Weekend Diversion: Hey Baby, Let’s Orbit!

“We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.” –Astronaut Bill Anders, Pilot, Apollo 8 Humanity’s ventures to the Moon have always been symbolic of the greatest things our species has ever achieved. In fact, Bill Anders, quoted above, is also famous for taking … Read more

Ask A Commercial Astronaut Anything!

“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” –Galileo There should be a big vote going on today about the future of spaceflight in America. Obama has outlined his new space policy, and has called for the commercial sector to step up and get involved in spaceflight, particularly in low-orbit, … Read more

How Sure are we of the Higgs?

“`It’s quite hard to destroy the Earth.’ Does that statement make anyone else nervous? I mean, does that sound like experience talking?” –from the comments on the LHC at slashdot Last week, I started an open thread, giving you the chance to ask about how certain we were about the validity of certain physical theories. … Read more

Weekend Diversion: Unsolicited Life Advice

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” –Albert Einstein Every weekend, I try to add a little something that’s a little more than the science, astronomy, and physics I talk about during the week. Well, this … Read more

The Biggest Star We’ve Ever Found!

“The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long – and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy. Look at you: you’re the Prodigal Son; you’re quite a prize!” –Tyrell, from Blade Runner Look up at the night sky. On a clear, dark night with normal vision, you can literally see … Read more