Happy Trails!


I’ve ran the Dear Astronomer blog for the past five years. During the time that I’ve been blogging, I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people in the space and astronomy world, make some great friends, and help do my part to spread the message of science.

With all of that being said, my life is in a much different place than it was five years ago, and as much as it pains me, I simply do not have the time to deliver content on this site with a level of quality I feel my readers deserve.

I’ll continue to be posting on Google+ and Twitter, and certainly will be continuing my astronomy outreach efforts. Thank you all for reading my posts over the years, and following my successful journey to become a professional astronomer.

LEGO Curiosity Rover Kit Giveaway!

Lego Curiosity Mars Rover. Image Credit: LEGO

Lego Curiosity Mars Rover. Image Credit: LEGO

To celebrate the release of the official LEGO NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover kit, I’m sponsoring an “ugly” rover build contest on Reddit!

Keep reading after the jump to learn how you can enter to win this incredible LEGO kit!

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App Review: “Earth or Not Earth”


The folks at Cosmoquest have released a cool new citizen science app for Android! “Earth or Not Earth” allows players to test their knowledge of Earth, as well as learn more about the fascinating geology of the rocky worlds in our solar system. You can also challenge your friends on Facebook to beat your scores, thanks to the Facebook integration feature.

“Earth or Not Earth” was developed by Southern Illinois University graduate student and Cosmoquest developer Joseph Moore. Moore designed “Earth or Not Earth,” and included two additional game features: “Matching” and “Pick 2.”

The images used in “Earth or Not Earth” are public domain, and are sourced primarily from NASA planetary science missions, with more images to be added to the app in the future.

The app does cost $1.99 USD, and the Proceeds from “Earth or Not Earth” help fund the programmers at Cosmoquest, as well as citizen science programs, educational programs, and future mobile apps.

Check out my full review of “Earth or Not Earth” at Universe Today!


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