Archives for February, 2016

“Some of them burn slow and long, like red dwarfs. Others — blue giants — burn their due so fast they shine across great distances, and are easy to see. As they start to run out of fuel, they burn helium, grow even hotter, and explode in a supernova. Supernovas, they’re brighter than the brightest galaxies.…

“A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.” -Harvey Mackay Tomorrow is such a big, rare day that it only comes once every four years (or 4.1237 years, for a little greater precision), yet practically every day offers something new and wonderful here at Starts With…

“The bedrock nature of space and time and the unification of cosmos and quantum are surely among science’s great ‘open frontiers.’ These are parts of the intellectual map where we’re still groping for the truth – where, in the fashion of ancient cartographers, we must still inscribe ‘here be dragons.’” -Martin Rees We know the…

The Physics Of Leap Day (Synopsis)

“Will you or won’t you? Should you or shouldn’t you? Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself.” -Vera Nazarian The need for a February 29th, once every four years or so, doesn’t just give us an extra day this year, but it keeps the calendar from drifting and failing to align…

“Even if the Fermi detection is a false alarm, future LIGO events should be monitored for accompanying light irrespective of whether they originate from black hole mergers. Nature can always surprise us.” -Avi Loeb Ever since LIGO first announced the direct detection of gravitational waves from two merging black holes, the physics and astronomy community…

“Even if I stumble on to the absolute truth of any aspect of the universe, I will not realise my luck and instead will spend my life trying to find flaws in this understanding – such is the role of a scientist.” -Brian Schmidt One of the biggest surprises in our understanding of the Universe…

“Greatness is not in were we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it – but sail we must. And not drift, nor lie at anchor.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes It’s long been a dream of humanity to travel interplanetary distances at great speeds, or…

“The wonder is, not that the field of stars of so vast, but that man has measured it.” -Anatole France If you could gather 250 million times as much light as your eye, and improve your resolution by several orders of magnitude, you just might be able to see what the Hubble Space Telescope can.…

“Here’s an analogy. The Universe is expanding the way your mind is expanding. It’s not expanding into anything; you’re just getting less dense.” -Katie Mack Excitement about the Universe in general — and gravitational waves in particular — is still peaking here at Starts With A Bang. Did you catch everything we covered this past week? Here’s what you…

“You asked me how to get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don’t use logic when I do it. Logic’s the first thing you have to get rid of.” -J.D. Salinger Now that gravitational waves have been verified to exist, and the first black hole-black hole merger has been…