p1324aw_0.jpg_creditNASAWe could be in for a celestial treat this holiday season thanks to a visitor from the distant Oort Cloud. First detected in December 2011, Comet ISON is believed to hold the potential to become the comet of the twenty-first century—if it can survive its trip around the Sun, that is. As I write, this much-anticipated traveler is approaching Mars and can be seen through most backyard telescopes.

Comet ISON is garnering attention in the Christian community for other reasons as well. Some believers claim that the comet’s path—which could take it through the constellation Virgo (the Virgin), the Crown (if it makes it past the Sun), and others—illustrates the story of Jesus. In essence, this idea is similar to the “gospel in the stars” concept that is sometimes attributed to the Christmas star. (more…)

It saddens me that my children will grow up seeing only eight planets on the posters at school, whereas I grew up with nine. As of August 2006, Pluto has been classified as a dwarf planet. RTB astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink isn’t as sentimental as I am about Pluto—he understands and appreciates the reasons for the former planet’s demotion. (more…)

This summer is a good one for movie fans, with major blockbusters opening nearly every week. Though most movie-goers don’t walk into action-adventure/superhero films expecting more than spectacular special effects and epic battles, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find quality storytelling in this season’s fare. (more…)