Archives for July 23, 2009

Nietzche and Astronomy?

Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster. And if you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. –F. Nietzsche That’s supposed to be a metaphor, right? Not so, says NGC 1097. In visible light, it just looks like a barred spiral galaxy: But damn if the abyss isn’t gazing…

The Last 100 Years: The 2000s and WMAP

The last 100 years have brought us from a Universe no bigger than the Milky Way ruled by Newton’s gravity to a vast, expanding one with hundreds of billions of galaxies, covered in dark matter, beginning with the big bang, which was likely caused by inflation, and which will end in a freezing cold death…