on Planets Everywhere

A recent study says that habitable zone planets are downright common. This isn’t the first time claims like this have been made. The thing I find most interesting about this study is the way that they did it. Most previous analyses of the number of planets did it by working out how many planets a…

Astronomy on Tap

One of the great things I’ve been able to do in New York City is take part in Astronomy on Tap, a public lecture/happy hour series organized by Emily Rice (CUNY-CSI), Summer Ash (Columbia), Brian Levine (AMNH), and their less-mild-mannered alter egos. Astronomy on Tap takes place in bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn and consists…

on Credit where Credit is Due

Today is International Women’s Day, and with it, there are many great stories about female scientists. It’s thanks to that flurry of activity that I’ve been reminded of one of the more singular events in astronomical history – the discovery of pulsars, and whether or not Jocelyn Bell (now Bell Burnell) deserved to share the…

on Ceres

It’s going to be a big year for Solar System research. Not only is there good news about a future mission to Europa, this summer the New Horizons space probe will shoot past Pluto, and the Dawn spacecraft is now approaching Ceres.