An offhand comment by an Australian diplomat reminds the Monitor's language columnist that less is sometimes more in metaphors.
Celebrated with a Google doodle on his 374th birthday, Nicolas Steno set in motion a revolution that would ultimately unseat the Bible as an accepted scientific authority on the age of the earth. Now he is on the path to Catholic sainthood.
This new view of the North America nebula obtained on Feb. 16 combines both visible and infrared light observations, taken by the Digitized Sky Survey and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, respectively, into a single vivid picture. The nebula is named after its resemblance to the North American continent in visible light, which in this image is represented in blue.
One day into the final mission for the space shuttle Discovery, the orbiter's systems were 'in great shape.' But the craft's heat-shedding tiles were closely inspected for post-launch damage.
On Oct. 9, 1604, sky watchers, including astronomer Johannes Kepler, spotted a 'new star' in the western sky, rivaling the brilliance of nearby planets. 'Kepler's supernova' was the last exploding supernova seen in our Milky Way galaxy. Observers used only their eyes to study it, because the telescope was not yet invented. Now, astronomers have utilized NASA's three Great Observatories to analyze the supernova remnant in infrared, optical and X-ray light.
Ophiuchus, the constellation that is trying to elbow its way in the astrological zodiac, is really a good guy. Did you know Ophiuchus holds the second-closest star to Earth?