazine sells a cool Mars globe?

Posted 7 months ago by David Eicher
Did you know that Astronomy Magazine created and sells the coolest Mars globe in the solar system? This amazing new product is extremely handsome — an absolute must for anyone who loves the Red Planet. These things are selling like hotcakes and now you can have your own to adorn your desk, office, study, observatory — wherever you want to plant Mars.  Our globe is a full 12 inches across, affording incredibly good resolution of the numerous labeled surface features. In all, s...
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Astronomy Magazine Celebrates 45th Anniversary Year

Posted 7 months ago by David Eicher
Get ready for an exciting year upcoming with Astronomy Magazine. On May 27, 1973, Stephen Walther, a Wisconsin astronomy enthusiast, founded the magazine. The first issue, August 1973, was published soon thereafter. Now, 45 years later, Astronomy Magazine is the largest circulation publication on astronomy in the world, a title it has held since 1981. Our 100,000 monthly print circulation, 700,000 monthly website unique visitors, and 1.4 million social media followers make us the largest commu...
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Palominas Astronomy Club joins Astronomy's Tucson Stargaze

Posted 7 months ago by David Eicher
I’ve told you that Astronomy Magazine is proud to be sponsoring our annual Tucson Public Star Party, which will be held at Pima Community College’s East Campus, February 10, 2018. We’ll have nighttime stargazing, of course, and also daytime solar viewing as well as lots of camaraderie with fellow astronomy enthusiasts. Not only will Pima Community College be the host institution, and they have done a magnificent job of hosting for some years running now, but we are also for...
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Southern Sky Star Party in Costa Rica, March 2018: still a few spots left!

Posted 7 months ago by David Eicher
“All the good stuff’s in the southern sky,” the great astronomer Bart Bok used to say. And that wasn’t much of an exaggeration . . . ! In March 2018 Astronomy Magazine will partner with TravelQuest International to transport lucky travelers southbound to Costa Rica, to enjoy the scenery and to soak in the magic of the southern skies.  We’ll spend nearly a week at a star lodge with a great position and telescopic equipment peering out into the deep universe ...
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Join us for the great 2019 eclipse in Chile!

Posted 7 months ago by David Eicher
If you are ready for more eclipse chasing on the back end of this year’s Great American Eclipse, consider going with Astronomy’s editors to see the next big eclipse — in Chile! Along with our travel partner, TravelQuest International, Astronomy Magazine will host a tour to see the July 2, 2019, total solar eclipse. Surrounded by an amazing Chilean landscape, we will bask in 2 minutes 15 seconds of totality! How can you not get motivated for this incredible journey?  The...
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Astronomy Magazine Tucson Star Party planned for Sat., Feb. 10, 2018

Posted 8 months ago by David Eicher
Join us on Saturday, February 10, 2018, in Tucson, Arizona, for the annual Astronomy Magazine Public Star Party. The event will be held at the East Campus of Pima Community College, 8181 East Irvington Road, Tucson, AZ 85709. Everyone is invited, and the event will crank up by noontime, with solar observing, provided with a few telescopes from a partner organization, the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, one of the largest and most active clubs in the desert southwest. The real attraction,...
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America's Darkest Sky Star Party a Smashing Success

Posted 10 months ago by David Eicher
As I’ve said repeatedly, one of the gravest dangers a love of the universe poses is the lack of a dark sky. Light pollution maps show almost everything east of the Mississippi River, in the United States, as badly light polluted. Some 80 percent of Americans now cannot see the Milky Way from where they live.  One of the greatest skies in the United States looms over southwestern New Mexico. Near Animas, a tiny village, Dark Sky New Mexico put on a star party October 13–14, 20...
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Silent Sky in Milwaukee recounts tale of Harvard's famous women astronomers

Posted 10 months ago by David Eicher
If you find yourself in the area of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, over the coming days, I heartily encourage you to see the play Silent Sky at the Next Act Theater.  I was privileged to attend a cast reading from the play at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s planetarium about three weeks ago. I’ll see the play itself next week. I can tell you from what I’ve seen that this is a terrific show and a great performance from the actors.  Many of you undoubtedly know about...
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Beautiful coffee table book: Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Posted 10 months ago by David Eicher
The English publisher Phaidon is widely known for producing some of the most spectacular visual books in the business. They have produced a real winner in the science category with Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World (351 pp., hardcover, Phaidon, New York, 2017, $60, ISBN 978–0–7148–7461–6). Although many image-rich astronomy books have been published in past years, most have been knocked off rather quickly, lacking either superb production quality, knowledgeable...
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Great new book: Cataclysms by Michael Rampino

Posted 10 months ago by David Eicher
Relatively few are the new astronomy books each year that one could call really important. One of them was published late this summer, and it deserves the attention and careful reading of everyone who wants to be up to date with current thinking on astronomy.  Cataclysms: A New Geology for the Twenty-First Century by Michael R. Rampino (211 pp., hardcover, Columbia University Press, New York, 2017, $30, ISBN 978–0–231–17780–1) should be read by everyone with even ...
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Starmus congratulates Nobel Prize winners

Posted 10 months ago by David Eicher
Congratulations to Kip Thorne, Barry Barish, and Rainer Weiss on winning the Nobel Prize in Physics for their gravitational wave detection and discovery!  Facts you might not know about Kip S. Thorne: Kip S. Thorne was the one who first told Stephen Hawking about Starmus Festival in 2011, after which Professor Hawking accepted Brian May’s invitation to come to Starmus-2. Kip S. Thorne gave lectures at Starmus-1 and Starmus-3 and offered an amazing performance called “The Wa...
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David Eicher to deliver Miami University Benson Memorial Lecture

Posted 10 months ago by David Eicher
Oxford, Ohio: Miami University, founded in 1809 and often called a “Public Ivy” for its terrific academic and student offerings, hosts an annual invited physics lecture, the George C. Benson Memorial Lecture, to honor a young man who was lost to the university community far too soon. In April 2018, David Eicher, Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy Magazine and science popularizer, will deliver the annual lecture in his native town.  Eicher’s father John was a professor of orga...
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Come to the New Mexico Star Party Oct. 13-14!

Posted 10 months ago by David Eicher
On October 13–14, 2017, Dark Sky New Mexico will put on a great star party and host talks and a get-together to showcase their phenomenal viewing site. The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) will be present with telescopes, and we’ll view an incredibly array of galaxies, clusters, and nebulae, as well as soaking in a mind-blowing view of the naked eye Milky Way overhead.  Moreover, Dark Sky New Mexico will describe how they are offering sites for astroimagers under a tru...
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Watch David Eicher interview on Space Science Summit

Posted 10 months ago by David Eicher
Last week I took part in a wide-ranging video interview conducted by the happy and very positive Ron Sparkman, an astronomy and sci-fi enthusiast in Colorado Springs. Ron and his friend Bill Hargenrader are together known as The Mars Guys and operate the Space Science and SciFi Summit, featuring interviews with a variety of personalities and other fun stuff at their website. Ron is the founder of UpportunityU.com. This year’s summit also features interviews with Andy Weir, astronaut Lero...

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