Search Results for: Astronomy

Infectious jubilation

The mass interest in the current Olympics, and yesterday’s landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars really brought home to me that we are an empathetic species. We celebrate the achievements of others and feel the jubilation they do when … Continue reading

Curiosity requires patience

The Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity, lands today – hopefully (5:31 pm NZ time). But when will we know if the landing has been successful? Communication between Mars and Earth is hardly simple. It’s not just the time delays involved (currently … Continue reading

Going for gold – on Mars

I know Kiwi readers are going to have a hard time dragging themselves away from TV coverage of the London Olympics – and our current ranking in the medal tables – but it’s worth putting in an effort early Monday … Continue reading

A load of science

If you are into science videos this will interest you. It’s a collection of 100 science lectures given by top scientists. They are divided into the following groups: General, Science and engineering, Biology and medicine, Chemistry, Physics and astronomy, Earth … Continue reading

Emotional time for Shuttle fans

Click to enlarge There have been some great photographs online showing the last flight of the Shuttle Discovery  atop a modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Headed to its resting place as an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Air and … Continue reading

Souvenirs for scientists

I love these Matryoshka dolls: Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Sagan and Hawking Matryoshka dolls are great ornaments – and kids, especially the very young ones, love to play with them. I have been aware that the whole idea of these traditional … Continue reading

Finding out about the astronomers who found the universe

Book review: The Day We Found the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak Price: US$11.53; NZ$20.82 Hardcover: 368 page Publisher: Pantheon (April 7, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0375424296 ASIN: B005IUVQGY This is a great book – just the sort of history of … Continue reading

Rings around Uranus

We don’t often get to see images of Uranus – and certainly none like this. The astronomer Mike Brown took the photo a few days ago using one of the 10-meter twin telescopes at the W. M. Keck Observatory in … Continue reading

Some things for the kids

Well actually for their parents and grandparents. Especially with Christmas on the horizon. Right where you are now Right Here You Are Now is a bedtime story for kids. It’s also scientifically accurate, so it’s more than just a bedtime … Continue reading

Galileo’s modern critics

What is it with some philosophical and historical commenters who take sides against Galileo in his 17th century dispute with the Church? Perhaps because we now have many documents from that period (17th century) – including Galileo’s original writings, official … Continue reading