Weekend Diversion: Stop-Motion Post-Its!

“There is an energy with stop-motion that you can’t even describe.  It’s got to do with giving things life…  to give life to something that doesn’t have it is cool, and even more so in three dimensions, because, at least for me, it feels even more real.” –Tim Burton Of course we always like to … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Stop-Motion Post-Its!

Inflation, Dark Energy, and the Physics of Spacetime

“Orbiting Earth in spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase beauty, not destroy it!” –Yuri Gagarin Fifty-two years ago today, the first human being left Earth, and we began our journey into outer space. But back in 1961, we didn’t really know how far outer space stretched, or … Read moreInflation, Dark Energy, and the Physics of Spacetime

What Matters about Dark Matter?

“A cosmic mystery of immense proportions, once seemingly on the verge of solution, has deepened and left astronomers and astrophysicists more baffled than ever. The crux… is that the vast majority of the mass of the universe seems to be missing.” –William J. Broad Three classic observations — the Hubble expansion of the Universe, the … Read moreWhat Matters about Dark Matter?

Messier Monday: A Dusty Open Cluster for Everyone, M25

“The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.” –Henry David Thoreau Welcome to another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each week, we take a look at the … Read moreMessier Monday: A Dusty Open Cluster for Everyone, M25

Weekend Diversion: A Small Step Towards Acceptance

“Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they’re alive and human.” -Albert Ellis In my experience as a human being, I’ve seen far too often what evils can come from judging people who are different from you and the groups you … Read moreWeekend Diversion: A Small Step Towards Acceptance

It'll take a lot more than AMS to find Dark Matter

“On what can we now place our hopes of solving the many riddles which still exist as to the origin and composition of cosmic rays?” –Victor Francis Hess We’ve come a tremendously long way in our understanding of the Universe, but there are plenty of mysteries still to be revealed. Way back in the late … Read moreIt'll take a lot more than AMS to find Dark Matter

Messier Monday: Messier's Greatest Mistake, M40

“It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.” –Dale Turner This April Fools’ day, even though the rest of the internet revels … Read moreMessier Monday: Messier's Greatest Mistake, M40