astronomy

Branching Out

The latest data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope suggests that the orbits of those stars around the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way may show the subtle effects predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

The Blurry Line Between Science and Science Fiction

Is science killing science fiction? Is science fiction distorting the public’s perception of science? Is it possible to write an entertaining SF story AND get the science right? (Or, now we know what it takes to get an astronaut to loose his cool: Dying in space – part of the job. Conspiracy nuts calling you a coward? There ya go!)

Somewhere to Call Home?

Scientists thought they’d find a pattern very similar to what occurred in our own solar system. In fact, they’ve uncovered a number of surprises that are changing our ideas about how worlds are formed.

Drake on Drake’s Equation

I’ve seen our knowledge of exoplanets go from nothing to thousands in less than two decades. I’m optimistic that within the next two we’ll know if there is life out there.

IAAA Gallery: Chris Williams – Star Sculptor

Chris Williams has taken an unusual path to artistic expression:  he sculpts astronomical objects out of star stuff (our world and everything in it is star stuff) that fold and weave our scientific understanding of these objects into the forms he creates. From furniture maker to star maker, Chris enjoys the physical aspects of his […]

ABSOLUTE ZERO: Cool Sites, Very Cool

Astronomy! Today, in honor of the Perseid Meteor Shower and other cool celestial happenings (Comet Ison and lots of planets in the sky) – a selection of websites devoted to astronomy, astronomical objects and the viewing thereof: Astronomy.com Website for the magazine of the same name and a good place to start Astronomy Picture of […]

IAAA Gallery: Christopher Doll – Experience Designer

A newcomer to the Space Art community, Christopher Doll is combining his life-long love of Astronomy and Space Travel with the skills he learned as an Industrial Designer. “I’ve always been a compulsive sketch artist, drawing spacecraft and space scenes as far back as I can remember. All through college and well into my career […]

Blogging about the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers

Quite a few attendees are blogging this week about their experiences at the workshop.  Christian Ready has compiled a list, and will continue to update it through next week.  I offer it to you here with his permission: One of the great things about having an astronomy workshop for writers is that they tend to […]

IAAA Gallery: Mark A. Garlick – Cataclysmically Variable

Cataclysmic Binary stars (cataclysmic variables) are star systems in which a white dwarf star and a companion star are locked in a dance of death; matter drawn from the companion can eventually cause the white dwarf to enter into a state of runaway fusion, leading to a series of recurrent dwarf nova explosions. Mark A. […]

Please Support the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers

Like science in your science fiction?  Like stories set in space that aren’t full of errors?  Like to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science? Consider making a donation to the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers crowdsourcing project at Rocket Hub.  Alumni of the workshop are donating books for various donation levels, […]