Astroquizzical: Do all planets rotate in orbit around their stars? (Synopsis)

When you think about our world and our place in the Solar System, you very likely think about Earth, spinning on its axis, with the Moon orbiting around it, and with the entire Earth-Moon system orbiting the Sun. But did you know that all of it — the Earth spinning on its axis, the Moon revolving around … Read moreAstroquizzical: Do all planets rotate in orbit around their stars? (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan #81: Could you crawl out of a black hole? (Synopsis)

“Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.” –Alfred A. Montapert You might not think of falling into a black hole as a choice, but in the case of this week’s Ask Ethan, someone is choosing to explore exactly that! Imagine, if you will, taking a solid object that’s completely outside of an … Read moreAsk Ethan #81: Could you crawl out of a black hole? (Synopsis)

Throwback Thursday: Past the Fingers of God (Synopsis)

“On a cosmic scale, our life is insignificant, yet this brief period when we appear in the world is the time in which all meaningful questions arise.” –Paul Ricoeur What you see is what you get, except when it isn’t. We’re all familiar with Hubble’s law, or the notion that the Universe is expanding, and … Read moreThrowback Thursday: Past the Fingers of God (Synopsis)

Supertides are real!

“But less intelligible still was the flood that was caused by forty days’ rain, and forty nights’. For here on the moors there were some years when it rained for two hundred days and two hundred nights, almost without fairing; but there was never any Flood.” –Halldór Laxness Once every 18 years, a French Abbey … Read moreSupertides are real!

Could the LHC make an Earth-killing black hole? (Synopsis)

“There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.” “And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.” “And yours… is wilfully to misunderstand them.” –Jane Austen Every time we go to higher and higher energies in our particle accelerators, … Read moreCould the LHC make an Earth-killing black hole? (Synopsis)