The Bittersweet Taste of Philae’s Limited Success (Synopsis)

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”  –Judith Thurman You’d think that landing on a comet for the first time, with all ten instruments functioning, and collecting more than two full Earth-days worth of data would be … Read moreThe Bittersweet Taste of Philae’s Limited Success (Synopsis)

Messier Monday: An All-Season Cluster, M35 (Synopsis)

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.” –Henri Matisse But the surrounding fog might not come from our minds nor from our world, but rather from the plane of the galaxy itself. Nevertheless, the brightest clusters — the ones placed serendipitously — are clearly visible (and … Read moreMessier Monday: An All-Season Cluster, M35 (Synopsis)