Archives for November, 2012

“There is no such thing as magic, supernatural, miracle; only something that’s still beyond logic of the observer.” -Toba Beta It might be hard to believe, but science tells us truths about the Universe that we might never have intuited or philosophized about if the Universe itself didn’t reveal them to us through investigation. Bap Kennedy…

Where do Type Ia Supernovae come from?

“You have to have a canon so the next generation can come along and explode it.” -Henry Louis Gates When it comes to stars, their fates are very well known. Every single star that’s massive enough to fuse hydrogen into helium in its core will someday run out of fuel and die. The very brightest…

“It’s a brilliant surface in that sunlight.” – Neil Armstrong Indeed, all that glitters so brilliantly in the cosmos does so because of the stars that have formed throughout it. Over the 14 billion-or-so years that our Universe has been around, we’ve formed hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy alone. Given that our…

Messier Monday: The Lagoon Nebula, M8

“I hate that expression, ‘fusion.’ What it means to me is this movement where nothing ever really fused.” -Wayne Kramer Welcome to another Messier Monday, where each week, I pick one of the 110 Messier Objects — deep-sky objects catalogued to avoid confusion for comet hunters — to highlight and detail. This week, I’d like…

“Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin.” -Simone Schwarz-Bart With Halloween just behind us, the only things that pumpkins may mean to you now are pie, soups, or — as John Prine would sing you — a condescending term of affection, as in, Daddy’s Little Pumpkin. But I recently…

Our way is not the only way!

“The important point is that since the origin of life belongs in the category of at least once phenomena, time is on its side. However improbable we regard this event, or any of the steps which it involves, given enough time it will almost certainly happen at-least-once. And for life as we know it, with…