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The Four Galilean Moons of Jupiter

While watching the four Galilean moons of Jupiter buzzing around the planet recently, I was reminded of the historical role they have played in the advancement of science over the last 400 years. Starting with their discovery by Galileo in 1610, their existence helped prove that the sun was the center of the solar system not the earth.

Diwali Connection with Astronomy

Truth be told, it is human to look up at the night skies and wonder if the movement, presence or absence of certain objects mean something to the terrestrials looking at them. Though the Indian civilization happens to be one of the earliest and oldest, it is interesting to see how the math and knowledge that was passed down orally had only very small errors considering the precision we have today.

Earthrise by NASA/Bill Anders

Apollo 8: Christmas at the Moon

As the cold winds of December gently blow, and the holiday season impinges upon us, we are reminded of one of the greatest adventures ever taken by the human race- Apollo 8 and Christmas at the Moon.

The Night the HighLine Panicked

“Ladies and gentlemen, here is the latest bulletin from the Intercontinental Radio News. It is reported that at 8:50 P. M. a huge, flaming object, believed to be a meteorite, fell on a farm in the neighborhood of Grovers Mill, New Jersey, twenty-two miles from Trenton.” News flashes, like this one were being broadcast over the speaker provided by HighLine’s Tim Morales. “Both the observations of science and the evidence of our eyes lead to the inescapable assumption that those strange beings who landed in the Jersey farmlands tonight,” the announcements continued, “are a vanguard of an invading army from Mars!”

What is astronomy?

What is astronomy? I think deeply about this question as I write my second column for Eyepiece, now as a board-member of the Amateur Astronomers

Frightening Filters & Fermi

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” – Arthur C. Clarke It is a