Category Archives: Space & Astronomy

Space Questions? Let’s Just ‘Ask the Astronaut’

Space Questions? Let’s Just ‘Ask the Astronaut’

I know we’re a self-selected group here in Nerdland, but which of us hasn’t wondered about what it’s like to be in space, live in space, and work in space? Regardless of your generation, there were important, space-related events that happened during your formative years. Sputnik. Yuri Gagarin. Alan Shepherd. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (and don’t forget Michael Collins). Skylab. Sally Ride. Challenger. Mir. Columbia. The International Space Station. SpaceX. Future-oriented people look toward space. Read More

True Tatooine: the Reality of Circumbinary Planets

True Tatooine: the Reality of Circumbinary Planets

It’s one of the most familiar scenes from the Star Wars saga. Luke, realizing he is probably doomed to a mundane career of moisture-farming, takes his teen tantrum outside into the twilight, and stares wistfully at the two suns setting over the Tatooine horizon. And yet, just how strange is it to imagine a planet with two suns instead of just one? Read More

To Catch a Comet: PBS Documentary About Rosetta

To Catch a Comet: PBS Documentary About Rosetta

You may have heard the amazing news last week that the European Space Agency successfully landed a probe on a comet. This week as part of its “Think Wednesday” programming, PBS will broadcast To Catch a Comet, an hour-long, in-depth documentary about the the mission and how the ESA managed to land the Philae lander on an icy rock hurtling through space. Read More