Astronomy’s ‘Rosetta Stone’: Merging Neutron Stars Seen With Both Gravitational Waves And Light (Synopsis)

“It’s becoming clear that in a sense the cosmos provides the only laboratory where sufficiently extreme conditions are ever achieved to test new ideas on particle physics. The energies in the Big Bang were far higher than we can ever achieve on Earth. So by looking at evidence for the Big Bang, and by studying … Read moreAstronomy’s ‘Rosetta Stone’: Merging Neutron Stars Seen With Both Gravitational Waves And Light (Synopsis)

5 questions you were too embarrassed to ask about the expanding Universe (Synopsis)

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” -Rachel Carson The idea that the spatial fabric of the Universe itself is expanding, and that’s what’s behind the observed relationship between redshift and distance has long been controversial, … Read more5 questions you were too embarrassed to ask about the expanding Universe (Synopsis)

America’s Previous Coast-To-Coast Eclipse Almost Proved Einstein Right (Synopsis)

“Astronomers are greatly disappointed when, having traveled halfway around the world to see an eclipse, clouds prevent a sight of it; and yet a sense of relief accompanies the disappointment.” –Simon Newcomb On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will travel coast-to-coast across the United States, bringing darkness during the day to portions of 14 … Read moreAmerica’s Previous Coast-To-Coast Eclipse Almost Proved Einstein Right (Synopsis)

Ripples In Spacetime: From Einstein To LIGO And Beyond (Synopsis)

“The years of searching in the dark for a truth that one feels but cannot express, the intense desire and the alternations of confidence and misgiving until one breaks through to clarity and understanding, are only known to him who has himself experienced them.” -Albert Einstein In 2015, for the very first time, gravitational waves … Read moreRipples In Spacetime: From Einstein To LIGO And Beyond (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan: Does Light Always Move At The Same Speed? (Synopsis)

“There was a young lady named Bright, Whose speed was far faster than light; She set out one day In a relative way, And returned on the previous night.” -A.H. Reginald Butler Throughout the entire Universe, there’s a fundamental law that governs the motions of all particles: Einstein’s relativity. It states that all particles with … Read moreAsk Ethan: Does Light Always Move At The Same Speed? (Synopsis)

Was our Universe born in chaos? (Synopsis)

“The design of the universe…is very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted.” -Charles W. Misner One of the more puzzling aspects of our Universe is that, no matter which direction we look in, no matter how far away we check, its properties appear to be practically identical. This is surprising, since no signal can … Read moreWas our Universe born in chaos? (Synopsis)

11 Scientific Advances Of The Past 100 Years Gave Us Our Entire Universe (Synopsis)

“Gamow was fantastic in his ideas. He was right, he was wrong. More often wrong than right. Always interesting; … and when his idea was not wrong it was not only right, it was new.” -Edward Teller 100 years ago, our conception of the Universe was so small it’s almost laughable. We still were mired … Read more11 Scientific Advances Of The Past 100 Years Gave Us Our Entire Universe (Synopsis)

How uncertain are LIGO’s first gravitational wave detections? (Synopsis)

“We hope that interested people will repeat our calculations and will make up their own minds regarding the significance of the results. It is obvious that “belief” is never an alternative to “understanding” in physics.” -J. Creswell et al. Three times now, the LIGO collaboration has produced very strong evidence that black hole pairs, from … Read moreHow uncertain are LIGO’s first gravitational wave detections? (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan: Can the Universe ever expand faster than the speed of light? (Synopsis)

“In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance.” -Henry Miller You know it as the most fundamental law of relativity: that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. And yet, the observable Universe itself, which has been around for 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang, is now … Read moreAsk Ethan: Can the Universe ever expand faster than the speed of light? (Synopsis)

Was It All Just Noise? Independent Analysis Casts Doubt On LIGO’s Detections (Synopsis)

“What’s really exciting is what comes next. I think we’re opening a window on the universe — a window of gravitational wave astronomy.” -Dave Reitze, executive director of LIGO It revolutionized our view of the Universe when the LIGO annoucements – and we’re up to three, now – came out. They indicated the direct detection … Read moreWas It All Just Noise? Independent Analysis Casts Doubt On LIGO’s Detections (Synopsis)