Us and the Universe

Have you ever wondered how large the universe is? If we could travel out into space, would we come to the end and be forced to turn back? Or would we simply travel on indefinitely? The truth is, no one knows for sure. We know…

Dark Matter and the Totalitarian Principle

The basic problems with Dark Matter that cosmologists are trying to solve revolve around the fact that the combined gravitational forces of the all the detectable matter in the Universe are not sufficient to prevent the expansion of the Universe from accelerating to beyond the…

Radioastronomy, Listening to the Stars

There are just four ways astronomers can study the Universe: by looking at physical objects (such as meteorites), elementary particles (such as cosmic rays), gravitational waves, and electromagnetic radiation (such as optical light). Optical light, the radiation we’re able to perceive with our eyes, isn’t…

Professional Observatories in Astronomy

One of the most rewarding aspects of astronomy is the sense of wonder and discovery you get by simply looking at the sky. This is true for both amateur and professional astronomers. But, how does observing the sky differ for professional and amateur astronomers? Most…

A Quick Tour of Five Northern Summer Constellations

Summer months may have the shortest nights, but there is still a multitude of sights to tempt you outside. From Scorpius and Sagittarius in the south to the stars of Cygnus that pass by overhead, there is plenty to see in the summer sky once…

Observing the Sun With a Telescope

Amateur astronomy is mainly a nighttime hobby since you can’t see the stars during the day. But there is one star you can see: the Sun! Solar observation is actually quite fascinating, but you need to be extremely careful whenever you’re trying to look at…