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When the Sun Disappears

Any planet that has at least one moon is potentially subject to experiencing eclipses. What form these eclipses take depends on the size(s) and the orbit(s) of the moon(s). We have not seen any ec...

February 15, 2017

Sunrise and Sunset... Times Two

Over the last two decades we have seen quite a few fictional astronomical settings become very real. One of them is the...

January 02, 2017

Planetary Accessories — Moons and Rings

In our Solar System, we are used to a certain order of things. Our terrestrial planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars,...

March 13, 2016

Seeing Double -- Two Habitable Worlds in One Solar System

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has found lots of new planetary systems over the last few years. Many of these systems h...

January 02, 2016

White Dwarfs, Red Dwarfs, and Blue Giants, Oh My!

White Dwarfs, Yellow Dwarfs, Red Dwarfs, Red Giants, and Blue Giants, oh my!As we look out from Earth along the disk of...

May 19, 2015

Worlds of Ice, Water... And Plate Tectonics?

Long have we talked about the requirements for a world able to harbor our kind of life. We needed liquid water for life to evolve on our planet, and we continue to need it in order to survive. And by...

January 20, 2015

Why Is The Sky Blue?

Why is the Sky Blue? If you live in the northern hemisphere of our world, your summer is coming to an end. Hopefully e...

October 08, 2014

Another Earth Found? Maybe, Hopefully…

Last Thursday, the folks from NASA’s Kepler Mission had a very exciting announcement. They found a planet the siz...

April 25, 2014

STRANGE NEW WORLDS: Uncovering The Mysteries Of Mars

We have been observing Mars long since before the time of Galileo. Being the first person to bother pointing a telescop...

November 30, 2013

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