The moon orbits the earth once every 29.5 days. That is why there are about 29 days between full moons. About once a month, the moon's phase shifts from full to waning to new to waxing and back again. In fact, that's where the word "month" comes from, from an Old English word mena, meaning "moon." What's also … Continue reading Twenty-Nine


When I was a child, all I ever wanted to be was an astronaut. I loved learning about outer space, especially about the planets in our solar system. (Although, I must say, I was not scandalized by Pluto's "demotion" to dwarf planet status in 2006. Given the discoveries of other objects in the solar system at … Continue reading Thirteen

The Hole in the Sky

So how can I describe the experience of viewing a total solar eclipse? Not with pictures, I fear. I didn't bother trying to get any photos of the sun, because it just wasn't worth it: with a point and shoot or a smartphone, the photos wouldn't hold a candle to the professional ones that are … Continue reading The Hole in the Sky