Messier Monday: The Last 'Original' Object, M103

“Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” –Winston Churchill To kick off every week for nearly a year now, we’ve begun it with┬áMessier Monday, where we take an in-depth look at the 110 deep-sky objects that make up … Read moreMessier Monday: The Last 'Original' Object, M103

The lives and deaths of Sun-like stars

“Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.” –Samuel Johnson But the stars, as opposed to humans, are born shining, with hundreds (or more) of brothers and sisters, shine ever more brightly over their lifetimes, and die in spectacular fashion. As far as we can tell, here’s the past, present and future story … Read moreThe lives and deaths of Sun-like stars

A Super-Sized Sister Solar System!

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” -Neil Armstrong Here on our little wet rock in our Solar System, we … Read moreA Super-Sized Sister Solar System!