Do we have a plan for asteroids heading towards Earth?

When the subject of planetary defense appears in the news, there’s the inevitable allusion to the box office hit Armageddon and some mention of the meteor that unexpectedly pierced through the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia back in 2013.  It would seem as if these two examples are the only hooks with which to engage the […]

Dwarf Planet Makes Giant News

After a 9.5-year, 3-billion-mile journey through space, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made a historic flyby visit to the dawrf planet Pluto. It passed within 7,750 miles of Pluto’s surface, which is roughly the distance between New York and Mumbia, India. It is the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. Here’s […]

My interview with an alien hunter

On January 6, the world learned of eight new exoplanets – that is, planetary bodies orbiting stars other than the sun – existing somewhere deep in our universe. And of these newly discovered planets, one lying some 470 light-years away appears to be more Earth-like than any previous contender. The planet called Kepler 438b, though […]