The Speed of Light: Could it be Changing?

The Speed of Light: Could it be Changing?

The Speed of Light is a key to our understanding. Our electronics, the computer you are using, and even the human brain operate at the speed of this “universal constant.” Through light our eyes and telescopes perceive much of the universe. Our sciences of astronomy, Relativity, and quantum mechanics depend...

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Quitting the Day Job

Quitting the Day Job

I spent every day of the previous ten years in a windowless office, working for a California-based Fortune 500 company that makes cleaning supplies. In March of 2016, I sat down in my director’s office and delivered the news. He sat across from me, tapping a pen on the desk,...

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Check it Out!

Check it Out!

I recently checked out a telescope at my local library. Wait, what? Yes, you read that correctly. In addition to books, movies, music and online resources, my local library system checks out telescopes. The telescope comes in a kit with all the basics to get you started gazing at the...

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Quest for Fleeting Radio Frequency Bursts from beyond Our Galaxy

Quest for Fleeting Radio Frequency Bursts from beyond Our Galaxy

The field of radio astronomy owes a great debt to the famously failed Michelson–Morley experiment, which set out in 1887 to characterize the effects of mysterious luminiferous “aether wind” on the speed of light. One of science’s more fruitful failures, it tilled the ground for Einstein’s special theory of relativity....

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