Category: Science & Cosmology

What Is Mercury Retrograde?

Chances are you’ve heard at least one person blame a Mercury retrograde for their busted phone, missing emails, or other technological misfirings. Living and working where I do, I’ve grown fairly comfortable with the idea—I’ve had at least one meeting rescheduled because of Mercury retrograde-related issues—without ever thinking about what it means, and why it happens. So, what does it mean for …continue

Astral Event: Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

Greetings, stargazers! It’s August, and as summer’s end nears so arrives our favorite time to look to the skies… for the Perseid meteor shower! As one of the most visible, predictable, and abundant meteor showers on Earth—with approximately 80 meteors visible per hour during peak times—the Perseid meteor shower is certainly popular (and a great idea for a date). However, this year …continue

What Is a Sun Sign?

A Brief Introduction to Astrology Sun Signs & Beyond I was maybe seven or eight years old when I first started trying to make sense of astrology. Like many others, I began by learning the difference between a sun sign and a moon sign, and what each meant. I’d stumbled across the new age section …continue

New Release: Invisible Rainbow

In the last few decades, the public perception of acupuncture has shifted from one of skepticism to one of acceptance. While this therapy has proven its efficacy in treating a number of chronic conditions, a scientific basis for understanding how it works has previously remained elusive. In his new book Invisible Rainbow, physicist Changlin Zhang translates the …continue

Contemplations on Pluto: An Interview with Dana Wilde

In celebration of the New Horizon’s fly-by, we interviewed Pluto contributor and CentralMaine.com columnist Dana Wilde about his thoughts on space exploration and the former ninth planet. Below, he shares his enlightening insights on these topics and on the nature of human beings and the progression of our relationship with the cosmos over time. You …continue

Poem: Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is flying by our most beloved dwarf planet, with images expected to arrive back to Earth later this evening. As we wait in suspense, knowing that debris the size of a grain of rice could swiftly disable the spacecraft 1, here’s a poem from Pluto: New Horizons for a Lost Horizon about the reclassification of …continue