A spectacular auroral show to ring in the New Year (Synopsis)

“You cannot rob me of free nature’s grace, You cannot shut the windows of the sky Through which Aurora shows her brightening face.” -James Thomson When the Sun emits a flare or a mass ejection in the direction of Earth, these fast moving particles are when Earth’s magnetosphere and atmosphere are of the utmost importance for … Read moreA spectacular auroral show to ring in the New Year (Synopsis)

Mostly Mute Monday: Overlapping, but not colliding galaxies (Synopsis)

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.” -Ani DiFranco The observable Universe is a big, big place. Some 46 billion light years in all directions, with hundreds of billions of galaxies inside, it’s no wonder that we see stars and galaxies in all directions … Read moreMostly Mute Monday: Overlapping, but not colliding galaxies (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #91: From Santa science to lonely galaxies

“This whole Santa Claus thing just doesn’t make sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery? If the guy exists why doesn’t he ever show himself and prove it? And if he doesn’t exist what’s the meaning of all this?” -Calvin, via Bill Watterson This is our last comments of the week for 2015, … Read moreComments of the Week #91: From Santa science to lonely galaxies

Ask Ethan: How Big Was The Universe When It Was First Born? (Synopsis)

“They say it all started out with a big bang. But, what I wonder is, was it a big bang or did it just seem big because there wasn’t anything else drown it out at the time?” -Karl Pilkington Looking out at the distant stars, galaxies and radiation in the Universe today, we’ve been able … Read moreAsk Ethan: How Big Was The Universe When It Was First Born? (Synopsis)

The Loneliest Galaxy In The Universe (Synopsis)

“If the expansion of the space of the universe is uniform in all directions, an observer located in anyone of the galaxies will see all other galaxies running away from him at velocities proportional to their distances from the observer.” -George Gamow When Einstein put forth his space-and-time changing theory of General Relativity, one of … Read moreThe Loneliest Galaxy In The Universe (Synopsis)

The last great discovery of Apollo: Lunar Volcanic Glass! (Synopsis)

“It’s like trying to describe what you feel when you’re standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon or remembering your first love or the birth of your child. You have to be there to really know what it’s like.” -Harrison Schmitt They say that one of the most exciting phrases to hear in science … Read moreThe last great discovery of Apollo: Lunar Volcanic Glass! (Synopsis)

Why is it so hard to find a new particle? (Synopsis)

“I often feel a discomfort, a kind of embarrassment, when I explain elementary-particle physics to laypeople. It all seems so arbitrary – the ridiculous collection of fundamental particles, the lack of pattern to their masses.” -Leonard Susskind When it comes to physics, there are a tremendous number of unsolved problems that seem to mandate the … Read moreWhy is it so hard to find a new particle? (Synopsis)

Mostly Mute Monday: Top 10 Bizarre Galaxy Pairs From Hubble (Synopsis)

“For me, the study of these laws is inseparable from a love of Nature in all its manifestations.” – Murray Gell-Mann When you take a glimpse into the deep Universe, beyond the gas, dust, stars and planets of our own galaxy, you enter the realm of the galaxies. In general, they come in two types: … Read moreMostly Mute Monday: Top 10 Bizarre Galaxy Pairs From Hubble (Synopsis)