Ten Surprises For Scientists And Skywatchers During The Total Solar Eclipse (Synopsis)

“All that is now All that is gone All that’s to come and everything under the sun is in tune but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.” -Pink Floyd No matter how well-prepared you were for your first total solar eclipse, no amount of reading or photograph-searching could do the experience justice. There were … Read moreTen Surprises For Scientists And Skywatchers During The Total Solar Eclipse (Synopsis)

The Hottest Stars In The Universe Are All Missing One Key Ingredient (Synopsis)

“A candidate is not going to suddenly change once they get into office. Just the opposite, in fact. Because the minute that individual takes that oath, they are under the hottest, harshest light there is. And there is no way to hide who they really are.” -Michelle Obama The most massive stars in the Universe … Read moreThe Hottest Stars In The Universe Are All Missing One Key Ingredient (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #173: From quantum uncertainty to Earth’s final total solar eclipse

“It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” ―Galadriel, LOTR, J.R.R. Tolkien The scientific stories we’ve covered this week have been out-of-this-world here at Starts With A Bang! But the greatest show is still to come. Right now, I’m on … Read moreComments of the Week #173: From quantum uncertainty to Earth’s final total solar eclipse

Ask Ethan: Do Black Holes Grow Faster Than They Evaporate? (Synopsis)

“Maybe that is our mistake: maybe there are no particle positions and velocities, but only waves. It is just that we try to fit the waves to our preconceived ideas of positions and velocities. The resulting mismatch is the cause of the apparent unpredictability.” -Stephen Hawking So, you’ve got a black hole in the Universe, … Read moreAsk Ethan: Do Black Holes Grow Faster Than They Evaporate? (Synopsis)

Earth’s final total solar eclipse will happen in less than a billion years (Synopsis)

“We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.” -R. D. Laing This coming Monday, tens of millions of people will gather to watch the total solar eclipse that will go coast-to-coast across the continental United States. Total … Read moreEarth’s final total solar eclipse will happen in less than a billion years (Synopsis)

Voyager’s ‘Cosmic Map’ of Earth’s location is hopelessly wrong (Synopsis)

“We [are] a species endowed with hope and perseverance, at least a little intelligence, substantial generosity and a palpable zest to make contact with the cosmos.” -Carl Sagan When the Voyager and Pioneer spacecraft were launched, they contained a message emblazoned on them: a map of 14 pulsars, showing the location of Earth relative to … Read moreVoyager’s ‘Cosmic Map’ of Earth’s location is hopelessly wrong (Synopsis)

Why you can’t see the Moon during a total solar eclipse (Synopsis)

“Even though the reason for taking the photographs was science, the result shows the enormous beauty of nature.” -Miloslav Druckmuller, eclipse photographer During those moments of totality, the Sun is eclipsed by a new Moon, with the latter’s shadow falling onto Earth. From within that shadow, the Sun’s disk is blocked entirely, revealing a slew … Read moreWhy you can’t see the Moon during a total solar eclipse (Synopsis)

Will Scientists Ever Discover Life Without A Home Planet? (Synopsis)

“An extrapolation of the genetic complexity of organisms to earlier times suggests that life began before the Earth was formed. Life may have started from systems with single heritable elements that are functionally equivalent to a nucleotide.” -Alexei A. Sharov & Richard Gordon We talk about the origin of life on Earth with bated breath, … Read moreWill Scientists Ever Discover Life Without A Home Planet? (Synopsis)

Five Things You Must Not Do During Totality At The Solar Eclipse (Synopsis)

“Yes, I am well aware that nature — or what we call nature: that totality of objects and processes that surrounds us and that alternately creates us and devours us — is neither our accomplice nor our confidant.” -Octavio Paz For most of us heading to the path of totality, we’re in for an incredible … Read moreFive Things You Must Not Do During Totality At The Solar Eclipse (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #172: From sodium-and-water to the most dangerous comet of all

“Life is not a miracle. It is a natural phenomenon, and can be expected to appear whenever there is a planet whose conditions duplicate those of the Earth.” ―Harold Urey It’s been yet another fascinating week of scientific stories here at Starts With A Bang! But as of the last 48 hours, there’s something I absolutely have … Read moreComments of the Week #172: From sodium-and-water to the most dangerous comet of all