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One of the great events in the history of astronomical observation took place last August 17th. Two neutron stars, 130 million light-years away, spiraled in towards...
Sputnik

The world changed profoundly sixty years ago today. On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I into a low earth orbit, and the...
Cassini

When I was a boy, maybe 10, I hauled an old four-inch refracting telescope that my great aunt kept on the veranda of her summer...
solar system

When I first became fascinated by astronomy, in the early 1950's, Pluto had only been discovered two decades earlier. But except for its orbital period...

In the post-November 8 universe, one man’s fake news is another man’s vitally important scoop. The third-most emailed article in today’s New York Times is surely...
New York Times

The New York Times this morning had a story splashed across its front page with the ominous headline, “Earth Sets a Temperature Record for Third Straight Year.” Its first...
solar eclipse

Regardless of who is elected to the presidency next month, he or she won’t be able to screw up one of the great events of...
Proxima centauri

To take a brief break from the horrible politics of 2016, a new planet has swum into our ken. What’s more it’s earth like—i.e. rocky, not...
Mars

The Houston Chronicle reports that NASA will make a big announcement regarding Mars on Monday morning. The NASA press release was vague, but the headline was “Mars...
moon landing anniversary

America failed Robert Zubrin. The aerospace engineer and co-developer of the unrealized Mars Direct proposal to send Americans to the red planet within a reasonable...

Anthony’s and Rick’s posts on the now interrupted effort to recreate the Big Bang reminded me immediately of two things: Dr. Strangelove, and recent developments...

Anthony, we cannot rule out your theory that some Frenchman from the Future may have been behind the halt to the quixotic quest to find...