“I have announced this star as a comet, but since it is not accompanied by any nebulosity and, further, since its movement is so slow and rather uniform, it has occurred to me several times that it might be something better than a comet. But I have been careful not to advance this supposition to … Read moreWhy there are (and should be) eight planets in the Solar System
“You can’t exactly bake a man to your specifications… A hybrid of Einstein, Tarzan and Inge Meysel doesn’t exist.” –Peer Steinbruck Of course, if you create enough chances, all the things that could eventually happen will come to pass. This is as true for human beings as it is for the physical Universe. And for our … Read moreThe Rarest Eclipse of Them All
“…because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers.” –Marissa Meyer Before you get irate, I don’t actually agree at all with that quote above; I have no talent for photography at all and a tremendous respect for those who do, and who cultivate it to produce something … Read moreWeekend Diversion: The Varied Views of our Moon
“It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it.” –Carl Sagan I would argue the exact opposite, in fact: the beauty of a sunset, in all of its varieties and variations, is only enhanced the more you know about it. The next time you watch the Sun … Read moreThe Physics of Sunsets
“You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.” –Edwin Louis Cole Our Solar System is — at least from our perspective — the most well-studied system of planets, moons, asteroids and comets in the entire Universe. And in this system, the closest planet to our Sun, Mercury, was also one … Read moreThere's Water on Mercury, and EVERY World Like it!
“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.” –Hal Borland Of course you know the danger that would befall us if the Earth ever got too close to the Sun, as the Perry Bible Fellowship shows, atop. But have you … Read moreWhy you must NEVER hug the Moon!
“Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.” –Galileo Galilei All of science is rooted in the idea that natural phenomena can be explained naturally, and that if we want to know how anything in the Universe works, all we … Read moreHow the Earth moves, and how do we know?
“Geologists have a saying: rocks remember.” –Neil Armstrong Looming up above us, hundreds of thousands of miles away, is the largest moon in the inner solar system: our Moon. One of the greatest achievements in the history of our planet culminated on July 20th, 1969, when the first creatures from our world set foot on … Read moreRocks remember, and so do we
“Ignignokt: Well well, I know that. I said that, but it’s his nap time now. Err: ‘Cause he like, sleeps during the day. Ignignokt: But at night he feeds. Err: And it’s always night on the Moon! Ignignokt: Don’t f*** with me, Err.” –Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Moon Master Ahh, the Moon. The brightest object in our night sky is … Read moreIt's NEVER Night on the Moon!
“The achievements of Apollo were so bold and our subsequent efforts so timid that the energy of those years seems like a youthful dream.” –Buzz Aldrin 43 years ago today, humanity took our first steps on another world, venturing nearly 400,000 kilometers from home and walking on the surface of the Moon. Of course, what … Read more43 years later, we're seven minutes away from a second giant leap forward.