Archives for February, 2008

Bring him to me!

The Milky Way galaxy is a relatively big spiral galaxy. So is Andromeda. There are about 20 dwarf galaxies that are gravitationally bound to us; combined with us, all of this makes up the local group. But Andromeda is moving towards us, and eventually, it’s going to merge with us. I’ll once again show you…

Carnival of Space #43: Oscar Edition

It’s been a spectacular week for the film space industry, and here at Starts With A Bang!, we’ve got the recap of all the highlights that you may have missed while watching the countless Oscar montages. Take your time browsing and enjoying this site, and maybe even find out what the question is if 42…

How old is the Sun in Galactic years?

The Moon goes around the Earth, the Earth goes around the Sun, and the Sun goes around the center of the Milky Way. We know the Moon takes about 4 weeks to make its trip around the Earth, and that causes the Moon phases: We also know that the Earth takes one year to go…

How did Life on Earth Originate?

I was thinking about the timeline that brought us here, today, from the origin of the Universe up through the present day. I realized that the most uncertain thing that we know of, the step that we have the least information about, is the origin of life on Earth. All hypotheses about how life on…

startswithabang.com reader Andy has a great follow-up to his question on the Age & Size of the Universe, and asks: why does the CBR “appear” to come from a light sphere that “appears” NOW to be larger than the universe WAS when it first set off in a straight line on its 13.4 billion year…

Q & A: What is Energy?

Let me set the scene for you: I’m fresh off my Ph.D., teaching introductory physics at the University of Wisconsin. I’m trying to demonstrate how to turn potential energy into kinetic energy, and so I ask this simple question: What is Energy? And I get a stunned silence back from the room. One of those…

Weekend Diversion: Mmmmmm… MEAT!

As someone who’s spent a lot of time in a University setting, one of the thing that often shocks me is the number of vegans that are out there. Why is it shocking? Because you need meat for proper nutrition. Now, I thought this was common knowledge, that humans are omnivores and that eating other…

Q & A: The Age and Size of the Universe?

Alright; this is a question I’ve been putting off for various poor reasons, but Starts With A Bang! reader Andy asks: If Im looking at something, the light from which has taken 15 billion years to get to me, and there was only an opaque ball of radiation and stuff 15 billion years ago, why…

Lunar Eclipse: Clouded out here!

I was driving home from work at about 6:30 today and noticed the Moon, still orange, hanging low on the horizon. The lower left corner was just starting to be shadowed by the Earth. As it rose a little higher, it turned yellow and then white, as we learned it should. Then we got clouded…

Alright, startswithabang-ers, Ben, my most avid commenter, saw me online while I was eating breakfast this morning, and pointed me to this new press release. Now, before you get started clicking on everything, the guy who the release is about is Brian Gaensler, who’s a really nice guy, lives in Australia, whom I met at…