Fingerprinting Exoplanets by Direct Observation

Our ability to probe the cosmos, particularly for planets around other stars, is accelerating at an incredible rate.  As I have mentioned before, the Kepler space telescope has given us a view into the cosmos that will change our view of the universe forever.  Recently, further advancements by Project 1640, an effort to directly observe the spectra of distant worlds, bring the real possibility of detecting an Earth like planet to within our grasp. Continue reading “Fingerprinting Exoplanets by Direct Observation”

Kepler and the Billions and Billions of Pale Blue Dots

Carl Sagan famously spoke of the Pale Blue Dot photo taken from the Voyager I spacecraft, referring to it as a symbol hope and humility that would change our perspective as a species. That all of humanity and all of our world’s history is contained on a tiny speck in the Cosmos. Continue reading “Kepler and the Billions and Billions of Pale Blue Dots”

Stellar Aperture is up and running!

Greetings my future readers.  This first post is just a “hello” and “welcome” to my blog.  Here I will discuss interesting science news, science politics, and educational information about topics I find interesting.  My hope is to get conversations going out there in the world about science and nature.  The Cosmos is a beautiful place.  We should all enjoy it, and strive to be a part of it, down here on Earth, and out there in all of the wondrous places that we will surely someday inhabit.

My plan is to post on a weekly basis, perhaps more often if the mood strikes.  I will likely also post interesting links to other science related websites as I see necessary in order to educate and delight.  Feel free to post comments along the way, and I will try to respond to them.

-Josh