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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Michael Albrow

Michael Albrow is a scientist emeritus at Fermilab, Batavia and a member of Naperville Sunrise Rotary. Born in England, Mike lived in Switzerland and Sweden before settling in the U.S. 25 years ago.

Science Corner – New huge eye opens on the sky

In my December 2021 column I said: “Hold your breath” over the forthcoming launch of a rocket carrying the James Webb Space Telescope, JWST. Flawlessly...

Science Corner – Empty space is not empty

Physicists tell us that there is no such thing as empty space. Imagine that you have removed every atom from a small box to...

Science Corner – Ocean worlds in the solar system

There are weird and wonderful creatures in the dark depths of our oceans, but Earth is not the only world in our Solar System...

Science Corner – Look up at the sky!

In elementary school were you very interested in dinosaurs or insects, or stars and planets? If so, I hope you still are because that...

Science Corner – Is it the truth?

The goal of science is to discover the truth. In Rotary Clubs, we have a 4-way Test, the first being “Is it the truth?” Astronomers...

Science Corner – The sun in a bottle

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could have a gallon jar containing the same stuff that is at the center of the sun? What...

Science Corner – Billions and billions of galaxies

You stand on a mountaintop in Chile beside the new Vera C. Rubin Observatory (at last, a woman astronomer thus honored). You gaze wide-eyed...

Science Corner – Life on other worlds?

As I write this on Christmas Day there is a new “star” in the sky. Not a real star, but a rocket launched faultlessly...

Science Corner – A new huge eye in the sky

Over 13 billion years ago there were no stars, no planets, nothing solid or liquid; gas filled the universe. The gas was very simple,...

Science Corner – Earth’s thin and fragile skin

In 2022 it will be fifty years since the last astronauts returned from the Moon. Seeing the Earth from so far away, so beautiful...