Black Hole watching

They have built an Earth-sized “virtual telescope” by linking a large array of radio receivers – from the South Pole, to Hawaii, to the Americas and Europe. There is optimism that observations to be conducted…


Juno keeps its distance

NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno…


Protons are strange

The four elementary forces of nature are gravitation, electromagnetism, weak nuclear force (or interaction) and strong nuclear force (or interaction), These forces behave like a field with waves, but can be identified as a particle…


Martian Dust Devil from above

There are many dust devils on Mars—little twisters that raise dust from the surface. They have also cleaned dust off of the solar panels of the rovers Opportunity and Spirit, improving the solar power production….


Pulse and planet

For the first time, astronomers from MIT and elsewhere have observed a star pulsing in response to its orbiting planet. The star, which goes by the name HAT-P-2, is about 400 light years from Earth…


In the elementary particle mood for romance

Symmetry Magazine did a competition with Valentine poems. I’m currently not into Haikus, so mine are limericks. These were my romantic takes: When making a pass, our Higgs boson, at a cute bonny lass little…


The Big Kahuna rubber ducky

Looming ominously large over Rosetta, this is comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Look at the full resolution to feel the threat of this giant boulder falling out of your computer screen.