Weekend Diversion: the Moon as no one’s seen it (Synopsis)

“When I look at the moon I do not see a hostile, empty world. I see the radiant body where man has taken his first steps into a frontier that will never end.” –David Scott, Commander, Apollo 15 The Moon is perhaps the oldest sight known to humans and our animal ancestors here on Earth, with its … Read moreWeekend Diversion: the Moon as no one’s seen it (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #47: From parallel yous to fundamental constants

“And there is the headlight, shining far down the track, glinting off the steel rails that, like all parallel lines, will meet in infinity, which is after all where this train is going.” -Bruce Catton At the end of each week here at Starts With A Bang, it’s important to take a look back at all we’ve gone … Read moreComments of the Week #47: From parallel yous to fundamental constants

Throwback Thursday: The Fundamental Constants Behind Our Universe (Synopsis)

“The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.” –Aleister Crowley Our Universe is the way it is for two reasons: the initial conditions that … Read moreThrowback Thursday: The Fundamental Constants Behind Our Universe (Synopsis)

Dark matter can give you cancer — and that may be a good thing. (Synopsis)

When you think of dark matter, you very likely think of a halo of diffuse, unseen mass whose gravitational influence is felt by everything within our galaxy, and every galaxy or cluster out there. But what you might not consider is that this dark matter is consistently passing through Earth and every atom-and-molecule on it. Every … Read moreDark matter can give you cancer — and that may be a good thing. (Synopsis)

Mostly Mute Monday: The Galactic Plane (Synopsis)

“The Milky Way is nothing else but a mass of innumerable stars planted together in clusters.” –Galileo Galilei It is, in fact, almost exactly as Galileo said. Galileo missed a few things, though, including a plethora of unclustered stars, dust, nebulae and star-forming regions as well. Want to view it all at once? Check out … Read moreMostly Mute Monday: The Galactic Plane (Synopsis)