Category Archives: Astronomy

Book Review: Atom

Issac Asimov was a prolific author of science fiction, but also of popular science books. I picked up his Atom: journey across the subatomic cosmos years ago as an optional text for a chemistry class, and promptly didn’t read it … Continue reading

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AGU 2010: Monday

The annual American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco just keeps getting bigger. When I last attended as a wee fledgling graduate student, I went as a press representative for the Society of Physics Students. As such, I conducted impromptu … Continue reading

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Like a Zircon in the Sky

You’ve heard about the diamond stars before, at the very least in Beatles lyrics. Turns out you can’t even trust stars to be real: recent observations have found a star with large amounts of zircon, more commonly known as a … Continue reading

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Orbital Dynamics

I love orbital dynamics. The math & physics is beautiful, complex, and precise. I loved orbital dynamics when I first studied it as a wee physicist, but research into surficial cracks on Europa caught my heart and never let go. … Continue reading

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The Length of a Day

Spin in an office chair with your arms & legs sticking out, then pull your limbs in tight to spin faster. If you watched Vancouver’s Spring Olympics, you saw figure skaters slow down a spin by extending a leg, then … Continue reading

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On Things that go Suck in the Night

I tease that planetary formation is a delightfully broken science, one where every exoplanet we discover seems to poke an unpatchable hole in the latest and greatest theory. In contrast, I am astounded by the beautifully precise mechanics of orbital … Continue reading

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Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Martian Meteorites!

Whoa.

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Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire(y Meteor)

On a more cheerful note, this dude photographed a fireball meteor through a telescope!

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LRO images the Moon Landing Sites

It’s officially over 30C in Vancouver. In other news, the newest images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show the Apollo landing sites. Oooooooh!

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So, you thought Saturn’s rings were flat, did you? It’s been crazy-busy around here recently, but I always have time for neat astronomy.

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