Archives for February, 2012

The Big Bang for Beginners

“It took less than an hour to make the atoms, a few hundred million years to make the stars and planets, but five billion years to make man!” -George Gamow Let’s pretend that, for all of our history on Earth, we had never once bothered to look up with any instruments beyond what our own…

“If people decide they’re going to deny the facts of history and the facts of science and technology, there’s not much you can do with them. For most of them, I just feel sorry that we failed in their education.” -Harrison Schmitt Last year, I asked a simple question with no easy answer: Whom Do…

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” -Winston Churchill There are a number of weird, bizarre, and highly entertaining things out there, and one of the greatest values of the internet is how it allows its users to — with enough searching and a…

Saturn’s Super Storm Staggers Skywatchers!

“More days to come / New places to go I’ve got to leave / It’s time for a show Here I am / Rock you like a hurricane!” -The Scorpions It isn’t just Earth, of course, where these great cyclonic storms occur, whipping across the planet and wreaking havoc as they rage above the surface.…

Defeating Hubble, from the ground!

“The Earth’s atmosphere is an imperfect window on the universe… atmospheric turbulence blurs the images of celestial objects, even when they are viewed through the most powerful ground-based telescopes.” -John Bahcall There’s no doubt that the Hubble Space Telescope has given us some of the most spectacular, high resolution views of the Universe. From the…