The Strangest Eclipse Fact Of All: The Moon’s Shadow Isn’t A Circle (Synopsis)

“To morrow, I believe, is to be an eclipse of the sun, and I think it perfectly meet and proper that the sun in the heavens, and the glory of the Republic should both go into obscurity and darkness together.” -Benjamin F. Wade The Moon is spherical, and so its shadow should be a circle … Read moreThe Strangest Eclipse Fact Of All: The Moon’s Shadow Isn’t A Circle (Synopsis)

This is what would happen if an asteroid hit New York (Synopsis)

“By preventing dangerous asteroid strikes, we can save millions of people, or even our entire species. And, as human beings, we can take responsibility for preserving this amazing evolutionary experiment of which we and all life on Earth are a part.” -Rusty Schweickart Asteroid strikes are among the most destructive natural disasters to ever impact … Read moreThis is what would happen if an asteroid hit New York (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #147: from spacetime’s nature to the strangest moon of all

“Sometimes I even now feel like a stranger in my country. But I knew there would be problems because I had seen the world… Freedom is good, but it is not easy.” -Katarina Witt Yes, as always, as another week goes by at Starts With A Bang! there have been a huge number of great stories we’ve … Read moreComments of the Week #147: from spacetime’s nature to the strangest moon of all

Ask Ethan: If Gravity Attracts, How Can The ‘Dipole Repeller’ Push The Milky Way? (Synopsis)

“For the first time, astronomers have outlined and named the network of galaxies that includes the Milky Way, adding a line to our cosmic address and further defining our place in the universe.” -Douglas Quenqua There’s been a longstanding puzzle in astrophysics that’s finally coming to a head. For nearly a century, we’ve known that … Read moreAsk Ethan: If Gravity Attracts, How Can The ‘Dipole Repeller’ Push The Milky Way? (Synopsis)

Heisenberg’s Astrophysics Prediction Finally Confirmed After 80 Years (Synopsis)

“What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” -Werner Heisenberg Empty space, according to quantum mechanics, isn’t exactly empty. Take away all the matter, radiation and anything else you can have populating your space, and you’ll still have some amount of energy in there: the zero-point energy of … Read moreHeisenberg’s Astrophysics Prediction Finally Confirmed After 80 Years (Synopsis)

Pan-STARRS solves the biggest problem facing every astronomer (Synopsis)

“If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” -H. James Harrington If you want to observe the night sky, it’s not quite as simple as pointing your telescope and collecting photons. You have to calibrate your … Read morePan-STARRS solves the biggest problem facing every astronomer (Synopsis)