“We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.” –Maria Montessori The Universe has some wonderful sights to show you if you know how to look for them, and that’s maybe most apparent when you look at some of the amazing images from … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Keep warm in style… Astronomy style!
“Yes, indeed, if humankind — from humble farmers in the fields and toiling workers in the cities to teachers, people of independent means, those who have reached the pinnacle of fame or fortune, even the most frivolous of society women — if they knew what profound inner pleasure await those who gaze at the heavens, … Read moreMessier Monday: The Sombrero Galaxy, M104
“How is it they live for eons in such harmony – the billions of stars – when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their mind against someone they know?” –Thomas Aquinas Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With a Bang! Each Monday, we take an in-depth look at one of the 110 deep-sky wonders — … Read moreMessier Monday: The Cigar Galaxy, M82
“And in the end The love you take Is equal to the love you make.” –Paul McCartney Every once in a while, I throw the chance out there (on facebook, twitter, or google+) to ask me whatever questions you want. Yesterday, for some insane reason, I invited people across all three platforms to ask me whatever … Read moreAnswering ALL Your Questions
“It’s Dr. Evil, I didn’t spend six years in Evil Medical School to be called “mister,” thank you very much.” –Dr. Evil, from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Graduate school is hard work, and Ph.D. programs in Physics and Astronomy are some of the most demanding and competitive ones out there. It’s well-known that … Read moreHey, Physics & Astronomy Professors? THIS IS NOT OKAY!
“When I was having that alphabet soup, I never thought that it would pay off.” –Vanna White Ever want an A-to-Z illustrated alphabet of astrophysics? Turns out that — other than writing your own via Galaxy Zoo — it doesn’t yet exist. So I thought it would be delightful to make one for you… right … Read moreThe Astrophysicist's Alphabet
“It took less than an hour to make the atoms, a few hundred million years to make the stars and planets, but five billion years to make man!” –George Gamow Earlier today, a video (from last month) was released where one of the members of the US House of Representative — a member who sits … Read moreWhy I am a liar straight from the pit of hell
“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” –Joan of Arc Regardless of what intrinsic differences any person or group of people have from another, everyone deserves to … Read moreThe First Pakistani Woman PhD in Astrophysics: Exclusive Interview with Mariam Sultana!
“The self-same atoms which, chaotically dispersed, made the nebula, now, jammed and temporarily caught in peculiar positions, form our brains; and the ‘evolution’ of brains, if understood, would be simply the account of how the atoms came to be so caught and jammed.” –William James Up in the heavens, there are planets, stars, and galaxies … Read moreBehind the Galaxy's Most Famous Nebula
“Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.” –Galileo Galilei All of science is rooted in the idea that natural phenomena can be explained naturally, and that if we want to know how anything in the Universe works, all we … Read moreHow the Earth moves, and how do we know?