What does the Universe really look like?

“On a cosmic scale, our life is insignificant, yet this brief period when we appear in the world is the time in which all meaningful questions arise.” –Paul Ricoeur Ask anyone who’s looked up at a dark sky on a clear, moonless night, and you’ll immediately hear tales about how incomprehensibly vast the Universe is. … Read moreWhat does the Universe really look like?

The Physicist's Dream Machine

“It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.” -Enrico Fermi As you probably know, the Large Hadron Collider — site of discovery of the last fundamental particle in the Standard Model, the Higgs Boson — is the most energetic particle accelerator in the history of … Read moreThe Physicist's Dream Machine

Messier Monday: The Methuselah of Messier Objects, M56

“There is an ancient saying among men that you cannot thoroughly understand the life of mortals before the man has died, then only can you call it good or bad.” -Sophocles Imagine looking up at the night sky — able to survey the full depths of space — with eyes the size of saucers instead … Read moreMessier Monday: The Methuselah of Messier Objects, M56

Weekend Diversion: Axe Cop

“I’ll chop your head off!” –Axe Cop What games did you play with your imagination as a little kid? Did you make up stories involving muppets? Horses? Cartoon characters? Cowboys and… native americans? Or, as the Hoosiers would sing, Cops And Robbers? Well, if ever any of that amused you, have I got a discovery for … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Axe Cop

The big difference between 'Habitable' and 'Inhabited'

“Next to reasoning, the greatest handicap to the optimum development of Man lies in the fact that this planet is just barely habitable. Its minimum temperatures are too low, and its maximum temperatures too high. Its day is not long enough, and its night is too long… These factors encourage depression, fear, war, and lack … Read moreThe big difference between 'Habitable' and 'Inhabited'

Messier Monday: A Well-Hidden, Young Star Cluster, M18

“Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we go through one of the 110 deep-sky wonders of the Messier Catalogue, some of the brightest and most prominent of the … Read moreMessier Monday: A Well-Hidden, Young Star Cluster, M18

Weekend Diversion: The Last Detox Diet You'll Ever Try!

“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.” -Orson Welles I just completed my 35th trip around the Sun yesterday, which was a great time! But, it got me thinking, has my time in this world resulted in a build-up of toxic substances in my body? … Read moreWeekend Diversion: The Last Detox Diet You'll Ever Try!