Ken Tapping

Curiosity has landed on Mars

The high point of the August long weekend must be the successful landing of the Mars rover Curiosity on the Red Planet

Annual Perseids meteor shower takes place in August

During the night of 12-13 August, the Earth will pass through the debris stream filling the orbit of Comet Swift Tuttle

Tying all the the physics theories together

Ken Tapping's latest weekly column from DRAO Herzberg Institute, White Lake basin

Theories depend on finding of particles that can’t be seen

Ken Tapping's weekly astrophysics column from DRAO Herzberg Institute

Taking aim to find out if anyone out there is calling

Ken Tappings' weekly astrophysics column from the Herzberg Institute

Life on other planets may exist in alien oceans

this mission should confirm that inside, under the ice there may be oceans of liquid water.

Ken Tapping column

Conclusions based on a century of solar flare observations could be premature

Exploring the stuff between the stars

Ken Tapping's weekly column from the Herzberg Institute on White Lake Road near Penticton

Transits of Venus can reveal many facts about our solar system

Ken Tapping's weekly astrophysical column from the Herzberg Institute

Astronomical observations of days gone by

There is a book by Canadian astronomer Don Fernie, “The Whisper and the Vision,” where he describes trips made by early astronomers

The June 5 transit of Venus won’t happen again in our lifetimes

Venus, which is just a tiny bit smaller than ours, will be visible as a small, dark disc against the much bigger, brighter, solar disc

The stuff of life

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

Studying the universe from Antarctica has good and bad points

Antarctica must be one of the most inhospitable locations on Earth. Temperatures can be as high as +20C and dip down below -60C

Where are we?

one of the great driving forces for increasingly precise astronomical observations has been the need to improve navigation

Annular eclipse of the sun once in a lifetime event

Ken Tapping's weekly astrophysical column from the Herzberg Institute

The intriguing world of Titan

Ken Tapping's weekly astrophysics column from Herzberg Institute

Alien life – Where would we look?

Ken Tapping's weekly astrophysics column from the Herzberg Institute

The WIDAR system is up and running

Ken Tapping's weekly astrophysics column from the Herzberg Institute

Early detection of solar storms is a science worth pursuing

Over the last few weeks a lot of media attention has been paid to “solar storms” and their possible consequences for us

Understanding the mystery of cosmic rays

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