Category Archives: Astronomy

Double Worlds

Pluto may be demoted from planethood, but I still call it a world. Its major moon Charon is large enough to tug significantly on the pinkish body. Technically, both Pluto and Charon orbit an empty space some miles above the … Continue reading

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Nearing Pluto

The New Horizons probe is nearing the most distant world directly explored by a human-made spacecraft. The NASA site headlines a heart, but on BBC, they picked up a whale. People imagine familiar things when they view strange, new things. … Continue reading

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Science and Christ

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin on science and Christ: Science alone cannot discover Christ. But Christ satisfies the yearnings that are born in our hearts in the school of science… Science will, in all probability, be increasingly impregnated by mysticism. Beholding … Continue reading

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More Jesuits On The Moon

Near the western limb of the moon is a feature named for the Jesuit scientist Francesco Maria Grimaldi. Right, the basin is imaged from above by Lunar Orbiter 4 back in the 60’s. From the Earth, it appears as a dark … Continue reading

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Western Double

Remember to check the close pairing of Venus and Jupiter in the sky, especially tonight. In real space, they are separated by about a half-billion miles. But if you hold your thumb at arm’s length, they will be closer than … Continue reading

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From The Sky, Diamonds

I was not aware some meteorites falling to Earth often contain small diamonds. These are not gem grade crystals, not even the bigger ones described here that fell into an African desert in 2008: Large diamonds are most likely to … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Deep Space

Govert Schilling has assembled a few hundred pages of astronomy eye candy here. Pretty pictures have inspired people to get interested in astronomy for centuries. And these days, the images are prettier than ever. One comment I’ve heard is that … Continue reading

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