The 20-year-old Saturn exploring Cassini spacecraft meets its fiery demise this week. Beyond revealing the universe to us, space exploration exposes our own small place in the big picture, writes Richard Easther
Last night a bright disk-shaped object had New Zealanders craning their necks at the sky. Cosmologist Richard Easther explains what it was. Clue: not Venus.
Gerry Brownlee's intemperate response to the GeoNet director's calls for a 24/7 response centre damages further scientists' willingness to share their expertise with the public, writes Richard Easther.