Astronomers discover two Earth-sized planets around another star

Very cool: astronomers have found two planets very close to the size of the Earth, both orbiting the same star about 950 light years away!

Illustration of the two new planets, compared to Venus and Earth

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Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

I’ll Tumbl for you

Hey, Phil Plait from Bad Astronomy here. 

So I was thinking of getting a Tumblr for a while, and decided to roll with it. HAHAHA! “Roll with it”, y’see, because it’s like tumbling. Gymnastics.

So I figure I’ll post stuff here that won’t go on the blog: short stuff, links to things I like, the usual Tumblr-type timewasting trivia. I probably will keep this light, or use it to post more controversial things I’d rather keep off the blog.

Or, in all fairness, I might not. You should follow me anyway, because you never know.  

I’m also on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook, where I’m probably funnier.