There are things known, and things unknown, and in between is Brian May.
With the headset on, I could look behind me to see a huge Jupiter as we passed from pole to pole, and in front of me I could see the spacecraft, eventually seeing through the protective titanium vault to see the individual experiments' electronics.
For centuries though we have wondered if there could be a tenth planet out beyond Pluto. Well, the debate was actually settled back in 2005 when a tenth planet, (or ninth if you don't believe Pluto is a planet), was indeed found.
On Friday, NASA released a haunting new image taken by the New Horizons space probe during its flyby of Pluto: a look at Pluto's atmosphere under infrared wavelengths. The result is a serene blue glow that outlines the dwarf planet in a perfect circle.
As I was reading about the evidence for the yet-unseen ninth planet, I thought to myself, "Wait a minute. Aren't there already nine planets?" I started listing them off, like you do when you're trying to remember the seven dwarves.
Science does not always get positive "reviews" in cultural circles. I have collected a few quotes from the last two centuries that are related to science -- statements made by educated individuals.
The concept of a Dyson Sphere is not a new one. It was first described by futurist writer Olaf Stapledon in his 1937 science fiction novel, Star Maker.
Costumes, candy and company -- the perfect way to spend a splendid Halloween. Take the scare out of shopping for this most frightening of nights by checking out my latest list of stores, where you'll be treated to all you need for your creepy costume.
In the whole wide world -- which, as NASA has proven, is a whole lot wider than Pluto, a Disney character who can't hold a candle to "Sesame Street" star Elmo -- nothing is sweeter than my granddaughter, Chloe.
I cannot recall a more eventful month than this July: We discovered the first Earth-like planet outside our solar system, capped a nine-and-a-half year space journey with the first shots back from Pluto, and saw the first report of a landmass "missing" its sun.
Why do we keep asking "why?" It is that characteristic, after all, that is one of the keys to what makes us human. Every answer to a scientific question only opens the door to an entire series of new questions. They say that curiosity is contagious. Let's turn it into an epidemic!
Just as MS DOS was a good operating system for the Intel x86, but even Bill Gates wouldn't use it now, our understanding of religion also needs to upgrade as human progress continues. But lets not just assume that "software upgrades" haven't already been taking place
Pluto has a big heart and now we've captured it. The New Horizons team has named the distinctive heart-shaped feature splayed across the newly clarified surface of the dwarf planet the Tombaugh Regio to honor Pluto's Earthly discoverer.
The Sun's twilight zone is actually full of living worlds -- geologically speaking. And we have no idea why that is, and how that happened. Which is the way discoveries in science are supposed to be made -- as surprises.
From three billion miles away, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is sending us breathtaking photographs of the dwarf planet Pluto.
Ultimately, it does not matter whether Pluto is called a planet or not. People get together, exchange arguments, give new names to the things around them. But Pluto is whatever it is, and has not changed a bit since we demoted it into a dwarf planet.