The Virtual Telescope celebrates its 3rd Birthday – Live Event

To celebrate the Virtual Telescope’s birthday, Gianluca Masi is holding a live event now through an internet webchat through the telescope’s website, you can literally see live telescope images as the “live cosmic event/birthday pary” takes place. The Virtual Telescope has provided  many live events during IYA 2009 and also an event for 100

Kafeditepisemesta & The Challenge of Science Journalism

Kafeditepisemesta is the name of a discussion group of writers, editors, journalists, lecturers,  scientist, and so on; whose share the same concern, which is about how to popularize science for general public in a hilarious way. Seriously, the name ‘kafeditepisemesta‘ is derived from the series of Douglas Adam’s satire “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”. Literally, ‘kafe di tepi semesta‘ is translated to ‘cafĂ© on the edge of the universe’.

Pineapple Muffin or Muffin Pineapple? ..
Pineapple Muffin or Muffin Pineapple? ..

But this is not about parodying the masterpiece, instead, all we did just share the idea about how exciting the universe is, in anyway we perceived, either through, books, comics, music, and of course .. food! (A café without food & coffee?).

On our last discussion, we’re reaching to a point, which is, seems, there is a problem on science journalism here. ‘Seems’, that means, we only sense, without enough supporting evidence. But, we felt that somehow, science journalism in the verge of ‘free fall’.

In this modern digital world, news, (including science), rapidly propagate, instant and free. So, who will take the responsibility for the quality of the news?

Visit to Vandenberg

WISE held a management team meeting at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday Aug 21. So I drove the 145 miles (230 km) from UCLA up to Lompoc, the closest town, and then another 8 miles (13 km) to the main gate. From the gate it is about 6 miles (10 km) to the facility

The discovery of a new triple asteroid – (93) Minerva


So I was quite mysterious after my observations at Keck Observatory, and I briefly mentioned that we discovered something interesting during the night. I will give a little bit more details in this blog since the IAU circular announcing the result is about to be published. To summarize, the high angular resolution images provided by the Keck Adaptive Optics system revealed that the asteroid 93 Minerva possesses 2 tiny km-sized moons in orbit around the large 140-km primary.