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Aloha Aggieland! For those of you who read my post on March 26 from Keck Observatory in Hawaii, I wish I could report that the skies cleared and that I was able to collect all the photons that I needed. Unfortunately the clouds were persistent and cruel, with most of the four nights a comple…

This week I'm at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, collecting data with the world's largest optical telescope. Correction, I'm trying to collect data, but the weather is not cooperating. I'll be sharing with you this thrilling but nerve-wracking experience that every astronomer, both professio…

Hello Aggieland, it's been a while since my first post but I've been waiting for something spectacular and the cosmos has delivered: Comet Pan-STARRS is passing through the inner solar system and we can start seeing it now from College Station.

Nowadays we take for granted that we know how far away the sun is (about 93 million miles) and all the distances to the planets co-habiting our solar system. But a few centuries ago, the size of the solar system was as puzzling and intriguing as asking today what dark matter and dark energy …

Nowadays we take for granted that we know how far away the sun is (about 93 million miles) and all the distances to the planets co-habiting our solar system. But a few centuries ago, the size of the solar system was as puzzling and intriguing as asking today what dark matter and dark energy …