astronomy

Celestial objects and the phenomena that surrounds them. What lies above the earth forever out of reach. From moons, to stars, galaxies, and beyond.

  • Devon Keogh
    Published 3 years ago
    A History of Gravitational Waves

    A History of Gravitational Waves

    14th September 2015. A 4 kilometer long arm forming part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) changed its length by one ten-thousandth the width of a proton, due to a distortion in spacetime, disturbing a laser beam housed inside. Computers immediately detected the mind bendingly miniscule change, sending an automatically generated email containing the observed data to a postdoctoral researcher by the name of Marco Drago working in the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover, Germany. Marco’s job was to monitor LIGO readings examined the data to rule out any error or “dummy signal” used for testing purposes. Within a few days news of the detection had been leaked to the world astrophysics community and after the observation had been definitively confirmed an official press conference on the 11th of February 2016 revealed to the world the first observation of a gravitational wave on earth by LIGO.
  • Jude Goodwin
    Published 3 years ago
    What is Astrology?

    What is Astrology?

    If you type "What is astrology?" into google you'll get an answer something like this: Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world.
  • Sarah McDaniel
    Published 3 years ago
    The Mysteries Surrounding Black Holes

    The Mysteries Surrounding Black Holes

    Black holes are probably the strangest thing in existence. For many reasons, they don't seem to really make sense at all. Black holes are formed when a star stars, which in their core contains nuclear fusion crushing hydrogen atoms into helium, producing a mighty amount of energy. This energy pushes against gravity, maintaining a delicate balance between gravity and radiation. For stars much larger than our own sun, the heat and pressure at the core allows them to fuse heavier elements until eventually, they reach iron. Iron then builds up at the core until breaking the delicate balance, leading to the core callusing in on itself leading to a supernova explosion - resulting in a neutron star or if the star is gargantuan enough, a black hole.
  • Anya Wassenberg
    Published 3 years ago
    Solar Eclipse 2017

    Solar Eclipse 2017

    Solar eclipse 2017—are you ready for it? On August 21, 2017, for the first time in 99 years, a total eclipse of the sun will pass across the entire continental United States.
  • Theresa McGarry
    Published 3 years ago
    Quantum Stills of a Thin-Spun Life  - Part 6

    Quantum Stills of a Thin-Spun Life - Part 6

    The once secret Augur Chamber echoed with many awed and exclamatory voices as the Masters, Elders and senior Journeymen looked about and studied the strange objects. It was the first time any of them had entered the room, but for this meeting of the Advisory Council, Naera thought it best to convene where she could offer answers to some of the questions she knew were coming. That she had her own misgivings about both the immediate and ongoing future was something she couldn’t allow them to see.
  • Paul Scott Anderson
    Published 3 years ago
    Aliens or Comets? Has the 'Wow!' Signal Mystery Finally Been Solved?

    Aliens or Comets? Has the 'Wow!' Signal Mystery Finally Been Solved?

    The search for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence is one of the most exciting pursuits in astronomy today. Needless to say, there is a lot of controversy and debate surrounding the topic, partly due to an event which happened in 1977 - the famous "Wow!" signal. The brief but unusual radio transmission was detected only once, and the debate over its origin has continued to this day. Now, a group of astronomers are claiming to have finally solved the mystery. According to their new study just published, the signal came not from aliens, but comets.
  • Anya Wassenberg
    Published 4 years ago
    NASA: Juno Delivers First Jupiter Data

    NASA: Juno Delivers First Jupiter Data

    Jupiter, it turns out, is even more wonderfully complicated than earth's scientists had previously imagined. NASA's Juno Mission has resulted in the first flurry of research papers that look to find clues to the beginnings of our galaxy in a better understanding of the solar system's largest planet.
  • Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell
    Published 4 years ago
    The Woodstock of UFOs, and You Missed It

    The Woodstock of UFOs, and You Missed It

    Joshua Tree, California - Last weekend, among the ancient and gnarled joshua trees and placed gently under the firmament of the Milky Way galaxy, was an event that you probably missed. It's been touted as "The Woodstock of UFOs" and indeed you should be bummed you missed it this year, but not for the reasons you think.
  • Alexandria Heather
    Published 4 years ago
    GridNotAGrid

    GridNotAGrid

    It’s a grid but not a grid. It is even in form and pulse and flow. It is light but also color and sound. There is a place between dreaming
  • Paul Scott Anderson
    Published 4 years ago
    Bizarre Boyajian’s Star (‘Alien Megastructure’ Star) is Dipping Again!

    Bizarre Boyajian’s Star (‘Alien Megastructure’ Star) is Dipping Again!

    The weird star called Boyajian's Star (aka Tabby's Star or KIC 8462852) has been fascinating astronomers and people in general because of its weird behaviour of experiencing sudden, unusual dips in brightness which all current theories have so far had difficulty explaining. Now, the star has started dipping again after a long period of "normal" activity.
  • Theresa McGarry
    Published 4 years ago
    Quantum Stills of a Thin-Spun Life-Part 5

    Quantum Stills of a Thin-Spun Life-Part 5

    Zennor strode through the doorway into the Command Center and found Algon at the Astrogator’s post. He slowed his steps as he approached her. But his concern for her was momentarily startled away when he saw all the active screens; panels dancing with energy pulses. “What’s all this?”
  • Ryan Sprague
    Published 4 years ago
    I'm Surrounded. Mayday!

    I'm Surrounded. Mayday!

    It was the morning of May 3rd, 1975. Upon returning from a routine flight from Zihuatanejo to Mexico City, twenty-three-year-old pilot, Carlos de Santos, prepared his Piper PA-24 plane and was soon in the skies, heading for the Benito Juárez International Airport.