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

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

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