How lucky would Kepler have to be to see us?

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” –Helen Keller If you’ve been paying attention, you heard that the Kepler mission, earlier this week, announced the discovery of 706 candidate planets orbiting stars in its field of view. And … Read moreHow lucky would Kepler have to be to see us?

How many planets are out there? First Results from Kepler!

“We are all captives of the pictures in our head — our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists.” –Walter Lippmann For a long time, humans have wondered about life on other worlds, and about worlds around other stars. Until the 1990s, this was mostly speculation and hope. But … Read moreHow many planets are out there? First Results from Kepler!

The Greatest Story Ever Told — 10 — The lights are on, can you see?

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own. –Georg Lichtenberg We’ve been going through the history of the Universe — from inflation to the present day — and you can read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 here. The last thing that happened … Read moreThe Greatest Story Ever Told — 10 — The lights are on, can you see?