Comments of the Week #50: From hot and dense to co-orbiting rocks

“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery Every week holds an amazing look at the Universe in a unique way here at Starts With A Bang, and this week saw not only a series of new posts from me, but two contributed ones, including … Read moreComments of the Week #50: From hot and dense to co-orbiting rocks

Ask Ethan #77: Humans in the vacuum of space (Synopsis)

“A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.” –Tennessee Williams The depiction of dying in space — by exposure to its terrifying vacuum — is incredibly varied, from freezing to swelling and bulging to simply exploding. For this week’s Ask Ethan, we take on … Read moreAsk Ethan #77: Humans in the vacuum of space (Synopsis)

Throwback Thursday: Earth’s second moon? (Synopsis)

“The moon was like this awesome, romantic, mysterious thing, hanging up there in the sky where you could never reach it, no matter how much you wanted to. But you’re right. Once you’re actually here, it’s just a big, dull rock.” –Futurama Oh, but the big dull rocks are fascinating in their own right. Especially, mind … Read moreThrowback Thursday: Earth’s second moon? (Synopsis)

Astroquizzical: What happens when Betelgeuse explodes? (Synopsis)

One of the great, catastrophic truths of the Universe is that everything has an expiration date. And this includes every single point of light in the entire sky. The most massive stars — like Betelgeuse (at the upper left) — will die in a spectacular supernova explosion when their final stage of core fuel runs out. … Read moreAstroquizzical: What happens when Betelgeuse explodes? (Synopsis)

Weekend Diversion: Bubbles on Ice (Synopsis)

“The only frozen heart around here is yours.” –Anna, to Hans, from Frozen When something’s difficult, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s beautiful. Have a listen to Eilen Jewell‘s haunting and memorable song, Fourth Degree. Next, before you curse the bitter cold yet again, particularly those of you suffering from far below average temperatures, consider … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Bubbles on Ice (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #49: from the Big Bang to a bottomless pit

“In this land of ours, there are many great pits. But none more bottomless than the bottomless pit. Which, as you can see here, is bottomless.” -Grunkle Stan, Gravity Falls After another week of fun-filled stories about the Universe here at Starts With A Bang, it’s time to take a look back at everything we’ve said, … Read moreComments of the Week #49: from the Big Bang to a bottomless pit

Ask Ethan #76: The very early Universe (Synopsis)

“It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing — a somewhat unfamiliar conception for the average mind.” –Albert Einstein In physics, we’re always on that quest for the next frontier: the next order of magnitude higher in energy, the next order of magnitude closer … Read moreAsk Ethan #76: The very early Universe (Synopsis)