This very famous photo called “Earthrise” was snapped 48 years ago today, on December 24, 1968. This is the very first picture ever taken of the “Full Earth,” so that the entire globe can fit inside a single image frame. It would be impossible to explain to a young person today, nearly a half century later, how this image rocked … Continue reading

LIFE ON MARS??? Here We Go Again….

The “true believers” of the “Life on Mars” cult will never give up, no matter how much evidence accumulates that Mars is a dead rock in space. The except below from our recent “Blood Moon” article explains the history of how Percival Lowell created the “Life on Mars” hoax in the 19th century. Lowell’s “work” inspired the science fiction writers of his … Continue reading

Pluto – A Heart or a Dog?

  PLUTO: Today’s new picture of Pluto, sent back by the New Horizons spacecraft, will very likely be the new “yearbook photo” for this planet, as happened with the gas giants during the Voyager era. Officially, NASA has been remarking about the “heart-shaped” object in Pluto’s southern hemisphere, but many are spying a “Pluto” on the non-planet! So what do … Continue reading

Light Pollution

  “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God.” – Psalm 19:1a This verse is inscribed on the gable of the “pink clubhouse” at Stellafane in Springfield, Vermont, the birthplace of modern-day amateur astronomy. However, the night sky does not appear very glorious if it is spoiled by light pollution… the collective glow of ground lighting, scattered upwards onto the sky. … Continue reading

Sizes of Earth and the Sun

  We always hear of “astronomically large numbers,” but who can really wrap their brains around these concepts? Curious people wonder how do scientists arrive at such numbers…. Finding the distance to Venus is easy. Anyone can visually measure Venus’ maximum elongation. If you then draw a right triangle and crunch a couple numbers on a calculator, you can quickly … Continue reading

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