What the hell are Baryon Acoustic Oscillations? (Synopsis)

“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.” –Philip K. Dick When it comes to measuring the expansion history of the Universe, the concept is simple enough: take something you know about an object, like a mass, a size, or a brightness, then measure what the mass, size or brightness appears … Read moreWhat the hell are Baryon Acoustic Oscillations? (Synopsis)

Einstein, Schrödinger, and the story you never heard (Synopsis)

“I don’t like it, and I’m sorry I ever had anything to do with it.” –Schrödinger Ever think that if we just pitted enough intelligence at a particular problem, we’d be bound to solve it? That was certainly the approach that two of the greatest minds in history — Einstein and Schrödinger — took, when … Read moreEinstein, Schrödinger, and the story you never heard (Synopsis)

Mostly Mute Monday: The Cosmic Sombrero (Synopsis)

“Since man, fragment of the universe, is governed by the same laws that preside over the heavens, it is by no means absurd to search there above for the themes of our lives, for those frigid sympathies that participate in our achievements as well as our blunderings.” –Marguerite Yourcenar Galaxies are everywhere we look in … Read moreMostly Mute Monday: The Cosmic Sombrero (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #55: From planet formation to black holes

“The simple fact of existence, of being aware that you are aware; this to me is the most astounding fact.” -William Hurt There was so much that happened this past week on Starts With A Bang, from eruptions to bad science reporting to black holes and more, that we couldn’t help but share so much with … Read moreComments of the Week #55: From planet formation to black holes

Throwback Thursday: How do black holes get so big, so fast? (Synopsis)

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” –Joseph Campbell When we look at the centers of galaxies, it’s no surprise that there are large black holes there, millions or even billions of times the mass of the Sun. As we … Read moreThrowback Thursday: How do black holes get so big, so fast? (Synopsis)

Mostly Mute Monday: The Largest Star in the Universe (Synopsis)

“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” –Lao Tzu With hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way, you’d think the largest star we’ve ever discovered would be in the most intense star-forming regions here, perhaps towards the galactic center. It’s a good thought, as we’ve discovered stars up to 175 … Read moreMostly Mute Monday: The Largest Star in the Universe (Synopsis)