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The new exoplanet hunter

by Prasad Ganti The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off into space like what has now become a routine launch. This time the payload was a space telescope on a mission, a more powerful set of eyes, peeping into the heavens … Continue reading

Posted in May 2018, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Dr. Stephen Hawking

by Prasad Ganti Dr. Stephen Hawking, world’s most famous contemporary physicist, passed away recently. He belongs to the pantheon of legends like Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. He contributed significantly to our increased understanding of the Universe. Having read about … Continue reading

Posted in April 2018, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Falcon Heavy

by Prasad Ganti SpaceX added another feather to its cap by launching the Falcon Heavy rocket with a much heavier payload than any other rocket before. Its maiden flight has garnered success. This flight makes it the heaviest launcher in … Continue reading

Posted in March 2018, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Black Holes

by Prasad Ganti An episode of Nova titled “Black Holes” was aired recently on PBS (pbs.org). The latest issue of Scientific American carried an article by Priyamvada Natarajan on the same subject. The author was also featured on the Nova … Continue reading

Posted in February 2018, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The perfect machine – Ronald Florence

by Prasad Ganti The book “The Perfect Machine” is written by Ronald Florence. A fascinating book about the design and construction of the 200 inch telescope at Mount Palomar during the years leading up to the second world war and … Continue reading

Posted in January 2018, Sidereal Times | Tagged | Leave a comment

Voyagers on a Grand Tour

by Prasad Ganti For forty years, they have been traveling towards the outer solar system and beyond. They are the twin space probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. Fueled by nuclear energy in the form of plutonium based thermal generators, … Continue reading

Posted in December 2017, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Gravity Waves and the Higgs Boson

by Prasad Ganti Gravity waves have been in the news for the last two years or so. Firstly, when the hundred year old prediction of Albert Einstein came true. Gravity waves were discovered when two black holes collapsed into one, … Continue reading

Posted in November 2017, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Biosphere 2

by Prasad Ganti On a recent vacation to Arizona, the Grand Canyon state, I had the opportunity to visit Biosphere 2, near Tucson. It is a futuristic looking structure containing a sample of ecosystems found on Earth. Used currently for … Continue reading

Posted in October 2017, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Dark Matter

by Prasad Ganti Just when we thought that things are falling into place and that we know enough about the Universe, came the revelation that the Universe is dominated by dark matter and dark energy; which between them account for … Continue reading

Posted in Mid-summer 2017, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Exoplanets

by Prasad Ganti In the last decade or so, there has been lot of excitement around the discovery of exoplanets, that is the planets outside of our solar system. An interesting book on this topic has been “Exoplanets” by Michael … Continue reading

Posted in June 2017, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment