Drunk Planets

Hi folkses, Last weekend whilst stuck in traffic on the way to Sacramento, I was talking (ahem, nerding out) with a friend about data, visualizations, coding, finding our respective niches, doing meaningful work, etc.  At some point, I told him that I began learning Python for the first time when I was but a humble freshman in physics at … Continue reading Drunk Planets


Everything you wanted to know about the Venus transit, but were afraid to ask

This site explains everything you could want to know about today's transit of Venus across the Sun - check it out so you can enjoy this last-time-in-your-lifetime phenomenon. Ok, that's really all for today. 🙂

Just so you know, “annulus” means “ring”

Annular eclipse - almost there!

Hello, fellow Earthicans, On the evening of May 20, 2012, some lucky sky searchers got to see a relatively rare event - an annular solar eclipse.  In my searching for how to explain to my dear mother why this wasn't a "total solar eclipse" I found this site which does an amazing job, so I … Continue reading Just so you know, “annulus” means “ring”

Evolution of the Moon

At this point, we're pretty sure that our Moon, which is an unusually large one in our Solar System, was formed when a Mars-sized body crashed into the Earth about 4.5 billion years ago, during the formation of the Solar System. NASA has made this amazing video to show how our lovely companion went from … Continue reading Evolution of the Moon