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

Messier Monday: The Great Pinwheel of Virgo, M99

“Pinwheel, pinwheel spinning around. Look at my Pinwheel and see what I found. Pinwheel, pinwheel, breezy and bright. Spin me good morning, spin me good night.” –Janet Gardner It’s time for another Messier Monday, where each week, one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the famed Messier Catalogue — the first large, accurate catalogue of non-cometary … Read moreMessier Monday: The Great Pinwheel of Virgo, M99

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

Messier Monday: A Star Cluster on the Bubble, M52

“Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will forever bubble up, if forever you dig.” –Marcus Aurelius Welcome back to yet another Messier Monday! Each week, we’re taking a look at one of the 110 fixed, deep-sky objects — not to be confused with comets — that made up Messier’s original catalogue. … Read moreMessier Monday: A Star Cluster on the Bubble, M52

Messier Monday: The Owl Nebula, M97

“A wise old owl lived in an oak The more he saw the less he spoke The less he spoke the more he heard. Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?” –The Immortal Poet Bromley To your naked eye, the night sky appears littered with thousands of individual points of light: the … Read moreMessier Monday: The Owl Nebula, M97

Messier Monday: A Reflection Nebula, M78

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” –John Lennon Welcome to the latest edition of Messier Monday, where each week we … Read moreMessier Monday: A Reflection Nebula, M78

Messier Monday: Bode's Galaxy, M81

“When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.” –Kalpana Chawla Welcome to this week’s Messier Monday, where I pick a new object out of the original catalogue of 110 “faint fuzzies” designed to help comet-hunters avoid … Read moreMessier Monday: Bode's Galaxy, M81

Messier Monday: The Lagoon Nebula, M8

“I hate that expression, ‘fusion.’ What it means to me is this movement where nothing ever really fused.” –Wayne Kramer Welcome to another Messier Monday, where each week, I pick one of the 110 Messier Objects — deep-sky objects catalogued to avoid confusion for comet hunters — to highlight and detail. This week, I’d like … Read moreMessier Monday: The Lagoon Nebula, M8

Messier Monday: The Crab Nebula, M1

“This nebula had such a resemblance to a comet in its form and brightness that I endeavored to find others, so that astronomers would not confuse these same nebulae with comets just beginning to shine.” –Charles Messier Let’s take a journey back in time to when our known Universe was a lot smaller. The only … Read moreMessier Monday: The Crab Nebula, M1

It's My ______ In A Box!

“I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.” -Plautus When it comes to astronomy, there’s no doubt that I’ve got a northern hemisphere bias. It’s no surprise, of course; I live here. And while I often write about the skies that … Read moreIt's My ______ In A Box!