Astronomy

April 8, 2019

The World’s Best Universities for Physics and Astronomy

There are a lot of high-quality physics and astronomy programs to choose from worldwide. The QS World University Rankings is a great resource to learn about […]
April 1, 2019

Life on Jupiter’s Moon Europa? Lander Design Team Hopes to Be the Ones to Find It

There’s a stark difference between knowing that the conditions for life exist and actually finding some form of life, and that difference is at the heart […]
March 26, 2019

Are Aliens Ignoring Us? Maybe We’re Already Their Captives in a ‘Galactic Zoo’

Why hasn’t Earth received any messages from extraterrestrials yet? Perhaps because we’re already unwitting inhabitants in a so-called galactic zoo. This was one of the scenarios […]
March 12, 2019

Some exoplanets tilt too much, and it’s pushing everyone apart

Orbits are getting a bit less mysterious. The explosion of exoplanet discoveries in the last decade has boosted our hopes of finding another world like Earth […]
February 22, 2019

Where are all the aliens? Struggling and hustling, just like us

Conventional wisdom has it that aliens should be either everywhere, or nowhere. A new model suggests they can be both. If the galaxy is billions of […]
February 15, 2019

Who’s Out There–Weirdos?

A review of “Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own” by David Toomey, New York, W.W.Norton, 2013. by Cary Neeper  Author […]
February 13, 2019

The Holy Grail of Astrobiology

In the past, the amount of information that astronomers have been able to discern about an exoplanet has been limited. The exoplanet transit method looks for […]
February 9, 2019

Something Is Not Quite Right In the Universe, Ultraprecise New Measurement Reveals

Something isn’t quite right in the universe. At least based on everything physicists know so far. Stars, galaxies, black holes and all the other celestial objects […]
February 5, 2019

What will we name the solar system’s next planet?

Even in space, bureaucracy exists. In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a “dwarf planet.” This had two main effects on our solar system: it reduced the number of […]