Ken Tapping

An obsession with canals

Ken Tapping's weekly column

Product of Canada

Weekly column from Ken Tapping

Observing a star’s demise

Column on astrophysics from the White Lake Observatory

Alien worlds made of diamonds

Ken Tapping's weekly astronomy column

Orphan worlds

Life on Earth could have been much different as an orphan

Dawn on an asteroid

Ken Tapping's weekly astronomy column

Cosmic compost

Ken Tapping's weekly astronomy column

Into orbit

AStrophysical observatory weekly column on astronomy

A matter of gravity

weekly column from the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

Galactic cannibals

Astronomy column from Dominion Radio Observatory

The Moon’s influence

Astronomy column


In the early hours you will see Jupiter shining brightly in the Southeast. Further towards the south, close to the boundary between the constellations of Capricorn and Aquarius, lies the planet Neptune.

Shuttle program successful despite problems

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Progress: lighter and cheaper


Matter and Antimatter


Out of the dark age

In the 1930’s, Monseigneur Georges LemaÓtre proposed that the universe was once…

Categorizing the data of space

How do you deal with making sense of data describing a large…

The problems with large telescopes

When we refer to the “power” of a telescope, many think we…

Creating artificial worlds to explain real ones

These days, most movies use computer animation and computer graphics.  Artificial creatures…

The complex workings of “windy stars”

Many astronomy books describe the Sun and other stars as “big balls…