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Phil plait

Philip Cary Plait, Ph.D. (a.k.a. The Bad Astronomer) is an American astronomer and skeptic who runs the website He formerly worked at the physics and astronomy department at Sonoma State University. In early 2007, he resigned from his job to write Death from the Skies. On August 4, 2008, he became President of the James Randi Educational Foundation. He served in that position until January 1, 2010, when he was succeeded by noted skeptic D. J. Grothe. Plait grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Virginia in 1994 with a thesis on SN 1987A, which he studied with the Supernova Intensive Study (SINS). He first worked with the COBE satellite and then with the STIS on the Hubble Space Telescope for five years. He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado and writes full time, but often hosts special events and serves as an adviser and commentator in several capacities, including events focusing on skepticism, such as SkeptiCamp. Plait performed web-based public outreach for the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and other NASA-funded missions while at Sonoma State University from 2000 to 2007.

Personal details

Date of birth
September 30th, 1964
United States of America
Places lived
Boulder , United States of America
pop. 103,166 (2013)


1. University of Virginia Colleges/University

- 1994 Doctorate / Astronomy

The University of Virginia (often abbreviated as UVA or Virginia) is a public research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. Conceived and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and established in 1819, it is one of the eight U.S. Public Ivy universities.

Institution info

Type Public university
2012. 4.73 bil. $
Institution colors
400 Ray C. Hunt Drive, 22902 - Charlottesville, Virginia
2012. 14,641
2010. 15,595
2009. 15,550
2012. 6,454
2010. 8,796
Acceptance rate
2013. 28.3 %
2012. 27.0 %
2011. 33.3 %
2010. 33.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 13.2 K $
2011. 11.8 K $
2010. 10.8 K $
2009. 9.87 K $
2008. 9.49 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article
Social media

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended University of Virginia connected by profession and/or age

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Company Founded Positions
James Randi Educational Foundation
Official site

Regular TV appearances

1. How the Universe Works

Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Languages Regular cast
Discovery Channel
2010-05-17 2012-08-29 April 25th, 2010 August 29th, 2012 3 English

Written work

1.Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing Hoax

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2002. at New York City
2002. by John Wiley & Sons
Big Bang
Tidal force
Moon landing conspiracy theories
Coriolis effect


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