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Govert Schilling

About Govert Schilling

Sky & Telescope Contributing Editor Govert Schilling lives in the Netherlands, but loves to explore his home planet. In July, Harvard University Press will publish his new book, ‘Ripples in Spacetime. Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy’.

KAGRA: Japan’s Underground Einstein Wave Detector

On June 1, U.S. and European physicists published the latest results in their quest for gravitational waves — tiny ripples in spacetime, generated by energetic events like the collision and merger of distant black holes. Meanwhile, a new gravitational wave observatory is under construction in Japan. Sky & Telescope Contributing Editor Govert Schilling visited the…

Australia's ASKAP radio antennas

Radio Astronomy in the Aussie Outback

It's not easy to get to the Murchison Radio Observatory in Western Australia. Being in one of the most remote regions of the country means there's hardly any radio interference that might otherwise compromise the astronomical observations. It's one of the most radio-quiet zones on the planet.

NGC 5128 in Centaurus

Rain of Super-Particles

A 45-year mystery solved? Scientists using the new Pierre Auger Observatory say they've finally tracked down where ultra-high-energy cosmic rays — "tennis ball particles" — are coming from.

2-color closeup

Mira’s Marvelous Tail

Mira, the closest and brightest of the red long-period variable stars, has thrown off a gassy hood and a comet-like tail so big that if you could see them, they would overflow your telescope's field of view.