Ken Tapping

Another near miss

On 15 February an asteroid passed by at a distance of less than 28,000 km

A history of telescopes

Weekly astrophysical column by Ken Tapping of the Herzberg Institute

Unrideable bicycles products of a fertile mind

I n one of my filing cabinets I have a certificate stating that I have successfully ridden John Galt’s collection of unrideable bicycles

Discovery of Van Allen belts proves to be a lucky discovery

Ken Tapping's weekly astrophysics column from the DRAO research station near Penticton

Beauty and waste

One of my Christmas presents this year was a book of photographs taken of the Earth from space

Science’s search to find the true nature of dark matter

One of the science highlights of 2012 was confirmation that the Higgs Boson exists.

Backyard dishes

The first true radio telescope was built by an amateur. In the 1930’s Grote Reber, an electronics engineer and radio amateur, built a dish

Project WIDAR is in operation

Most objects in the universe produce no light and are not lit up by any nearby stars. However they give off radio waves...

Neighbouring worlds

One of the more exciting recent astronomical discoveries was the finding of an earth-sized planet orbiting the nearest star to the Sun.

Discovery of microwaves leads to development of radio telescopes

Some magnetrons were handed over to NRC, which improved them and incorporated them into radar systems for the allies

Seven starry sisters

These evenings, if it is clear, you will see a small sickle-shaped group of stars in the eastern sky.

Finding evidence of a stream bed on Mars

Ken Tapping's weekly astrophysics column from the DRAO Herzberg Institute

The stars of autumn

Ken Tapping's weekly column on astrophysics from the Herzberg Institute

Discovering the universe with robot explorers

Although having a human explorer on the spot is the quickest way to find things out, this is not always feasible, affordable, or safe

Galileo’s discoveries are proof of his abilities as an astronomer

Unless you go to bed early, you must have noticed that bright object hanging over the eastern hills in the late evening.

The strange world of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan

Titan, the largest moon of the planet Saturn, was discovered in 1655 by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens

Internet astronomy beats months on leaky ships

Instruments are enormously more sophisticated and complicated than even a decade ago, and there is no need to actually twiddle them

Cosmic dust produces data

Weekly column from Ken Tapping at the Herzberg Institute (DRAO)

Neil Armstrong immortalized by his footprints on the moon



On August 25, Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon, died.

Stellar nurseries

Our Solar System, which comprises the Sun, all the planets - including ours - and a lot of other objects, is just one microscopic mote