Category Archives: science

Venus and Jupiter, in conjunction

As seen from my home in Guam, Venus and Jupiter in a conjunction event in the western sky after sunset on June 30, 2015.  Some say a similar event could explain the “Star of Bethlehem“.

Venus and Jupiter in conjunction

Reaching out to a…comet!

On November 12, 2014, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe will attempt to put it’s lander, called “Philae” onto the surface of comet  67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  While mankind has put exploring craft on Mars and the moon, and sent craft to several other planets, it has never before landed on a comet.

Rosetta probe's Philae lander's landing sitee
Rosetta probe’s Philae lander’s landing sitee

Here’s a picture of the comet 67P, which the Rosetta probe has been orbiting for a few months now.   A “zoomed-in” picture of the landing site is on the right.

It is thought that comets have delivered a significant amount of water and organic molecules to the earth over billions of years, and it is hoped that this mission will greatly further our knowledge of the composition and origin of comets.

Here’s a short 3 minute video from the European Space Agency that describes the mission and shows a simulation of the upcoming landing:

Here are more photos of the comet and the probe:


Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Psalm 139:13-14

Take a few minutes – less than five – view this video of a child developing in the womb.