"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."
--1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"Correction: It is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum. The 'Times' regrets the error."
NY Times, July 1969.

— New York Times


Black Holes heavier than once thought....


Giant black holes even bigger than thought: study

June 8, 2009
Courtesy Amer­i­can As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­e­ty
and World Science staff

As­tro­no­mers have used com­put­er sim­ula­t­ions to cal­cu­late that a black hole at the heart of one the larg­est near­by ga­lax­ies is two to three times heav­i­er than pre­vi­ously thought.

German Boy Struck by Meteorite

A German boy is the first person in over 50 years to get struck by a meteorite and live to tell the story. Wired.com reports the boy was walking home from school when the meteorite hit his hand, leaving a 3-inch scar. The meteorite then crashed to the ground, creating a foot-wide crater. It should be noted that the meteorite was only pea-sized.

See more on Wired.com

Field Trip to NJ Botanical Gardens

Grounds Map

Hi All

I did some preliminary checking....There is an official day for the planetary walkoff.... Here's the info

June 20 (Saturday), 10 am
Solar System Walk. Celebrate the Summer solstice with an easy 1-hour walk through NJBG's scale-model solar system, where you'll learn about our neighbors in space. Wear comfortable shoes. Rain cancels. $3 Donation.

Hours & Admissions

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Garden closes only in extreme weather conditions, for example, during and immediately after a heavy snowfall.

Riker Hill Astronomy Night

If clouds don't interfere, the International Spaces Station will be visible on Friday, May 29, 2009, during the telescope night at Riker Hill Art Park in Livingston, NJ.

ISS 08:37:43 pm WNW 08:40:02 46° -3.2 (very bright)

The Black Hole

I came across this and thought I had to share with you. Black holes are interesting. Enjoy the movie at the link below.


Belting Out A Physics Lesson

I heard a story about someone breaking a wine glass with his voice, not the typical opera singer story. Check out the video.

Space Shuttle

Did anyone see the AMAZING image of the Space Shuttle transit of the Sun? It was posted as Picture of the Day on www.astromart.com ? You can most likely still see it...amazing shot.

The Camera That Saved Hubble... Twice

Hubble's view of the M100 Galactic Nucleus

The Camera That Saved Hubble... Twice: JPL's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2

Have some fun the next 3 years


For scary speculation about the end of civilization in 2012, people usually turn to followers of cryptic Mayan prophecy, not scientists. But that’s exactly what a group of NASA-assembled researchers described in a chilling report issued earlier this year on the destructive potential of solar storms.

Astronomical League Convention and Exposition for 2009


I got an email about a week ago from Richard Huber of the Amatuer Observers Society of NY.  He is their Co-Chairman of the Astronomical League 2009 Convention Committee.  Check out the website and make plans.  The dates are August 7-8.  Lots of things going on.  Take care.