On July 14 of last year, at a distance of 33,970 km, just prior to its closest approach to Pluto, the Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) aboard New Horizons acquired this stunning, enhanced-color view of Pluto’s North Pole. Released last Thursday, February 25, the image shows the frozen canyons, details, diversity and unusual colors of … More Stunning New Image of Pluto’s North Pole Released
This article has been updated: We Must Choose Carefully: Trump Presidency Worst Outcome of 2016 US General Election In this article, the connection to astronomy and science is made through a theme that I’ve discussed frequently in a variety of articles, the need for improved education, specifically in the STEM fields. In a recently published, … More Trump Presidency Worst Possible Outcome of 2016 General Election
This recently released panorama from NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is a composite of 817 images acquired over a 4 month period during the most recent Martian Winter. Opportunity’s Pancam took the component images between the 2,811-th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s Mars surface mission (Dec. 21, 2011) and Sol 2,947 (May 8, … More NASA Releases Stunning Martian Panorama
Those were the headlines two weeks ago in various forms, announcing that gravity waves, a key aspect of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, had been detected. Rather than publish this article then, I waited to see what the scope and breadth of the reporting would be and the various reactions to it. Conspiracy theorists were … More Gravity Waves, A Key Aspect of Einstein’s General Relativity, Detected
We are at a critical juncture in human history. Many serious challenges confront us, not just as a nation but as a race, as inhabitants of this fragile blue miracle, afloat in a vast and hostile cosmos, awesome in its expanse and terrifying in its power. This election will be one of the most pivotal … More Science Must be Priority For Next US President
I‘m breaking the rule I set for myself, that I would no longer contribute to this madness, started with a tabloid story that ruined the career of a world renowned astronomer and possible Nobel Laureate (see my previous 6 articles, listed at the foot of this article, if you want some context – I’m not … More When Will It End?