Our Galactic Center as Seen from the Sky

The view of our planet from the sky can be breathtaking. But what happens when a pilot takes advantage of his enormous window to look upwards, and takes a video of what he sees? That’s what pilot Sales Wick shares with us in the video above. Wow! [Read more…]

BREAKING NEWS: 7 Earth-Sized Planets in Trappist-1 System, 3 in Habitable Zone!

NASA just announced that, using the Spitzer Telescope, they have detected a total of seven earth-like planets orbiting the star Trappist-1, and three of them lie in the habitable zone in which liquid water can exist. We can be sure that this system is going to be getting a lot of research attention in coming years. [Read More…]

Touching the Face of the Cosmos YouTube Playlist

The above YouTube playlist brings together videos of talks and interviews with a number of the contributors to the volume Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion.  The book also got a mention in a recent CS Monitor article about Hidden Figures. David Brin mentioned his contribution to the volume [Read More…]

Deep Field

Via Phil Plait, I became aware of this astronomically-inspired piece of music by Eric Whitacre. Enjoy! [Read more…]

RIP John Glenn

I just heard the news that astronaut John Glenn has passed away. I will always consider it a great honor that something I wrote appeared alongside an interview with Glenn in a volume exploring the intersection of religion and spaceflight, Touching the Face of the Cosmos. For those interested in that volume’s subject matter, Space.com [Read More…]

#CFP – Frontiers: Cosmos, Curiosity, Creativity

Call For Abstracts: “Frontiers: Cosmos, Curiosity, Creativity” McGill University, Montreal, November 12-13, 2016 Cultures approach religious questions in ways informed by their cosmologies and vice versa. Traditions and concerns considered religious therefore interact closely with cosmological investigations and ideas, in the imaginative work of public and private world-building. “Frontiers” is an interdisciplinary event sponsored by [Read More…]

Religion and Science are Compatible: Just Ask Galileo

Pictoral Theology posted the image above, and I’m not surprised that Jerry Coyne thought highly of it. But both the creation and the approval indicate a disappointing level of misinformation about Galileo. Galileo was a devout religious person whose whole life and activity embody the compatibility of religion and science. He also embodied the same kind [Read More…]

I Have Touched The Face of the Cosmos

I just received my author’s copy of the book Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion from Fordham University Press. The e-book has been available for a while, but this means that the print edition will be shipping soon to those who have ordered it. It is an honor [Read More…]

First Review of Touching the Face of the Cosmos

The first review of Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion has appeared, written by Robert A. Lee for National Space Society Review. Here is an excerpt: Readers who wish to explore the implications of space travel on Christian and personal spirituality will find much in this anthology [Read More…]

Picturing Gravitational Waves

NASA must have a significant announcement to make in the press conference they will be holding later this morning. As a Facebook friend pointed out, this is probably the first time that they have ever taken the step of replacing the Astronomy Picture of the Day with a text placeholder. I am including that placeholder [Read More…]