Archives for December, 2009

Looking Inside at Baby Stars!

Before you were conceived I wanted you Before you were born I loved you Before you were here an hour I would die for you This is the miracle of love. -Maureen Hawkins But I’m not talking about human children, I’m talking about the children of the stars. Stars burn their fuel until they no…

Trying to squash a rumor is like trying to unring a bell. -Shana Alexander Around the internet, blogs are all abuzz that an experiment searching for dark matter, CDMS, has cancelled all of their upcoming announcements and will be holding a special press conference on the 18th (this Friday!) to release their latest findings. Here’s…

Weekend Diversion: Teaching the Children

And you, of tender years, can’t know the fears that your elders grew by… -Graham Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Here’s CSNY’s version of Teach Your Children from their third album (their second with Neil Young), 4 Way Street, although it was always the lyrics of the song that got to me. Like many…

The Good and Bad of the New Hubble Image

Earlier this week, I showcased the newly-released Hubble Ultra Deep Field in the infrared, and compared it with the older image of the same region taken in visible light. As many astute readers noticed, the newer image looks blurrier than the old one! This is true, and there’s a good reason for this. Here’s one…

Just as deep, but in a different light

They will see us waving from such great heights “Come down now,” they’ll say. But everything looks perfect from far away “Come down now,” but we’ll stay. -Postal Service We’ve been over this twice before, but here’s a refresher on how you image the farthest galaxies in the Universe. Pick a spot in the sky…

Have you been keeping up with The Boston Globe’s Hubble Advent Calendar? Today’s picture is totally worth talking about, and gives me a chance to tell you about these little guys that just hang-on to our galaxy: globular clusters. When you look out at a galaxy — pretty much any galaxy — you’ll find these…

When Liquids aren’t so Liquid…

You don’t understand. You can’t just come to the Sea of Galilee and start walking on water. If you could, everybody would be doing it. You need to prepare yourself. -Walk on Water As some of you may have noticed from looking at the site over the past few days, Scienceblogs has partnered with National…

Weekend Diversion: The Power of Mockery

Earlier this week, I was reading one of Ed’s posts, and I followed the link to the original post, where I found this gem of a comment (and I would link to it, but the blog owner has reconsidered what he wants to make public): ‘Freedom of speech’ does not mean ‘freedom from mockery.’ Well,…

LHC Smash!

You’re making me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry. -Bruce Banner Hey, LHC, what did those protons ever do to you? You take them, accelerate them to the fastest speeds we’ve ever accelerated protons to on Earth, and then smash them into one another with more energy than ever before! The Large Hadron…

At the last dim horizon, we search among ghostly errors of observations for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and it will not be oppressed. -Edwin Hubble Hubble didn’t need a thousand words to describe how beautiful and wondrous the Universe…