Ken Tapping

Stargazing: Black Magic

Ken Tapping is an astronomer with the National Research Council’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Penticton.

Full moon just in time for Persid meteor shower

Every year, on the night of August 12-13 the Earth passes through a stream of debris left behind by a comet

Finding planets containing life

At last we have found a truly Earth-like planet orbiting another star. It lies some 500 light years away

The odds of life on other planets

Ken Tapping's weekly astrophysics column from Dominion Radio Observatory

Mistakes

in an event we call the Big Bang, that lump started to cool and expand, eventually becoming the universe we see around us today.

A look at CHIME

CHIME is an acronym is short for Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment.

Three super Earths

So far, the score sheet of planets orbiting stars other than the Sun is well over a thousand

A spaceport in orbit

Ever since our first dreams of exploring space, there has been the idea of having a space station orbiting the Earth

Solar weather

The Sun is a big ball of hot gas, threaded with magnetic fields and with a nuclear fusion reactor in the middle.

Storms on Saturn

NASA recently released a most amazing image. It had been sent back by the Cassini spacecraft

Out of gas

On May14, 2009 the Herschel space observatory was launched. It was designed to image the sky in the millimetre wavelength range.

Getting to Mars

Astronauts will be on their way to Mars, the red planet, to see first hand what the robot explorers are telling us

The big bombardment

there is still a lot of dust and other lumps orbiting the Sun today. Collisions are still happening, but far less often than they used to

A little Martian clay

Over the last few weeks, the rover Curiosity, which is currently exploring the surface of Mars, came up with another important discovery

The Atacama Large Millimetre Array

This radio telescope, known as the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA), will be a front-line astronomical tool for decades to come.

Check out the night sky for the stars of spring

With the winter still grinding on in most parts of Canada, it is nice to be able to see in the sky that spring is on the way.

Looking for the elusive “Goldilocks Zone”

Over recent years we have been finding creatures on our world living happily under conditions that would kill us very quickly.

Lights in the sky

Every year we get lots of enquiries and reports from people who have seen things in the sky.

A comet may be visible this spring

It looks as though we could be getting a comet for spring

A cosmic impact

Ken Tapping's weekly astrophysical column from the Herzberg Institute