Required skimming: space and astronomy

Satisfy your "Curiosity" about space

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food. If we overlooked any of your must-read destinations, please tell us in the comments. The most comprehensive website devoted the latest happenings in astronomy, space exploration, and sky watching.’s Cosmic Log: Science editor Alan Boyle delivers diverse, often quirky, observations and commentary on topics ranging from space and cosmology to quantum physics and cutting-edge technology.

Discover Magazine’s Bad Astronomy blog: Astronomer-turned-writer Phil Plait provides expert analysis of hot topics in space and cosmology, from solar storms to exoplanets, often with a refreshing dose of media criticism.

NASA Watch: Critical analysis of the US space program, American politics and policy, the commercial spaceflight industry, and the International Space Station.

Spaceflight Now: Up-to-date information on the latest manned and unmanned space missions and launch schedules in the US and worldwide.

Wired’s Beyond Apollo blog: Author and space historian David S.F. Portree covers the latest in “exploration and technology with an emphasis on missions and programs planned but not flown (that is, the vast majority of them).”

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Curtis Brainard writes on science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard. Tags: