If You See a Fireball, Please Report It

Figure 2. Sightings of a single fireball that appeared on 2015-03-15.

If you have ever seen a fireball, which is an unusually bright meteor (or shooting star), then you know that they can be very impressive. But did you also know that reporting your observation can help to further science? Fireballs, and meteors in general, are like…

Tom Sat, 03/21/2015 - 14:53


Introducing Clippy!


I’ve decided to introduce the world-famous Clippy to improve the interactivity of this site. After all, who am I to doubt the wisdom of Microsoft when they introduced it as the friendly helper that it is, and that already in 1997. You might be skeptical about this, but trust me, it’ll be cool! I haven’t decided yet whether…


Submitted on 1 April 2014

The Clustering Illusion

The clustering illusion is the human tendency to expect random events to appear more regular or uniform than they are in reality, resulting in the assumption that clusters in the data cannot be caused by chance alone. An important example of this is that the stars in the night sky seem clumped together in some regions, while…


Submitted on 5 March 2014