• A star map of the outer regions of the Milky Way Galaxy derived from SDSS images. The color indicates the distance of the star. (image courtesy of SDSS III)

    Largest 3-D map of the universe released to public

    Star gazers – both those who have a telescope and those who don’t – should be happy to learn that the largest-ever three-dimensional map of the universe has been released to the public. Read More

    Aug 8, 2012

  • Vanderbilt University

    Listen: Making astronomy meaningful

    Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub wanted his students to remember more of what they learned in his introductory class than the answers to typical questions on a quiz show. That was a strong impetus for his book How Old Is The Universe? It strives to make astronomy understandable… Read More

    Oct 25, 2011

  • Double Klein bottle

    Big Bang or Big Bounce?

    There is a new dark-horse entry in the cosmological sweepstakes. Cosmologists Alan Guth, left, and Paul Steinhardt In the last 50 years, the Big Bang theory has gradually become the standard scientific model for how the universe began and has been written into the grade school science… Read More

    Apr 5, 2011