Archives for April, 2012

“We were left with a picture of part of the sky with no stars or galaxies, but it still had this infrared glow with giant blobs that we think could be the glow from the very first stars.” -John Mather When you look out at the night sky, you’re limited by the light pollution from…

When supernovae get too big!

“You cannot, in human experience, rush into the light. You have to go through the twilight into the broadening day before the noon comes and the full sun is upon the landscape.” -Woodrow Wilson Without a doubt, one of the most spectacular light shows of the cosmos happens when stars burn out — reaching the…

Weekend Diversion: Fill-in-the-blanks

“It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.” -Paul Cezanne All over the world, hundreds of millions of families are getting together this weekend for a variety of reasons. And a large number of them will have, as part of their nature, a big announcement made. Depending on…

…But What If There Was More Time?

“Well you run and you run to catch up with the Sun but it’s sinking, racing around to come up behind you again. The Sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older, shorter of breath and one day closer to death.” -Pink Floyd For the last four-and-a-half billion years, the Earth has…

“…the publisher wouldn’t let us call it the Goddamn Particle, though that might be a more appropriate title, given its villainous nature and the expense it is causing.” -Leon Lederman, author of The God Particle The Higgs Boson: you know the deal. It’s the last undiscovered particle in our current picture of all the fundamental…

“I think a strong claim can be made that the process of scientific discovery may be regarded as a form of art. This is best seen in the theoretical aspects of Physical Science… The theory of relativity by Einstein, quite apart from any question of its validity, cannot but be regarded as a magnificent work…