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A star struggles to be born

One of strongest hopes astronomers have for the James Webb Space Telescope is that it will reveal to us many of …

November 20, 2022

There will be a total eclipse of the Moon visible from all of North America on the morning of Nov. 8th.

October 24, 2022
Two galaxies with the spiral in front of the elliptical

An image combining information from the Webb and Hubble telescopes shows a pair of contrasting galaxies and holds promise for future studies.

October 9, 2022
A giant star forming region is revealed by the Webb in new light.

Astronomers working with the James Webb Space Telescope recently unveiled a beautiful new image of one of the largest and most …

September 14, 2022
Jupiter from the Webb Telescope

The giant planet Jupiter is shown in remarkable detail from the giant James Webb Space Telescope. The powerful northern and southern lights are easily seen in this image.

August 24, 2022
James Webb Space Telescope image of the Cartwheel Galaxy

The James Webb Space Telescope has taken an intriguing image of a cosmic accident victim — a large galaxy that was …

August 2, 2022
Jupiter in the Infrared showing its rings

Soon after the scientists working with the Webb telescope released their gorgeous images for public consumption, they also started making available …

July 26, 2022
Death-shroud Nebula

The James Webb Space Telescope reveals two stars at the center of a nebula that is a kind of death shroud around them.

July 18, 2022
Five galaxies in infrared light

We are looking at a brand new picture of five galaxies (islands of billions of stars), four of which actually hang …

July 15, 2022
A star nursery in the constellation of Carina

Among the new James Webb Space Telescope images just released is this stunning view of a region where new stars and …

July 13, 2022
The first James Webb Space Telescope image

NASA has released the first image from the Webb Telescope and Einstein would be very pleased. The image shows a dense …

July 11, 2022

Recently, I was a guest on the Forum talk show on the San Francisco Bay Area public radio station, KQED, and …

July 7, 2022
A new Hubble image of a giant cluster of stars

The Hubble Space Telescope has taken a wonderful new image of a huge cluster of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. …

June 4, 2022

Some specialists in comet and meteor science are predicting that we COULD have a new, never-before-seen meteor shower on the night …

May 27, 2022

An international team of astronomers, working in the collaboration known as the Event Horizon Telescope, has announced the first image of …

May 12, 2022

On Sunday evening, May 15th, there will be a very nice total eclipse of the Moon visible from the U.S. (and …

May 1, 2022

I am tickled to report that one of my science-fiction short stories, about using a black hole to escape the pain …

April 20, 2022

NASA announced this week that their archive of confirmed “exoplanets” — planets going around stars other than the Sun — now …

March 31, 2022

February 18 was the anniversary of the discovery of Pluto (in 1930), and thanks to the efforts of the outreach staff …

February 19, 2022

Astronomers, using the Hubble Space Telescope and other instruments, announced today that they had seen something never before observed in a …

January 14, 2022

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is to many astronomers the space observatory of the next decade. I am happy to report …

December 28, 2021
A lunar eclipse in 2014

1. What Is Happening?             On Thursday evening Nov. 18 and Friday morning Nov. 19, an almost total eclipse of the …

October 27, 2021
The Pleiades by David Lane

Explore the Universe in a Fun, Non-credit Class On-line for People Over 50 Come explore such cosmic sights as: NASA’s new …

September 14, 2021

This Wednesday evening and Thursday morning (Aug. 11-12), there will be one of the better meteor showers of the year for …

August 6, 2021

I am happy to report that “Flash Fiction” magazine in England today published my very short, astrobiology-theme story “I Swallowed a …

July 24, 2021

  There will be a nice and conveniently timed total lunar eclipse (where the Moon goes dark) during the evening of …

January 3, 2019

NASA’s InSight lander on Mars has sent back its first “selfie” — a great mosaic of 11 images, taken by the …

December 20, 2018
lunar eclipse, eclipse of the Moon,

On Wednesday morning, January 31, residents of North America (and particularly those on the west coast) will experience a rare triple event: …

January 26, 2018
Full Moon, Lick Observatory

     By a cosmic coincidence, the first day of 2018 will have a nice full Moon in the evening. And …

December 30, 2017

Astronomers around the world have been observing a small but fast object that gives every indication of coming from some other star …

December 6, 2017
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