The only time it's safe to put a star atop your tree

“Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark? Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.” –National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Ahh, Christmas. It’s easy to forget how much the invention of the light bulb in 1879 reduced the number of tree fires in people’s homes. It was a mere three years later that people began … Read moreThe only time it's safe to put a star atop your tree

Messier Monday: A Real-Life Pi-in-the-Sky Cluster, M38

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” –W. Shakespeare Welcome to just another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we’re taking a detailed look at a different one of the 110 deep-sky objects that compose the Messier Catalogue, each one a different semi-permanent wonder of … Read moreMessier Monday: A Real-Life Pi-in-the-Sky Cluster, M38

Behind the Galaxy's Most Famous Nebula

“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