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A Scientist Never Asks A Star Its Age

Bwogger Olivia Mitchell heads to the newest edition of the  Columbia Astronomy Lecture Series to find out why a scientist should never ask a star its age.

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Continuing Jenny Slate’s Legacy: Going To My Astronomy Lab Stoned

Intoxication for a general requirement we’d rather not fulfill isn’t something foreign to Bwog staff. Last night, one Bwoggie channeled her inner Jenny Slate and got high as the stars for her Astronomy lab. It all started when someone recommended that I watched Jenny Slate talking with Seth Meyers about going to her astronomy lab […]

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High In First Year English: Xanax Edition

You may have read, and enjoyed, last week’s post about going high to First Year English. This week, one of our writers went to First Year English on a different kind of high: pill form. Less smoke, and legal. Bwog would like to note that the writer has a Xanax prescription, and took the medicine […]

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Bwoglines: Art Infiltrating Daily Life Edition

New York-based ballerina Misty Copeland (Principal with American Ballet Theatre), graces the March pages of Harper’s Bazaar with recreations of famous Degas dancer works of art. (Harper’s Bazaar) A few blocks south, old phone booths were replaced with newer, soon-to-be WiFi-equipped phone booths that still look old. Seems fake but ok. (NY Times) If you […]

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LectureHop: On The Care And Feeding Of Black Holes

Last night in Pupin, the Astronomy Department opened its doors to both the Columbia community and the public for its regular Stargazing and Lecture series event. Bwog has sent writers to cover the last few starry Friday night programs, and this week staffer and Friday Night Lights fan Amara Banks was lucky enough to check […]

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What Are Those? Bwog Explores Ghost Galaxies

Stargazing, astronomy, science, math, dark matter, and ghost galaxies, all on Friday, November the 13th? Sounds almost too spooky for life. Bwog sent junior staffer and budding astrophysicist Phoebe Newton to last evening’s edition of Columbia Astronomy’s monthly “Stargazing and Lecture Series.” Here’s her overview. Droves of locals and Columbia students gathered last night for […]

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Our Monster Black Hole

Black holes seem fake, but they’re actually real, visible, and somewhat understandable, thanks to scientists, large telescopes, and lots of math. Bwogger Nadra Rahman attended a biweekly “Stargazing and Lecture series” given by graduate student Shuo Zhang last night in Pupin, titled “Our Monster Black Hole.” Nadra lived to tell the tale (and dish some […]

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Bwoglines: Actual Science Edition

Columbia alumnus Alvin Roth (SEAS ’71) is one of the two winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics along with Lloyd S. Shapley. They won the award for their work in matching theory, which supposedly enables better college admissions and better organ donation systems. Congratulations! (Washington Post) A new study says that pot is […]

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LectureHop: When Bad Things Happen to Good Galaxies

Bwog’s resident Star Gazer Zach Kagan writes in with tidbits of information from Hugh Crowl‘s lecture, “When Bad Things Happen to Good Galaxies,” on doom and gloom for major galaxies. Behold the cosmic drama! The Audience at the most recent Public Lecture and Stargazing, held in the bowels of Pupin (correctly pronounced “pew-PEEN”) Hall, spanned […]

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Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight

Update, 2:25am: Cowabunga, you can start to see it now! Send in any photos you take of the eclipse, people gazing skywards, eclipse parties… or whatever you crazy kids do during a lunar eclipse to tips@bwog.com! You should definitely go out tonight! In an educational way duh! Take a break from napping studying in Butler […]

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Calling All Stargazers

Astronomers, gather ’round! Although you may not be able to view the stars from Pupin anymore,  you can do the next best thing at the “From Earth to the Universe” exhibit on the Butler lawns, running for a week starting this Monday. Besides a showcase of celestial pictures that lines the lawns, the exhibit features […]

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From the Issue: Night Out Of Sight

  The May issue of the Blue and White is imminent! For the last issue of the year, Lydia DePillis investigates the skies with Columbia’s Rutherford Conservatory. Or tries to. In Venice in 1609, Galileo created the first known telescope. It was a great leap outward in man’s expanding sphere of knowledge. Four hundred years […]

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The Sky Has A Sense of Humor

God knows its finals season. This afternoon from around 2 PM to 6 PM, the juxtaposition of the moon, Venus and Jupiter will form a frowny face in the south-south-western sky. Bwogger and astronomy-tipster Hans Hyttinen believes that optimal viewing time will be after the sun sets at 4:20 PM. Fiddle around with the stars […]

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Goodnight, Moon; or, Clipse Returns To Columbia

Last night’s eclipse was widely watched around campus. Bwog was there, too, tucked in Pupin Hall’s cozy rooftop telescope, along with half the Columbia staff and their children. Bwog took the time to interview two eight-year olds on their opinions of the eclipse. Eight year old #1 (lisping audibly and shrieking): Oh my gosh!

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Astronomy and Artistry

Tipster Rick Betita directed Bwog’s attention to Gothamist, whose attention was focused on The New Yorker‘s Letters to the Editor section. Specifically the letter in which Michael Allison, adjunct professor of astronomy at Columbia, had written about January 28th’s cover (see right).  Allison insists that due to the certain conditions (namely,”the angle of the long […]

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