The Solace of the Solstice

Stargazing A giant came charging over Medd’s mountain this month. He was colossal, terrifying. In hand he held a raised club, in the other a shield, or possibly a bow. From his belt hung a glittering sword decorated with three shining jewels. I am referring, of course, to the constellation… Continue reading

Buckle your seat belt – I’m Putting the Pedal to the Metal

Everything in space is moving. The planets, their moons, the stars and galaxies are constantly on the move. So how fast are they zooming along? Let’s start right here at home – on Earth. If you are at the equator reading this article, you are zipping around at 1,670 kph… Continue reading

The habitable zone was redefined and zip we lost an exoplanet

A few years ago Pluto got its pink slip and dropped from a planet to dwarf planet. That may change shortly. So hang in there you Pluto buffs. Meanwhile Alex Glocer and Vladimir Airapetian, the gentlemen who discovered Proxima b have redefined what they call the habitable zone. That’s where… Continue reading

NASA may build a magnetic shield for colonizing Mars

Mars lies at an average distance from Earth of 225 million kilometers. But the latest idea for making the Red Planet habitable for humankind seems even further out. The problems that must be surmounted are that Mars has no rotating molten iron core to produce an electromagnetic shield and it… Continue reading