When I had satisfied myself that no star of that kind had ever shone before, I was led into such perplexity by the unbelievability of the thing that I began to doubt the faith of my own eyes. –Tycho Brahe One of the great things that the Hubble Space Telescope has given us is a … Read moreSupernova Remnants: Now and Then, and Eye Candy
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own. –Georg Lichtenberg We’ve been going through the history of the Universe — from inflation to the present day — and you can read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 here. The last thing that happened … Read moreThe Greatest Story Ever Told — 10 — The lights are on, can you see?
To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit. –Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking is in the news today, big time. Why? He says that intelligent aliens almost certainly exist, and that we should definitely not try to contact them. In fact, he argues, we should stay as quiet as possible … Read moreIf Aliens Exist, should we be eager to meet them?
Last night, I had the absolute pleasure to hear Midori, one of the top violinists in the world, play with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. (For those of you wondering, she was spectacular.) What does Midori sound like? Here’s her playing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto fifteen years ago with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. While I recognize that … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Midori and the Arts
Where there is an observatory and a telescope, we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once. –Henry D. Thoreau 20 years ago tomorrow, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit. It doesn’t look that impressive, and maybe it shouldn’t. After all, what is a space telescope? It’s a couple of mirrors, … Read moreHey Hubble, Thanks for 20 years of Awesome