Comments of the Week #77: From searching for ET to the Oort Cloud

“Making a wrong decision is understandable. Refusing to search continually for learning is not.” -Phil Crosby From searching for ET to galaxies beyond what Hubble can see, as well as two great guest posts, it’s been an incredible week here at Starts With A Bang. Best of all, you’ve had plenty to say about it all, and … Read moreComments of the Week #77: From searching for ET to the Oort Cloud

Ask Ethan #106: How, exactly, did Newton fail? (Synopsis)

“To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science.” –Isaac Newton If Newton truly meant that sentiment, perhaps he would have been happy to find out that his theory of gravitation — which stood unchallenged for over 200 years — was superseded a … Read moreAsk Ethan #106: How, exactly, did Newton fail? (Synopsis)

Throwback Thursday: What’s The Farthest Object We’ve Ever Seen In Our Solar System? (Synopsis)

“The great oak of Astronomy has been felled, and we are lost without its shadow.” –Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, on the passing of Jan Oort In our Solar System, we have the inner, rocky worlds, an asteroid belt, the gas giants and then the Kuiper belt. Out beyond that, in theory, we have the Oort cloud, where a … Read moreThrowback Thursday: What’s The Farthest Object We’ve Ever Seen In Our Solar System? (Synopsis)

Galaxies detected beyond the limits of Hubble! (Synopsis)

“Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save … Read moreGalaxies detected beyond the limits of Hubble! (Synopsis)

Mostly Mute Monday: The Glory Of Saturn’s Rings (Synopsis)

“This then, I thought, as I looked round about me, is the representation of history. It requires a falsification of perspective. We, the survivors, see everything from above, see everything at once, and still we do not know how it was.” -W.G. Sebald From their discovery in the 1600s, Saturn’s rings have been a source … Read moreMostly Mute Monday: The Glory Of Saturn’s Rings (Synopsis)

Weekend Diversion: Draw Your Own Circuits (Synopsis)

“Drawing is not only a way to come up with pictures: drawing is a way to educate your eye to understand visual information, organizing it into a more hierarchical way, a more economical way. When you see something, if you draw often and frequently, you examine a room very differently.” –Vik Muniz If you’ve ever … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Draw Your Own Circuits (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #76: From growing dimensions to neutrino dark matter

“I am quite surprised that it happened during my lifetime. It is nice to be right about something sometimes.” -Peter Higgs The LHC at CERN proved its value, for sure, but there are lots of other opinions floating around. On this and all topics at Starts With A Bang, you’re free to have your say! Here’s the … Read moreComments of the Week #76: From growing dimensions to neutrino dark matter

Ask Ethan #105: Are we looking for ET all wrong? (Synopsis)

“[W]hat Fermi immediately realized was that the aliens have had more than enough time to pepper the Galaxy with their presence. But looking around, he didn’t see any clear indication that they’re out and about. This prompted Fermi to ask what was (to him) an obvious question: ‘where is everybody?’” –Seth Shostak When you consider … Read moreAsk Ethan #105: Are we looking for ET all wrong? (Synopsis)