Category Archives: Astronomy

A Decade Ago, the Space Station Unfurled Its Wings for the First Time

Exactly ten years ago, the International Space Station unfurled its second set of wings for the first time. A decade ago, the beloved space station was just a fledgling in orbit, not yet equipped with all the goodies current astronauts … Continue reading

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It took twelve years, but the Opportunity Rover has climbed up the edge of Knudsen Ridge on Mars. The view is great — steep ridges, a dramatic slope, and the far lip of Endeavour Crater shaping the horizon. The rover is … Continue reading

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From the Field: Behind the Scenes on SpaceX’s Launch of the Jason-3 Satellite

What was happening out-of-sight during Sunday’s SpaceX launch of Jason-3? These are my stories from reporting live on white rocket engulfed in a fog bank but without the internet connectivity to actually update in real-time. Find your way to a … Continue reading

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Day of the Doctor

I peeked at a tiny bit of planetary science, and a whole lot of astronomy and cosmology, in a piece at Physics Today for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary.

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Summer Science Program

Do you know science-inclined high school students who would love a chance to work themselves into exhaustion this summer? The Summer Science Program teaches physics, mathematics, astronomy, and computer science while setting students on telescopes to monitor and collect data … Continue reading

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Scientists like to link to things. To finish off the year, the things I’ve been linking to on various social media platforms: Disasters Biology Space Science Geoscience Science & Art

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Space-science items I’ve linked to on social media recently: Cosmology Primer for your Beginning & End of the Universe needs. Constructive interference is the concept that brings you rogue waves, acoustic beats, seiche, and Moiré patterns. Now do that in … Continue reading

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Literature Review: Tides & Earthquakes

After discussing how supermoon was not going to kill us all, Donald-the-linguist and Jon-the-astrophysicist became so intrigued by the relationship between tides and earthquakes that I had to pull together a literature review on the topic for them. A few … Continue reading

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Review: StarTalk Radio “A Violent Earth”

I read absurdly quickly and am not an auditory learner, so I usually skip podcasts in favour of text or videos. However, I have a soft spot for Neil Degrasse Tyson, so when his StarTalk Radio covered current disaster events, … Continue reading

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Poll: Plausibility of Theories

A Discovery Magazine blog is running a poll on confidence in various physics theories. Specifically, what likelihood do people assign to various theories being actually real and true. The comments are open to anyone to add their own opinions (go … Continue reading

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