15 Twitter Accounts for Space Nerds
Love space? Then consider following these astronauts, astronomers, and spacecraft on Twitter.
1. Buzz Aldrin
He walked on the moon, is among those leading the charge to colonize Mars, recorded a song with Snoop Dogg called “Rocket Experience,” and once punched a moon landing conspiracy theorist in the face. What more reason do you need to follow him?
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) July 21, 2014
2. Curiosity Rover
Dispatches from Mars, courtesy of the scientists operating this rover.
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) July 16, 2014
Launched in 1997, Cassini is currently cruising around Saturn, sending back incredible images of the gaseous planet, its rings, and its moons.
— CassiniSaturn (@CassiniSaturn) July 14, 2014
4. Voyager Spacecraft
OK, so some people don’t necessarily believe that Voyager 2 is actually in interstellar space. Still, the craft and its twin really far out there, so this account is worth a follow.
— NASA Voyager (@NASAVoyager) July 7, 2014
Breaking info on exoplanets, direct from the space observatory that’s looking for them.
— NASA Kepler (@NASAKepler) July 14, 2014
6. Phil Plait
Explaining incredible images, the latest space news, and so much more.
Because it’s a FAQ: 1st-time buyer’s guide to getting a telescope. http://t.co/g4r88m1uNk
— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) July 17, 2014
This telescope has been observing the universe since 1990.
— IxChel (@IxChelRoyPerez) July 25, 2014
8. Chris Hadfield
The world’s favorite astronaut isn’t currently in space, but follow this Canadian anyway!
Here's what it's like to make a sandwich in weightlessness, using one of those floating, ageless, tasty tortillas: https://t.co/WiRMHD4Dlg
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) July 13, 2014
9. Low Flying Rocks
If an object comes within 18,591,161.5 miles of Earth, this bot, made by Tom Taylor, tweets about it.
2014 MG55, ~38m-86m in diameter, just passed the Earth at 8km/s, missing by ~10,100,000km. http://t.co/lUzCFwqN1p
— lowflyingrocks (@lowflyingrocks) July 25, 2014
10. Astro Pic of the Day
Gorgeous photos of our universe daily, accompanied by an explanation from an astronomer.
A Solar Filament Erupts: http://t.co/wk9cHjC3T2
— Astro Pic Of The Day (@apod) July 20, 2014
11. Reid Weisman
Weisman is currently living on the International Space Station and tweeting incredible images.
— Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid) July 22, 2014
12. Space Weather
When the weather on Earth isn’t enough, check out what’s happening in space!
— SpaceWeatherLive (@_SpaceWeather_) July 10, 2014
13. Sky and Telescope
"The essential guide to astronomy" ... on Twitter!
Mars & Spica still shine low in the southwest as night begins. They're now 6° apart, with Mars pulling further away. #skyataglance
— Sky & Telescope (@SkyandTelescope) July 25, 2014
14. Fake Astro Pix
Setting the record straight on some of the photos floating around on social media.
— Fake Astropix (@FakeAstropix) July 17, 2014
15. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Seasons are caused by the 23.5-degree tilt in Earth’s axis. Without it, fashion would need a different excuse to change.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) July 4, 2014