Ask Ethan: How can I travel through space without getting into trouble? (Synopsis)

“I really didn’t have to work, shall we say, with Star Trek. It was a natural. When I opened my mouth, there was Scotty. It’s like I tell people what you see in Scotty is 99% James Doohan and 1% accent.” -James Doohan So, your friend on the USS Enterprise beamed you aboard, took you … Read moreAsk Ethan: How can I travel through space without getting into trouble? (Synopsis)

What is the Universe’s third most common element? (Synopsis)

“It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order. And this refers in equal measure to the relations of man – social and political – and to the entire universe as a whole.” -Dmitri Mendeleev When the Universe … Read moreWhat is the Universe’s third most common element? (Synopsis)

There’s no such thing as a ‘habitable Super-Earth’ (Synopsis)

“How vast those Orbs must be, and how inconsiderable this Earth, the Theatre upon which all our mighty Designs, all our Navigations, and all our Wars are transacted, is when compared to them.” -Christiaan Huygens It was quite a surprise when we started discovering all the exoplanets that were out there. While there’s a big … Read moreThere’s no such thing as a ‘habitable Super-Earth’ (Synopsis)

Faintest galaxies ever seen explain the ‘missing link’ in the Universe (Synopsis)

“The problem is, you’re trying to find these really faint things, but you’re looking behind these really bright things. The brightest galaxies in the universe are in clusters, and those cluster galaxies are blocking the background galaxies we’re trying to observe.” -Rachael Livermore One of the biggest puzzles in science is exactly how the Universe … Read moreFaintest galaxies ever seen explain the ‘missing link’ in the Universe (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #148: From the Dipole Repeller to the limits of Science

“We have finally established the contours that define the supercluster of galaxies we can call home … This is not unlike finding out for the first time that your hometown is actually part of much larger country that borders other nations.” -Brent Tully It’s been another remarkable week here at Starts With A Bang! Full of science, … Read moreComments of the Week #148: From the Dipole Repeller to the limits of Science

Ask Ethan: Is there a center of the Universe? (Synopsis)

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” -Kurt Vonnegut We all know how explosions work: a tremendous release of energy causes a rapid outward expansion, and the most energetic particles … Read moreAsk Ethan: Is there a center of the Universe? (Synopsis)

Why Science Will Never Know Everything About Our Universe (Synopsis)

“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.” -Nicolaus Copernicus As we peel back the layers of information deeper and deeper into the Universe’s history, we uncover progressively more knowledge about how everything we know today came to … Read moreWhy Science Will Never Know Everything About Our Universe (Synopsis)

The first galaxies: what we know and what we still need to learn (Synopsis)

“For the first time we can learn about individual stars from near the beginning of time. There are surely many more out there.” -Neil Gehrels We’ve come incredibly far in our quest to learn how the Universe came to be the way it is today. We can see out in space for tens of billions … Read moreThe first galaxies: what we know and what we still need to learn (Synopsis)