Ceres’ Permanent Shadows May House Relics From The Infant Solar System (Synopsis)

“Lots of science fiction deals with distant times and places. Intrepid prospectors in the Asteroid Belt. Interstellar epics. Galactic empires. Trips to the remote past or future.” -Edward M. Lerner Of all the asteroids we’ve ever discovered, it’s arguably the very first one, Ceres, that’s got the most to teach us. Currently being mapped at … Read more

Mostly Mute Monday: Dark Matter’s Secrets Revealed By Colliding Galaxy Clusters (Synopsis)

“It may be that ultimately the search for dark matter will turn out to be the most expensive and largest null result experiment since the Michelson-Morley experiment, which failed to detect the ether.” -John Moffat Dark matter is a puzzle that’s now more than 80 years old: the presence of all the known, observable, detectable … Read more

Comments of the Week #86: from seeing a black hole to Hubble’s birthday

“Science is the one human activity that is truly progressive. The body of positive knowledge is transmitted from generation to generation.” -Edwin Hubble We really got into some wondrous stuff here at Starts With A Bang this past week, including: Can we see our galaxy’s supermassive black hole? (for Ask Ethan), Averaging inanimate objects can produce human faces, … Read more