It’s well known that if something goes out of style, you only need to wait several decades for it to return. That certainly applies to manned space exploration, which, after fading from the headlines in the late eighties, is poised to roar back to life in 2019. But there is one glaring difference I see in the comeback and one huge reason why it matters.
Powerful new gene-editing tools are making possible scenarios once considered science fiction. They are unprecedented developments ranging from utopian to dystopian.
Since 1930, we’ve discovered that Pluto is one of the solar system’s most fascinating worlds. It features blue skies, red snow, glaciers made of frozen nitrogen, and dunes made of frozen methane grains. And circling it all are no fewer than five moons!
This week’s headline-making announcement from Italian scientists about a possible lake underneath the Martian south pole adds to a growing list of other worlds we believe have liquid water.
It is quite common for intelligent, sober-minded astronomers to believe in the possible existence of Little Green Men (LGM) that is, extraterrestrial life.
The book of Genesis refers to the sun as the “greater light to govern the day and the moon as the “lesser light to govern the night. This month’s so-called Strawberry Moon, however, reminds us that in many significant ways we give greater attention and importance to the moon than the sun and it shows in the dizzying number of nicknames we give it.
At exactly 6:07 a.m. EDT Thursday, the noonday sun’s daily march northward will suddenly halt and reverse direction, an astronomical phenomenon traceable to the tilt of Earth’s axis.
More than any other planet in the solar system, Mars has always inspired speculation that it once had life and perhaps still does if not little green men, then at least microbes. NASA’s much-hyped announcement this week about the Red Planet wasn’t earth-shattering, but it certainly keeps such conjecture alive.
During the days leading up to Easter, the most sacred day in Christianity, the heavens have been presenting a stunning light show.