Ken Tapping

STARGAZING: Cannibal Galaxies

Ken Tapping is an astronomer with the National Research Council's Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Penticton.

STARGAZING: Man-made meteors

In late February, Western Canada was treated to a spectacular display.

STARGAZING: Are we a bit odd?

Either our Solar System is unique, or there is something else going on.

STARGAZING: A simple cosmic recipe

Stars, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, meteors and the other objects we see in space are quite different from one another.

STARGAZING: Back on the ground

Ken Tapping is an astronomer with the National Research Council's Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Penticton, B.C.

STARGAZING: To the Stars

Ken Tapping is an astronomer with the National Research Council's Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Penticton.

STARGAZING: The Winter Triangle

When we look into the sky on a dark, clear night, we get the impression of staring off into the vastness of space.

STARGAZING: How will it all end?

We're at the best place, near the beginning, with the end of the book nowhere in sight.

STARGAZING: Telescopes for Christmas

Once again many of us are faced with what to get for the family astronomer for Christmas.

STARGAZING: Landing on a comet

Ken Tapping is an astronomer with the National Research Council's Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Penticton.

STARGAZING: Under a pink sky

One of the theories as to what happened to Mars is based upon the planet having no global magnetic field.

STARGAZING: Large scale precision

It is hard not to be impressed when looking at a large optical or radio telescope.

STARGAZING: No touch telescopes

Once upon a time there was great similarity between telescopes and instruments at different observatories.

STARGAZING: An eclipse for insomniacs

In the early hours of Oct.8, there will be an eclipse of the Moon, but these spectacles are worth seeing.

STARGAZING: Due to bad translation

Despite what one might see in science textbooks, science rarely advances smoothly.

STARGAZING: Solar systems like ours

Thanks to improved telescopes and other astronomical instruments, we now know that most stars have planets.

STARGAZING: How big is the universe?

Visitors to our observatory often ask this seemingly obvious question. How big is the universe?

STARGAZING: A cell phone on Mars

That radio telescope could pick up a cell phone if it were on Mars.

STARGAZING:A trip to the moon

We have learned a lot about our nearest alien world, but there is still a lot we don't know, and many things we could do there.

STARGAZING: When is it a Supermoon?

Penticton astronomer at the National Research Council's Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory