Sunsets on Tatooine

“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God?” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Yesterday, astronomers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California made an interesting discovery. While studying an exoplanet in a triple-star system, they Read More …

Selfies in Space

I’m happy to report that yesterday’s spacewalk went off without a hitch, and that American astronauts Barry Wilmore (Commander) and Terry Virts (Flight Engineer) are now safely back inside the International Space Station. The pair completed several tasks during their six-hour spacewalk, including one that is quickly becoming an informal tradition when leaving the ISS: Read More …

Ancient Planets

Another day, another major development in humanity’s rapidly advancing search for Life elsewhere in the universe. You’ll recall from previous posts that scientists have discovered more than 1,700 exoplanets orbiting distant stars over the past few years. Now comes news that astrophysicists have discovered five Earth-sized terrestrial exoplanets that are more than 11 billion years Read More …

Astronaut Tweets

In 2009, astronaut Mike Massamino made headlines when he became the first person to ever tweet from space, and, a few months later, astronaut Timothy J. Creamer made additional headlines when he became the first person to ever live tweet from space. At least that’s what I’ve read. Truth be told, I don’t actually remember Read More …

Updates on Titan

Scientists have long identified Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, as one of the most intriguing objects in the immediate celestial neighborhood. For starters, there’s its size. Titan is the second-largest moon in the solar system (behind only Ganymede), and is even larger than Mercury. What’s more, Titan is covered by an unusually thick atmosphere. This feature Read More …

Through the Strait of Gibraltar

Last week, scientists announced that they had discerned new historical details about one of the planet’s most famous waterways, the Strait of Gibraltar. After analyzing core samples from the Gulf of Cádiz, they confirmed that water began trickling out of the Mediterranean Sea and into the Atlantic Ocean around five-million years ago, that it had Read More …