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Bob Doyle - Astronomy

Bob Doyle - Astronomy
  • How will we detect and deflect asteroids?

    In last week’s column, I described how sizable numbers of asteroids pass through the inner solar system.

    September 7, 2013

  • Are these near-Earth objects a threat to us?

    There is a new book from Princeton Press by Donald Yeomans with the title ”Near Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us.” Its ISBN is 978-0-691-14929-5 (hard cover).

    August 31, 2013

  • BOB DOYLE Textbooks also vital source for learning

    One of the key ways to learn is by reading a text or manual.
    But when one starts to teach a class (whether it be middle school, high school or intro college classes), most students assume that the teacher will tell them orally all the essential ideas, facts, methods, etc. needed to score well on the tests and quizzes.

    August 24, 2013 1 Photo

  • Magazine takes on the cosmic mysteries

    Perhaps the best American magazine dealing with the Universe is “Sky and Telescope,” published monthly in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    August 17, 2013

  • BOB DOYLE A good sky calendar actually can be found

    In a few months, there will be a multitude of 2014 calendars available. The photos in such calendars can range from supermodels to cartoon figures, from cuddly kittens to ferocious mythological creatures.  
    You’ll have to look far and wide to find a good sky calendar.

    August 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • They have different sets of right answers

    Just as in previous summers, I have been teaching a two semester physics course. Each summer course is taught by daily classes for six weeks (compared to two to three meetings a week for 15 weeks).

    August 3, 2013

  • Here’s a fine book for learning about planets

    A few weeks ago, I picked up a new space book from the book bin of a large discount store.

    July 27, 2013

  • Here are insights on change in climate

    I recently purchased a slim paperback largely free of technical jargon on the contentious subject of climate change.
    “Global Weirdness” by Emily Elert and Michael Lemonick was produced by Climate Change, a non profit, non partisan science and journalism organization.

    July 20, 2013

  • BOB DOYLE Here’s more to learn about the exoplanets

    Last week’s column gave a summary of the history of the discovery of planets about other stars and the techniques used to find these alien worlds.

    July 13, 2013 1 Photo

  • Pulling, tugging helps us to find other stars

    When I was in graduate school at Virginia in the 1960s, I heard Peter Vandekamp, director of the Swarthmore College Observatory talk about a possible planet in orbit about Barnard’s Star.

    July 6, 2013

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