Dear Friends, For anyone North and South America and most of Europe and Africa, this Sunday night (Sept. 27) is a not-to-miss sky event: a total lunar eclipse. Better yet, for all of you in the continental U.S., this particular eclipse occurs in the evening — which means you can see most or all of […]
This is a video of my colloquium for faculty at Lehman College (New York) on Oct. 31, 2014.
Dear Friends, Lots of great space news lately, so I’ll try to point out a few highlights: 1. Leonid Meteor Shower. Tonight (Nov. 17/18) is the night for the annual Leonid meteor shower. As usual with meteor showers, the best viewing is in the predawn hours, though if you are at a dark enough site, […]
The following post also appears on my Huffington Post blog. ALSO: Learn about my 2015 Relativity Tour… Have you seen Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar yet? It’s generating a lot of discussion both about the story and the science, and as one of the characters explains in the movie (“that’s relativity”), the science focuses around Einstein’s theory of […]
NASA TV has posted this short feature about the Story Time From Space program. It includes the first footage released of clips from the book readings, one featuring astronaut Mike Hopkins and one with astronaut Koichi Wakata. Hope you enjoy it!
In preparation for the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival (Washington, DC), I wrote a post on five amazing science ideas for the Huffington Post. It looks nicer on their site, but here’s the text below: Five Science Thoughts to Blow Your Mind Jeffrey Bennett I’m very excited to be presenting at the 2014 […]
A lot of people have been asking me about the discovery announced this week about cosmic inflation. As I mentioned in my recent news post, you can find many good articles about it, and one of my favorites is this one from Phil Plait. Still, I realized that most people need a little more explanation […]
This post originally appeared on the Columbia University Press Blog. Black holes don’t suck. It’s a point I’ve emphasized to students for decades, and I even considered it as a possible title for my book at one point. So why, then, do so many people assume that a spaceship passing near a black hole would […]
I was recently asked to answer a series of questions about What is Relativity?, so I’ve posted the Q&A set below. For additional information about the book, please see book web page. 1. Your book is titled “What is Relativity?” Ok, then, so what is it? Nearly everyone has heard of Einstein’s theory of relativity, […]
Astronaut Alvin Drew, who co-founded the Story Time From Space program with Patricia Tribe, was interviewed about the origins of the program for the NASA TV show “Space Station Live.” Here’s the video.