Whose world is it, anyway?

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” –Mark Twain So, you’ve been around a while, seen all sorts of things, and learned an awful lot about the world, solar system and Universe that we live in. But how well do you know it, … Read moreWhose world is it, anyway?

It's hard to leave this world

“Some prophecies are self-fulfilling But I’ve had to work for all of mine Better times will come to me, God willing Cause I can’t leave this world behind” –Josh Ritter You sure can’t leave this world behind. At least, not very easily. The reason for it, of course, is gravity. Here on the surface of … Read moreIt's hard to leave this world

Incredible Star Trails, from Earth and Beyond

“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

How long does a Solar Eclipse last?

“The moon shuts off the beams of the sun as it passes across it, and darkens so much of the earth as the breadth of the blue-eyed moon amounts to.” -Empedocles, ~450 B.C. Less than two weeks ago, I saw my first annular eclipse, with some spectacular results at the moment of maximum eclipse. This … Read moreHow long does a Solar Eclipse last?

Practically Everything Leaves Something Behind

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people … Read morePractically Everything Leaves Something Behind

A Mysterious Light on the Darkest Night

It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out. –J.R.R. Tolkien The night sky is no stranger to most of you. Once the Sun goes down in the west, the sky darkens, turning ever-deeper shades of blue until … Read moreA Mysterious Light on the Darkest Night