Weekend Diversion: Discover the Night Sky for Yourself!

“They will see us waving from such great heights ‘Come down now,’ they’ll say. But everything looks perfect from far away ‘Come down now,’ but we’ll stay.” –The Postal Service Whether you’re under urban, city skies, where only a few dozen stars are visible on a clear night, or beneath some of the darkest skies … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Discover the Night Sky for Yourself!

Welcome Earth Day with the Greatest April Shower of All: The Lyrids!

“April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.” –T. S. Eliot Of course you all know the refrain, “April showers bring May flowers,” but there’s one April shower that brings fireballs instead: the Lyrids! Like all meteor showers, the Lyrids come … Read moreWelcome Earth Day with the Greatest April Shower of All: The Lyrids!

The Whole Story on Dark Matter

“Science progresses best when observations force us to alter our preconceptions.” –Vera Rubin I want you to think about the Universe. The whole thing; about everything that physically exists, both visible and invisible, about the laws of nature that they obey, and about your place in it. It’s a daunting, terrifying, and simultaneously beautiful and … Read moreThe Whole Story on Dark Matter

The Power of Admitting "I'm Wrong"

“Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain’t so.” –Mark Twain “It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.” –Richard Feynman Every day that you set forth in the world is a … Read moreThe Power of Admitting "I'm Wrong"

Weekend Diversion: Where Bigfoot Dwells

“You never need think you can turn over any old falsehoods without a terrible squirming of the horrid little population that dwells under it.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes As an astrophysicist, I get sent all sorts of (unsolicited) novel ideas and theories claiming to overturn everything from special relativity to quantum theory to the Big Bang. … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Where Bigfoot Dwells