Detecting Gravitational Waves from Massive Black Holes

Minute Motions from Massive Events Well folks, the physicists have done it: they’ve unambiguously detected gravitational waves using the two Laser Interferometry Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) systems in Louisiana and Washington state. The detection took place on September 14, 2015 but it took scientists all these months to verify their … Continue reading

January Memories: Apollo 1, Challenger, and Lost Astronauts

Challenger, lifting off on Mission 41c, in April, 1984 -- two years before her last flight.

Remembering Apollo 1 and Challenger Each year in the last week of January we mark the loss of 10 NASA astronauts to tragedy. One accident occurred on land on January 27, 1967, when a training capsule was engulfed in fire and killed three astronauts. The other happened on January 28, … Continue reading

Ninth Planet!!! Well….possibly….

Planet "Nine"

Computer Models Predict a Massive World beyond Neptune The big news today involves a new world in the outer region of the solar system called the Kuiper Belt. Although it hasn’t actually been seen yet, planetary scientists at California Institute of Technology (CalTech) announced that they’ve found evidence for what … Continue reading