How do we see through our own galaxy?

“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?

Answering ALL Your Questions

“And in the end The love you take Is equal to the love you make.” –Paul McCartney Every once in a while, I throw the chance out there (on facebook, twitter, or google+) to ask me whatever questions you want. Yesterday, for some insane reason, I invited people across all three platforms to ask me whatever … Read moreAnswering ALL Your Questions

So much more than an Atom Smasher

“Forget it. I didn’t have that thing inside me where I wanted to smash against somebody and watch them break. I was too sensitive for that and disliked being that sensitive.” –Josh Brolin How do you figure out what something is made of? You take it apart — cracking it open if necessary — and … Read moreSo much more than an Atom Smasher

This is the Universe… but is it art?

“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?

Rocks remember, and so do we

“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

With All The Suffering in the World, Why Invest in Science?

“I am looking at the future with concern, but with good hope.” –Albert Schweitzer As you all know, the most ambitious interplanetary mission ever attempted — Mars Science Laboratory — successfully landed its Curiosity rover on Mars earlier this week. Last night, I had the opportunity to go on my local news and speak a … Read moreWith All The Suffering in the World, Why Invest in Science?

Another Trip Around the Sun

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” –Satchel Paige Today marks another year and another trip around the Sun for me. For you, and me, and everything on Earth that makes it through another year on this world, there’s a whole lot we get to experience. Some things are … Read moreAnother Trip Around the Sun

The Legacy of Sally Ride

“Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.” –Ronald Reagan Earlier today, Sally Ride, the first American woman ever to fly in outer space, passed away at the age of 61 from pancreatic cancer. To many … Read moreThe Legacy of Sally Ride

Discovering the Earth from Space: Top 10 Pictures from the ISS

“We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.” –Bill Anders, Apollo 8 astronaut From hundreds of miles up, the International Space Station speeds around the Earth, completing 18 orbits a day, looking down on us and returning some absolutely fabulous images. But what … Read moreDiscovering the Earth from Space: Top 10 Pictures from the ISS

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