50 Years Ago: One Small Step, One Giant Leap | NASA

Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins awoke to start their fifth day in space at the end of their ninth revolution around the Moon. In Mission Control at the Manned Spacecraft Center, now the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Eugene F. Kranz’s White Team of controllers arrived on... Continue Reading →

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Hubble Uncovers Black Hole Disk that Shouldn’t Exist | NASA

As if black holes weren't mysterious enough, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found an unexpected thin disk of material furiously whirling around a supermassive black hole at the heart of the magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 3147, located 130 million light-years away.  The conundrum is that the disk shouldn't be there, based on current... Continue Reading →

Pale Blue Dot

The Pale Blue Dot represents a goal not just point of light. When man can look back and see that same pale blue dot with his own eyes, it's will be the first step in truly understanding the place of humanity in the universe.

Solar System Exploration: Planet X

Since the discovery of Neptune there has always been the nagging question of "are there any other planets out there?" This question is by no means baseless, mathematical models similar to the ones used to predict the existence of Neptune have suggested that there's something pretty big out there that's having an effect on the... Continue Reading →

Solar System Exploration – Pluto

Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. Analysis of the outer planets suggested a planet out beyond Neptune and having taken photographs of the night sky and comparing them the movement of Pluto across the sky gave it's position away. The mass of Pluto did not account for the gravitational anomalies, but Pluto was... Continue Reading →

Solar System Exploration – Neptune

Neptune was discovered in 1846, the credit of discovery is split between Urbain Le Verrier and John Couch Adams. Both these astronomers used permutations in the orbit of Uranus to locate Neptune before observing it.  Neptune is the only planet to have been discovered from mathematical computation rather than direct observation. Although Galileo had observed Neptune... Continue Reading →

Planet Simon back online

Hold onto your hats... Planet Simon is back! I've spent three weeks off blogging and here I am back into the blogoshpere ready and raring to go with a new look, new angle and a new perspective. I have to say I did enjoy the time away and although I was tempted at odd times... Continue Reading →

Solar System Exploration – Uranus

We're really getting far away from the sun now as our exploration takes us to Uranus. Uranus is the first planet to have been discovered in relatively modern times with a telescope. It was discovered by William Hershel in 1781 who at first thought he had discovered a comet. Uranus is the ancient deity God... Continue Reading →

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