Special Report

Astronomical Leaps

Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope and its ability to obtain images as sharp as if taken from space, astronomers have made the first time-lapse movie of a rather unusual shell ejected by a ‘vampire star,’ which in November 2000 underwent an outburst after gulping down part of its companion’s matter. This enabled astronomers to determine the distance and intrinsic brightness of the outbursting object.” 

Science Daily, November 17, 2009

Interview with Wendy Freedman: Center of the Universe

The Center of the Universe

Dan Cloer

Wendy Freedman serves as director of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. She spoke with Vision about the next era of astronomy.

Moon landing anniversary

From the Ground Up

Dan Cloer

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first extraterrestrial steps for mankind after the lunar module Eagle landed on the moon.

Neil Armstrong: A Man Out of Time

Neil Armstrong: A Man Out of Time

Robert Kehoe

For almost anyone alive on July 20, 1969, the first words from the Moon and man’s first steps are flashbulb events immortalized in the mind.

Alan B. Shepard, Jr.: Spam in a Can

Alan B. Shepard, Jr.: Spam in a Can?

Dan Cloer

Alan B. Shepard, Jr. lived twice as long as many people expected. The first American in space, he lit America’s enthusiasm to rally behind the space program.

Another Another World: Looking for Another Earth

Another Another World

Dan Cloer

Just as a soap opera will not give valuable insight into real human relationships, finding another earth will not help us understand our place in the universe.