I've watched the new incarnation of Cosmos with a sharp eye, for several reasons. When I was young, I was one of those who knew Carl Sagan, and I was materially influenced in my career path by him. I am very impressed with the job that the new Cosmos team has done.
Imagine a novel that starts like this: A speck of space imbued with a mysterious antigravity substance explodes to humongous size in a tiny fraction of a second and transforms into an entire universe. Sounds ridiculous, right? And yet most cosmologists believe this is how the Big Bang began.
Backyard astronomers, get ready to feast your eyes on the skies. In April the red planet returns to prime time, and the Moon shows us a darker side.
All you have to do is do a Google search on this topic and you come up with a whole slew of answers from as few as 100 billion to over 1 trillion stars. Why can't astronomers nail this number down to better than a factor of ten?
The two astronomers were stealthily stalking a small group of wildebeest on the African Savanna while taking a break from their research. One of the m...
Spring and baseball. Baseball and Spring. They arrive together just as surely as winter and spring converge at the vernal equinox.
New research suggests a tantalizing hypothesis: that the dark matter in the Milky Way caused the mass extinction 65 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs, as well as other mass extinctions, which seem to take place somewhat regularly, with a period of some 35 million years.
At the same time that astronomers stole back Pluto, they delivered a bounty of new worlds to ponder. Thanks to arduous ground-based studies of nearby stars, and to the dazzling successes of NASA's Kepler mission, we now have a catalog of over 1,700 "new" planets orbiting hundreds of other stars.
Paradoxically, as we consider the easy-to-see light in the world, it is the hidden things lurking in the darkness that control much of the destiny of the universe, offers the rebirth of stars and solar systems from its substance, and allows us to see our sun's ineffable halo!
With its towering sandstone arches, out-of-this-world views, and miles of rugged landscape, Arches and Canyonlands are like no other places on Earth. But when the sun goes down, that's when the real show starts.
On a perfect rainy afternoon, a sold out crowd gathered at Theatre Works Silicon Valley for a panel and penultimate performance of Silent Sky.
Every time we appreciate science, whether it's being debated or moved forward with research, we should remember that we owe a great deal to this ancient philosopher, who opened up a new way in which to see the world.
As long as we view ourselves as "higher than" or "qualitatively different from" the other animals, we will continue to make assumptions about them that promote abuse and exploitation. The Scala Naturae gives us license to exploit other animals because they are seen as being further down the ladder.
The imagery of Paolo Sorrentino's ...
Eccentric telescope pioneer and world-renowned astronomer John Dobson passed away this month at the age of 98. He revolutionized astronomy with a homemade telescope design now belovedly known as the Dobsonian Telescope and made the sky more accessible to the backyard star gazer.
While astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson believes all individuals have a right to their own beliefs, he's passionate about what should be taught in science class -- science.