A planet with liquid water?! The first real candidate!

“Goldilocks was hungry. She tasted the porridge from the first bowl. ‘This porridge is too hot!’ she exclaimed. So, she tasted the porridge from the second bowl. ‘This porridge is too cold,’ she said. So, she tasted the last bowl of porridge. ‘Ahhh, this porridge is just right,’ she said happily and she ate it … Read moreA planet with liquid water?! The first real candidate!

The New Nu News!

“I know all about neutrinos, and my friend here knows about everything else in astrophysics.” –John Bahcall Neutrinos are the most poorly understood particles in the standard model. Remember the standard model? The standard model of elementary particles tells us what the fundamental constituents of matter and forces are in our Universe. We have the … Read moreThe New Nu News!

Meet me at the bar!

“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.” –Drew Carey When you think of a galaxy, you probably think of a bright, dense core with huge, swirling outstretched spiral arms. Something, perhaps, like the Silverado Galaxy, below. And … Read moreMeet me at the bar!

Can explosions move faster than the speed of light?

“Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules.” –Douglas Adams Every once in a while, a star in our own galaxy can do something to surprise us. Over in the constellation of the Unicorn lived a quiet, run-of-the-mill star named V838 Monocerotis. But in early 2002, … Read moreCan explosions move faster than the speed of light?

Missing a Thousand Galaxies or so? Here’s how to find them!

“It doesn’t matter what temperature the room is, it’s always room temperature.” –Steven Wright Far and away, one of the greatest things the Universe has ever created are dense clusters of galaxies! The Coma Cluster, shown above, is a classic example of one of these colossal objects. (And as always, click on it for the … Read moreMissing a Thousand Galaxies or so? Here’s how to find them!