The Planets that Never Were (Synopsis)

In 1992, scientists discovered the first planets orbiting a star other than our Sun. The pulsar PSR B1257+12 was discovered to have its own planetary system, and since then, exoplanet discoveries have exploded! But did you know that long before that, back in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, a scientist studying Barnard’s Star — the second-closest … Read moreThe Planets that Never Were (Synopsis)

Weekend Diversion: Saving Salmon… with a Cannon! (Synopsis)

“You ain’t supposed to get salmon when they’re swimming upstream to spawn. But if you’re hungry, you do.” –Loretta Lynn One of the most remarkable stories in the natural world is the end-of-life story of the salmon. After being born in a stream, tributary, or other small spawning ground, baby salmon swim downstream into the … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Saving Salmon… with a Cannon! (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #27: From the accelerating Universe to our brightest stars

“All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be.” -Pink Floyd It’s been another great week exploring the Universe over at the main Starts With A Bang blog, as we’ve taken on the following topics since our last week: How long has the Universe been accelerating? (for Ask Ethan), Sharing … Read moreComments of the Week #27: From the accelerating Universe to our brightest stars

Throwback Thursday: The Ten Brightest Stars in the Sky (Synopsis)

“I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about.” –Jay-Z Of all the stars in the night sky, it’s the brightest ones that capture our attentions the most. Prominent even under incredibly light-polluted conditions, their character, color and properties really comes … Read moreThrowback Thursday: The Ten Brightest Stars in the Sky (Synopsis)