Category Archives: Astronomy

Mars Curiosity Rover Lands Safely

By David L. Brown If you didn’t watch the live feed from the Jet Propulsion Lab last night as the new Mars Rover, Curiosity, made its entry and landing, you missed one of the great moments in space exploration history. … Continue reading

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Curious About Mars? Tomorrow’s the Big Day

By David L. Brown Tomorrow the newest Mars rover, Curiosity, is set to land on the Red Planet. If all goes well, it will set down through an incredible series of engineering steps. In the final stage, the massive rover … Continue reading

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One-way Trip to Mars Is Not ‘Suicide’

By David L. Brown In the news today are headlines about a “suicide” mission to Mars being planned by a private company. Here is a link to an article at Fox News about the plans announced by the Dutch company … Continue reading

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Those Strange Climate Change Deniers

By David L. Brown Global warming/climate change deniers are strange fellows indeed. Despite the overwhelming evidence that human-caused global warming is real and may seriously harm our planet, they continue to raise doubts. One of their arguments is that most … Continue reading

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Celebrating the New Year with a Blue Moon

By David L. Brown When something unusual happens, we often hear that it was “once in a Blue Moon.” But how rare to experience a “blue moon” on a very special day, New Year’s Eve. Tomorrow you can witness that … Continue reading

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Sun Continues to Show Blank Face

By David L. Brown This is a follow-up to my post of June 29 titled “Could Quiet Sun Offset Global Warming?” (see it here.) In that piece I reported on the failure of the Sun to return to its maximum … Continue reading

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Sun Begins to Show Its Spots

By David L. Brown A few days ago I wrote about the failure of the Sun to enter what should by now be an increasingly active period as demonstrated by the appearance of sunspots. That intransigence by our star seems … Continue reading

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Could Quiet Sun Help Offset Global Warming?

By David L. Brown What is wrong with this picture? It is our Sun, as photographed a few days  ago. And what is wrong is that it shows no sign of sunspots, none at all. And that is a cause … Continue reading

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Raising the Earth’s Albedo to Combat Warming?

By David L. Brown Energy Secretary Steven Chu has stated that if we were to paint all flat roofs white it would reflect solar rays back into space and help reduce global warming. Well, maybe. Let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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Observing the Birth of the Universe

By David L. Brown The mystery of how our universe came into being is a major step closer to being answered, according to news from NASA. According to a story in the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald (here), the Spitzer Space … Continue reading

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