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Publications on ASTRONOMY

by Joel Marks

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
University of New Haven

Bioethics Center Scholar
Yale University

Chapter, paper, articles

"Heaven Can't Wait: A Critique of Current Planetary Defence Policy" in Commercial Space Exploration: Ethics, Policy and Governance, edited by Jai Galliott (Farnham UK: Ashgate, 2015), Ch. 7, pp. 71-90.

"What about Comets?"(poster and paper) 4th IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Frascati, Roma, Italy, April 13-17, 2015.

"Our Whirling World." Mercury, vol. 36, no. 4, Fall 2007, pp. 28-31.

"A Planet by any other Name: an exercise in astrometaphysics." Think, winter 2007, pp. 101-104.

Science fiction novel about planetary defense

Traitors to Their Kind. North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2017.

Columns and miscellany

"Comet Day, Anyone?" Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies blog, July 1, 2015.

"A Special Moment in Astronomy." New Haven Register, June 30, 2015, p. A6.

"Finding Them Early Is Not Enough." Reverse Blog Tour for Ben H. Winters' Last Policeman trilogy, July 20, 2014.

"A Comet with Our Name on It?" Connecticut Post, November 25, 2013.

"Defense against Asteroids, Comets Must Be Taken Seriously." New Haven Register, August 24, 2013, p. A8.

"Highly Informative but Requires Careful Reading." Review of Donald K. Yeomans' Near-Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us., May 28, 2013.

"Heaven Can Wait, But We Shouldn't." Connecticut Post, March 16, 2013, p. A8.

Petition submitted to the White House, February 15, 2013.

"Group Keeping an Eye on Asteroid Threats." New Haven Register, February 1, 2013, p. A10.

"Earth Is Better Place after Armstrong Walked on It." New Haven Register, August 29, 2012, p. A7.

"Absolute Vulnerability." Philosophy Now, issue no. 86, September/October 2011, p. 52.

"First, Do No Harm." Sky and Telescope, vol. 120, no. 6, December 2010, p. 86.

"Not with a Whimper, but a Bang." Philosophy Now, issue no. 79, June/July 2010, p. 47.

"Forget Global Warming, Be Afraid of Giant Space Rocks." Norwich Bulletin, December 20, 2009, p. A8.

"What's the Big Hoopla about Seeing a UFO?" New Haven Register, November 29, 2007.

"Philosophical Astronomy." Philosophy Now, issue no. 58, November/December 2006, p 48.

"Reckoning Might Come from Sky." New Haven Register, April 13, 2006.

"Discovery of 10th Planet May Mean There Really Are Only Eight." New Haven Register, August 3, 2005.

Proposal for a new kind of planetarium show. Planetarian 31: 4 (4), December 2002.

"The Ultimate Sky." Sky and Telescope 104:5 (10), November 2002.

"Going Lightly." Natural History, Letters, November 2001.

"STAR NOTES." New Haven Register, monthly, September 1999 -- June 2001. (See below.)

"Convert Titans to Protect Earth from Asteroids." New Haven Register, May 28, 1998.

"Career of Brilliant Geologist Cut Short." New Haven Register, July 28, 1997.

"City's Lights Can Confound Comet Lovers." New Haven Register, March 4, 1997.

"Despite Relative Safety of Earth, Jupiter Makes You Stop and Think." New Haven Register, July 29, 1994.

"Astronomer Spreads Pearls of Wisdom." New Haven Register, May 4, 1994.

"Common Sense Sometimes at Odds with Reason." New Haven Register, April 11, 1991.

"Smudge in Sky Shows How Far the Eye Can See." New Haven Register, November 15, 1990.

The following appeared as "Star Notes" columns in the New Haven Register.

"Make contact with Vega; watch the scorpion for Antares and his rival." September 2, 1999.

"Use stars, planets as a heavenly compass." October 7, 1999.

"Leonid shower blasts through with as many as 1,000 meteors an hour." November 4, 1999.

"December's a month for dippers; Diana's shine lights up the solstice." December 2, 1999.

"Moon slips into Earth's shadow and wears mask of Mars." January 6, 2000.

"Star light, star bright: There's a bunch of them in the sky tonight." February 3, 2000.

"3 planets dance with the moon, while the Lion and Bear soar." April 6, 2000.

"7 'planets' in rare conjunction; arc your way to spring stars." May 4, 2000.

"Summer twilights ahead; big planets make a morning comeback." June 1, 2000.

"Reach out and catch a view of distant Uranus and a close-up asteroid." July 6, 2000.

"Milky Way galaxy is candy for the eyes this month, if weather behaves." August 3, 2000.

"Fly by night with star birds Cygnus and Aquila this month." September 7, 2000.

"Earlier nightfalls mean more celestial fun for stargazers." October 5, 2000.

"Venus, Jupiter and Saturn offer a planetary triple play this month." November 2, 2000.

"Moon will take a bite out of the sun on Christmas Day." December 7, 2000.

"Space station shines bright in nighttime sky." January 4, 2001.

"Orion stands tall in the middle of the evening sky this month." February 1, 2001.

"Venus sets behind the sun, but comes up ahead." March 1, 2001.

"Jupiter and Saturn are moving, but not going anywhere." April 5, 2001.

"Big Dipper dominates the spring skies." May 3, 2001.

"Nothing can rival Mars' brilliance now." June 7, 2001.


"It Can't Happen Now: Fallacious Complacence about Planetary Defense."
Mathematics and Physics department colloquium.
University of New Haven.
October 15, 2015.

"Is the Sky Falling? Collisions with Asteroids and Comets."
Mathematics and Physics club meeting.
University of New Haven.
October 15, 2015.

Stones and Fish Falling from the Sky."
Provost's lecture series.
University of New Haven.
October 25, 2005.


"Wake-up Calls from Asteroids and Comets": video

"First Look at Saturn": sample episode of radio program "Star Sounds" (broadcast monthly during academc year 2000/2001 on WNHU West Haven 88.7 FM)


Sistine Chapel meets K-T Boundary: The closest this atheist has come to touching his creator. Joel Marks in Gubbio, Italy, April 18, 2015. Photo credit: Melanie Stengel