5000 Megapixel Night Sky Photograph!

Imagine the earth disappears under your feet and you are suddenly floating in space. The planet is gone, the atmosphere is gone, and those irritating sodium vapor lamps at the strip mall are gone; the sun and moon are likewise mysteriously absent. You look around you and your eyes adjust, becoming thousands of times more…

How big is the biggest star? Freakin’ BIG!

One of the great challenges, and thus joys, of studying the universe is getting a sense of the scale of what you’re looking at. We are very tiny. The universe is very large. Language begins to fail here. Large is the smallest cup of coffee you can get at most American coffee shops. We’re talking…

Origin Story

One day, I came home, and Mom was gone and the car was packed and Dad said we were going to the mountains. Mom had suffered a nervous breakdown and Dad wanted to get me out of there. It was in Lake Placid that I first saw an unpolluted night sky. And was transformed.