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Closing in on Higgs Boson Certainty, But “Standard Model Higgs” Remains Distant

A Higgs Boson? – Likely “The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson though we still have a long way to go to … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Three Quarks Add Up to One Proton? (and its not even close)

You’ve probably heard a thousand times that a Proton is made up of three Quarks: Two Up-Quarks and one Down-Quark. Right? So lets just take a quick look to see how they add up. OK – an Up Quark weighs … Continue reading

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Will a Higgs Boson Discovery be Announced in July?

Today I ran across lots of excited rumors on Particle Physics websites that a Higgs boson might be announced at the upcoming International Conference on High Energy Physics in Australia. (The Higgs Boson is a never-observed particle that allegedly “give … Continue reading

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Good Fun: For Two Years an Article here Voted One of Best Science Articles of the Year

For the second year in a row an article from this CosmologyScience.com website was voted one of the best science blog articles of the year at 3-Quarks Daily. This is thanks to friends, colleagues and you readers. This year articles … Continue reading

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Cosmic Microwave Radiation Surprise

(c) Copyright 2012 David Dilworth What gives more detailed images (higher resolution) – an iPhone or the COBE satellite camera used to propel Big Bang into the leading Cosmology concept? News Flash: (June 17, 2012) This article was just voted … Continue reading

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Unpredictable Motion of Planets and Galaxies (Celestial Mechanics)

(c) Copyright 2012-2016 David Dilworth  Many science afficianadoes assume we can accurately predict the future locations of planets in our solar system. It appears as though our many planets make completely predictable orbits . . . and Kepler figured out … Continue reading

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Astronomical Image Enhancements

It is not always made clear that astronomical images are altered or “cleaned-up” before we see them. You know the colors of gasses and dust are “adjusted” so we can more easily see different astrophysical phenomena. You might be surprised … Continue reading

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Stars or Sand? Are there more Grains of Beach Sand or Stars in our Visible Universe?

This began as a simple question, but it has intrigued enough people that I decided to feature it as an article and expand it so we can have some fun. _____________Carol Charming: “I have heard people say that there are … Continue reading

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Universe Maps (inspire look for our nearest non-solar planet)

Here’s a very good set of maps of our Universe. It starts with maps of our solar system, then, in steps, it covers larger and larger volumes of space. Here you go — “Map of Our Universe”

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HyperBaseline Telescopes – NanoArcSecond Resolution

HyperBaseline Telescopes (c) Copyright 2011 David j Dilworth Imagine resolving details of nearby stars and their planets. Sub-nano-arc second resolution should be possible with this proposal for a telescope that is composed of a set of three sets of two … Continue reading

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Explore the Whole Night Sky – Interactively

Ever want to explore the whole night sky ? Here you go thanks to Nick Risinger—

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Earth from Orbit – Live Video

Live video of our Earth from orbit (from the International Space Station or ISS courtesy of NASA) http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload And here’s the International Space Station ground tracking position to you can tell where on the earth it is. https://web.archive.org/web/20180509213552/http://iss.astroviewer.net/ Here’s a … Continue reading

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Fun Cosmology Talk at MIRA Holiday Party

MIRA (Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy) will hold their fabulous annual Holiday Party on December 12. During the fest / feast they are excited about me providing a 15-20 minute presentation titled “Ground Rules for Cosmology.” Come and join … Continue reading

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