Archives for June, 2013

“It’s coming right for us!” –Uncle Jimbo, from South Park Welcome back to another Messier Monday, only here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we take an in-depth look at one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier Catalogue, the first accurate and comprehensive deep-sky catalogue of relatively bright, extended celestial objects that…

“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” –Oscar Wilde It’s an intense world out there, and life can leave you weary in many ways. And sometimes, making your way through each day makes it feel like the whole world is watching, and there’s no hiding. Have a listen,…

The 4 Jobs of a Referee in Peer Review

“From my close observation of writers… they fall into two groups: one, those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and two, those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.” –Isaac Asimov You’d never know it unless you were one of about six people in the entire world, but today is…

“You can spend too much time wondering which of identical twins is the more alike.” –Robert Brault You’ve of course heard by now the news that Kepler, the most successful and prolific planet-finding mission of all time, has probably reached the end of its useful lifespan. With nearly 3,000 planet candidates under its belt, including…

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” –Albert Camus Welcome back to another Messier Monday, only here on Starts With A Bang! The first accurate, large catalogue of fixed, deep-sky objects, Messier’s 110-object-strong catalogue features galaxies, clusters, nebulae and more, all visible with even primitive astronomical…

“…because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers.” –Marissa Meyer Before you get irate, I don’t actually agree at all with that quote above; I have no talent for photography at all and a tremendous respect for those who do, and who cultivate it to produce something…