Dark Matter and Dark Energy Explained? Well, not really

Ever since it was discovered that the rotational dynamics of spiral galaxies were inconsistent with the observed mass of those galaxies, it has been postulated that missing mass or dark matter was responsible. With fellow staff-member Kent Ford, astronomer Vera Rubin announced at a 1975 meeting of the American Astronomical Society the discovery that most stars in spiral galaxies orbit at roughly … More Dark Matter and Dark Energy Explained? Well, not really

Construction of TMT Given Green Light to Continue

Update (20181101): Hawaii State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the TMT’s continued construction. Why the Thirty Meter Telescope Project must be Allowed to Proceed Imagination is more important than knowledge All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike-and yet it is the most precious thing we have An index of all articles in … More Construction of TMT Given Green Light to Continue

Astronomy For Change, A Great New Astronomy Organization

I haven’t posted anything in a while and to my readers, my apologies – I will get back to that shortly. In the meantime, please have a look at what seems to be a great new organization: Astronomy For Change. They seem to hold and promote many of the same ideas I have regarding the … More Astronomy For Change, A Great New Astronomy Organization

Uranus Uniquely placed Tonight, January 23, 2018

Tonight, January 23, 2018, the planet Uranus is uniquely placed in the constellation Pisces within 6 degrees almost due north of the waxing crescent moon. Although the planet’s brightness or magnitude is at the threshold for naked-eye observation, a modest pair of binoculars is necessary to reveal the planet as a greenish-blue “star” and a … More Uranus Uniquely placed Tonight, January 23, 2018

Update: Why the Thirty Meter Telescope Project must be Allowed to Proceed

Update (20181101): Hawaii State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the TMT’s continued construction. In a much anticipated and decisive victory for the forces of reason, rationality and science, the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources Approves Conservation District Use Permit allowing construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea to proceed! I reproduce the … More Update: Why the Thirty Meter Telescope Project must be Allowed to Proceed

The Christmas Star

The following quote from the gospel according to Matthew is often found on holiday greeting cards and is heard around the world during this season as a message of peace and hope; the year is over and it’s time to rest, to be with family, friends and to prepare for the new year. “And having … More The Christmas Star

Order out of Chaos-Harnessing the Power of Nature

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D speaks on a recent segment of NBC’s Today show with Willie Geist. The particular thrust of Dr. Tyson’s remarks centered on the importance of science in a world that has become increasingly uncertain but yet, more reliant on technology. In a recent segment of NBC’s “Today” show, friend and Astrophysicist … More Order out of Chaos-Harnessing the Power of Nature