Archives for September, 2010

“Goldilocks was hungry. She tasted the porridge from the first bowl. ‘This porridge is too hot!’ she exclaimed. So, she tasted the porridge from the second bowl. ‘This porridge is too cold,’ she said. So, she tasted the last bowl of porridge. ‘Ahhh, this porridge is just right,’ she said happily and she ate it…

The New Nu News!

“I know all about neutrinos, and my friend here knows about everything else in astrophysics.” -John Bahcall Neutrinos are the most poorly understood particles in the standard model. Remember the standard model? The standard model of elementary particles tells us what the fundamental constituents of matter and forces are in our Universe. We have the…

Weekend Diversion: I get busted; I confess!

“You lost your way I tried to find it for you A brighter day to clear your name The thing is where you are and Where you’re going is the same” -Storyhill Those of you who’ve been listening to the songs I post each weekend may remember this week’s band, Storyhill. (They have a new…

Meet me at the bar!

“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.” -Drew Carey When you think of a galaxy, you probably think of a bright, dense core with huge, swirling outstretched spiral arms. Something, perhaps, like the Silverado Galaxy, below. And…

Enjoy a Real Harvest Moon Tonight!

“But now it’s gettin’ late And the moon is climbin’ high. I want to celebrate See it shinin’ in your eye.” -Neil Young The full Moon, beautiful as it is, isn’t really all that rare! Once every 29-30 days, the Moon returns to a completely full phase, where the entire “day side” of the Moon…

“Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules.” -Douglas Adams Every once in a while, a star in our own galaxy can do something to surprise us. Over in the constellation of the Unicorn lived a quiet, run-of-the-mill star named V838 Monocerotis. But in early 2002,…

“On the chess-board lies and hypocrisy do not survive long.” -Emanuel Lasker Along with art, music, math, and sports, it’s well known that the game of Chess is one of the best activities a child can engage in to develop their mind. I can think of no better song than Kings and Queens by Loudon…

But it moves! How we know the Earth rotates.

“I feel the earth move under my feet I feel the sky tumbling down I feel my heart start to trembling Whenever you’re around” -Carole King I had so much fun earlier this week telling you about how we know that the heliocentric model is better than the geocentric one, that I thought I’d go…

“It doesn’t matter what temperature the room is, it’s always room temperature.” -Steven Wright Far and away, one of the greatest things the Universe has ever created are dense clusters of galaxies! The Coma Cluster, shown above, is a classic example of one of these colossal objects. (And as always, click on it for the…

Geocentrism: Was Galileo Wrong?

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” -Galileo Galilei While practically every scientist (and 79% of Americans) accept that the Earth and the other planets go around the Sun, it isn’t quite everyone. In fact,…