The Most Distant, Dark Galaxy Ever Found!

“One mustn’t look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.” –Gustave Flaubert The deepest depths of space, out beyond our atmosphere, our Solar System, and even our galaxy, hold the richness of the great Universe beyond. Stretching for billions of light years in every direction, there are … Read moreThe Most Distant, Dark Galaxy Ever Found!

Weekend Diversion: I Finally Learned to Tie My Shoes!

“Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?” –Bernice Fitz-Gibbon Yes, I have a Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Yes, I’ve spent years as a professional scientist, an award-winning physics teacher and professor, and a … Read moreWeekend Diversion: I Finally Learned to Tie My Shoes!

Alright, Neutrinos, The Jig Is Up!

“I have difficulty to believe it, because nothing in Italy arrives ahead of time.” –Sergio Bertolucci, research director at CERN, on faster-than-light neutrinos You know the story. Last year, the OPERA experiment at CERN announced, to the shock and surprise of practically everyone, that they had observed what appeared to be neutrinos moving faster than … Read moreAlright, Neutrinos, The Jig Is Up!

Eta Carinae's 21-Year Outburst: A Cosmic Instant Replay!

“Not explaining science seems to me perverse. When you’re in love, you want to tell the world.” –Carl Sagan Nothing lasts forever in this Universe, not even the seemingly timeless stars in the sky. At any moment, any one of the brilliant, twinkling points of light from across the galaxy could run out of fuel, … Read moreEta Carinae's 21-Year Outburst: A Cosmic Instant Replay!

Hey, America! Break out the Binoculars after Sunset and see Uranus tonight!

“The phenomena of nature, especially those that fall under the inspection of the astronomer, are to be viewed, not only with the usual attention to facts as they occur, but with the eye of reason and experience.” –William Herschel We live in the most plentiful of scientific times, where the full extent of both our … Read moreHey, America! Break out the Binoculars after Sunset and see Uranus tonight!