All posts by Bob Berman

The gift of planets

The gift of planets

What’s the most romantic gift for your sweetheart? A book of poetry? A candlelight dinner? Excellent choices — but as a nightcap, what’s better than the Goddess of Love in person?

The two universes

The two universes

The Andromeda galaxy, just 2 1/2 million light-years away, is so nearby that the expansion of space isn’t powerful enough to make it recede from us. We’ll keep each other company forever.

Why it’s so hard to understand the cosmos

Why it’s so hard to understand the cosmos

Our human logical-mind system, which operates through symbolic language, seems inadequate to meaningfully probe the universe’s true nature. We all know that the word ‘ice’ is not actual ice. But most seem unaware of the profound degree to which the universe is unrelated to our thoughts about it. We need a different tool for the job.

Coming up: Big Hudson River tides

Coming up: Big Hudson River tides

Extremely high Hudson River tides start this Sunday and peak Tuesday, April 27. That’s because Monday’s Full Moon happens just before it reaches its closest approach of the month. And its third nearest meeting with Earth of the entire year, missing second place by just 42 miles.

Forget the Moon and Mars too

Forget the Moon and Mars too

It’s not even fun anymore. Since we last landed humans on the Moon in December, 1972, nine US presidents have announced plans to return. Only Barack Obama didn’t make that declaration.  During the most recent such speech on the Fourth of July in 2019, with TV cameras rolling, Donald Trump grandly told the celebrated Apollo flight director Gene Kranz, “I want you to know that we’re going back to the Moon very soon – and someday soon, we will plant the American flag on Mars.”