Messier Monday: A Galactic Highlight to Ring in the New Year, M96

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” –John Wayne There’s a lot to look forward to on the precipice of the new year, and many of us will … Read moreMessier Monday: A Galactic Highlight to Ring in the New Year, M96

Weekend Diversion: Keep warm in style… Astronomy style!

“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!

Messier Monday: The Smallest Messier Galaxy, M32

“Dream no small dreams, for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Welcome back to yet another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we highlight one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier catalogue, showing you where and how to find … Read moreMessier Monday: The Smallest Messier Galaxy, M32

Messier Monday: A Secretly Active Spiral Galaxy, M77

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” -Patrick Henry It’s not a good idea to showcase a galaxy for you every Messier Monday, considering that even a crescent Moon can render most of them completely unobservable. Now that the autumnal equinox has passed, however, … Read moreMessier Monday: A Secretly Active Spiral Galaxy, M77

What does the Universe look like as seen from its most distant galaxy?

“One sees qualities at a distance and defects at close range.” –Victor Hugo A couple of weeks ago we took a look at the most distant galaxy (so far) in the known Universe, a galaxy so far away that it takes exclusively infrared observations from our most power space telescopes (Hubble and Spitzer) in order … Read moreWhat does the Universe look like as seen from its most distant galaxy?

Messier Monday: Andromeda, the Object that Opened Up the Universe, M31

“We find them smaller and fainter, in constantly increasing numbers, and we know that we are reaching into space, farther and farther, until, with the faintest nebulae that can be detected with the greatest telescopes, we arrive at the frontier of the known universe.” –Edwin Powell Hubble With 110 deep-sky objects scattered throughout the heavens, … Read moreMessier Monday: Andromeda, the Object that Opened Up the Universe, M31

The Most Distant Galaxy in the Universe

“People say sometimes that Beauty is superficial. That may be so. But at least it is not so superficial as Thought is. To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” –Oscar Wilde … Read moreThe Most Distant Galaxy in the Universe

Messier Monday: A Galactic Sliver in the Big Dipper, M108

“Most writers spend their lives standing a little apart from the crowd, watching and listening and hoping to catch that tiny hint of despair, that sliver of malice, that makes them think, ‘Aha, here is the story.’” –Ayelet Waldman Welcome back again to another Messier Monday, where we’re all set to take an in-depth look at one … Read moreMessier Monday: A Galactic Sliver in the Big Dipper, M108

Messier Monday: The Youngest Star-Forming Region, The Trifid Nebula, M20

“Why I came here, I know not; where I shall go it is useless to inquire – in the midst of myriads of the living and the dead worlds, stars, systems, infinity, why should I be anxious about an atom?” –Lord Byron Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With a Bang! Messier’s … Read moreMessier Monday: The Youngest Star-Forming Region, The Trifid Nebula, M20

So much more than an Atom Smasher

“Forget it. I didn’t have that thing inside me where I wanted to smash against somebody and watch them break. I was too sensitive for that and disliked being that sensitive.” –Josh Brolin How do you figure out what something is made of? You take it apart — cracking it open if necessary — and … Read moreSo much more than an Atom Smasher