Category: Michael Mendillo

Dark skies make for prime viewing of Perseid meteor shower

Boston Globe (subscription required) Michael Mendillo, College of Arts & Sciences If you go outside after dark Wednesday or Thursday, be sure to look to the northeast. Earth is being bombarded by the tiny Perseid meteors at the perfect time this year: as a moonless night approaches… Expert quote: “Part of the fun is that […]

Pluto mountains rock astronomy world

Boston Herald Michael Mendillo, College of Arts & Sciences Astronomers across the globe rejoiced yesterday after mankind got its first close-up pictures of Pluto and a look at some unexpected surface features, including massive ice mountains about as high as the Rockies and very few impact craters… Expert quote: “The absence of impact craters tells […]

Pluto’s stature grows as new photos sent to Earth

Boston Herald Michael Mendillo, College of Arts & Sciences Pluto — the icy world at the outer-reaches of our solar system that was demoted to ‘dwarf planet’ status — had its moment in the sun yesterday when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft gave mankind its first close-up look at the mysterious celestial body… Expert quote: “This […]

Experts Media Alert – New Horizons spacecraft ready to make historic flyby of Pluto

After traveling 3.6 billion miles through space, The New Horizons spacecraft is set to come within 6,200 miles of Pluto in less than one week. The space probe will make history at 7:49 a.m. on July 14 as it becomes the first spacecraft to do a flyby of the dwarf planet. NASA launched New Horizons in 2006. The following […]