Interstellar Dust From Our Solar System’s Birth By Judith E Braffman-Miller Our Sun formed from the jumbled leftovers of the nuclear-fusing furnaces of earlier generations of stars–and like other stars, it was born within a dense, frigid blob cradled within one of the giant, dark, interstellar molecular clouds that float through our Milky Way Galaxy in huge numbers….
Exomoons: When Parent-Planets Go Their Separate Ways By Judith E Braffman-Miller Restless young planets like to roam through their solar systems–usually disrupting their environment, during the course of their reckless rampages, as they travel chaotically around their stars. Such planetary migration occurs when a planet interacts with either the natal disk of gas and dust whirling around their…Read More
Sitcom Characters Who Get Back Together With An Ex By Doug Poe One of the most memorable episodes of Seinfeld is titled “The Deal,” when Jerry and Elaine decide to become romantic again. The sexual intimacy, as both had feared, ends up jeopardizing their friendship. Fortunately the two managed to get the friendship back, but it had to…Read More
A Dwarf Galaxy Reveals The Universe’s Secrets By Judith E Braffman-Miller The shining star-splattered galaxies of the observable Universe switched on long ago, and lit up the primordial Cosmos when it was less than a billion years old. The observable (visible) Universe is really only the relatively small region of the gigantic, unexplored, and unreachable Cosmos that we can see–we…Read More
Comets are icy invaders from the darkest and most distant domains of our Solar System, and they carry within their frozen hearts, remnants of the primordial ingredients that went into the ancient birth of our Sun and its family of planets, moons, and smaller objects.Read More
Sitcom Characters Who Attend Concerts Of Their Favorite Bands By Doug Poe Season 29 of The Simpsons is set to begin next month, extending an already unbelievable run for the animated sitcom about a modern nuclear family. Homer and his family have created a lot of comedy over three decades, especially poking fun at issues ranging from politics to sports…Read More
Big galaxies are our Universe’s bullies. Snacking ruthlessly on their smaller galactic kin, these massive galaxies have stopped producing stars of their own, and are instead feasting on tiny galaxies inhabiting their neighborhood.Read More
Lights in the Sky: A Double Take By Rod C Washington It has now been a year since I returned to my hobby of night sky photography and I have seen many different types of lights in the sky. Most of them are explainable; satellites, spacecraft, high-flying aircraft, and other lights that have totally celestial explanations. I have spotted some…Read More