The October 2020 Night Sky

Last month it seemed that Jupiter and Saturn were the stars of the sky, if you will, but this month is being dominated by Mars. There are a few conjunctions this month and even one occultation! Read below for everything happening this month. October 1: International Observe the Moon Night Starting off the month is

Is There Life on Venus?

A Refresher on Venus First, let’s bring everyone up to speed about Venus. Venus, named after the Roman goddess of beauty and nicknamed “Earth’s twin,” is the second planet from the Sun. It resides at an average distance of 0.72 AU (an AU, or astronomical unit, is the average distance between the Earth and the

The September 2020 Night Sky

Welcome a new thing I’m going to try and do on my site! I’m going to try and point out some interesting things happening in the night sky over the month. I’m a little late on September, so we’re gonna ignore events that happened before I posted this. September 9: Mars Stands Still On Wednesday,

Life Updates

It’s been a while! Sorry I haven’t been posting that much on my site in these last few months. As I’m sure everyone knows, 2020 is a doozy. Academically, I’m still doing fine. In fact, all summer I studied for my qualifying exam! For those of you who aren’t Case Western students or my family,

What Was The Star of Bethlehem?

“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near—a star shall come forth out of Jacob and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the borderlands of Moab and the territory of all the Shethites.”  -Balaam, Numbers 24:17 Imagine yourself a young tax collector in the Roman Empire. You

Where is Everyone?

At the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1950, four physicists were walking to lunch one day. They were discussing the recent string of UFO reports and the possibility of extraterrestrial life, life from another planet. One physicist asked another, “What do you think? How probable is it that within the next ten years we shall

How to Discover a Planet

The mysterious ninth planet has been in the news recently, and I thought we’d discuss that a bit. But before we do, let’s bring everyone up to speed on the planetary discoveries we’ve made in our own solar system.  The first civilization to have accurately and mathematically described the planets were the ancient Babylonians living