As the art director of information graphics at Scientific American, I’m charged with developing explanatory art for some pretty mind-blowing topics.
A gas giant orbiting a relatively nearby star rotates every eight hours, its spectrum reveals
Imagine being an astronomer in a world where the telescope was banned. This effectively happened in the 1600s when, for over 100 years, the Catholic Church prohibited access to knowledge of the heavens in a vain attempt to stop scientists proving that the earth was not the center of the universe. ‘Surely similar censorship could [...]..
We’re used to thinking of the space between the stars as void, bereft of all but the most sparsely distributed atoms and molecules, or the occasional microscopic grain of silicon or carbon dust...
Cosmic dust is crucial to the birth of stars and planets, but how so much of it came to be present in the young universe has been a mystery
By now you might be used to spectacular images of celestial bodies thanks to organizations like NASA and the ESA. But it’s still possible to be wowed by these images, especially when they’re taken by people like you and me...
San Diego—Would we have Poe’s Raven today if the tormented author had taken lithium to suppress his bipolar illness? Not likely, considering the high frequency of psychiatric illnesses among writers and artists, concluded psychiatrist Kay Jamison of Johns Hopkins Medical School speaking last week at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego...
A remarkable new image reveals the teething pains of an entire planetary system
Like most star clusters, hypervelocity globular cluster 1 (HVGC-1) once belonged to a galaxy, but this unlucky object is now destined to wander the cosmos alone.
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What we find in space continues to challenge our imaginations, and we haven’t even discovered extraterrestrial life yet. Last week, in Caleb Scharf’s post Astrobiology Roundup: Planets, Moons, and Stinky Comets, he featured the bizarre visualization above...
One year, so much science. Here's the first of three spectacular, but less widely seen, images from the near and far universe
A planet-hunting telescope has observed long-predicted gravitational lensing of a star in a binary system by its companion
Once part of the M87 galaxy, the star cluster HVGC-1 was ejected and is now speeding away at more than two million miles per hour
An extraordinary new image shows a protostellar disk fragmenting into multiple stars
A research team has shed more light on how Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine could orbit two stars, which are themselves bound together in an orbital dance