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Life Formation

Questions From Our Grandkids

Who were the first people? Did they live with the dinosaurs? How do we know for sure? Our grandkids are ages 12, 10, 7, 6 and 5. They have good questions. Even the 4-year-old gets in on the action. (more…)
Bob Jones
August 14, 2022


No subject in astronomy is more intriguing than the "pale blue dot" - the first solar system selfie. The immortal image is Planet Earth on February 14, 1990, taken by the Voyager 1 space probe from a distance of about 6 billion kilometers. (Can you see yourself waving?) Voyager 1 had completed its primary mission and as it left our solar system took one last photograph of Earth. Of the 640,000 individual pixels that compose each frame, Earth takes up 0.12 pixels, according to NASA. A Mote of Dust Suspended on a Sunbeam Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you've heard of, every human being who…
Bob Jones
August 26, 2015


The numbers are in and they are out of this world. According to a study released by astronomers from the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Hawaii, there are likely "tens of billions" of Earth-like planets in our Milky Way galaxy. Consider that the Milky Way is just a typical galaxy within our universe, which contains hundreds of billions of galaxies. With tens of billions of Earth-like planets in each galaxy, our entire universe must contain billions of billions of Earth-like planets. Wow! (That’s the best scientific response I can give.) How The Numbers Add Up 1. Maybe we're not alone. Andrew Howard, astronomer at the University of Hawaii, says the new estimate of planets means there are 40…
Bob Jones
November 4, 2013