Our great cosmic motion

“It’s a wonderful world. You can’t go backwards. You’re always moving forward. It’s the wonderful part about life. And that’s terrific.” –Harvey Fierstein Yes, it’s true. As stationary and secure as it seems when you plant your feet firmly on the ground, the reality is we are always moving through the cosmos. About its axis, … Read more

Messier Monday: A baby open cluster in the galactic plane, M21

“New stars offer to the mind a phenomenon more surprising, and less explicable, than almost any other in the science of astronomy.” –George Adams Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! The Messier catalogue was the very first accurate deep-sky catalogue with over 100 objects, finally topping out with 110 … Read more

Weekend Diversion: Party with the Stars (and me)

“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!” –Ralph Waldo Emerson If you’re a regular here, you’re no doubt more connected and interested in what lies beyond this world than … Read more

5 Facts You Probably Don't Know About the Cosmic Microwave Background

“Science cannot tell theology how to construct a doctrine of creation, but you can’t construct a doctrine of creation without taking account of the age of the universe and the evolutionary character of cosmic history.” –John Polkinghorne Out there in space, whether we look with our eyes or with a telescope — a far more … Read more

Messier Monday: Messier's First Globular Cluster, M2

“God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die.” –Bill Watterson Welcome back to another Messier Monday, only here on Starts With A Bang! With each new Monday, we take an in-depth look at a prominently visible random object from Messier’s catalogue … Read more

Weekend Diversion: The Master of Illusions

“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.” –Oscar Wilde It’s tough to tell fact from fiction, and sometimes just as hard to tell reality from illusion. As long as you’re enjoying yourself this weekend, I’d have to agree with Buckwheat Zydeco, and say Let The Good Times Roll. But despite what these images you’re looking … Read more

What is the Big Bang all about?

“Twinkle, twinkle, quasi-star Biggest puzzle from afar How unlike the other ones Brighter than a billion suns Twinkle, twinkle, quasi-star How I wonder what you are.” –George Gamow The Big Bang is one of the greatest, revolutionary ideas in all of modern science, but it’s also one of the most successful ideas as far as … Read more