Saturn is ready for its closeup, Mr. DeMille
Can we please just stop second-guessing Pluto and just accept it for what it is?
The latest data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope suggests that the orbits of those stars around the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way may show the subtle effects predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
Happy New Year from New Zealand!
They’re expanding everywhere: an infinite series of novels, an endless number of parallel stories, each one populated by people who seem similar to us but whose lives have changed in just one salient way
The artists who have chosen “Supernova” as their topic, distinctly verge toward the trippy.
You could be among the first to witness a NEW meteor shower.
Is science killing science fiction? Is science fiction distorting the public’s perception of science? Is it possible to write an entertaining SF story AND get the science right? (Or, now we know what it takes to get an astronaut to loose his cool: Dying in space – part of the job. Conspiracy nuts calling you a coward? There ya go!)
Back in the 1990s I remember reading several articles, concerning different projects, describing how the Hubble Space Telescope had just “discovered a black hole for the first time.” In almost every case it was indirect evidence, usually but not always better than evidence previously in hand. In almost every case, it was a good and […]
Astrology is not scientific, even if nearly half of America thinks it might be.
A long running astronomy workshop for writers (presented by astronomers who are writers) has opened its doors to applications for a new session. Sign up now!
NASA put men on the moon. No one else has even come close. NASA needs to be supported.
Scientists thought they’d find a pattern very similar to what occurred in our own solar system. In fact, they’ve uncovered a number of surprises that are changing our ideas about how worlds are formed.
I’ve seen our knowledge of exoplanets go from nothing to thousands in less than two decades. I’m optimistic that within the next two we’ll know if there is life out there.
Steven Hobbs encourages us to look to the skies.
The IAAA Visions of Mars Gallery
The Mars Curiosity rover, with a finite lifetime, is sleeping on the job. I wonder if it dreams. Apparently we’ve stopped.
What Would You Expect From Amazing Stories? Amazing News, That’s What!
A good number of PhD physicists and astronomers,…are writing marvelous stories humanizing and extrapolating from our latest understanding of real science. Through such stories, science can become exciting and inviting
There’s a new star in the sky, or rather one that’s on the order of ten thousand times brighter than it was a few days ago.
Chris Williams has taken an unusual path to artistic expression: he sculpts astronomical objects out of star stuff (our world and everything in it is star stuff) that fold and weave our scientific understanding of these objects into the forms he creates. From furniture maker to star maker, Chris enjoys the physical aspects of his […]
Astronomy! Today, in honor of the Perseid Meteor Shower and other cool celestial happenings (Comet Ison and lots of planets in the sky) – a selection of websites devoted to astronomy, astronomical objects and the viewing thereof: Astronomy.com Website for the magazine of the same name and a good place to start Astronomy Picture of […]
A newcomer to the Space Art community, Christopher Doll is combining his life-long love of Astronomy and Space Travel with the skills he learned as an Industrial Designer. “I’ve always been a compulsive sketch artist, drawing spacecraft and space scenes as far back as I can remember. All through college and well into my career […]
Quite a few attendees are blogging this week about their experiences at the workshop. Christian Ready has compiled a list, and will continue to update it through next week. I offer it to you here with his permission: One of the great things about having an astronomy workshop for writers is that they tend to […]
Cataclysmic Binary stars (cataclysmic variables) are star systems in which a white dwarf star and a companion star are locked in a dance of death; matter drawn from the companion can eventually cause the white dwarf to enter into a state of runaway fusion, leading to a series of recurrent dwarf nova explosions. Mark A. […]
Like science in your science fiction? Like stories set in space that aren’t full of errors? Like to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science? Consider making a donation to the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers crowdsourcing project at Rocket Hub. Alumni of the workshop are donating books for various donation levels, […]