There have been fresh attempts to communicate with the stranded Russian probe – Phobos-Grunt.  It was destined for Mars when launched a couple of weeks ago but unfortunately got stuck in Earths Orbit.   Noone is quite sure what went wrong but the scientists and engineers on the project are hoping it can be fixed… Read Article →

The loss of life is like nothing else we can experience as a company, or a culture….that much is sure. That being said, the ways a winery handles one of their wine gifts going bad (just ask the masters at or a vintage getting poor rankings from a major wine critic, can be useful… Read Article →

Do you think watching stars is your favorite pastime? I definitely love doing this with my free iPhone, which I won for free in an online prize contest.  And if the answer is YES to my first question, you need to take advantage of the iphone app. Times have changed and therefore you no longer… Read Article →

Astronomy to me is one of the most fascinating things on earth, maybe because i is as close as most people will get to travelling from earth and exploring the infinite beyond. I have always held a strong interest from a young age and where most people tend move on from that to sport or… Read Article →

Asteroids are distinguished as small solar system bodies that orbit a sun. Specifically, we consider small planetoids that orbit around our sun to the distance of Jupiter to be asteroids. Asteroids are usually rocky or metallic. Their composition varies greatly from one asteroid to the next. Due to their orbit in the solar system many… Read Article →

It was an asteroid 65 million years ago that hit the Earth in Russia and set up a plume of smoke that enveloped the earth. This caused years of wintry conditions. It was this episode that caused the demise of the dinosaurs and the ascendency of birds and mammals. We thus owe our evolutionary position… Read Article →

It isn’t every day that a crisis, a true crisis hits within astronomy.  We’re not talking about a long range rover going missing in transit, although a government losing millions of dollars is never a good thing for the industry.  Instead we’re talking about a true crisis, lives being put at stake.  Unlike a lot… Read Article →

The European debt crisis has affected many countries within the content thereby putting financial strain on the citizens as well as their government. However, there are countries in Europe that are handling it better than others, while other countries decide to work together to be able to pull themselves out of the crisis. The PIGS… Read Article →

My colleagues and I do a lot of sitting around late at night, drinking coffee and chatting. We have to wait for the telescope to move into position. We input data on the computer and then we wait for the computer to do its calculations and give us a read out. All these operations take… Read Article →

Here is an explanation of the Torino Impact Hazard Scale. This is the internationally recognized scale for talking about the risks posed by asteroids and comets hitting the earth, or coming close enough to the Earth to cause damage. This is a danger that is not simply confined to sci-fi movies and novels. It is… Read Article →

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