On this cold, clear night when the stellar jewels are alight above, take the time, if just for a moment, to gaze upwards, to make that visceral connection with that from whence we all came. Regardless of your religious persuasion, if any, we are all connected at the deepest level to those stars; that grand … More An Astronomer’s New Year’s Message
Opinion by Dr. James Daly The late Carl Sagan, in his 1995 book “The Demon-Haunted World, Science as a Candle In the Dark” warns of exactly what is happening today and how reliance on science, reason, thought and collaboration is the antidote to a society that has, quite literally, gone mad. Are we citizens of … More Build The #ThirtyMeterTelescope #TMT Now!
Apologies to my faithful readership. I’ve been involved in a number of human rights projects as of late and anticipate a “return to normal” over the next few weeks. Although nothing is certain in today’s world, and it is becoming ever more so, even in 2019 when there exists an expectation for a certain maturity … More Apologies
This Tuesday, July 2nd, observers in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay will be witness to one of nature’s most awesome spectacles, a Total Eclipse of the Sun. A total eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon, at “New” Phase, perfectly covers the disk of the sun. Since the moon is 400x smaller than the sun, … More #LatinAmerica’s Great Total Solar #Eclipse of July 2, 2019
As the last vestiges of the winter sky are low in the west at twilight, we look forward to the late spring and early summer sky. With Lyra the celestial harp ascending the northeastern sky towards midnight along with Cygnus and the rich summer Milky Way following close behind, we’re certain that spring is here … More Summer Solstice, 2019
The beauty of the night sky has inspired generation after generation from the dawn of recorded history and now, that vista, the essence of that inspiration, is under direct threat! Many famous poets, authors, scientists and philosophers have written about the stars, the universe and the night sky above and, sadly, what is absent in … More #SpaceX #Starlink Project Tops Shortlist Of Really Bad Ideas
The story below is reproduced from MintPress News. Author’s note: Until now, the story reported here has been unknown to me and perhaps many others. As a scientist (my degree is in Astronomy and Astrophysics), this story strikes very close to home. Science has always been universally dedicated to discovering the truth, no matter what … More The US is Waging a Quiet Scientific War Against Iran
Up until the turn of the 20th century, the natural universe was governed by Newton’s Laws; the study of Physics was known as “Natural Philosophy” and the compendium of the laws of nature and the mathematics governing them and the universe as we understood it was published in Newton’s famous 1687 work “Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia … More Einstein’s Triumph – This Day 100 Years Ago!
The founding fathers of the United States were wise in codifying the separation of church and state into the constitution. At the time of the country’s inception and ratification of the constitution, they couldn’t have imagined the weapons that would eventually be developed, weapons that amount to nothing less than an existential threat to the … More The Danger of Religious Myth and Zealotry in the Nuclear Age
In an unprecedented observation of a class of objects that have been the center of much attention since they were first postulated by Karl Schwarzchild in 1916 using Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, a world-wide collaboration of astronomers will release tomorrow, the first ever images of 2 super-massive black holes, Sagittarius-A at the center of … More Peering into ‘The Heart of Darkness’