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Messier Monday: The Ultimate Trip (Synopsis)

“If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn. Oh, the most wonderful stuff.” -Dr. Seuss It’s been more than two years in the making; we started Messier Monday way back in October of 2012, and after 110 consecutive weeks, we finally arrived at our final entry last week. What better…

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” –William Shakespeare But in the case of Orion, it’s great because of not only how it was born, but where and when: recently, and so close to us! And that makes our views of not only the…

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.” –Henri Matisse But the surrounding fog might not come from our minds nor from our world, but rather from the plane of the galaxy itself. Nevertheless, the brightest clusters — the ones placed serendipitously — are clearly visible (and…

“If there is nothing new under the sun, at least the sun itself is always new, always re-creating itself out of its own inexhaustible fire.” –Michael Sims It takes the death of old stars to create the newer generations of stars in the Universe, and it’s through the very act of that stellar death that…

“Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten.” –Neil Gaiman When you consider the short life of a star cluster — from a collapsing molecular cloud to a nebula rich in gas and dust to a…

“The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.” –William Wordsworth Galaxies may be the most common type of object identified in the Messier catalogue, and considering that there are at least…

“The most amazing lesson in aerodynamics I ever had was the day I climbed a thermal in a glider at the same time as an eagle. I witnessed, close up, effortlessness and lightness combined with strength, precision and determination.” –Norman Foster It’s called the “Eagle Nebula” because the shape of the nebula itself faintly resembles…

“For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.” –John F. Kennedy If you went back in time to the birth of the Sun and the Solar System, what…

“I love the sea’s sounds and the way it reflects the sky. The colours that shimmer across its surface are unbelievable.” –John Dyer When you look up into the night sky, most of the fixed, non-stellar objects you see are faint, extended and diffuse. One of the things that surprises most skywatchers is what a galaxy…

“The only thing I have learnt over the years is that if you enjoy your work and put in the best efforts, it will show. If you follow this process, things work out. But if you go chasing a formula, success will elude you.” -Mahesh Babu When you know something is there but you can’t…