E=mc² (And The Rest of the Equation)

Appearing in the background of television shows scrawled on chalkboards and in the introduction of Bill Nye The Science Guy, Einstein’s equation E=mc² is one of the most widely known equations in the world. Many people may not fully understand the meaning behind Einstein’s most famous equation, but they remember it due to its brevity. Today, we’d like to introduce you to the equation’s relativistic form: E²=(mc²)² + (pc)²

“Cameron wanted to use potty language to name our alien, so I compromised. This is our alien, Lavapooa.”

“Cameron wanted to use potty language to name our alien, so I compromised. This is our alien, Lavapooa.”

In Focus Astronomy was invited to spend a second weekend at the American Prairie Reserve educating and stargazing with a multi-generational family of 16. How do you educate and entertain this unique group of grandparents, parents, and children - three generations of families? Easy - aliens! Silly? Yes. Entertaining? Yes. Educational? Absolutely.

Two Worlds Collided

Earlier this week, team leaders from different parts of the world collaborated to photograph a special and rare cosmic event, a tidal disruption event. A tidal disruption event, like the one photographed by scientists Seppo Mattila and Miguel Pérez-Torres, occurs after an unlucky star skirts the edge of the event horizon of a black hole.  Pieces of the star’s gaseous layers are slowly stripped away, and the material not absorbed into the black hole is spewed out in a stunning jet stream of stardust.

"It's Really In the Middle of Nowhere, But That's Kind of the Point"

"It's Really In the Middle of Nowhere, But That's Kind of the Point"

“In Focus Astronomy was lucky enough to be part of the APR's Memorial Day Open House Weekend. Naturalists from all over Montana congregated to share knowledge of botany, bison preservation, geology, paleontology, astronomy, and more.”