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

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 Press Release from TMT dated 29 September of this year below without comment … 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

European Southern Observatory To Announce “Unprecedented Astronomical Discovery” Monday, 16 October

Update to ESO Announcement – In a galaxy far, far away, the Optical Counterpart to Historic Gravity Wave Detection Observe Media Advisory: Press Conference at ESO HQ Announcing Unprecedented Discovery 11 October 2017 ESO will hold a press conference on 16 October 2017 at 16:00 CEST, at its Headquarters in Garching, Germany, to present groundbreaking … More European Southern Observatory To Announce “Unprecedented Astronomical Discovery” Monday, 16 October

2017 Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded for Gravity Wave Detection

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… This now famous opening scroll of Star Wars is a fitting and appropriate way to begin this story as it describes -perfectly- the environment, origin and progenitor of these waves. Yesterday, 3 October, in what the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy described simply as “a discovery … More 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded for Gravity Wave Detection