Archives for March, 2011

Weekend Diversion: A Letter to Lil Wayne

“The makers of entertainment must try, in our field, to be honest and grown-up.” -Elia Kazan There’s a lot of negativity in the world lately, from natural disasters to social, political, and economic strife. But this week also saw the 100th International Women’s Day go by, and what I saw was so inspirational that I…

Well, don’t you know I’m gonna skate right through Ain’t nobody do it but me Nobody but me -The Human Beinz If you’re only a casual watcher of the night sky, you might have no idea what the brightest stars are. Sure, if you’re in the northern hemisphere, you probably recognize the Big Dipper, the…

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” -Galileo Galilei Ever since the time of Galileo, Jupiter has been an amazing sight for skywatchers. With its four large moons, even the smallest of amateur telescopes provide amazing sights. In fact, if you watch Jupiter’s four large Moons…

Dark Matter requires you to THINK BIG!

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” -Marie Curie Were you here last week, when I wrote about MOND and dark matter, and in particular what the supreme failings of MOND are? Apparently, right here on…

“Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!” -Victor Hugo   I don’t know how many of you have ever had the experience of listening to all your music on shuffle, had a…

“The subject of gambling is all encompassing. It combines man’s natural play instinct with his desire to know about his fate and his future.” -Franz Rosenthal Last month, Sean Carroll asked the blogosphere to give their personal odds on whether various theories will turn out to be true or not. And so I thought it…

The Moon’s Great Crater Chains

“Old men and comets have been reverenced for the same reason: their long beards, and pretenses to foretell events.” -Jonathan Swift Last week, I showed you the new, highest-resolution mosaic ever made of the near side of the Moon. And I also showed you a small, somewhat unusual feature that I named “Snakey.” Snakey isn’t…

“There’s an old saying about those who forget history. I don’t remember it, but it’s good.” -Stephen Colbert Let me start by telling you a story about an old problem. Take a look at the planet Mercury, one of the five planets (not counting Earth) visible in our night sky to the naked eye. And…