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The (Seven) Wonders of the Solar System

I have read some days ago a nice article on IO9 discussing the Seven Wonders of the Solar System – from the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World of which only the Great Pyramid of Giza remains standing.   1,044 more words


Pluto: From Planet to Dwarf Planet to...Comet?

Pluto is way out there. We only found it in the 20th century, while looking for Planet X (which, as it turns out, doesn’t exist). … 1,107 more words

Ad Astra

The Helmet - in Black Denim Lit

My story “The Helmet” has just come out in the August issue of Black Denim Lit. There’s been some delay with the issue (BD is still pretty new), but it’s nice to see it out now. 90 more words


The Kuiper Belt

The Kuiper Belt has been in the news lately, because the New Horizons space probe will be visiting it next year. The Kuiper Belt consists of a number of objects on the fringes of the Solar System (from about from about 30 to 55 AU out). 83 more words


New Horizons Crosses Neptune's Orbit

NASA announced earlier today that the New Horizons spacecraft has crossed Neptune’s orbit. New Horizons is on its way toward Pluto. It will perform detailed studies of Pluto when it flies by in July next year and then hopefully continue on to study some Kuiper Belt objects.


New Horizons Approaching the Third Zone

NASA’s New Horizons crosses Neptune’s orbit in two weeks. It will enter its last hibernation period four days later before waking up to its target, Pluto. 344 more words

Solar System

There! Are! NINE! Planets!


See, for the longest time, I’ve been fascinated by space, and the stars, and astronomy. When I was a kid in the 1950s I’d go from New York City where I lived to visit one of my uncles in the country, and he had an interesting and eclectic library, which things like CS Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet or  1,049 more words