Messier Monday: The Better-You-Look, The Better-It-Gets Galaxy, M90 (Synopsis)

“Ali always said I would be nothing without him. But what would he have been without me?” –Joe Frazier We don’t normally think of deep-sky objects — seemingly fixed structures in the sky — as fighting for their lives, but when you’re a spiral galaxy caught in a gravitational storm, that’s exactly what you’re up against! … Read moreMessier Monday: The Better-You-Look, The Better-It-Gets Galaxy, M90 (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #11: From fundamentals to frozen food

“The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.” -Amelia Earhart It’s been another fantastic week for us here at Starts With A Bang! This past week, we’ve had a blast … Read moreComments of the Week #11: From fundamentals to frozen food

Ask Ethan #37: The Earth’s Motion Through The Galaxy (Synopsis)

“There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.” –Thomas Hobbes Well, it finally happened: someone asked me about the accuracy (or inaccuracy) of a certain viral video. And as you … Read moreAsk Ethan #37: The Earth’s Motion Through The Galaxy (Synopsis)

Throwback Thursday: The Physics of Hot Pockets (Synopsis)

“Is your Hot Pocket cold in the middle?” “It’s frozen. But it can be served boiling lava hot.” “Will it burn my mouth?” “It’ll destroy your mouth. Everything will taste like rubber for a month.”  -Jim Gaffigan You’ve all had the experience: you’re all excited to microwave your favorite snack. So you pull it out … Read moreThrowback Thursday: The Physics of Hot Pockets (Synopsis)

Don’t believe in cosmic inflation? You’re not alone, but you’re probably wrong. (Synopsis)

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” –Vincent Van Gogh Ever since the BICEP2 team reported their findings — and evidence for B-mode polarization of the cosmic microwave background indicating gravitational waves from inflation — the physics world has never been the same. Recently, … Read moreDon’t believe in cosmic inflation? You’re not alone, but you’re probably wrong. (Synopsis)

Messier Monday: A perfect ten on the celestial equator, M10 (Synopsis)

“It’s not what you have on the outside that glitters in light, it’s what you have on the inside that shines in the dark.” -Anthony Liccione You might look out at a picture of a star cluster, globular cluster, or galaxy in space and think of this as mundane by this point in time. After all, … Read moreMessier Monday: A perfect ten on the celestial equator, M10 (Synopsis)