My friend Robert Hurt is a good guy to know.
Besides being an astronomer and just a nice guy, he is also an artist, a writer, and a director. I mean, if his only contribution to the world of science communication were his incredible map of the Milky Way (and here’s the unannotated version) based on observations using Spitzer Space Telescope, radio telescopes, and more, he could call it a day and be done.
But he continues to do great work. He helped create a really funny and entertaining series of videos about infrared astronomy, featuring Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Veronica Belmont, Sean Astin, Linda Hamilton, Mark Hamill, George Takei, Sandeep Parikh, Amy Okuda, and lots of other scifi geek folks.
His new effort fits right in with those. He wrote and directed a pair of science fiction videos about the science of exoplanets. Both feature two space travelers in a ship they can’t control, popping them out somewhere in the Universe, where they try to find a habitable planet. Using real science, they analyze their environment and decided whether to stay or go.
And oh, the two hapless explorers are played by Cara Gee and Cas Anvar, who are ...