“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.” –Abraham Lincoln It might be Veterans Day / Armistice Day all around the world, but it’s still Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! We may have been fighting wars for all of human history, but nearly all of … Read moreMessier Monday: The Closest Messier Original, M39
“Galileo got it wrong. The Earth does not revolve around the Sun. It revolves around you and has been doing so for decades. At least, this is the model you are using.” –Srikumar Rao It’s the end of the week, so that means its time to take on another one of your questions from the … Read moreAsk Ethan #9: Why everything rotates
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” -Charles Darwin There are problems with science today, no doubt. With all the knowledge we’ve accumulated about the Universe, from … Read moreScientific Paradoxes are Omens of Advance
“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?
“Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan’s egg.” –Hans Christian Anderson Welcome back for another Messier Monday! There are 110 deep-sky objects in the Messier catalogue, some of the most prominent night-sky fixtures, as seen from Earth, running the gamut of astronomical phenomena from within … Read moreMessier Monday: The Wild Duck Cluster, M11
“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
“Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” –Douglas Adams Well, maybe “peanuts” isn’t going to do. When you look out at the night sky, all sorts … Read moreHow far away is stuff?
“The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.” –Henry David Thoreau Welcome to another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each week, we take a look at the … Read moreMessier Monday: A Dusty Open Cluster for Everyone, M25
“Every star may be a sun to someone.” –Carl Sagan Welcome back to yet another Messier Monday! Each week, we highlight one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier catalogue: Charles Messier’s legacy to comet-hunters and amateur astronomers, pointing out some of the most easily visible deep-sky objects as seen from our … Read moreMessier Monday: A Diffuse, Distant Globular at the End-of-the-Marathon, M72
“Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupery When you look out into the Universe, what is it that you typically think of? Do you think of reliable, fixed stars and constellations? The … Read moreThe Universe is Alive