This is the personal site of Tom Roelandts. I’m trying to whet your appetite for science with this thing. My education and interests show through, of course, since I focus on stuff that I feel confident writing about. The site used to be solely about the photos, and I still think the thumbnails page is rather cute, but the emphasis has clearly shifted towards the articles lately.

New Horizons

New Horizons at Pluto [image: JHUAPL/SwRI]

After mentioning Rosetta in June, there is another deep space mission that I want to bring to your attention. The final preparations for the flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft have started. New Horizons will be… read more


Submitted on 14 December 2014

How Does Amplitude Modulation Work?

AM-modulated carrier

Using modulation in radio communications is unavoidable. The simplest modulation technique is Amplitude Modulation (AM), where the amplitude of a carrier is varied according to the message that is to be transmitted. A carrier is… read more

Submitted on 2 November 2014

The Wow! Signal, Still a Mystery After 37 Years

The Wow! signal [image: Big Ear Radio Observatory and North American AstroPhysical Observatory]

The famous “Wow!” signal is a radio signal that was received on 15 August 1977 as part of the SETI program. After all these years, it is still the most tantalizing candidate for being a true interstellar signal. Its name comes from the manually written word “Wow!” on… read more

Submitted on 7 September 2014

The PDART Algorithm, Part 2

SIRT (left) and mask (right) at iteration 8

This is the second of a two-part article on the PDART algorithm. It explains most of the nitty-gritty details. The PDART algorithm needs two extra input parameters to do its magic, a threshold and a gray level. After each SIRT iteration, each pixel of… read more

Submitted on 24 August 2014

The PDART Algorithm, Part 1

Phantom image (left) and SIRT reconstruction (right)

This article is a bit of an experiment. In it, I’ll try to explain PDART, an example of current algorithm research in computed tomography (PDART was published in 2011). What the algorithm does is, in a nutshell, a SIRT reconstruction with intermediate… read more

Submitted on 11 August 2014

Why Did this Image Cause a Traffic Spike on

Floating Ship

At first sight, this image has nothing to do with my site. I have not posted it or mentioned it. The picture is real, by the way, it is not “Photoshopped”. It is from TV coverage of the Scottish Open golf tournament in Aberdeen, and the effect is caused by atmospheric refraction. But the details of… read more


Submitted on 31 July 2014


Rosetta and Philae at comet [image: ESA–J. Huart]

There’s a truly cool deep space mission that I need to bring to your attention: Rosetta. Visit ESA’s Rosetta page for details. Rosetta is an ESA (European Space Agency) mission. It will be the first spacecraft that… read more


Submitted on 5 June 2014


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