Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Gather Ye Data While Ye May

    For those that don’t know me (or follow me on Facebook/Twitter), I’m a huge Chicago sports fan. So I’ve been ruminating all morning about the latest news out of Chicago – that Derrick Rose injured his knee last night. Today, we’re all awaiting the news on how serious the injury is. It’s hard to put into words how devastating an injury would be. Rose is a Chicago native, who the city took tremendous pride in as a high school player, and that is now one of the best, most dynamic players in the league, and a centerpiece to one of

  • Does My Moon Look Big In This?

    It happens at least once every month. Sometimes, rarely, it happens twice a month. It’s when lunatics roam the streets and when drivers get distracted by what they see up there in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a FULL MOON.

    Yesterday, inspired by the beautiful sight of the Moon outside my window and soon after reading about impact craters on the different hemispheres of the Moon, I wanted to find out if there were others around the world who were also thinking about the Moon. It turned out there were lots of people tweeting about

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  • Survey says….

    You may have heard the news, announced earlier this week, about the presence of tens of billions of habitable planets in our galaxy. This is big news for two reasons: one is related to the simplest astronomy one can do; the other is related to astronomy so difficult and complicated we don’t even know how to do it yet. (But we’re working on it.)

    But before we get to that, let’s set the stage with an analogy. You can think of the Kepler mission as a poll of the stars in the sky. In a poll, you sample a subset of