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When the astronomer Phil Plait goes outside on a clear night, he can’t help but look up at the stars. It’s a habit he wishes more people had. He also wishes the cosmos weren’t so misunderstood and the subject of such shaky science. Plait has made it his mission to educate people about the incredibly vast universe surrounding our tiny planet. He’s coming to Salt Lake City later this week, and he’ll join us on Wednesday to help explain the universe, dispel myths swirling around it and to detail the threats it poses to life as we know it.

Phil Plait is coming to Salt Lake City as a special guest speaker at the Clark Planetarium. The Planetarium is celebrating 10 years at its current location. The event with Dr. Plait is at 6 p.m. this Thursday, April 11. Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

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Phil Plait created and writes the Bad Astronomy blog on Slate.com. He is a former NASA scientist and he worked on the Hubble Space Telescope for 10 years. His two books are Death from the Skies!: The Science Behind the End of the World, which will be the subject of his speech at the Clark Planetarium, and Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax".

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.