Worlds in the sky

"Why are you so fascinated by those stars? What's so special about them?""They're not stars, they're worlds."Venus (bright) and Jupiter (faint) together on the left, second and fifth rock from the Sun, respectively (though use of the word "rock" to describe a gas giant may be considered criminally incorrect); the first one brighter and closer than... Continue Reading →

First little telescope adventure

My dear wife and daughters got me something absolutely wonderful for Christmas: a beginners' astronomical telescope! Alas, since then, the weather has gone out of its way to keep the night sky veiled and thoroughly hidden around these parts. Only last Sunday did I catch a momentary break in the cover, and an opportunity to... Continue Reading →

From Big Bang To Black Hole: The Mind Trip

Inspired by the article "Goodbye Big Bang, Hello Black Hole? A New Theory Of The Universe’s Creation" at http://www.universetoday.com, by Elizabeth Howell, on September 18, 2013. I just read an article at Universe Today which, though it was published over a year ago, had so far evaded my attention. It speaks of the possibility that... Continue Reading →

“My God, it’s full of galaxies!”

Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, contains somewhere between 200 billion and 400 billion stars. The Universe, according to Wikipedia, contains more than 170 billion galaxies. According to findings of recent years, most if not all stars have at least one planet orbiting around them. If the average galaxy, to make a semi-educated guess, holds... Continue Reading →

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