Blue Origin brings Science Fiction to Life

Blue Origins after its historic landing back at the launch site in Texas. Courtesy Blue Origin.

The Reusable Rocket is Now a Reality The folks at Blue Origin made science fiction come to life  on November 23rd with the launch of the New Shepard space vehicle. It’s designed to launch, deploy its crew capsule payload, and then land safely back on its retractable legs. The test, … Continue reading

Alien Merry-Go-Round Discovered?

An artist's concept of a Ring World around a star, a concept written about by SF writer Larry Niven. Image Courtesy Hill, CC By-SA 3.0.

Nope. But, there IS a Star with Something REALLY Cool! Alien hunters in the mainstream media were delighted to hear that the Kepler mission to search out distant exoplanets found what they thought was unmistakeable evidence of life elsewhere in the universe — preferably little green beings with medical instruments … Continue reading

In Memory of A Sunspot Watcher


Rest in Peace, Daddy My father, John H. Collins, Sr., died recently after a lifetime of raising a family, serving his country, working hard, and being a stargazer. In particular, he loved to watch for sunspots. He counted them, he sketched them, and through his observations, tracked the cycles by … Continue reading