Weekend Diversion: Looking down instead of up

“And all your future lies beneath your hat.” –John Oldham Yes, with all the space, astronomy and astrophysics I do here, I can still recognize that there are things of great beauty and importance happening here on the lower 50% of our gaze. For this weekend, I’ve got a sweet song by Railroad Earth: Neath … Read more

Weekend Diversion: For a Young Soul

“Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” –Oscar Wilde For those of you who don’t typically listen to soul singers, you may want to have a listen to this. There’s always something about live performances that bring out their best, and … Read more

We’re going to see a black hole!!!

“A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.” –Edward Teller The idea of black holes has gone from a curious thought experiment to a theoretical likelihood to a near-certainty — … Read more

Energy: Five Good Questions

“Almost every way we make electricity today, except for the emerging renewables and nuclear, puts out CO2. And so, what we’re going to have to do at a global scale, is create a new system. And so, we need energy miracles.” –Bill Gates Energy is one of the most important topics facing our modern, industrialized … Read more

What our future looks like to an outsider

“At the last dim horizon, we search among ghostly errors of observations for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and it will not be oppressed.” –Edwin Hubble It still boggles my mind that a scant 100 years ago, many of the … Read more