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

Happy New Year, Pastafarians*

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupery The great nebular structures stretching across our galaxy are evidence of the birth and deaths of stars, or so I — an astrophysicist … Read moreHappy New Year, Pastafarians*