Throwback Thursday: The science of bottomless pits (Synopsis)

“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night.” –Edna St. Vincent Millay It’s the ultimate dream of many children with time on their hands and their first leisurely attempt at digging: to go clear through the … Read moreThrowback Thursday: The science of bottomless pits (Synopsis)

Mostly Mute Monday: A Comet Comes Alive! (Synopsis)

“In the year 1456 … a Comet was seen passing Retrograde between the Earth and the sun… Hence I dare venture to foretell, that it will return again in the year 1758.” –Edmond Halley When ESA’s Rosetta mission “caught” its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August, 2014, one of its main science goals was to watch … Read moreMostly Mute Monday: A Comet Comes Alive! (Synopsis)

Weekend Diversion: The Math of Powerball (Synopsis)

“I’ve done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not.” –Fran Lebowitz It’s a thought that’s occurred to almost everyone at some point or another: what each of us would do if we happened to hit the lottery Jackpot. Have a listen to Camper Van Beethoven sing about … Read moreWeekend Diversion: The Math of Powerball (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #48: From gravitational waves to seeing black holes

“Life is strong and fragile. It’s a paradox… It’s both things, like quantum physics: It’s a particle and a wave at the same time. It all exists all together.” -Joan Jett We’ve reached the end of yet another week here at Starts With A Bang, which means it’s time to take a look back at everything we’ve covered. It … Read moreComments of the Week #48: From gravitational waves to seeing black holes

Ask Ethan #75: How can we still see the Big Bang? (Synopsis)

“We like to admit to only that which already glows, although it is nobler to support brightness before it glows, not afterwards.” –Dejan Stojanovic When we look back to greater and greater distances in the Universe, we’re looking back to earlier and earlier times as well. At some point, we can see far enough back … Read moreAsk Ethan #75: How can we still see the Big Bang? (Synopsis)