Messier Monday: The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, M13

“I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.” -Milton Berle Welcome to Messier Monday, where we pick … Read more

A relic from the primitive Universe… in our own backyard!

“We have been forced to admit for the first time in history not only the possibility of the fact of the growth and decay of the elements of matter. With radium and with uranium we do not see anything but the decay. And yet, somewhere, somehow, it is almost certain that these elements must be … Read more

Messier Monday: The Beehive Cluster / Praesepe, M44

“This holiday season is about remembering that the greatest gift was not laid under a tree, but in a filthy manger.” –Unknown But it isn’t the manger you’re thinking of that I want to share with you this Messier Monday. Although Charles Messier’s catalogue of 110 deep sky objects — designed to pinpoint nebulae that … Read more

The Nearest Sun-Like Star May Be As Miraculous As Our Own!

“Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson In the great cosmic ocean, there’s only one planet that we know — for certain — has the right conditions and history to result in intelligent life: our own. Life — or even intelligent life — … Read more

Messier Monday: A Great Galactic Controversy, M102

“Men… have had the vanity to pretend that the world creation was made for them, whilst in reality the whole creation does not suspect their existence.” –Camille Flammarion Welcome to the latest — and most controversial — Messier Monday, where each week, I’ll take a look at one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up … Read more