“It has a stark beauty all its own…”

48 years ago today, humans set foot on another world for the first time.  Astronaut Neil Armstrong stood in the barren silver landscape of Earth’s constant companion, the dust around his feet never having been touched by life before.  The fine dust shone in the raw sunlight.  His left boot sank soundlessly. “That’s…one small step…

Happy Birthday, Galileo Galilei!

Birth/Death: February 15, 1564/January 8, 1642 Occupations: Physics, astronomy, mathematics, natural philosophy (natural science, especially physical science) Achievements (only three shown): first thermoscope (as opposed to thermometer), observed the phases, discovered the four major moons of Jupiter (called the Galilean moons in his honor) Thanks for your discoveries and observations!  You really revolutionized the world…

One in a Billion!

Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.                                          ~Carl Sagan Image Credit:By JPL [Public…

Far Out Pluto

Pluto looks great in tie-dye, doesn’t it? I will, I swear, wear tie-dye for a week straight if the make it a planet again. Pluto is, or isn’t, a planet. You’ll pick the answer that will be right on a 2nd grade science test, that no, it’s a dwarf planet. So would I. I want…

A Random Thought

“I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this cosmos, in which float like a mote of dust.” -Carl Sagan How many stars are there?  Where did we come from?  Where will we go in the future?  These are all questions that the young Carl Sagan asked.  The video below beautifully illustrates…