Was it a simple misunderstanding, sensationalist reporting, or an outright hoax? Whatever the answer, a recent story about a German student embarrassing NASA's asteroid experts shows how little mass-media reporters know about basic science — and how unlikely they are to check the facts.
Astronomy and Society
Astronomy might be about the heavens, but what happens up there has effects right here on Earth, too. Some of these impacts are literal — such as the meteoroid that detonated over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013. Other effects are felt more metaphorically, such as the timeless impact of a total solar eclipse, or the media hype over so-called supermoons. Other developments represent the outreaching arm of humanity, such as the recent launch of hundreds — and soon to be thousands — of Starlink satellites that could affect our night skies.
Here you’ll find the latest astronomy news that touches our lives. We’ll keep you up to speed on how you can be involved in astronomy and how astronomy endeavors are affecting you and our society.