2009 is the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo.
In the near future, with the launch of NASA's Kepler Mission in 2008, we'll have the tools to seek evidence of Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of distant stars.
A month ago, my daffodils began blooming, and I knew that spring was coming. Next week, it’s official. On March 21 at 00 07 UT (universal time), the Earth spins through the vernal equinox.