What are the biggest mysteries facing modern astronomers? What questions do I wish could be answered in my lifetime? What are most astronomers working on right now?
May 2nd: What are the Top 5 Discoveries of All Time in Astronomy
What discoveries and insights made the biggest impacts in astronomy and physics? What were the biggest surprises? What results took the longest to achieve? I discuss these questions and more in today’s Ask a Spaceman!
Apr 18th: What’s So Weird About Black Hole Shadows?
How does a black hole make a shadow? What can we learn from it? What are we seeing when we look at a black hole? I discuss these questions and more in today’s Ask a Spaceman!
Apr 4th: Which is Better, Human or Robotic Exploration?
What are the advantages of robotic exploration of the solar system? What are the limitations? Is there any situation where human exploration is better?
Mar 14th: Could We Ever Build A Dyson Sphere?
What are Dyson spheres? What would be involved in building one? How much energy would it cost, and could we ever pay it back?
Mar 7th: How Cold Can Space Get?
What’s the temperature of deep space? Can it get any colder than that? How do we even define temperature when there’s nothing around? I discuss these questions and more in today’s Ask a Spaceman!
Feb 21st: Does the Universe Rotate?
How do we know that the universe doesn’t rotate? Why would it matter if it did? What does all this have to do with time travel?
Feb 7th: What are the Blue Stragglers?
What are blue straggler stars? How were they first discovered? What do they tell us about star clusters and the evolution of stars? I discuss these questions and more in today’s Ask a Spaceman!
Jan 17th: Can Tachyons Exist?
Is it possible for anything to travel faster than light? What about tachyons? How would faster-than-light travel break causality?
Jan 3rd: What is the Meaning of Quantum Mechanics? Both/And
What is the role of consciousness in quantum mechanics, if there even is one? Is there any way at all to develop a coherent view of nature based on quantum mechanics? What are the ultimate lessons that we can learn from quantum mechanics?