Voyager’s ‘Cosmic Map’ of Earth’s location is hopelessly wrong (Synopsis)

“We [are] a species endowed with hope and perseverance, at least a little intelligence, substantial generosity and a palpable zest to make contact with the cosmos.” -Carl Sagan When the Voyager and Pioneer spacecraft were launched, they contained a message emblazoned on them: a map of 14 pulsars, showing the location of Earth relative to … Read moreVoyager’s ‘Cosmic Map’ of Earth’s location is hopelessly wrong (Synopsis)

Five Things You Must Not Do During Totality At The Solar Eclipse (Synopsis)

“Yes, I am well aware that nature — or what we call nature: that totality of objects and processes that surrounds us and that alternately creates us and devours us — is neither our accomplice nor our confidant.” -Octavio Paz For most of us heading to the path of totality, we’re in for an incredible … Read moreFive Things You Must Not Do During Totality At The Solar Eclipse (Synopsis)

The sights, safety, and science of the great american eclipse (Synopsis)

“…and the Sun has perished out of heaven, and an evil mist hovers over all.” -Homer’s Odyssey The great american eclipse is coming, and you’re in luck! This astronomical sight is unlike anything else that occurs on Earth (or any rocky planet in the Solar System), and there are three incredible stories that it teaches … Read moreThe sights, safety, and science of the great american eclipse (Synopsis)

This One Imperfection In Nuclear Physics Allowed Earth To Exist (Synopsis)

“The discovery of deuterium and the marked differences in the physical and chemical properties of hydrogen and deuterium, together with an efficient method for the separation of these isotopes, have opened an interesting field of research in several of the major branches of science.” -Harold Urey By time the first few minutes of the Big … Read moreThis One Imperfection In Nuclear Physics Allowed Earth To Exist (Synopsis)

How a solar eclipse first proved Einstein right (Synopsis)

“Eddington had needed to make significant corrections to some of the measurements, for various technical reasons, and in the end decided to leave some of the Sobral data out of the calculation entirely. Many scientists were suspicious that he had cooked the books. Although the suspicion lingered for years in some quarters, in the end … Read moreHow a solar eclipse first proved Einstein right (Synopsis)

Three Spectacular Nebulae Caught Together, Revealing Stunning Details About Star Birth (Synopsis)

“It shows you exactly how a star is formed; nothing else can be so pretty! A cluster of vapor, the cream of the milky way, a sort of celestial cheese, churned into light.” -Benjamin Disraeli From here on Earth, most of the stars we see in the night sky are ancient, having departed from the … Read moreThree Spectacular Nebulae Caught Together, Revealing Stunning Details About Star Birth (Synopsis)

The Future Of Astronomy: Thousands Of Radio Telescopes That Can See Beyond The Stars (Synopsis)

“Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.” -Dave Barry When we break out the big guns — space telescopes like Hubble or James Webb — we can see the Universe as it was billions of … Read moreThe Future Of Astronomy: Thousands Of Radio Telescopes That Can See Beyond The Stars (Synopsis)

The Scientific Story Of How Each Element Was Made (Synopsis)

“It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order. And this refers in equal measure to the relations of man – social and political – and to the entire universe as a whole.” -Dmitri Mendeleev When the Big … Read moreThe Scientific Story Of How Each Element Was Made (Synopsis)