Where do Rogue Planets come from?

“Like all animals, human beings have always taken what they want from nature. But we are the rogue species. We are unique in our ability to use resources on a scale and at a speed that our fellow species can’t.” –Edward Burtynsky It’s really a romantic notion when you think about it: the heavens, the … Read moreWhere do Rogue Planets come from?

Messier Monday: The Triangulum Galaxy, M33

“Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.” –Alfred Lord Tennyson Welcome back, for another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we’ve been taking a look at one of the 110 Deep-Sky Objects that make up the Messier catalogue, a mix of clusters, nebulae, galaxies and … Read moreMessier Monday: The Triangulum Galaxy, M33

The Evolution of Starlight

“Aristotle taught that stars are made of a different matter than the four earthly elements— a quintessence— that also happens to be what the human psyche is made of. Which is why man’s spirit corresponds to the stars. Perhaps that’s not a very scientific view, but I do like the idea that there’s a little … Read moreThe Evolution of Starlight

Messier Monday: A Straggling Globular Cluster, M30

“The man’s a born straggler… another lucky exception to the rules of natural selection. A million years ago he would’ve been an easy snack for a saber-toothed tiger.” -Carl Hiaasen Welcome to the latest Messier Monday, where each week we take a look at one of Charles Messier’s original catalogue of 110 deep-sky objects that … Read moreMessier Monday: A Straggling Globular Cluster, M30

Every Galaxy will have New Stars for Trillions of Years!

“It’s a brilliant surface in that sunlight.” – Neil Armstrong Indeed, all that glitters so brilliantly in the cosmos does so because of the stars that have formed throughout it. Over the 14 billion-or-so years that our Universe has been around, we’ve formed hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy alone. Given that our … Read moreEvery Galaxy will have New Stars for Trillions of Years!

Messier Monday: The Pleiades, M45

“Something there is more immortal even than the stars, (Many the burials, many the days and nights, passing away,) Something that shall endure longer even than lustrous Jupiter, Longer than sun or any revolving satellite, Or the radiant sisters the Pleiades.” -Walt Whitman Last week, we kicked off our very first Messier Monday by spotlighting M1: … Read moreMessier Monday: The Pleiades, M45

Get Your Galaxy in Gear!

“We don’t understand how a single star forms, yet we want to understand how 10 billion stars form.” –Carlos Frenk The Universe has been around for a long time: nearly 14 billion years, to the best of our knowledge. When it was very young, there were absolutely zero stars in it, while today, there are hundreds … Read moreGet Your Galaxy in Gear!

Another Trip Around the Sun

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” –Satchel Paige Today marks another year and another trip around the Sun for me. For you, and me, and everything on Earth that makes it through another year on this world, there’s a whole lot we get to experience. Some things are … Read moreAnother Trip Around the Sun