R.I.P. Stephen Hawking

Hawking's 'The Universe In a Nutshell' was one of the first astronomy books that I read. It was a revelation and it solidified in me the desire to become an astrophysicist, and the need...

The Big Bang is not going anywhere.

On the 4th of February a paper was published detailing a Universe that didn’t need a Big Bang. While it is very interesting (you can read it here) I find myself once again at odds with how theoretical papers are formulated. The paper details a mathematical robust way to solve many cosmological conundrums. The flatness problem (discussed in this vlog), the value of dark energy and the nature of dark matter.

A new planetary type has been found by Kepler

The exoplanet finder extraordinaire that is the Kepler telescope significantly changed our understanding of the type of planets that can exist in our galaxy. We only find two types of planets in our solar...

Cracking the Moon

The Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms) is the largest of the lunar maria (seas) covering roughly 4 million square kilometers (about the surface area of the EU). Its wide flat basaltic surface was believed...

There’s a lack of young stars around the core of the Milky Way

According to a new study, a major revision of the Milky Way is necessary. A team of Japanese, South African and Italian astronomers has discovered a large region of our galaxy which lacks any...

Forensic Astronomers: ART DIVISION.

I firmly believe that the popularity of Astronomy is strongly related to our ability of producing awe-inducing photographs of the furthest corner of the cosmos. While looking up interesting pictures to talk about on the...

The Universe’s composition is the same everywhere

The Japanese X-ray satellite SUZAKU has looked at the distribution of gas around the Virgo cluster, a large galaxy cluster close to the Milky Way and the second brightest in X-rays. It discovered that...

Seeing The Great American Eclipse

I know I haven't shut up about the eclipse for the last 8 months (and I'm not planning to anytime soon) but I wanted to just explain what it meant to me. Seeing an eclipse...
The Omega Centauri cluster. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

The Alpha and The Omega (Centauri) of Habitable Planets

Finding out if there is life in the Universe is far from easy and even the preliminary steps are full of uncertainties. Planetary scientists don’t completely agree on what ingredients make a planet habitable,...

What’s The Best Name For A Moon’s Moon?

The latest episode of The Astroholic LIVE was able to accidentally capture (or presciently if you want to give me more credit) the zeitgeist of this week’s discussion about moons. We talked about the...

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