“I am undecided whether or not the Milky Way is but one of countless others all of which form an entire system. Perhaps the light from these infinitely distant galaxies is so faint that we cannot see them.” –Johann Lambert When we look out at the Universe, our view is pretty consistently dominated by the … Read moreHow do we see through our own galaxy?
“For I dipped into the Future, far as human eye could see; saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be.” –Alfred, Lord Tennyson This weekend, the Sun is shining here in Portland, as we’ve gotten our first annual spell of warm, sunny days recently. It’s got me thinking of the … Read moreWeekend Diversion: I'm Writing for NASA Now!
“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 moreAsteroid #2 down; on to Asteroid #1!
“At the last dim horizon, we search among ghostly errors of observations for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and it will not be oppressed.” –Edwin Hubble While new discoveries are made about the Universe, a new explorer finds its way … Read moreThis is the Universe… but is it art?
“We are much closer today to being able to send humans to Mars than we were to being able to send men to the moon in 1961, and we were there eight years later. Given the will, we could have humans on Mars within a decade.” –Robert Zubrin This is what we can accomplish when … Read moreThis is why we must invest in ourselves!
“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.
“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” –Mark Twain Back before the telescope was invented, Saturn was known as the Old Man of the Skies. The slowest-moving of the naked-eye planets, it’s the only one that would reliably be in nearly the same location, year after year. … Read moreThe Sirens of Titan
“Building one space station for everyone was and is insane: we should have built a dozen.” –Larry Niven Here on the solid ground of the Earth, the Sun and Moon rise and set on a daily basis. During the hours where the Sun is invisible, blocked by the solid Earth, the stars twirl overhead in … Read moreIncredible Star Trails, from Earth and Beyond