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What Galileo Saw
September 29, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

Recently, we passed the anniversary of Galileo‘s trial before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Inquisition) for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun. As the current International Year of Astronomy honors Galileo’s observations and how they transformed astronomy, now is a good time to consider just what he saw through his telescope […]

The gift that keeps on giving: Darwin and the Origin of Species
February 9, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

In conjunction with Darwin2009 Houston, a year-long celebration of Darwin’s 200th birthday and 150th anniversary of the publication of “On the Origin of Species,” HMNS will host a series of events exploring the contributions of this famous scientist. Today’s guest blogger is Francisco J. Ayala, who shares some his findings here prior to his Feb. 24 […]

Eight is Enough?
August 16, 2008 · 6 Comments

photo credit: CommandZed Two years ago this month, the International Astronomical Union adopted a new definition of ‘planet’ which excludes Pluto. Not only do I, as Planetarium Astronomer, continue to get questions about Pluto’s ‘demotion’, but scientists themselves continue to debate it. Right now (August 14-16, 2008), a conference called “The Great Planet Debate:Science as […]



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